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INTRODUCTION TO LIGHT-BASED MEDIA


Winter Quarter 2019


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

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


Class #1: Tuesday, January 22 and Wednesday, January 23: 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: Basic curves and heating glass with a ribbon burner. Demonstration of splicing tubes. Introduction of “Square, Squiggle, Silhouette” projects.
8:45-9:00 pm: Clean-Up Orientation and Conclusion.

Class #2: Tuesday, January 29 and Wednesday, January 30: 6:00-9:00 pm
6:00-6:45 pm: Topics in Light-Based Media #2.
6:45-7:15 pm: Assembly demonstration. Glass stands, GTO, boots, basic wiring.
7:15-8:45 pm: Demonstration of Double Backs and 90-Degree Bends followed by student practice in the fires. Instructor cycles 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. Students will use these techniques to work on and complete the squiggle project. “Squiggle” due at the end of Class #2 or Studio Session #1.
8:45-9:00 pm: Clean-Up and Conclusion.

Studio Session #1: Saturday, February 2: 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. Best two squiggles due at the end of this session. Labels are required on 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 #3: Tuesday, February 5 and Wednesday, February 6: 6:00-9:00 pm
6:00-6:45 pm: Topics in Light-Based Media #3.
6:45-7:15 pm: Pattern demonstration: making a pattern, common marks, marking glass in relation to your pattern.
7:15-8:45 pm: Demonstration of Double Backs and 90-Degree Bends followed by student practice in the fires. Instructor cycles through 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. Instructor 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. Students will use these techniques to work on and complete the square project. “Square” due at the end of Class #3 or Studio Session #2.
8:45-9:00 pm: Clean-Up and Conclusion.

Studio Session #2: Saturday, February 9: POSTPONED

Class #4: Tuesday, February 12 and Wednesday, February 13: POSTPONED

Studio Session #2: Saturday, February 16: 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. Best two squares due at the end of this session. Labels are required on 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, February 19 and Wednesday, February 20: 6:00-9:00 pm
6:00-6:45 pm: Topics in Light-Based Media #4.
6:45-7:15 pm: Colors. An exploration of sample tubes, colored tubing, phosphor coated tubing, and gas.
7:15-8:45 pm: Precise curves. Measuring and marking curves, making curves in two parts. Instructor cycles through students giving individual lessons and help with specific bends needed for final designs. Tubes are illuminated or are being repaired. Introduction of and practice for “Silhouette” project.
8:45-9:00 pm: Clean-Up and Conclusion.

Studio Session #3: Saturday, February 23: 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. Students will ideally work on the “Silhouette” project.

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, February 26 and Wednesday, February 27: 6:00-9:00 pm
6:00-6:45 pm: Topics in Light-Based Media #5.
6:45-7:15 pm: Q&A. Review of any material covered in the first weeks. Answer any questions regarding final projects or general neon questions.
7:15-8:45 pm: Demonstration of T-welds. Review and reinforcement of bends while focusing on silhouette project concepts. Students are encouraged to complete final tubes that they want processed (due at the end of 4th Saturday). Instructor gauges student abilities, offering help while encouraging confident risk-taking. Students can receive one-on-one help from instructor as needed and will work primarily on their “Silhouette” projects.
8:45-9:00 pm: Clean-Up and Conclusion.

Studio Session #4: Saturday, March 2: 8:00 am-12:00 pm, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Emphasis on completing final silhouette tubes for processing. Students can receive one-on-one help from instructors as-needed.  Final silhouettes are due from each student. Labels are required on 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, March 5 and Wednesday, March 6: 6:00-9:00 pm
6:00-7:00 pm: Topics in Light-Based Media #6 and Open Studio Discussion.
7:00-8:15 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. Students will light tubes and discuss final assembly presentation ideas. Each student will receive an assembly kit containing one transformer, two endcaps, and GTO wire.
8:15-8:45 pm: Students pack-up final projects.
8:45-9:00 pm: Clean-Up and Conclusion.

 

LIGHT-BASED MEDIA: INtermediate


Winter Quarter 2019


Classes #1-6: Thursdays with Kelsey Fernkopf and Dylan Neuwirth.

