POSTPONED: Casting from environments: Art as Knowledge

03may10:00 am4:00 pmPOSTPONED: Casting from environments: Art as KnowledgeEducator Workshop


(Sunday) 10:00 am - 4:00 pm AEST(GMT+10:00) View in my time


TAFE QLD Southbank Campus

66 Ernest Street, South Brisbane, QLD, 4101

Event Details

Plaster bandage is a readily available low-cost material which dries quickly and can be formed over a variety of objects to create casts or moulds. In this workshop you will make moulds and casts that will be joined to create new forms, which can be further embellished as finished artworks. Learn how plaster casting is a versatile and accessible process that can take place anywhere, from a classroom to the bush.

You will develop a personal focus and reworking of the natural world to:

– Cast forms from domestic or found objects
– Generate knowledge of environments from casting
– Create, extend and embellish new forms

This workshop is relevant to arts educators, artists and artsworkers. No sculptural experience is necessary. It also includes direct links to the new Visual Arts Senior Syllabus, providing teachers with ideas and scaffolding for delivering Unit 3, Art as Knowledge.

Participants to Bring:

– Objects you like to make simple moulds – eg, domestic plates, bowls or jelly containers, organic forms such as gourds or large shells, doll faces, etc.
– Sketchbook or notebook
– An apron, or clothing you are willing to get messy
– Lunch or snacks – there are several food establishments within walking distance of the venue if preferred. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

Participants must wear enclosed shoes.

Additional Information


Simone Eisler is an artist with a cross-disciplinary practice that explores the relationship between the human body and nature, particularly the concepts of physical transformation, species evolution and biodiversity. She pushes this scientific investigation further into the realm of both mythology and futurist thinking, with a focus on interrogating presentation methodologies.


Eisler’s practice consists of installation, photography or sculpture. Within each of these areas she introduces materials from the animal world. Her imaginary sculptural forms rework the materials in different ways, either by re-skinning, casting or fracturing and reconfiguring elements.  During the last three years she has been working extensively with plaster bandage as a means of casting forms, which she later embellishes with a variety of materials. She runs numerous workshops for educators, artists and schools with a focus on mixed media, environmental art and sculptural form.