Plaster Craft Workshop (Decoupage and Carving) St George & Sutherland Community College

Plaster Craft Workshop (Decoupage and Carving)

Plaster of Paris and casting plaster are commonly used for crafting decorative and practical objects. This is a fun and relaxing hands-on workshop to make and decorate plaster projects. You will gain knowledge of the characteristics of plaster, DIY plaster moulds, safety procedures in using plaster for crafting including techniques of mixing, pouring, moulding and demoulding plaster, decorating and finishing.

In this workshop, you will make a plaster tea-light candle holder, decoupage pre-made plain casts consisting of a round key ring pendant (approx. 4cm diameter), and a tea-light candle holder as well as carving a round display plate (approx. 16cm diameter). By the end of this workshop, you will amaze yourself with the masterpieces you have made in the class. After the workshop, you will be able to take home all your decorated plaster items and your DIY tea-light candle holder, which requires several days to completely dry and can be decorated at home, as well as a key ring chain and LED tea light candle. Beginners and crafters are welcome. All tools and materials will be provided.

Course Outline:

  • Introduction of plaster crafts
  • Difference between Plaster of Paris and casting plaster
  • Safety procedures of mixing and disposing plaster
  • Making your own plaster tea-light candle holder
  • Transferring image on plaster for carving
  • Decoupage on plaster
  • Waterproofing plaster

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the characteristics of plaster and safety procedures of using plaster for crafting
  • Perform decoupage and carving techniques to decorate plaster casts
  • Choose right materials for making DIY plaster moulds
  • Understand the significance of vanishing the finished plaster pieces

What to bring:

  • A mask, pair of plastic gloves and apron are recommended
  • A container to safely transport all your masterpieces home
  • Smile and creativity

About the Tutor:

‘Vivian completed her arts and crafts training and has taught English and Arts and Crafts in schools in Hong Kong for 6 years. She also attained her Bachelor of Arts and Graduate Certificate in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from University of Wollongong. She has over 20 years’ experience as an ESL and craft tutor, working with culturally diverse school aged children and adults. Among her craft students are Young Achievement Australia Business Skills Program multi-award winners who designed, made and sold quilling cards. After relocating from Wollongong to Sydney, Vivian has been a craft tutor in community colleges and WEA Sydney, and has earned 5-star ratings for her craft courses and teaching from her students.'

Other Information:

  • To ensure resources are ready for you at the start of your course, we ask you ideally enrol at least one week before the course commences.
  • All courses need a minimum number of students to run ("we try our hardest to get those") . If your course does not have enough students it will be cancelled before to the commencement and you will be informed.

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.