METHODOLOGY

The Eutectic Arts Program is "Challenge by Choice."

The practice of casting metal is simultaneously individual in the art-making, and communal in its execution. There is power in both components: building self-confidence while also trusting and relying on others.

Each participant chooses a specific role in the process such as charging the furnace, a member of a pour team, clean-up crew, safety officer, photographer, sculptor, and observer. The educational and therapeutic goals for each component of the activity are expanded below:

DESIGN AND SCULPT

DESIGN & SCULPT

(Scratch-Block Carving)

OBJECTIVES

Engage in creative expression through a given theme or individual idea

 

Exposure to a new and different mode of art making

TECHNICAL SKILLS

Conceive and articulate design

 

Transferring design idea to scratch block (thinking in three dimensions, and in reverse)

Learning to create using various sculpting tools

THERAPEUTIC VALUE

Challenge to try something new

Individual self-expression

 

Positive creative thinking

SET UP EQUIPMENT

SET UP EQUIPMENT

OBJECTIVES

Physical and emotional challenge

 Confidence building

Collaborative working

Communication

Gaining a more in-depth understanding of the tools, building respect for the process

TECHNICAL SKILLS

Organizing / Planning

Mapping setup

Problem solving

Mechanical construction

Assembly and tool use

Safety

THERAPEUTIC VALUE

Teamwork

Communication

Risk taking

Trust

Self-confidence

DISCUSSION OF ROLES

OVERVIEW OF PROCESS

DISCUSSION OF ROLES (Challenge by Choice)

REVIEW SAFETY & PRACTICE

OBJECTIVES

Familiarize students with the process, planned activities, and emphasize proper safety awareness

 

Create teams and communication opportunities through command terms and language

 

Increase confidence in ability to

perform roles

TECHNICAL SKILLS

General knowledge of equipment function, how to conduct yourself on the pour field, familiarity with specific tasks and roles (why / how)

 

Introduced to the choreography of the pour and they get to feel the weight of the equipment, test tipping the furnace, ladles, tongs, etc.

 

Communication: verbal and non-verbal

THERAPEUTIC VALUE

Empowerment to choose

 

Every person and role is indispensable and vital to contributing to the activity and community

Respecting for the process

 

Increase confidence through capacity to engage in new challenges, risk taking, building self-esteem

POUR METAL

MELT METAL AND POUR MOLDS

OBJECTIVES

Safely work in a team

 

Clear communication, judgement, attentiveness

 

Pour your molds!

TECHNICAL SKILLS

Proper use of all tools and following safety procedure

 

Operating equipment

 

Pouring molten metal

 

THERAPEUTIC VALUE

Communication and teamwork

Self-confidence

Risk taking

Trust

Empowerment of self and others

Overcoming fears

Attention

Spatial awareness

Judgement

FINISH CASTINGS

FINISH CASTINGS

OBJECTIVES

Finish your piece using additional creative methods and tools

Make aesthetic decisions

TECHNICAL SKILLS

Finishing tool use: grinders, sanders

 

Surface coloration: patinas, stains, wax

 

Display considerations: hanging, mounting, etc.

 

THERAPEUTIC VALUE

Pride in completing the sculpting process

 

How finishing the piece relates to overall mental health and self-worth

 

Value in taking on a new challenge and producing an art object

CLEAN UP

CLEAN UP

OBJECTIVES

Participating in the community effort to break down equipment, pack up, put everything away, dispose of debris

 

Recognize responsibility to the environment (leave no footprint)

TECHNICAL SKILLS

Executive Function Skills:

Organization

Planning

Initiation

Attention to detail (i.e. not losing parts and tools, everything put back in its place)

THERAPEUTIC VALUE

Contribute to the community, and

the  environment

 

Increase responsibility and complete the process

MAKING CONNECTIONS

PROCESSING THE EXPERIENCE AND MAKING CONNECTIONS

 

SHARING YOUR WORK

OBJECTIVES

Reflect upon the process and experience of creating and pouring your art

 

Learn and articulate something about the transformation of the material, your piece, and yourself

TECHNICAL SKILLS

Verbal and written communication of experience

THERAPEUTIC VALUE

Actualization

Self-reflection, growth and change

Communication

Team work

Self-empowerment

 

Recognizing and reflecting that the process of creating an individual unique piece of art in this medium is completed through the use of teamwork and trust