Wk 2 – Art Experience – Plaster Casting

Before I made my way to the beach to start the plaster casting, I had to make a trip to home depot to purchase the necessary materials. I bought a bucket, a bag of plaster, and a broom. I thought it was funny because I originally bought the broom for stirring, but most people decided to use it as a brush instead. Also, I realized that I bought too much plaster because when I arrived at the beach, most people had a small carton of it. Then again, it ended up being a good thing because I made mistakes and had to start all over; my extra plaster also helped other people that didn’t have it or needed more of it.

When I arrived at the meet up spot, I was welcomed by the other students there. Some people had already started making the plaster and some were just waiting for it to harden. Initially, I was a bit slow on the whole process of making the mixture because I wasn’t sure if I should put more water or less. A nice fellow named Jonathan helped me out though and we created a decent mixture, but we might have put too much plaster for this one. By the time I finished forming the sand mold with my hand, the plaster mixture had hardened and we had to start over. This time we didn’t put as much and it turned out really great. The only finger that partially collapsed was the ring finger, but it turned out very solid overall. I have never done anything like this, but it was a really fun experience especially when I started excavating it when it was ready.

There’s only one thing that comes to mind when I’m thinking of ways to apply this activity to my life and that would be cooking rice. If I put too much water, then it would turn out too soft and moist. However, if I put too less then my rice would be too thick and dry. It has to be a good mixture and that goes for plaster casting too. It’s





I’m Sam and I am currently a junior, majoring in Biology at CSULB. I am looking forward to the art experiences as well as the blogs that I will be posting for Art 110. I have never blogged before, but I hope this will be a fun!