Meet artist David Hickey and make your own planter or garden sculpture out of cement.
Meet local artist David Hickey and create a work of art out of cement - a garden sculpture or planter. David is a full time artist and his work in paint, wood, metal and sculpture is inspired by the forms and beauty he observes in the natural environment. “Whether you are an experienced artist or a new beginner working with cement is fun, creative and full of surprises. I personally enjoy the organic free flowing medium of cement and the creative opportunities available.”
This course will focus on creating two works of art while fully exploring the fundamental hand building techniques that will allow you to enhance your skill level. All the basics of working with cement will be addressed such as : different types and compositions; additives; safety; tools. As you create your own mushroom sculpture and birdbath you will decorate your sculpture with found organic materials and some that are provided. Completed works can be picked up the following week, or, if you are not able to return, modifications can be made to your project so you can take it with you the same day.
10:00 - Begin your day by greeting South Pond mascot Millie the goat on your way to meet owner Danielle and artist David in the property’s restored 100 year old barn. Learn about the history of the property and it’s restoration while enjoying coffee, tea, granola and fresh fruit.
10:30 - Intro to workshop with a discussion of the products being used and varying types of cement followed by a demonstration of techniques and production of sample project.
11:45 - Walk along the trails protected by the Kawartha Land Trust to collect organic materials for your project and enjoy the scenery.
12:15 - Break for lunch by our outdoor stone-oven and enjoy handmade pizzas and fresh green salad.
1:15 - Get things going by prepping materials ready, setting up your basic form, making moulds, mixing cement and letting your creative juices flow!
2:45 - Break and try one of our award winning maple butter tarts with your afternoon tea/coffee.
3:00 - Back to work for your second project!
4:00 - Relax in our Muskoka chairs overlooking the property with a glass of beer or wine.