Fabric Sculpture Casting. Student Program.


The Fabric of Memory Art Class for primary and secondary school students, is a journey into the objects of memory. Created by sculptor Adrian Ward, a contemporary artist with over 25 years’ experience.


“As we move through our lives objects we used or loved are left behind, some of these objects are recycled some remain in our homes but all will remain under the ground in landfill, their stories lost.” Says Adrian.


The Fabric of Memory art class gives students the opportunity to tell the story about these objects, using art.

Students are invited to bring into class an "object of meaning" from their past to be transformed into sculpture.


As long as the objects brought into class are made from fabric or can absorb water, it can be transformed, reformed and remade into a work of art.

Over the last few year artist Adrian Ward has been transforming fabric into cement as part of his contemporary artwork, discussing the death of objects from our human value system. Jumpers, biscuit box, even a discarded pillow have been transformed into sculpture by Adrian.


At the end of the class the students will have immortalized a memory of their childhood into a sculpture.

Still Life Drawing is also incorporated into the program which hones the students visual perception of the world around them and the nature of the object they wish the transform.



The Fabric of Memory short course runs for 4 weeks, the full course runs for 7 weeks.


Lesson 1.
The Introduction.
The first half of the class will be dedicated to an artist talk outlining the artist work and history, various artworks from the artist will be shown the students. Students will then be briefed in life drawing materials and then focused on quick life drawing for the second half of the class. 

Lesson 2.
Student will explore understanding fabric through life drawing.

Students will be introducing to washers for example, Indian ink wash and a brown Renascence conte style, life drawing.
Students will be asked to bring to the following lesson a favorite personal item of clothing that is able to be used in their artwork i.e. t shirt, hat, shoes, blanket..etc.

Lesson 3.

Students will continue their life drawing, using the object to be cast. Gray lead drawings can be entered into their journals with the other drawings up to the students to choose which art materials they wish to use, from the previous classes.

Lesson 4.

Student will casting their items in plaster, with the assistance of the artist.

Lesson 5.

Sculpting the student artworks with sand paper.

Finishing the surface of their piece and then prime artworks with paint.

Lesson 6.
Students will learn antique reproduction Technics with a choice of bronze, metal or verdigris finishers. They will also explore the creative possibilities of the individual artworks and consider how to conveying its meaning to the viewer.

Lesson 7.
As with all lessons, a steady dose of art history is given by artist to the students, with the final lesson exploring the history of conceptual art. Student will finish their artworks and write a small paragraph outlining the conceptual backstory to their pieces.This completes the students artwork and opens up the opportunity for an exhibition at the school, to raise awareness of the art project and also the art room's profile within the schoolto parents and staff.




Please do not hesitate to contact Adrian for booking or inquires;

Mobile. 0429891707


Karoo PS 2016

Report Comment Suggestion.


During Term Three, Senior students were immersed in still life drawing and sculpture making with our Artist in Residence, Adrian Ward.

.... explored the ways in which artists, both past and present, communicate their views, beliefs and opinions in artworks and used these in his/her own art making. 

He/She consistently drew items accurately from still life in relation to how they were placed and constantly looked back and forth from the drawing to the objects.

He/She observed and drew highlights and shadows from still life very accurately, created good contrast between different objects using value and the direction of the light source was very apparent in all drawings. .... was able to achieve balance and utilized space on the paper well.

......arranged the plaster dipped fabric piece into a pleasing aesthetic shape to create movement and depth. He/She prepared the plaster surface appropriately for the final finish, covered all required surfaces with good paint coverage and competently utilized different paint techniques in order to complete the patina.

Eastwood PS 2017

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