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Silicone Mould-Making Workshop

Sam Valenz
  • Term: Term One 2018
  • Start Date: 17 Feb 2018
  • End Date: 14 Apr 2018
  • Time: Saturdays 10am–2pm
  • Number of Classes: 8
  • Teacher: Sam Valenz
  • Level: All Levels
  • Age: All Ages
  • Early Fee: $735.00
  • Early Alumni Fee: $700.00
  • Early Concession Fee: $700.00
  • Location: The National Art School
  • Availability: Available

Learn the fundamental principles of mould-making using silicone rubber Pinkysil and polyurethane casting. Sam Valenz encourages you to bring a selection of your own found or collected objects (around 200 to 350 mm in width or depth), from which you will learn to make a silicone rubber mould. You will then cast into plaster, wax or polyurethane or simply model out of clay. Sam teaches you how to assemble these objects to make dynamic sculptural forms and introduces a range of finishing techniques with plaster and coloured urethane. He gives you the confidence to take home new skills and knowledge about silicone rubber mould-making that can also be used for wax and bronze casting in the Term Two Short Course. This course is suitable for beginners and advanced students as well as for artists wanting to expand their sculpture skill-set.

Sam Valenz

Sam Valenz is a sculptor working across a range of mediums, including bronze casting, steel construction, modelling and casting, timber construction and assemblage. He specialises in silicone rubber mould-making and bronze casting, and his works explore the formal languages of sculpture with a strong emphasis on human and animal forms. Sam teaches at the National Art School and has taught at TAFE and UNSW Art & Design. He holds a postgraduate degree in sculpture from the City Art Institute, 1985, a Diploma of Education from the University of Technology, Sydney, 1989, and a Bachelor of Visual Arts, from the College of Fine Arts, UNSW, 1984. Sam exhibited at Defiance Gallery for 10 years in their Miniature Show, in Sculpture by the Sea in 1999 and 2014, and in Harbour Sculpture in 2013 and 2014. He was the winner of the Harbour Sculpture 2013, the Jackson Smith Sculpture Prize in 2004, and the Fretwell Photography Award in 1998. He has undertaken numerous commissions and his work is represented in private, public and corporate collections.

Objects for casting

For the first class, bring a minimum of 6 or maximum 10 objects between 200mm and 300mm in size. The best objects to choose are plastic toys, ceramics, wood and unfired clay items. Please do not bring plant or food matter. Sam will explain why some objects are suitable for casting while others are not.


Other materials

  • a drawing pad and writing materials
  • plastic takeaway containers
  • personal eye protection
  • Small box of disposable gloves.

Protective clothing and covered footwear essential