Introduction to Glass Blowing

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Enrollment is open! Classes start April 19th! 

Introduction to glassblowing is a five-session(16.5 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. On completion of the class, students will have the knowledge and skills to work independently in the glass studio.

Students:

This class is designed for a pod team of 2 students who enroll together. If you are interested in attending as single student, accommodations and a price reduction may be possible. Please email Create@firstcityart.org for more information. This class may reopen to enrollment to multiple(non-pod) students as we monitor and update COVID-19 safety precautions. 

Pod Team/Safety Precautions:

In this class students will work hands-on as a team with their pod 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. The instructor will wear a mask at all times unless actively demonstrating a technique such as blowing air into a pipe, or narrating a demonstration from a safe distance. Students will be required to wear a mask, with the exception of removing it to blow air, or when working only with their pod partner at a safe distance from the Instructor. During each class, the studio will be reserved for the pod students and Instructor with no other classes or artists working in the space. 

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, Create@firstcityart.org to schedule your class.

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

 

Details

Age

16+

Instructor

Jacob Moody

Session

Fall- September 3, 10, 17, 24, Spring- Mar. 7, 14, 21, 28, Summer- May 16, 30, June 6, 13, Winter- Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25, Winter- January 9,  16, 23, 30

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.

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