This course is especially tailored to beginners, but it is open to all levels. Students will learn about the different clays and tools available to us, as well as a brief introduction to mold-making and casting processes. Students will also learn how to build armatures and how to quickly rough-in and proportion human forms utilizing a live model. We will also tour the grounds and talk about Brookgreen’s collection and the artists represented. On the last day, we will create an alginate mold of our hands, as well as a plaster casting to take home with you. Students may bring in personal work to continue or start from scratch. $650 plus materials and model's fees.
Bryan Rapp is a figurative sculptor and the Director of the Wallace Master Sculptor Program at Brookgreen Gardens. From 2016 to 2019, Rapp was the first Artist-in-residence at Coastal Carolina University, where he taught all processes in the ancient clay to bronze tradition known as “Lost Wax” casting. In 2016 Rapp received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma, studying under the mentorship of sculptors Paul Moore, FNSS, and Sohail Shehada. Prior to graduate school, Rapp attended Muskingum University for Studio Art, and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh for computer animation. From 2004 to 2006, Rapp worked with sculptor Alan Cottrill in his studio and foundry, Coopermill Bronzeworks, in Zanesville, Ohio, as a mold and wax tech, and assisted on numerous large commissions for Cottrill and his clients. Rapp has produced work for both private collectors and public commissions and has exhibited his work in several states.