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Young Adult Summer Workshop

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Contact our offices today to register your young adult—ages 9–17—for any of our Summer Sessions. Spots are filling rapidly, so please act quickly!

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Workshop Dates

June 5, 2017–August 11, 2017

9:00am–4:00pm

This extraordinary workshop is one-of-a-kind!

Young artists, ages 9–17, learn a wide array of innovative techniques and skills in:

  • Glassblowing
  • Metal sculpture
  • Printmaking
  • Glass flameworking
  • Stained glass
  • Mosaics
  • Copper enameling
  • Pop-up book engineering
  • Flip books & digital animation

All students design and execute their own projects under the assistance of our faculty, of whom all are master-craftsmen in their respective fields.

THREE WEEK SESSION
June 5, 2017–June 23, 2017 (ages 10–17)

Our first session is three weeks long. It is our most popular session and space fills up quickly. Why, you ask? This is the session that includes glassblowing! Students spend quality time on the hot shop floor learning the basic concepts of designing and executing projects in hot glass. Additional studios, such as metal sculpture, copper enameling, and flameworking (to name just a few of many more), complement this ancient medium, and students are encouraged to create multi-media projects.

WEEKLY SESSIONS
June 26, 2017–August 11, 2017 (ages 9–17)

Students can sign up for one, two, three, or more weeks, and not necessarily back-to-back. We will offer the same studios as in the three-week session, excepting only glassblowing.

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact our offices for an information packet.

Essential Information

Ages

Young adults, ages 10–17 for weeks 1–3; all remaining weeks ages 9–17.

Program Dates

Three-Week Session
Dates
Week 1 June 5 – June 9, 2017
Week 2 June 12 – June 16, 2017
Week 3 June 19 – June 23, 2017
Weekly Sessions
Dates
Week 4 June 26 – June 30, 2017
Week 5 July 3 – July 7, 2017
Week 6 July 10 – July 14, 2017
Week 7 July 17 – July 21, 2017
Week 8 July 24 – July 28, 2017
Week 9 July 31 – August 4, 2017
Week 10 August 7 – August 11, 2017

Important Dates

In commemoration of Independence Day, the Young Adult Summer Workshop will not hold session Tuesday, July 4, 2017. Applicable tuition shall be prorated accordingly.

Hours

Monday through Friday, 9a–4p.

Lunch

Students recess for lunch every day, 11a–12 noon. Students are required to bring lunch each day, or make arrangements as otherwise noted. For convenience, Glassworks makes available a refrigerator, toaster over, and microwave.

Arrangements may also be made with Bittersweet Confections, a sandwich and desert shop located next door, who will deliver boxed lunches for your student. To enroll in its meal program, Bittersweet Confections must be contacted directly. Contact information is as follows:

Bittersweet Confections
(504) 523-2626 tel
www.bittersweetconfections.com

Additionally, to ensure hydration, all students must bring a water bottle, labeled with his or her respective name. Cold, filtered water is made available free-of-charge for refilling bottles throughout the day.

Before & After Care

Before and after care are offered Monday through Friday in one-hour increments, namely 8a–9a, as well as 4p–5p.

Studio Descriptions

Venetian Glassblowing & Sculpture

Available Three-Week Session only.

Available exclusively to young adults enrolled in our three-week session, students undertake fundamentals of European glassblowing, glass casting, and glass sculpture. This workshop is designed to enable students to incorporate glass designs into other forms of media, whether print, metal, animation, or other, culminating in multimedia final projects.

Glass Torchworking (with Morretti glass)

Skills used in torchworking – also know as flameworking or lampworking – are commensurate with those employed in glassblowing, albeit on a smaller scale. Torchworking is the process by which colored glass rod (or "cane") is manipulated using heat from a single table-top torch, as seen frequently in chemistry labs. Students undergo a comprehensive introduction to creating glass beads and exotic sea creatures, learning, thereby, basic methods for manipulating small sculptures on steel rods (called "mandrels"), advancing brilliant and complex color patterns. Students will be in a strong positions to command working-faculties over such processes, subsequently enabling them to recreate a co to create a comparable studio at home.

Stained Glass & Glass Mosaics

New students will learn basics of stained glass, including proper cutting, grinding, soldering, copper foiling, and finishing techniques. When equipped to prepare patterns using multicolored glass pieces, students will endeavor in creating a variety of unique, imagined designs, including brilliant stained glass window panels. Returning students will engage new challenges, including fabrication of increasingly complex, three-dimensional forms, as well as pattern-making in stained glass, along with glass mosaics, tabletops, sconces, lighted sculptures, and wall hangings.

Metal Sculpture & Welding

Young adults immerse into the art of metal engineering and creative design through welding. Such comprehends fabrication of armatures and sculpted structures using welding, cutting, bending, and the finishing of metal—utilizing principles of kinetics and motion. Students are encouraged to combine creations executed in glass and print into respective metal sculpture projects. As skill levels increase, students develop projects in the vein of wall hangings, outdoor metal sculpture, creative light fixtures, and glass/metal end tables.

Ceramic Sculpture

Using red earthenware clay, students will learn hand-building techniques to form whimsical sculptures. Contingent only on individual creativity and problem-solving, students conceive, execute, and fire their own works of art, which can be wall-mounted, or placed in a home yard or garden.

Printmaking

Screenprinting, Relief Printing, Intaglio Printing, and Italian Paper Marbling

Traditional, flat-bed printing presses are used to generate one-of-a-kind images on a diversity of paper, metal, and glass, while imparting knowledge of "relief" and "intaglio" printing methods. Additional image-making systems shall supplement traditional means, expanding educational scope. Students learn an array of techniques, including woodblock carving, copper etching, letterpress printing, and Italian paper marbling—and how to incorporate each into their own individual projects.

Paper Engineering & Book Arts

Young adults combine printed images, along with creations derived from other studios, to execute three-dimensional communicative forms. The result is a one-of-a-kind, personalized hand-bound, pop-up book, encompassing printmaking and collage techniques. Faculty actively encourage students to follow personal creative visions; albeit, teachers first impart requisite technical skills and vocational foundations in bookbinding, permitting construction of more advanced prototypes in paper making and engineering of pop-up books.

Paper Maché Sculpture

Students learn basics for designing simple structures, and then how to build upon such knowledge by way of manipulating paper in pursuance of structural formations. Three-dimensional forms will emerge as students work towards sculpting life-size forms, to be completed by the end of each student's session and available for taking home.

Animated Filmmaking (Mixed Media)

Using smartphones, students synthesize tools, materials, and skill-sets acquired through printmaking to develop short animated films. Young adults will collaborate in effecting a narrative abstracted from sequential images, combining printed backgrounds with free-standing paper maché figures, props, and sets---culminating into an edited, animated film. Students take away technical skills and aesthetic concepts necessary for realizing a completed project, contemplating phases from story-boarding, to production, to post-production. What films our young adults create will be optimally formatted for sharing across devices, rendering mementos of summer adventures in filmmaking.

Kinetic Sculpture (Mixed Media)

Mobiles and kinetic art incorporate movement into the art of sculpture. Young adults will design and integrate printmaking into moving sculptures. Kinetic sculptures will be abstracted from template forms, and completed through a synergy balancing diverse media and technical skill-sets acquired through work with in areas of glass, print, and metal.