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INTRODUCTION TO LIGHT-BASED MEDIA


Fall Quarter 2018


Classes #1-6: Tuesdays and Wednesdays with Kelsey Fernkopf, Will Kirtley, and Dylan Neuwirth.

Studio Sessions #1-4: Saturdays with Dani Kaes.

First-Term


Class #1: Tuesday, October 9 and Wednesday, October 10: 6:00-9:00 pm
6:00-6:15 pm: Introduction.
6:15-6:45 pm: Topics in Light-Based Media #1.
6:45-7:15 pm: Comprehensive Safety Presentation on studio etiquette, industry hazards, and best-practice first-aid solutions.
7:15-8:15 pm: Studio Practice Presentation covering how a neon tube is created, works, and gets connected to a transformer with a focus on the letter "E".
8:15-8:45 pm: Demonstration on cutting glass with students cutting 4 ft. glass tubes into 1 ft. sections suitable for basic bends.
8:45-9:00 pm: Clean-Up Orientation and Conclusion.

Class #2: Tuesday, October 16 and Wednesday, October 17: 6:00-9:00 pm
6:00-6:45 pm: Topics in Light-Based Media #2.
6:45-8:45 pm: Demonstration of Double Backs and 90-Degree Bends followed by student practice in the fires. Teachers cycle thru each student for one-on-one instruction. Students are encouraged to make more than one bend with each 1 ft. stick of glass while storing good examples in their dedicated glass rack. Teachers can gauge student progress and introduce Splices, Rise and Drop Turn Bends to quick learners. Discuss importance of strong, smooth bends and fully sealed splices important for the final pumping process.
8:45-9:00 pm: Clean-Up and Conclusion.

Studio Session #1: Saturday, October 20: 8:00 am-12:00 pm, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Students will focus on weld and cut glass to make bamboo sticks and are encouraged to heat large sections of glass tubing in ribbon burners while exploring zig zags, bubbles, and creative shapes.

8:00 am-11:45 am: Studio Session
11:45 am-12:00 pm: Clean-Up.

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Lunch break. Must not be on WNSA premises.

1:00 pm-4:45 pm: Studio Session
4:45 pm-5:00 pm: Clean-Up.

Class #3: Tuesday, October 23 and Wednesday, October 24: 6:00-9:00 pm
6:00-6:45 pm: Topics in Light-Based Media #3.
6:45-8:45 pm: Review Double Backs, 90-Degree Bends, Ribbon Bends, and Splicing with an emphasis on focused time in the fires. Each student is asked about their individual projects and encouraged to make simple designs or free-form art. Students are told to begin saving pieces of glass for their final design with a goal of 2 Mid-Term tubes at the end of the Studio Session #2.
8:45-9:00 pm: Clean-Up and Conclusion.

Mid-Term


Studio Session #2: Saturday, October 27: 8:00 am-12:00 pm, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Review basic bends and welding to discuss how these work in sequences to create a final design. Students are encouraged to continue exploration of heat and manipulation of glass working free-form without a pattern. Each student has one Mid-Term tube due at the end of this session. Labels are required on Mid-Term tubes ready for processing with name and gas color (Neon Red or Pure Argon). Only tubes with labels will be processed.

8:00 am-11:45 am: Studio Session
11:45 am-12:00 pm: Clean-Up.

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Lunch break. Must not be on WNSA premises.

1:00 pm-4:45 pm: Studio Session
4:45 pm-5:00 pm: Clean-Up.

Class #4: Tuesday, October 30 and Wednesday, October 31: 6:00-9:00 pm
6:00-6:45 pm: Topics in Light-Based Media.
6:45-8:45 pm: All students have expressed their final design ideas and have created patterns. If necessary student and Teachers draw a quick pattern of their final project that meets student approval. Teachers cycle through students giving individual lessons and help with specific bends needed for final designs. Mid-Term tubes are illuminated or are being repaired.
8:45-9:00 pm: Clean-Up and Conclusion.

Final-Term


Studio Session #3: Saturday, November 3: 8:00 am-12:00 pm, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Review basic bends and welding. Students discuss ideas for remaining tubes and are encouraged to free-form bend, manipulate glass with minimal help, practice individual problem solving, and build tube-bending skills. 

8:00 am-11:45 am: Studio Session
11:45 am-12:00 pm: Clean-Up.

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Lunch break. Must not be on WNSA premises.

1:00 pm-4:45 pm: Studio Session
4:45 pm-5:00 pm: Clean-Up.

Class #5: Tuesday, November 6 and Wednesday, November 7: 6:00-9:00 pm
6:00-6:45 pm: Topics in Light-Based Media.
6:30-8:45 pm: Review and reinforcement of bends while focusing on final project concepts. Students are encouraged to complete final tubes they want processed (due at the end of 4th Saturday). Teachers gauge student abilities, offering help  while encouraging confident risk-taking. Students can receive one-on-one help from instructors as-needed.  Final 3 tubes are due from each student. Labels are required on Mid-Term tubes ready for processing with name and gas color (Neon Red or Pure Argon). Only tubes with labels will be processed.
8:45-9:00 pm: Clean-Up and Conclusion.

Studio Session #4: Saturday, November 10: 8:00 am-12:00 pm, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Emphasis on completing final tubes for processing. Students can receive one-on-one help from instructors as-needed.  Final 3 tubes are due from each student. Labels are required on Mid-Term tubes ready for processing with name and gas color (Neon Red or Pure Argon). Only tubes with labels will be processed.

8:00 am-11:45 am: Studio Session
11:45 am-12:00 pm: Clean-Up.

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Lunch break. Must not be on WNSA premises.

1:00 pm-4:45 pm: Studio Session
4:45 pm-5:00 pm: Clean-Up.

Class #6: Tuesday, November 13 and Wednesday, November 14: 6:00-9:00 pm
6:00-6:45 pm: Topics in Light-Based Media.
6:45-7:45 pm: Overview of wiring diagrams, fabrication techniques, and illuminated media-specific tools. Demonstration of how to light-up completed tubes, trouble-shooting, and illuminated media expansions.
7:45-8:30 pm: Open Studio Discussion
8:30-8:45 pm: Students pack-up final projects.
8:45-9:00 pm: Clean-Up and Conclusion.