Introduction to Glass Blowing

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Next classes starting in September!

Introduction to Glassblowing I., is a four-session(14 hour) course which teaches a team of 2 students what it takes to be a glassblower! No prior experience needed.

This course will focus on the important fundamentals of studio safety, the proper use of tools, and working in teams to create glass objects. Color application will be covered towards the end of the session to demonstrate the possibilities of surface design. This class is designed for those who are new to the medium or have limited experience in glass and are seeking to build a solid set of skills in the art of glassblowing. After completing the four classes, students will be scheduled for a studio and renter orientation. The orientation will provide additional information preparing students use the glass studio independently.

Introduction to Glassblowing II., is a four-session (14 hour) course designed for students who have completed Introduction to Glassblowing I., and would like to continue working with an instructor to further develop skills. In this self-directed course, students will discuss their goals with the instructor who will tailor the learning objectives individually. This course does not have to be taken immediately following the first class, and is not required to use the studio independently.

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Students:

This class is designed for a team of 2 students who enroll together. If you are interested in attending as single student, accommodations may be possible. Please email glass@firstcityart.org for more information. 

Team/Safety Precautions:

In this class students will work hands-on as a team with their partner. The students will work in close proximity with each other sharing tools, workspaces, and blowing air to inflate their partner’s pieces. The class has been redesigned to allow for social distancing and less contact between the instructor and students. 

Due to the physical demands and hands-on nature of hot glass sculpting workshops, maintaining six feet of social distance is not possible for our instructors during the full duration of these classes. Sanitized safety glasses, tools, will be provided for all students.

Scheduling:

  • The session schedule is flexible and can be adjusted based on the participants and instructor schedule. 
  • Classes 1-4 will be about 3.5 hours long
  • Class 5 will be about 2.5 hours and will include a studio orientation to prepare students to use the studio independently.
  • Email, glass@firstcityart.org to schedule your class.

Class may be subject to rescheduling due to inclement weather or changes in COVID. Students will be notified immediately if class requires rescheduling and will be made aware of the available options as soon as possible.

Please see our up to date COVID policy here.

Included Supplies:

  • Safety glasses
  • Color frit used to make a glass object.
  • Kevlar Sleeve 

What to expect:

  • Must wear closed toed shoes
  • Long hair must be tied back
  • No flammable clothing (i.e.: synthetic fibers)
  • Bring plenty of water and fluids
  • No consumption of drugs or alcohol while working in the glass studios
  • Please notify your instructor if you have special health issues which require adjustment in the glass blowing techniques. 

Studio Location:

The glassblowing studio is located in the creative warehouse, building #1. Please see the campus map below.

Cost: Two (pod) Students

  • $1,350 total for 2 non-members
  • $1,200 total for 2 members

*Introduction to Glassblowing I. and II. are separate courses. The above cost applies to each segment of the series. The cost does not cover both.


 

Details

Age

16+

Instructor

Keith Jones, Kellie Sylvester

Requirements

  • Students must arrive with closed-toed shoes (sneakers or boots - no sandals!), hair ties for pulling long hair back, and cotton clothing (no synthetic clothing - it can melt to skin!)

Notes

  • Please note: All glass needs to slowly cool in the annealer for 24 hours or longer before you can take it home.
  • Limited to three students per class session
  • WAIVER: Signed waivers are required for participation. Please sign and bring with you to your class. Students under the age of 18 must also have parent/guardian signature and accompany participant to class.

Cancellation Policy

Students will receive a refund of tuition minus 10% if the student contacts us no later than 7 days prior to the first day of class. Cancellations up to 48 hours before the start of the class will receive a 50% refund. Any cancellations within 48 hours before the start of the class, or after the class has begun will not be refunded. In the case of an emergency, the student may be able to transfer their payment towards another class based on availability.

Class sizes are limited and enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. Unfortunately, FCAC is unable to prorate students for missed classes or classes that they are unable to attend. We strive to provide the highest quality art classes and we value your feedback. If you would like to share your experience or have questions or concerns, please email us at create@firstcityart.org.

COVID-19 Class Cancellation Policy- MORE INFO