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Extended Course Schedule (Spring 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.



Venetian Glassblowing & Sculpture—Beginner

Session: Four (4) weeks per session
Start Date: February 11 - March 11, 2021 (this course will not meet on February 18 due to the Mardi Gras holiday)
Schedule: Thursday evenings, 6–9pm
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: February 9 - March 9, 2021 (this course will not meet on February 16 due to the Mardi Gras holiday)
Schedule: Tuesday 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: Spring 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: Spring 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: February 1 - March 1, 2021 (this course will not meet on February 15 due to President's Day and Mardi Gras)
Schedule: Monday evenings, 6-8:30pm
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: Three (3) weeks
Start Date: TBD 2021
Schedule: Thursdays, 6-9pm
Enrollment: Maximum five (5) students

In this 3 week course, students will learn the basics of relief printing by carving and printing a linoleum block (a process known as "linocut"). Students will gain an understanding of the printmaking process, tools, and history, exploring the techniques that have made relief printing such a favored process with printmaking artisans dating back to the Egyptians circa 500 b.c. Each student will leave the class with an edition of stunning prints and the ability to create many more!

Packaged with the cost of tuition are the following items:

  • 1 9x12 linoleum block
  • 1 carving tool
  • 5 sheets Rives BFK paper
  • Relief ink
  • Newsprint
  • Soft rubber brayer
  • Hand baren

Important: for each class, please ensure you bring:

  • Pencil/eraser
  • 9"x12" Sketchbook
  • 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)


Introduction to Jewelry Design & Creation

Session: Four (4) Weeks
Start Date: TBD 2021
Schedule: Tuesday evenings, 6-9pm
Enrollment: Maximum six (6) students

Modern jewelry and jewelry-making methods are the product of thousands of years of cultural exchange and technical development. In the 19th century, there was an increase in commissions for one-of-a-kind pieces. In this three-piece metalsmith course, you will have the chance to learn the beauty of moving and heating metal to create wearable art. The class will focus on learning fundamental metalsmithing skills, using soldering forming, sewing and more as the class progresses. You will be designing and creating one-of-a-kind pieces made from copper and bronze. Interested students will have the possibility of moving on to sterling silver.
Class 1: Introduction to metal, basic ring
Class 2: Basic ring, begin cuff
Class 3: Cuff, begin pendant
Class 4: Pendant

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Introduction to Metal Sculpture

Session: Four (4) Weeks
Start Date: March 29 - April 21, 2021
Schedule: Monday and Wednesday, 5pm to 8pm
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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Session: Four (4) weeks
Start Date: February 2 - March 2, 2021 (this course will not meet on February 16 due to the Mardi Gras holiday)
Schedule: Tuesday evenings, 6–8pm
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


Introduction to Glass Mosaics

Session: Three (3) weeks
Start Date: TBD
Schedule: Tuesdays, 6–8pm
Enrollment: Maximum four (4) students

The history of patterned mosaics can be traced all the way back to the Neo-Persian Empire. Exquisite, finely detailed murals have popped up on walls, floors, outside exteriors, and even 3D sculptures. This beginner course will teach the basics of creating beautiful glass mosaics! Students will learn glass cutting techniques, pattern-developing skills, color placement, and grouting/finishing techniques. Students will create beautiful mosaic framed mirrors to take home.

No experience necessary.

Important: for each class, please ensure you bring:

  • Clear, wrap-around safety glasses (sold at hardware store)
  • Sketchbook
  • Black marker
  • 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. ↩︎