The Newark Museum Kids Camp picked up their self-portrait tiles today; what do you think? This project seems to be the most fun because as simple of a concept as drawing yourself (or someone else) may seem, translating that image to glass is where the challenge lies. The moral of the story is: Sometimes Challenges Can Be Fun.
Our summer interns have been most helpful since they’ve begun working with GlassRoots! Each of them have sorted glass , assisted classes, and kept smiles on our faces with their inviting personalities. With only two weeks of working with this group of teens we’d say they’re each natural born leaders and we’re glad to have them!
GlassRoots devotes itself to fanning the embers of creativity in young people until they burn hot enough to forge bright futures. In our hotshop at 10 Bleeker Street, risky behaviors are replaced by production teamwork as student groups form glass vases, cups and artistic items in the 2,200 degree heat of our furnace; in our flameworking studio they use gas torches to melt glass and create fine jewelry; in our flat shop students explore the ancient art of mosaics along with more modern techniques, and in our classrooms, business and entrepreneurship come to life.
GlassRoots knows that investment in real work experience for vulnerable youth can improve their understanding of the value of education, encourage higher self-esteem and ambition, and improve their prospects for future employment, whether they are heading to higher education following secondary school or not. To that end, GlassRoots partners with local high schools to offer students (grades 9-12) a unique program grounded in a work readiness frame with glassworking at the core of an engaging learning opportunity. The FLAME program highlights Focus, Leadership, Art, Mentoring and Entrepreneurship as vital aspects to a teenager’s preparation for college and work.
However, glass is expensive, as is the equipment used in this art – driving up costs for participation and limiting access. The art of glassblowing is too often hidden, available to those who have the time and financial resources to experience it. We want inner-city youth to observe master glassblowers while they create original works of art — to see a traditional glass making process, one which has not changed in thousands of years and to participate in making their own creations.
Glass can change lives and teach essential skills.
PLS REBLOG & VOTE!
PLS REBLOG & VOTE!
PLS REBLOG & VOTE!
We’re also working with some more school’s in East Orange this summer. We just started a mosaic project with a slogan the student’s came up with on their own “Make ART from the heart” that will be unveiled to all their friends and family at the end of the summer program.
Check out Jespy House’s progress on their self portrait tiles. Dan’s “simpson” likeness is uncanny! What do you guys think?
It’s a Dog’s Life: Paw Casting Workshop
If your kids have four legs and fur, this glass casting class is for you! In this workshop you and your K9 family member will create a glass keepsake; an imprint of your furry friend’s paw. Come and encase your warm friendship in hot glass. Scheduled in half hour sessions. Friendly dogs only please.
Saturday, July 26, 10:00am-1:00pm
Click the image above to sign you pup up for the workshop!
The Kilnforming Studio is covered in artistic flare right now. Want to create art but don’t have a place to make it? Rent our kilnforming studio and start your creative journey today! Click the images above to view rates for all studios.
These children spent one of their summer afternoons at GlassRoots learning how to make beads. Click the image above and you can too!
We had tons of fun with Jespy House Inc yesterday in the Kilnforming studio. We made self portrait tiles. Check out one of the student capturing his essence with glass.