I mentioned that I was taking a cement sculpture course – well, we started last week, and it was so much fun, that I’m already thinking about what my next cement project will be!
The instructor, Dev, owns an art gallery in Point aux Piments (at the start of the road that leads to the Maritim Hotel).
Dev taught art at a tertiary level for many years before deciding to become a full-time sculptor, and over time has created a garden full of, sometimes whimsical, sometimes historical, sculptures.
He asked us to bring clay sculptures of our projects to the first class, so I made my first one ever, based on a statue we bought in Bangkok:
…and on my painting:
She’ll be holding a pot filled with succulents:
That’s the plan, anyway!
Dev had tables set up under the banyan tree:
where he taught us how to make the armature, which is the internal metal reinforcement for the statue – from calculating proportions, to cutting the metal and shaping it.
It was also where some of my classmates decided to play Tarzan:
…or should that be Jane?
Because my sculpture required the simplest armature, he used it as an example, and made the whole thing (another reason I need to make another statue – I want to have a go!):
Note the welding mask sitting ignored on the ground!
Once the basic shape had been welded together, he twisted on wire to give shape and bulk to the hands and head:
And finally, he covered the main body and base with chicken wire:
In addition to providing strength, the wire will give the cement something to grab on to.
Finally, I actually got to do some work – painting the armature with metal primer to prevent rust :
Smile, why don’t you – it’s fun!!!
Drying in the sun
Looks quite good as it is – I’m a little nervous about the cement stage – the clay was easy to work with – I hope the cement is too.
We’ll see come Thursday!