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3D Plaster Art

Plaster bandage is often used to create casts for broken limbs, however it can also be used to create plaster casts of body parts and for making 3D art pieces.

You will need:

•  Plaster Impregnated Bandage 

•  Water

•  Vaseline

•  Scissors

•  Paint and brushes to decorate

Specific Learning Objectives

Students will:

•  Learn about George Segal and his pioneering use of plaster bandages as sculpture

•  Learn how to create and design their own plaster cast sculpture

Let's Get Started!

Discuss the work of George Segal – Segal pioneered the use of plaster impregnated bandages as a sculptural medium. He is best known for his life-size figures.

Smear a layer of Vaseline on the body part of which you plan to make a mould. You only need a thin coat of Vaseline, but you must ensure the entire area is covered, so the plaster bandage will not stick to the skin.

Cut the plaster bandage up into small pieces. They should be about 3 – 5cm squares.

Dip bandage in water and place the wet bandage on the body part or mould. Smooth the edges of the bandage, so it lies flat to the body, making sure to smooth out all air bubbles that may be trapped under the bandage.

Repeat by overlapping them so there are no holes. You only need to put on two or three coats of plaster bandaging to make sure the sculpture will be sturdy enough to hold together on its own.

Allow the plaster bandage to dry thoroughly, and then remove from the body by working your fingers under the edges and popping the plaster cast from the body. Once the cast is completely dry, use tempera or acrylic paint to paint the cast as you desire.

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