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3D – Sculpture
The Royal Institute of Art’s sculpture department offers tuition in a variety of techniques. It is responsible for the following workshops: large sculpture workshop, 3D Lab, bronze workshop, workshop for polymer materials, workshop for vacuum moulding, sculpture-model hall, spray booth, carpentry workshop and the metal workshop.
The 3D lab at the Royal Institute of Art offers the opportunity to work with various digital technologies that are under rapid development. Most technologies at the 3D lab are based on digital three-dimensional objects created by using 3D modeling software or 3D scanning techniques. A 3D model can be 3D printed, milled in large format, textured, used for virtual reality, augmented reality, animated for games, film, real-time visualization and much more.
The work done in the 3D lab often involves collaborations with other study areas at KKH and with partners from other faculties and companies. One example is ‘re:motion’, see below.
Development of new technology
The 3D lab is developing a Wax-3D-printer that will give students and artists the prerequisites for new expressions and improved working methods for glass and bronze. Involved in this development are Erik Cederberg, CEO of Cederb AB, is the founder of Stockholm Makerspace, Ulrika Rosengren Gustafsson, Glass departmen KKH, Esther Ericsson 3D Lab KKH, Anneli Scheutz Bronze department KKH.
Read more about this here! (in Swedish)
On the 3D Lab’s blog you will find information about previous and new examples of courses and student projects.
Follow this link to the blog!
The 3D lab offers courses and tutoring in 3D scanning, 3D printing, 3D milling, 3D modeling, VR / AR, game engines, 3D animation and more.
- PC work stations
- Professional software
The Bronze Workshop
For bronze casting, The Royal Institute of Art makes use of cire-perdue, the lost-wax technique. A wax copy or other flammable original is provided with casting channels made of wax. A mould is created round the wax copy and is heated so that the wax runs out. The form is sintered and the molten bronze is poured into the gap inside the mould.
The bronze workshop uses the ceramic-shell technique for producing casting moulds instead of the traditional, compact mould made of plaster and clay. Shell moulds are easier to use and give a very precise image. The bronze workshop is fully equipped for working with wax
and moulds, firing, chasing and patinating. Casting takes place at the firm of Bergmans Konstgjuteri.
Anneli Scheutz, Teacher
The Plastics Workshop
In the workshop for polymer materials, generally known as the plastic workshop, students can work with various hard plastics, thermoplastics, composite materials and other polymer materials.
Students may also spray-paint their work in the plastic workshop. There is also a shop for vacuum forming and surfaces for working with expanded polystyrene.
Due regard is paid to current legislation pertaining to the working environment. This means that students need an appropriate doctor’s certificate if they wish to use these workshops.
The Stone Workshop
Working with large volumes of stone takes place in collaboration with the stone industry. There are also opportunities for working with stone at the Royal Institute of Art’s exchange college in Carrara in Italy.
The Sculpture Studio
The focus in the plaster and modelling workshop is on creating individual works of art. Most techniques are covered, from so-called dead moulds to modern digital prototype manufacturing methods. Mould-making and casting techniques are also included.
Materials used for producing original objects include plaster, synthetic plaster/acrystal/jesmonite, silicon of various sorts, alginate (for making body casts), wax, and clay.
The Glass Workshop
The Glass workshop offers opportunities to work in various cold glass techniques, such as cold glass casting for three-dimensional glass objects, flat glass techniques including lead glass and glass painting, as well as newer techniques such as fusing, bending, slumping, sandblasting, screen printing and flame work. Courses The glass workshop is available to all students who can either take part in foundation courses or request personal supervision for their own particular project using glass. In certain years the
workshop has been
granted funds for research Viprojects into areas such
as neon, plasma, light and lampworking. The workshop accepts three project students each year who spend one or two terms working on a glass project of their own design. This means that the glass workshop is in a constant state of development.
Ulrika Rosengren Lecturer in Fine Art with specialization in Glass
- Cold glass fusing
- Paint and printing on glass
- The workshop is equipped with a large light table, a small blasting box, grinding and cutting machines for glass, a glass saw, a small burner and various hand tools.
- The workshop contains a small supply of float glass, fusing glass and glass enamel paint.
- The workshop also includes a large and a small fusing furnace, a cold glass furnace and two ceramic furnaces.
The Metal Workshop
The metal workshop is equipped for wrought ironwork, sheet metal, and other common metalworking techniques. Adjoining the metal workshop is a sound-proofed shop for grinding and cutting. The metalworking machinery maintains a high standard, enabling students to work in most metals, including iron, steel, stainless steel, aluminium, copper, bronze and brass.
Besides producing metal sculptures, the workshop is also used for making metal supports, bases, stands, reinforcements etc.
There are four welding courses each year for the students at The Royal Institute of Art. The courses provide insights into the skilled art of combining metals. Individual supervision is available at other times.
During term-time, workshops and study visits are organized as required.
All of the larger machines may only be used by students certified as competent to use them by the responsible instructor in the metal workshop.
Göran Svenborn, Lecturer