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Free Classes are back for 2018!

Frequently asked questions:

Do I need to sign up for these clinics? No these are come as you are, no pre-regstration or signup required.
Is there any cost involved? No, there is no cost for these clinics.
Do I need to bring anything? No, just your curiosity and desire to learn something new.
Can I bring a friend? Absolutely, the more the merrier, we will make room and accommodations for anyone
willing to make the effort to show up.
Is there a class size limit? At this point we don't know what to expect so until we find out
otherwise all comers are welcome.
Where are the clinics being held? Classes will be held in either our SF Store or Richmond Facility. See individual class description for location.


Upcoming FREE Third Saturday Seminars at Douglas and Sturgess in Richmond

Saturday, July 21:
The ABC's of Cement Compounding, 11AM-2PM:
Cement has come a long way since the days of building sidewalks and retaining walls.  Nowadays we see cement used for everything from decorative art to furniture and kitchen sinks and counters.  We will be discussing the various kinds of cements, the agents used to modify them and what kinds of fillers, aggregates and reinforcing fibers work.  See what you can do with this formerly utilitarian material!

Saturday, August 18:
Using The Power Of Air To Create Better Molds And Castings, 11AM-2PM:
Using positive and negative air pressures, we will demonstrate how to get perfect molds and castings using some basic equipment.  Find out what you will need to guarantee void free molds and castings every time.  We can show you how to get the best possible outcome for that next project without breaking the bank!

Saturday, September 15:
Mask Making and Makeup Effects 11AM-2PM:
With Halloween on the way, perhaps it’s time to up your game a little bit. We will be discussing the use and application of everything from latex to silicone for prosthetic and makeup effects and some of the other materials to get to a good finished product. We’ll even be talking about that J-E-L-L-O in your cupboard for some special effects.

Saturday, October 20:
Cold Metal Casting, 11AM-2PM:
With all of the atomized metals available these days, it is possible to make a pretty convincing metallized surface on just about anything. Using a variety of binders we will discuss how to cast a cold metal into a number of different mold materials and how to finish the surface of the cast to render a very good metallic surface. In addition we will discuss how to coat an existing surface with a metallized coating.

Saturday, November 17, 11AM-2PM:
Introduction to Encaustics:
Put simply, encaustic painting is painting with pigmented hot wax. There are a variety of waxes and additives that can be used to create your own painting medium and we will be showing how that can be done and how simple it really is. Using good quality pigments anyone can make an archival medium with a minimum of effort and cost.

Saturday, December 15, 11AM-2PM:
Introduction to Body Casting, or How to Make Some Last Minute Christmas Presents Without Breaking the Bank:
Body casting continues to be a popular art form that anyone can do, given the proper tools. Come and see what materials are available and how to make some darn good castings, whether it be for an art piece or for that last minute Christmas present for Grandma.

OUR Free Seminar Series Comes to San Francisco!
Upcoming FREE First Friday Seminars at Douglas and Sturgess in San Francisco

Friday July 6:
Which Resin is Right For Me? 6PM-9PM:
We'll be discussing the three basic families of thermoset resins, their use and applications and where they are similar and how they differ.  Find out why to use a specific kind of resin for a wide variety of applications-everything from faux metal and stone casting to stiffening paper and fabric for sculptural endeavors.

Friday, August 3:
Make Your Own Artist Grade Paints 6PM-9PM:
Artist's paints are made from a wide variety of binders.  Join us to see how to use some of these materials, both traditional and modern, to make some darn good paints.  Everything from acrylics and oils to other natural gums and resins will be demonstrated in a way that will allow you to make paint with your own pigments and dyes.  With the cost of artist's painting materials reaching stratospheric levels, make some good paint that will perform well and endure.

Friday, September 7:
Mask Making and Makeup Effects 6PM-9PM:
With Halloween on the way, perhaps it’s time to up your game a little bit. We will be discussing the use and application of everything from latex to silicone for prosthetic and makeup effects and some of the other materials to get to a good finished product. We’ll even be talking about that J-E-L-L-O in your cupboard for some special effects.

Friday, October 5:
Using the Power of Air to Create Better Molds and Castings 6PM-9PM:
If you have ever made a mold or a casting only to find that it is filled with many bubbles and voids, come and join us to find out how to make void free castings with some readily available equipment.  We will demonstrate how to use both a vacuum chamber and a pressure chamber to achieve the holy grail of the molding and casting world-bubble free molds and castings.  We'll be investigating what works and what doesn't and we will show you why and how to do it. 

Friday, November 2:
Introduction to Low Temperature Thermoplastics, 6PM-9PM:
Although these materials have been around for awhile now, we find that they are great for use in the world of make believe-everything from cosplay and mascot building to formal theatre. We will be discussing and demonstrating these diverse and dynamic sheet materials that can be shaped and formed with a little heat and a little effort.  Come and get some free samples and check out what this world has to offer!

Friday, December 7:
Introduction to Body Casting, or How to Make Some Last Minute Christmas Presents Without Breaking the Bank:
Body casting continues to be a popular art form that anyone can do, given the proper tools. Come and see what materials are available and how to make some darn good castings, whether it be for an art piece or for that last minute Christmas present for Grandma.


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