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Extended Course Schedule (Fall 2021)

Note: Educational Supporters of our school each receive $20.00 off one (1) Extended Course per year (September 2019–May 2020).

Attention all glassblowing students!

Glassblowing students work as a team throughout the duration of the course. Attendance to each class is therefore essential. If a student must miss a scheduled class, Glassworks requests written notice. in advance, as a courtesy to the class and faculty.

There are no make-up classes.

Note: Any unforeseen re-scheduling coordinated by the school will be an exception.



Introduction to Venetian Glassblowing & Sculpture—Beginner

Session: Four (4) weeks per session
Start Date: October 21 - November 11, 2021
Schedule: Thursday evenings, 6–9pm (the Tuesday session is now full)
Enrollment: Six (6) students per session

Introduce yourself to the fascinating world of glassblowing as you learn to sculpt honey-like, molten glass on the end of a blowpipe! Under the close guidance of two of our master-glassblowers, students will learn to make blown glass and solid sculptures. They will be introduced to a variety of glassblowing techniques from gathering and forming the initial bubble to adding colored powder or frit. Students will also learn the basics of polishing/finishing and cutting their glass pieces in the cold working studio and will ultimately develop the skills needed to advance to intermediate courses through hands-on experience.

No previous experience necessary!

Important: for each class, please ensure you bring:

  • A pair of sunglasses offering strong UV-protection
  • Bottled water (hydration is key!)


Venetian Glassblowing & Sculpture—Intermediate to Advanced[1]

Session: Four (4) weeks
Start Date: TBD, Instructor Approval Required
Schedule: Thursday evenings, 6–9pm
Enrollment: Maximum six (6) students

This course is designed to advance the skills of the intermediate and advanced glassblower, with emphasis on teamwork. Under the instruction of our master-glassblowers, students learn the art of pulling cane to incorporate multiple design techniques into patterned, blown sculptures and cut-out pickups. As students advance, they will be challenged to design complex color applications and to create more delicate pieces such as Venetian goblets. Instructor approval is required.

Important: for each class, please ensure you bring:

  • A pair of sunglasses offering strong UV-protection
  • Bottled water (hydration is key!)
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Introduction to Stained Glass

Session: Four (4) weeks
Start Date: Winter 2021 TBD
Schedule: Thursday evenings, 6–9pm
Enrollment: Maximum five (5) students

In this class, we will focus on the basic technical underpinnings of copper foil technique as a springboard for experimental creation.8 We will discuss design from a construction perspective, including what makes a sturdy end-product, how to reduce glass waste, and whether copper foil is the best technique for the project at hand. The intention is to finish this class feeling comfortable cutting glass, copper foiling, soldering, using basic patinas, and framing your work. We want you to be able to continue what you have been taught in stained glass in order to advance to future projects from your home studio.

No prior experience necessary.

If you have done some copper foil work previously, you will not find this course redundant.

Please note: all students who enroll in this course shall receive a Stained Glass Startup Kit, replete with all equipment and materials necessary for you to continue your education in any location convenient to you and on any time agreeable with your schedule.

Packaged with the cost of tuition are the following items:

  • 100 watt studio soldering iron
  • 1 roll of solder
  • 1 roll of copper foil

Important: for each class, please ensure you bring:

  • 1–2 black Sharpie permanent marker(s)
  • Bottled water (We have a cold water dispenser for refills)
  • 1 notepad of 8.5x11 graph paper




Introduction to Etching Course (Intaglio)

Session: Three (3) weeks
Start Date: Winter 2021 TBD
Schedule: TBD
Enrollment: Minimum four (4) students

Join the five centuries of artists who have been captivated by this printmaking process! In this class, students will focus on Intaglio engraving into acrylic plates. They will learn a variety of techniques and tools that will enable them to express and communicate through the medium of etching. No previous experience is necessary to discover the wonderful and historical process that brings ink to life.

Students will receive one-on-one instruction in the basics of etching, paper-tearing, and printing on a press.

