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Extended Courses

Four-Week Class Schedule (2017)

Note: Educational Supporters of our school each receive $20.00 off one (1) Extended Course per year (September 2016–May 2017).

Please see page regarding Membership Information.

Glass & Metal Workshops

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
Start Date: April 11, 2017 (ends May 2, 2017)
Schedule: Tuesday evenings, 6–9pm
Enrollment: Maximum six (6) students

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 Advanced1

Session: Four (4) weeks
Start Date: April 11, 2017 (ends May 2, 2017)
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.

Important: for each class, please ensure you bring:

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

Introduction to Stained Glass

Session: Four (4) weeks
Start Date: April 6, 2017 (ends April 27, 2017)
Schedule: Thursday evenings, 6–9pm
Enrollment: Maximum six (6) students

In this class, we will focus on the basic technical underpinnings of copper foil technique as a springboard for experimental creation. This may ultimately include three-dimensional collage with found objects, or inventive ways to restore a glass object. We will discuss design from a construction perspective, including what makes a sturdy end-product, how to reduce glass waste, whether copper foil is the best technique for the project at hand. We will explore making work with and without a pattern. The intention is to finish this class feeling comfortable cutting glass, copper foiling, soldering, using basic patinas, and framing your work. Expect to be excited by this material and the ways it can continue to be incorporated into your artistic practice.

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
  • 60/40 solder
  • Copper foil

Important: for each class, please ensure you bring:

  • A pair of clear, wrap-around safety glasses (sold at hardware store)
  • 1–2 black Sharpie permanent marker(s)
  • Bottled water

Glass Tube Working & Scientific Torchworking

Session: Four (4) weeks
Start Date: May 2, 2017 (ends May 23, 2017)
Schedule: Tuesday evenings, 6–9pm
Enrollment: Maximum seven (7) 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 borosilicate 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

Copper Enameling Jewelry Workshop

Session: Four (4) weeks
Start Date: May 2, 2017 (ends May 23, 2017)
Schedule: Tuesday evenings, 6–9pm
Enrollment: Maximum six (6) students

What better way to learn fine jewelry designing! This small, jewelry workshop is designed as a comprehensive course to teach beginners the basic skills new jewelry designers need to know. Each student will walk away from class with several pieces of professionally finished jewelry. Resources for students to continue working at home are available upon completion of class.

Learn foundations for:

  • Metal Fabrication (incl. Silver Soldering)
  • Vitreous Enameling
  • Jewelry Finishing (Polishing/Tumbling) & Presentation

Packaged with the cost of tuition are the following items:

  • Copper and bronze metal
  • Solder
  • Saw frame
  • Saw blades

Important: for each class, please ensure you bring:

  • A pair of clear, wrap-around safety glasses (sold at hardware store)
  • Bottled water

Metal Sculpture for Beginners

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

Steel Metal Arts Basics: Covers the basics in metal works and safety. This course introduces the proper use of tools and technique in cutting, bending and joining mild steel. The class will additionally incorporate the use of creative conception to develop and produce finished products in the metal studio. Resources for materials and equipment are available upon completion of this course.

Students are introduced to:

  • Mild Steel Safety
  • Oxy-Acetylene Welding
  • MIG Welding
  • Cutting and Bending Techniques
  • Finishing Procedures

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

Introduction to Glass Mosaics

Session: Four (4) weeks
Start Date: TBD Schedule: Tuesday evenings, 6–9pm
Enrollment: Maximum six (6) 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. Every design can be taken home at the end of class to enjoy.

No experience necessary.

For future classes, think of doing a body bust. You can also create a table, combining mosaics and metal sculpture.

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.

Printmaking & Bookbinding Workshops

The New Orleans Printmaking Studio is designed to facilitate a wide variety of print processes and paper arts, ranging from traditional to experimental. Our collection of printing presses includes:

  • Large and small format intaglio presses
  • Vandercook Automated Letterpress
  • Manual letterpress
  • Spring-Loaded Whelan Press.

In addition to our standard print shop set-up, we also feature:

  • Exposure unit
  • Light-safe drying unit
  • Light box
  • Dark room (fully-equipped)
  • Several book presses

Important: for each class, please ensure you bring:

  • Bottled water

Introduction to Screen-printing

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

Screen-printing, also known as serigraphy, is a fast and clean method for hand printing. A finely-woven mesh is stretched tightly around a frame. Through various methods, stencils are created that block the mesh in the non-printing areas. Ink is then pressed through the mesh and onto the print surface. This class will explore the basics of silkscreen printing, including hand-drawn stencils, and photo stenciling. Students receive one screen of their own to take home after completing the class.

Important: for each class, please ensure you bring:

  • Roll of 2" masking tape
  • Sketchbook
  • Bottled water

Introduction to Letterpress

Session: Four (4) weeks
Start Date: TBD (please inquire with our office.)
Enrollment: Maximum six (6) students

Letterpress is the term for relief printing of text and image using a high-press bed printing press and moveable type. It was widely used from the mid 15th century until the 19th century for most publications and during industrialization evolved into rotary printing. We will explore the possibilities of letterpress, using moveable type on a Vandercook press to print a broadside (poster) or create a small book of prose/poetry together. Students are encouraged to bring their own writing for publication.

Etching for Beginners

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

This studio class is designed to introduce intaglio printmaking techniques and processes, while encouraging students' appreciation for the historical relevance and tactile beauty of intaglio printmaking. Working within the possibilities and limitations of intaglio processes, students are encouraged to explore the full range of potential presented by the materials. Studio safety and cleanliness will be emphasized throughout the class. This is also a good refresher course for printers who have been away from the technique for a while.

Important: for each class, please ensure you bring:

  • Bottled water

Introduction to Relief Printing

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

Relief printing came to prominence in the Middle Ages as a way to produce playing cards. The non-image area is carved out of a block. Then, ink is rolled across the raised surface area and then transferred with pressure to paper. In this course, students will learn the basics of relief printing. We will begin with elementary ideas and move into more advanced methods of relief as the class progresses. In addition, we will touch on reduction cuts and multi-block printing.

Each student receives a beginners set of block printing tools.

Important: for each class, please ensure you bring:

  • Bottled water

Ceramics & Sculpture

Introduction to Ceramics

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

Learn about ceramics and about clay, craft and medium from which we derive artifacts predating the Neolithic period (Gravettian Venus, ca. 29,000 BC, Czech Republic).

Explore handbuilding to create functional and sculptural pottery. Students of this course will learn foundational construction processes using clay slabs and coils. Students draw from a diverse palette of decorative and finishing techniques. Class emphasizes coupling of concept with design, and is structured to convey a core understanding of working with low-fire clays and glazes.

Students pursue individual projects under teaching by a master-craftsmen.

Important: for each class, please ensure you bring:

  • Bottled water