Metal Casting : Iron and Aluminum (SCU2211.01)

John Umphlett

This course is designed to introduce students to the processes involved in casting Iron and Aluminum. Students will work with foundry wax and learn how to produce a sculpted object either by hand or that of some other method covered in class. These additional methods could include machining parts, 3d printing objects or casting from the body. After a form has been produced the student will create molds that will be used for casting in both Iron and Aluminum. The first couple of weeks will be focused on producing molds that will be included in an intercollegiate iron pour in Salem New York. Participating among other Colleges allow for large scale participation experience to the world of artists casting in metal. This first pour at Salem shows rigid scheduling and teaches safety practices that we will then bring back to Bennington to prepare for our own Aluminum pour here at the College.

Processes used include but not limited to: Developing sand part molds with Silbond, casting wax with alginate and plaster, lost wax methods, and proper safety measures are taught throughout each step.


Learning Outcomes:
Engage with new groups as a community of collaborators.
Students will be placed in situations where they will have to respond to unknowns, and apply material covered in unfamiliar spaces.
Students will carry the responsibility, by participating, and representing Bennington College at an external intercollegiate iron pour.


Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 2
F 8:30AM - 12:10PM (1st seven weeks)
Maximum Enrollment: 14
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

Categories: All courses , Sculpture , Fully In-Person
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