The Sculpting in Wax class considers material, and the original as the bases for exploring Bronze Casting. Unlike the objective of other bronze casting class or of a traditional foundry, where many artist proofs, plaster casts and several stages of mold making occur to perfect the one bronze cast, Instructor Oscar Garcia focuses on creative and critical thinking in the realm of sculpture making. First and foremost, the wax is the primary sculpting material. In learning to sculpt with wax students will learn the value of the original. Students are taught sculpture on a one to one bases with the instructor. They bring their concepts and are assisted with resources in their sculptural pursuit. When students arrive at a finished wax sculpture they take there original and reinvent the wheel through this personal experience with the ancient means of bronze casting. In combining creativity and technique a students strengthens there aptitude for sculpture with every variation of work they produce and bronze pour they participate in. Once in bronze students will experience chasing: a technique of hammering out the imperfections and punching in the new with a variety of steel tools, and patination: a chemical reaction to finish the surface of the bronze with the discoloration of purposeful or accidental intent.
Oscar Garcia began his formal art training in Peru at the Fine Art School of Lima and continued his studies at the University of Lima, focusing on metallurgy. His public commissions can be seen in Lima, Peru. Mr. Garcia has been a technical instructor for bronze casting since 2006.