MAKE A DOUBLE RAINBOW
We are thrilled with the success of our classes since the launch of the Western Neon School of Art this past January. Our first class, Introduction to Light-Based Media, filled in just 48 hours, and we finished our first quarter firm in February. Spring Quarter classes were booked entirely two months in advance, and because of the high interest in what the school is offering, we added another class session. Spring Quarter has started off strong with a batch of sixteen eager new students already deep in the fires and trying their hand at bending.
Western Neon’s core glass bender Will Kirtley is trying his hand at teaching the Thursday class this quarter, and Western Neon School of Art’s Technical Director, Kelsey Fernkopf, continues training on Tuesdays. Various tools, equipment, and shop infrastructure have improved including a new blower system, re-tooled flame equipment used for bending, and the addition of a new teaching device – two pieces of glass tubing with a rope running through them so students can practice turning and bend glass before being exposed to open flame. Our teachers look forward to augmenting tools and teaching techniques in the future for even more effective teaching and instructive methods.
We’re also excited to announce the launch of a new first come, first serve class waiting list set to launch in early May. Additionally, all 2018-2019 class offerings will be available for registration in August 2018. Thank you for all the support on our unfolding dream: this is just the beginning.