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


Class #1: Thursday, January 24: 6:00-9:00 pm
6:00-6:15 pm: Introduction.
6:15-6:45 pm: Light-Based Media: Intermediate Topics #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: Students will review skills and techniques learned in introductory classes. The instructor will meet with each student to discuss goals for the class. Students will be encouraged to create completed artworks with refined patterns, pursue focused experimentation with glass tubes, or a combination of both. Students will receive a demonstration of correct pattern layout. Students will be introduced to bending phosphor glass. Students in Intermediate class will receive four different colors of 12mm phosphor coated tubing, five sticks each of green, blue, white, and gold. Students will also have the opportunity to purchase more glass, as well as more than 6 processed tubes.
8:45-9:00 pm: Clean-Up Orientation and Conclusion.

Class #2: Thursday, January 31: 6:00-9:00 pm
6:00-6:15 pm: Overview of previous class.
6:15-8:45 pm: Students focus on bending phosphor colored glass tubing and receive instruction on splicing phosphor tubing as well as glass bending techniques like European butt welds and glass shearing. Students desiring to make complete artworks will work on perfecting pattern-making skills.
8:45-9:00 pm: Clean-Up and Conclusion.

Studio Session #1: Sunday, February 3: 10:00 am-2:00 pm
Students will focus on techniques introduced in previous classes. Students can receive one-on-one help from instructor as-needed. Ability to pump any finished tube is available. Labels are required on tubes ready for processing with name and gas color (Neon Red, Pure Argon, with or without mercury). Only tubes with labels will be processed.

10:00 am-1:45 pm: Studio Session
1:45 pm-2:00 pm: Clean-Up.

Class #3: Thursday, February 7: 6:00-9:00 pm
6:00-6:15 pm: Overview of previous class.
6:15-8:45 pm: During the course of this class students and instructor will discuss fabrication techniques and supplies for presentation of finished artworks as students work to perfect their bending skills and focus on completion of up to 6 4-foot tubes of various col0rs, 3 of which may be mercury vapor tubes and 3 neon gas tubes.
8:45-9:00 pm: Clean-Up and Conclusion.

Studio Session #2: Sunday, February 10: POSTPONED

Class #4: Thursday, February 14: POSTPONED

Studio Session #2: Sunday, February 17: 10:00 am-2:00 pm
Students will focus on techniques introduced in previous classes. Students can receive one-on-one help from instructor as-needed. Ability to pump any finished tube is available. Labels are required on tubes ready for processing with name and gas color (Neon Red, Pure Argon, with or without mercury). Only tubes with labels will be processed.

10:00 am-1:45 pm: Studio Session
1:45 pm-2:00 pm: Clean-Up.

Class #4: Thursday, February 21: 6:00-9:00 pm
6:00-6:45 pm: Light-Based Media: Intermediate Topics #2.
6:45-8:45 pm: Emphasis will be on completion of student designs and projects using the cumulative techniques and skills learned in the previous three weeks.
8:45-9:00 pm: Clean-Up and Conclusion.

Studio Session #3: Sunday, February 24: 10:00 am-2:00 pm
Students will focus on techniques introduced in previous classes. Students can receive one-on-one help from instructor as-needed. Ability to pump any finished tube is available. Labels are required on tubes ready for processing with name and gas color (Neon Red, Pure Argon, with or without mercury). Only tubes with labels will be processed.

10:00 am-1:45 pm: Studio Session
1:45 pm-2:00 pm: Clean-Up.

Class #5: Thursday, February 28: 6:00-9:00 pm
6:00-6:15 pm: Overview of previous class.
6:15-8:45 pm: Emphasis will be on completion of student designs and projects using the cumulative techniques and skills learned in the previous four weeks. Emphasis on completing final tubes for processing.
8:45-9:00 pm: Clean-Up and Conclusion.

Studio Session #4: Sunday, March 3: 10:00 am-2:00 pm
Emphasis on completing final tubes for processing. Students can receive one-on-one help from instructor as-needed.  Final tubes are due from each student. Labels are required on Final Term tubes ready for processing with name and gas color (Neon Red, Pure Argon, with or without mercury). Only tubes with labels will be processed.

10:00 am-1:45 pm: Studio Session
1:45 pm-2:00 pm: Clean-Up.

Class #6: Thursday, March 7: 6:00-9:00 pm
6:00-7:00 pm: Light-Based Media: Intermediate Topics #3 and Open Studio Discussion.
7:00-8:15 pm: Students will light tubes and discuss final assembly presentation ideas. Each student will receive an assembly kit containing one transformer, two endcaps, and GTO wire.
8:15-8:45 pm: Students pack-up final projects.
8:45-9:00 pm: Clean-Up and Conclusion.