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INTRODUCTION TO LIGHT-BASED MEDIA


Fall Quarter 2019


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

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


Class #1: Tuesday, October 15 and Wednesday, October 16: 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 “Squiggle, Square, Silhouette” projects.
8:45-9:00 pm: Clean-Up Orientation and Conclusion.

Class #2: Tuesday, October 22 and Wednesday, October 23: 6:00-9:00 pm
6:00-6:45 pm: Topics in Light-Based Media #2.
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. 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, October 26: 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 squiggle due at the end of this session. Labels are required on tubes ready for processing with name and gas color (neon or argon). Only tubes with labels will be processed.

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

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

Class #3: Tuesday, October 29 and Wednesday, October 30: 6:00-9:00 pm
6:00-6:45 pm: Topics in Light-Based Media #3.
6:45-7:15 pm: Assembly demonstration. Glass stands, GTO, boots, basic wiring. First light-up of student work.
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, November 2: 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 both free form and with a pattern. Best square due at the end of this session. Labels are required on tubes ready for processing with name and gas color (neon or argon). Only tubes with labels will be processed.

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

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

Class #4: Tuesday, November 5 and Wednesday, November 6: 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. Mercury drop demonstration.
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, November 9: 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 bend with a pattern, manipulate glass with minimal help, practice individual problem solving, and build tube-bending skills. Students will work on the “Silhouette” project.

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

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

Class #5: Tuesday, November 12 and Wednesday, November 13: 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, November 16: 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 or argon). Only tubes with labels will be processed.

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

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

Class #6: Tuesday, November 19 and Wednesday, November 20: 6:00-9:00 pm
6:00-7:00 pm: Light-up and open studio discussion. Fill out class evaluations.
7:00-8:15 pm: Overview of wiring diagrams, fabrication techniques, and illuminated media-specific tools. Demonstration of how to light up complete tubes, troubleshooting, 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.