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March 22, 2018

The Great Iron Pour | Preparations and Recap of the Iron Pour

Amber W. ‘19 & Imani L. ‘19Visit to Bliss Studio & Gallery This past Thursday our Iron pour ECS took a trip to Bliss Studio & Gallery, established by alumna Jodie Bliss, in Monument, Colorado. She mainly focuses on hand-forged fine art Sculptures, public art, hand-forged steel, and blown glass. Jodie told us that she has been working in metal for 15 years. In those years she evolved from a jewelry fabricator into large steel sculpture fabrication and eventually into...
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March 14, 2018

The Great Iron Pour | Media Release for Iron Pour on March 17, 2018

Through hands-on immersion into historic techniques and processes, study of metallurgy, chemistry, materials science and industry, as well as working with professional sculptors, The Great Iron Pour, a high school seminar at The Colorado Springs School is asking the essential question, “Can we come to a clear understanding of the enormous significance of the age of metals while developing a personal aesthetic relationship with cast iron as an artistic medium?” The...
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March 13, 2018

The Great Iron Pour | The Molding Process

The first week of ECS we focused on making our artworks, working towards getting all of our pieces into wax. For many of the students, the molding process started out as working with water-based clay instead of going straight into working with wax. Using clay makes much better pieces of artwork in the end. Clay is a much easier medium to work with compared to wax and because of this, we can get more detail on our art before we cast it in wax. We are using a petroleum-based microcrystalline wax...
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March 11, 2018

The Great Iron Pour | Casting Call

The Great Iron Pour students took off on a road trip to Loveland, Colorado early in the morning on Tuesday. The first stop the group made was Art Castings of Colorado. On our tour of the foundry, we were introduced to the procedures to make sculptures out of bronze and stainless steel. The first part of the tour was the wax mold room, where a wax version of the final sculpture is created. Other than using pure wax, the foundry also had other techniques using rubber and styrofoam. Using rubber...
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February 15, 2018

The Great Iron Pour | Course Description

The Great Iron Pour Essential Question: Through hands-on immersion into historic techniques and processes, study ofmetallurgy, chemistry, materials science and industry, as well as working with professional sculptors, canwe come to a clear understanding of the enormous significance of the age of metals while developing apersonal aesthetic relationship with cast iron as an artistic medium? The Iron Pour ECS is a hands-on immersion into the world of making and pouring molten metal to...
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The Great Iron Pour | Media Release for Iron Pour on March 17, 2018

Through hands-on immersion into historic techniques and processes, study of metallurgy, chemistry, materials science and industry, as well as working with professional sculptors, The Great Iron Pour, a high school seminar at The Colorado Springs School is asking the essential question, “Can...
» read more
The Molding Process for Iron Pour March 13, 2018

The Great Iron Pour | The Molding Process

The first week of ECS we focused on making our artworks, working towards getting all of our pieces into wax. For many of the students, the molding process started out as working with water-based clay instead of going straight into working with wax. Using clay makes much better pieces of artwork in...
» read more
March 11, 2018

The Great Iron Pour | Casting Call

The Great Iron Pour students took off on a road trip to Loveland, Colorado early in the morning on Tuesday. The first stop the group made was Art Castings of Colorado. On our tour of the foundry, we were introduced to the procedures to make sculptures out of bronze and stainless steel. The first...
» read more
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