Unit O : Decorative techniques

Currently assessed for clay plaster techniques only and available for the EQF levels

L1 L2 L3 L4 L5
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Decorative features, either relief, ornament or coloured detail, have long formed a special branch of design. A convincing use of decorative features, however, requires a high degree of creativity, design knowledge and craftsmanship. Craftspersons can offer advice and, in co-operation with the customer, work out draft designs which are acceptable from both a design and aesthetic viewpoint. They create templates or patterns. They select suitable plaster structures and mortars, as well as the necessary tools and design techniques, such as sgraffito and moulding.

To achieve this Unit a person must have practical skills in the following areas, according to her/his level. The level reflects a greater or lesser degree of knowledge, and ability to use more or less autonomy :

  • Stencilling, sgraffitto and relief sculpting
  • Design a concept
  • Choice and preparation of plaster mixes
  • Background preparation
  • Samples
  • Execution of decorative elements following the design brief
  • Selection and sourcing of constituents, organisation of work and security
  • Use of tools and materials relevant to each technique

This unit concerns the appeal of traditional or innovative decorative techniques. The aim is to design elements and to make and work with the necessary plaster mixes.

At the lower level, the person is able to carry out simple projects, following instructions. At level 4, the professional is able to plan, organise and carry out the whole process from design to execution, as well as to coordinate the work done by a team of craftspeople, in consultation with the client.



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