Workshops in a variety of media for children and adults can be tailored to the time available, number in the group and their level of skill.

Recent clients include Fife Contemporary Art and Craft and East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust, with plans for Sculpture Around You workshops for Art UK and The Royal Scottish Academy currently on hold.

Marion has run numerous workshops including developing sculpture projects for pupils at Donaldson’s College who were deaf or had learning difficulties, she worked as the wood workshop technician in Sculpture and Environmental Art at Glasgow School of Art (1999-2004) during this time she also taught evening classes in sculpture techniques and summer schools in woodcarving.

As well as the ones described below, workshops can be developed to suit a specific brief, they can take place in contexts such as schools, community centres, colleges, universities, museums and art galleries.

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Casting Using Clay and Plaster

Maximum 10 in a group
2hrs minimum

You can use materials provided, or bring your own – shells, rope, lace, leaves etcetera, to impress into a soft slab of clay.

Make your design permanent by building a clay wall around it and pouring liquid plaster into the mould.

The plaster will quickly become hard then you can peel off the damp clay to reveal the design that you made, now in reverse cast in solid plaster.

Marion Smith Workshops - Casting using clay and plaster

Casting Using Clay, Alginate and Plaster

Maximum 10 in a group
2½ hrs minimum

Objects for this class would be provided; the theme could be tailored to the group. First you need to roll out a sheet of clay, then choose an object to cast, the object needs to be partially imbedded in the clay, you will then use slabs of clay to build walls around the object, (the walls will contain the mould when it is in liquid form).

Alginate is the mould making material, it is derived from seaweed and is used in the dental industry, it comes in the form of a very lightweight powder which when measured accurately and mixed swiftly (with a measured quantity of water) creates a strong but flexible mould.

When the mould has set the original materials are removed and it now needs to be surrounded by strong clay walls to contain liquid plaster, when the plaster has set the alginate mould can be sacrificed to reveal the finished work, which now resembles the real object that you began with, cast into solid plaster.

Marion Smith Workshops - Casting using clay, alginate and plaster

Wood Carving

Maximum 8 in group
Weekend/Week/Weekly class over several weeks

This workshop introduces carving through creating a relief panel in lime. For beginners carving a relief panel is the best place to start. You would design a composition on paper from either your photos or sketches, or from visual material provided to glean ideas to kick-start the process. You will then make a quick 3D sketch of your idea in clay to use for reference. Advice will be given on which tools are appropriate for different tasks and how to use and maintain them.

Marion Smith Workshops - Wood Carving