Seasonal Botanical Casting Masterclass

Each moment of the year has its own beauty - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our Botanical Casting Masterclass led by expert plaster caster Abilu will help you connect to the beauty of each season as each workshop draws inspiration from the flora and forage that each new season brings. Learn how to capture and keep the beauty of each moment!


Workshop Date: Saturday 16th November 2019

Workshop time:  14:00 to 17:00

Workshop Location: Surrey Art School, Dean House Farm, RH55DL

Tutor: Abilu

Join us for a voyage of discovery with our fabulous 3D specialist where you will learn the art of botanical casting, working with clay and plaster to create incredibly detailed relief casts to take home! In Spring we’ll work with new blooms such as daffodils and bluebells, in summer with textures from the meadows, in the Autumn we’ll explore acorns and ferns and come winter we’ll be reaching for larch, pine and other festive beauties to inspire our casting.

You'll start by learning all about Plaster of Paris - from mixing the correct consistencies, to eliminating bubbles in the cast and exploring setting times by creating a series of test casts using natural materials. 

Then you'll roll out clay to create a final impression cast using your own choice of botanical blooms and exploring composition and layout for your final cast. 

One final plaster pour and a bit of patience, and you'll create a relief cast directly into a frame which you'll learn how to clean up and finish ready to hang in your home! 

Expect a fun, messy and wildly creative workshop that will give you lots of ideas and plenty of advice to continue your casting practice beyond the classroom. 

All materials, expert tuition and light refreshments are included!

How to book:

Book online to secure your spot. Further information is emailed the week before the workshop. Suitable for absolute beginners. Workshops are for adults, but young artists 14 + can join when accompanied by an adult (18+). Gift Option available at checkout. Full booking terms and conditions are here

Our Studio

All workshops take place in our fully equipped studio: Surrey Art School, Dean House Farm, Newdigate, Dorking, RH5 5DL.

The studio is located in a beautiful rural setting with stunning views and plenty of free parking onsite.