Necessary materials to be purchased by students:

  • 2 30"x44" sheets of Rives BFK paper in White
  • 2 8"x10" acrylic sheet or 2 5"x7" copper plates
  • 1 burnishing/etching tool
  • 1 9"x12" newsprint pad
  • Etching ink in Bone Black

Important: for each class, please ensure you bring:

  • 9”x12” sketchbook
  • Pencil/eraser
  • 1 roll blue shop towels
  • Any fabric or materials to print on
  • Water bottle
  • Gloves and apron

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Introduction to Screenprinting

Session: Four (4) weeks
Start Date: October 19 - November 9, 2021
Schedule: Tuesday evenings, 5:30-8pm
Enrollment: Maximum four (4) students

Students will receive one-on-one instruction in non-emulsion screenprinting. Through the use of paper stencils, screen-filler, and drawing fluid, students will create a beautiful and colorful prints. This class is taught with the Speedball Original screenprinting kit, which students can take with them to continue making prints at home!

Packaged with the cost of tuition are the following items:

  • Speedball Original screenprinting kit
  • 3 sheets of studio paper
  • 18"x22" newsprint pad
  • And more!

Important: for each class, please ensure you bring:

  • Scotch packing tape
  • Apron
  • Blue shop towels
  • Sketchbook

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Introduction to Relief Course

Session: Four (4) weeks
Start Date: October 21 - November 11, 2021
Schedule: Thursday evenings, 6-9pm
Enrollment: Maximum six (6) students

This two session adult workshop will focus on the history and techniques involved with the traditional printmaking method of linocut. Linocut printing is derived from woodblocks as both are a form of relief printing. Instead of wood, the work is done on battleship gray linoleum. Students will learn how to prepare the printing plate, transfer images, cut the artwork, ink, and print using a Conrad etching press. No previous experience is necessary for this workshop, beginners and practitioners are all welcome.

Packaged with the cost of tuition are the following items:

  • 2 8x10 linoleum blocks
  • 1 carving tool
  • 1 pad Strathmore Printmaking paper
  • Relief ink
  • Sketchbook

Important: for each class, please ensure you bring:

  • Pencil/eraser
  • 1 roll blue shop towels

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Left to Right: Root Vegetables (Stephen Alcorn, 2003); Feeding Time (Stephen Alcorn, 1991); Moby Dick Rising (Rockwell Kent, 1929)


Metal Sculpture & Welding

Session: Four (4) Weeks
Start Date: TBD October 2021
Schedule: TBD
Enrollment: Minimum three (3) students

This class focuses on the hands-on experience of welding. Students learn the gas and electric welding processes, including welding safety and theory. You will learn the differences and functions between MIG, TIG, ARC and Oxyfuel cutting, what type of gases to use and why, and how to run a strong penetrating weld bead. A little theory and tech, but mostly you will get the feel for the manual skills of welding for future project building or repairs.

Important: for each class, please ensure you bring/wear:

  • Long, denim pants
  • Long-sleeved cotton shirt
  • A pair of clear, wrap-around safety glasses (sold at hardware store)
  • Bottled water
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Glass Flameworking & Scientific Torchworking IMG_3455

Session: Four (4) weeks
Start Date: TBD Fall 2021
Schedule: TBD
Enrollment: Maximum five (5) students

In lampworking, also known as torchworking or flameworking, glass is manipulated using heat from a single flame, transforming glass shapes into object used in contemporary life.

The focus of this course is use of soft glass, both solid rod and hollow tubing. Under the guidance of a master-craftsmen, you will create your own blown sculptural glass accessories, ranging from ornaments to vessels. Learn a variety of techniques used for small-scale glass designs, whether in transferring a section of tubing to a blow-pipe, or using properly a blow hose, or applying heat to form bubbles. Additional areas of focus include:

  • Pulling straight points
  • Heat and flame chemistry
  • Blowing
  • Proper annealing and polishing/finishing techniques

Furthermore, your instructor will equip you with the knowledge and equipment lists requisite for installing your own home studio, so as to work efficiently in recreating glass designs in your own personal space.

No previous experience necessary!

Important: for each class, please ensure you bring:

  • A pair of sunglasses offering strong UV-protection
  • Bottled water



  1. Please contact us to schedule advanced classes. The admissions office will gladly advise on course level, based upon existing experience. We can also advise as to when we will host artists-in-residence who teach workshops in intermediate/advanced glassblowing and sculpture. ↩︎