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Summer Technical Workshop for Young Adults

Ready to enroll your own young adult? Dates for our 2019 Young Adult Summer Workshop are now posted below! Enrollment for our Young Adult Summer Workshop begins February 2019.

Email our offices today for more information or to be added to our Summer Workshop mailing list. Once you are added to our Summer Workshop interest list, you will be the first to receive all news and updates concerning our Summer Workshop.

In honor of the 75th anniversary of D-Day on June 6, 2019, we will be commemorating the heroic carrier pigeons used to send messages to the troops during World War II. Throughout the summer, students will learn the crucial role these hero birds played in assuring victory for the Allied Forces. We will be incorporating much of this information into projects in each studio.

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Workshop Dates

Monday, June 3, 2019 - Friday, August 16, 2019

(9:00am–4:00pm)

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

Young artists, ages 9–19, learn a wide array of innovative techniques and skills in:

  • Glassblowing
  • Metal Sculpture
  • Kinetic Sculpture
  • Welding
  • Printmaking (Letterpress, Drypoint Etching, Block Printing)
  • Glass Flameworking
  • Architectural Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Pop-up Book Engineering
  • Aerodynamic Design

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 3 - June 21)
(Ages 10–19)

In our first three-week long session, students spend quality time on the hot shop floor learning the basic concepts of designing and executing projects in hot glass. The excitement continues in our additional studios, with metal sculpture and welding, glass flameworking, kinetic sculpture, aerodynamic design, block printing, relief etching, engineered pop-up books, and architectural float making. Students are always encouraged to create multimedia projects.

WEEKLY SESSIONS (June 24 - August 16)
(Ages 9–19)

Students can sign up for one, two, three, or more weeks, building their skills at their own pace. and no two weeks are the same. Each week they will increase their skill-level as they advance. We will offer the same studios as in the three-week session, excepting only glassblowing.

  • Metal Sculpture
  • Kinetic Sculpture
  • Welding
  • Printmaking (Letterpress, Drypoint Etching, Block Printing)
  • Glass Flameworking
  • Architectural Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Pop-up Book Engineering
  • Aerodynamic Design

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

Essential Information

Our 2019 Summer Technical Workshop dates posted below.

Ages

Young adults, ages 10–19 for Weeks 1–3; all remaining weeks ages 9–19.

Program Dates

Three-Week Session
Dates
Week 1 June 3 – June 7, 2019
Week 2 June 10 – June 14, 2019
Week 3 June 17 – June 21, 2019
Weekly Sessions
Dates
Week 4 June 24 – June 28, 2019
Week 5 July 1 – July 3, 2019*
Week 6 July 8 – July 12, 2019
Week 7 July 15 – July 19, 2019
Week 8 July 22 – July 26, 2019
Week 9 July 29 – August 2, 2019
Week 10 August 5 – August 9, 2019
Week 11 August 12 – August 16, 2019

Important Dates

In commemoration of Independence Day, the Summer Technical Workshop will not hold session Thursday, July 4 or Friday, July 5, 2019. Applicable tuition shall be prorated accordingly.

Hours

Monday through Friday, 9am–4pm.

Lunch

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

Arrangements may also be made with Bittersweet Confections, a sandwich and desert shop located next door. To enroll in its meal program, Bittersweet Confections must be contacted directly. Contact information is as follows for the weekly lunch menu:

Bittersweet Confections (for Boxed Lunch arrangements)

www.bittersweetconfections.com

Additionally, 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 8am–9am, as well as 4pm–5pm (or 6pm). Before & Aftercare reservations MUST BE MADE IN ADVANCE.

Studio Descriptions

Venetian Glassblowing & Sculpture

Available Three-Week Session only.

Available 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, kinetic sculpture, or other, culminating in multimedia final projects.

Glass Flameworking

Skills used in flameworking – also know as torchworking or lampworking – are commensurate with those employed in glassblowing, and scientific torchworking is a prerequisite for chemistry. Flameworking 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 beadmaking, learning basic methods for manipulating small sculptures on steel rods (called "mandrels"), advancing brilliant and complex color patterns. As students build their confidence and skills, they can begin to create pendants and figures.

Metal Sculpture & Welding

Students are immersed into the art of metal engineering and creative design through welding. Study includes 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 a wide variety of items, from vessels to 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 or garden.

Printmaking

Letterpress, Block Printing, Drypoint Relief Etching, 3-Dimensional Sculpture, Engineered Pop-Up Books, Aerodynamic Design 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. Additionally, digital systems will supplement traditional means, expanding educational scope. Students learn an array of techniques—pop-up bookmaking, woodblock carving, plexiglass etching, letterpress printing, and Italian paper marbling—and how to incorporate each into their own individual projects.

Architectural Sculpture & Float Building

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 with paper mache. 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.

Kinetic Sculpture (Mixed Media)

Mobiles and kinetic art incorporate movement into the art of sculpture. Young adults will design and integrate printmaking, metal and glass 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.