“Little Dragon” Mobile Glassblowing Studio
Our “Little Dragon” mobile glassblowing studio was made possible by Sunday’s Child in 2016. We provide educational and inspiring presentations that showcase the art of glass blowing. Our talented artists offer fun information about glass art including history, chemistry, & physics! We offer several tiers of rates, depending on the size and type of your group, including: Standard Group/Event rate, Small Group rate, Fundraising Event rate, and Title One School discounted rate. We are actively seeking grants and corporate sponsorship to secure a limited number of free programs for Title One Schools in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties.
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Mentorship Program in Glass, Pottery, and Clay Sculpture
In 2011, the FCAC Glass Guild recognized the need to attract young artists to the medium of glass. For young artists, it very difficult and expensive to learn glass blowing, especially without role models and access to the equipment and the tools needed for success. FCAC’s Mentorship program is a solution to help artists in Grades 9-11 by offering them a free opportunity to experience an intensive, hands-on learning series. We have expanded the program to also include clay sculpture and pottery on the wheel, in addition to glassblowing.
The FCAC Glass and Pottery Guilds work with the Escambia County High School art teachers, who recommend a select group of interested students every year. Each of these students is asked to apply for the opportunity, and provide a one-page narrative about his or her pursuit of and interest in art, as well as a few photos of their work. After a painstaking process of elimination, two students were initally chosen to participate in this mentorship. They began their orientation under the tutelage of FCAC Glass Guild members who volunteered their time and talents using materials donated by FCAC for this pilot program.
Once the students successfully complete their six-week course, they become junior members of the FCAC Glass Guild. The students continue to improve their skills by assisting with the production of glass cups and pumpkins for our fund raising events. Subsequent glass mentorship programs have proved even more successful, and since the start of the program we have more than doubled the number of participating students!
Over the years, the GGAF has awarded several grants to FCAC, allowing us to purchase a new raku kiln in 2013, microphone equipment in 2014, chairs in 2015, mentorship teaching supplies in 2016 AND our most recent grant award in 2017 that will allow us to offer the community a handicapped accessible potter’s wheel! Free pottery workshops to elementary students from various schools in the Escambia County School District were made possible through a grant from the GGAF committee and board. Two free photography workshops were made possible through a GGAF grant to elementary school children. In one workshop, students learned how to use a pinhole camera and in the second, students were asked to take photos of their world. FCAC, in partnership with the Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival, presented “Glass Jam” for over seven years. At these events, members, invited guests and patrons enjoy high caliber art created live, in addition to the opportunity to bid on these one-of-a-kind pieces in the live auction.
Every year, First City Art Center turns four bowling pins into works of art and presents them as Team Spirit Awards during the Bowl For Kids’ Sake fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of NWFL. FCAC has a long-standing relationship with Big Brothers Big Sisters of NW Florida and is excited to continue our work on this project.
For 2017, the bowling pins will be decorated by the First City Pottery Guild, Glass Guild and Studio Guild as well as the Jardin Foundry. The first completed pin was made by Lorraine Bracher of the FCAC Pottery Guild. Pat Regan of the FCAC Studio Guild will be painting a second one, and the Jardin Foundry will be making an aluminum casting for the third pin. The mold from Jardin will also be used to make a glass casting for the fourth pin. These pins will all be true works of art! FCAC is grateful to all the artist who are sharing their talents to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida.
FCAC partners with the University of West Florida Department of Art to host UWF Bachelor of Fine Arts showings and openings at our facility. This gives art students the opportunity to experience the work and planning that goes into showing their work to the public.
Over the years, FCAC has developed a strong, reciprocal relationship with UWF. The University has also provided many interns from the Department of Art for FCAC. We look forward to continuing our relationship and helping more art students bring their unique vision and contributions to our community.
For four years, FCAC participated in the Pensacola Little Theater Kids Expo. At this popular event, various organizations set up stations where kids can have some fun and engage in the creative process. FCACs contribution included our potters who offered a hands-on, make-your-own clay station.
FCAC partnered with Covenant Hospice Care to create an art-based workshop. The five-hour session mini-workshops were developed for children in bereavement, aged 6-10 and 11-15. The kids worked in clay, painting, drawing, glassblowing and glass bead making. The children kept all the items they made during the workshop.
FCAC developed weekly workshops in partnership with Pyramid, Inc., an organization committed to to serving those with severe disabilities. These workshops allowed adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to work with their hands in the medium of clay.
Eight visually impaired students participated in blowing their own glass ornaments at the First City Art Center. The instructor prepared them for the experience by providing them with tactile examples of the different forms of glass before they became objects.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services of NW FL, Inc.
Eight hearing-impaired students received a workshop in glassblowing.
A joint fundraiser in which the FCAC pottery studio created original place settings and AFL’s catering prepared a buffet. The sit-down dinner featured entertainment, live and silent auctions.