teaching models

Most of the following models were made speci-fically for teaching purposes and later incor-
porated into the book Model-making: Materials and Methods. As such they do not always pre-
sent a full finish, and parts are left untreated to keep the making procedure visible.

This example of a derelict house façade was put together using thin Kapa-line foam on a PVC base to show the constructional and texturing advantages of both materials. The brickwork texture was created by first scoring the foam with a pencil, then pressing further with a brick-sized piece of wood in places to create some variety and finally ‘distressing’ the foam with a wire brush. Thin acrylics (the bottle type e.g. DecoArt) were used to give the façade a dark basecoat over which variations to the brick colour were then dry-brushed.

The presentation method here was what I call
the ‘sand-pit’ form, arranged on the gallery
floor. Cast and painted forms were half-buried
in a mound of dyed cork granules resembling
earth. Visitors to the gallery were encouraged
to unearth, handle and re-arrange these forms.

photo: A. Bärndal