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Fall Quarter 2019

Class

Whether you're a novice, a working artist seeking to expand your studio practice, or a seasoned enthusiast ready to get back into the fire — this is the class for you. Instructed by Kelsey Fernkopf, Dani Kaes, and Dylan Neuwirth.

Current students: click here to access the Curriculum page.

 

Light-Based Media: introduction

Offered tuesdays and wednesdays

Learn the history and contemporary uses of this unique medium while producing illuminated tubes of various shapes and sizes to be used in the creation of your own artwork. Instruction will include an introduction to the noble gasses, studio safety, bombarding process, as well as an overview of correct transformer loading and wiring. Time in the fire will be focused on learning 90-degree bends, U-bends, curves, and fusing glass tubes.

Students will be provided materials to produce a maximum of 4 finished tubes of up to 4 feet in length (16 feet total footage). Tubes may consist of clear glass filled with either neon or argon gas. Students will be supplied a complete bending kit as well as a neon transformer to power their artistic creations.

No prerequisite is required.

Tuesday Schedule: 6 classes meeting on Tuesdays from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm beginning October 15, 2019 and concluding November 19, 2019. Includes four studio sessions meeting on Saturdays from 8:00 am-12:00 pm and 1:00 pm-5:00 pm starting October 26 and concluding November 16.

Wednesday Schedule: 6 classes meeting on Tuesdays from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm beginning October 16, 2019 and concluding November 20, 2019. Includes four studio sessions meeting on Saturdays from 8:00 am-12:00 pm and 1:00 pm-5:00 pm starting October 26 and concluding November 16.

 

Class

A focused and in-depth class that pushes your light-based studies into broader territory while discovering new techniques and materials. Instructed by William Kirtley, Dani Kaes, and Dylan Neuwirth.

Current students: click here to access the Curriculum page.

 

LIGHT-BASED MEDIA: INTERMEDIATE

Offered thursdays

Students will review the history, skills, and techniques learned in Introductory classes as they create one completed artwork or pursue focused experimentation with clear and/or phosphor colored glass tubing. Instruction includes detailed demonstrations of expanded glass bending techniques such as European welding, glass shearing and tube splicing with a focus on an array of fabrication and installation tactics to achieve a chosen aesthetic.

Students will be provided materials to produce a maximum of 4 finished tubes of up to 6 feet in length (24 feet total footage). Tubes may consist of clear glass filled with neon or argon gas and up to 2 out of 4 of these tubes may be produced using phosphor coated tubing and filled with an argon/mercury gas mixture. Students will be supplied a neon transformer to power their artistic creations.

A prerequisite is required – Light-Based Media: Introduction.

Cost: $715 + tax

Thursday Schedule: 6 classes meeting on Thursdays from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm beginning on October 17, 2019 and concluding on November 21, 2019. Includes four studio sessions meeting on Sundays from 10:00am-2:00pm beginning on October 27, 2019 and concluding on November 17, 2019.


Winter Quarter 2020

Class

Whether you're a novice, a working artist seeking to expand your studio practice, or a seasoned enthusiast ready to get back into the fire — this is the class for you. Instructed by William Kirtley, Dani Kaes, and Dylan Neuwirth.

 

Light-Based Media: introduction

Offered tuesdays and wednesdays

Learn the history and contemporary uses of this unique medium while producing illuminated tubes of various shapes and sizes to be used in the creation of your own artwork. Instruction will include an introduction to the noble gasses, studio safety, bombarding process, as well as an overview of correct transformer loading and wiring. Time in the fire will be focused on learning 90-degree bends, U-bends, curves, and fusing glass tubes.

Students will be provided materials to produce a maximum of 4 finished tubes of up to 4 feet in length (16 feet total footage). Tubes may consist of clear glass filled with either neon or argon gas. Students will be supplied a complete bending kit as well as a neon transformer to power their artistic creations.

No prerequisite is required.

Tuesday Schedule: 6 classes meeting on Tuesdays from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm beginning January 14, 2019 and concluding February 18, 2019. Includes four studio sessions meeting on Saturdays from 8:00 am-12:00 pm and 1:00 pm-5:00 pm starting January 25 and concluding February 15.

Wednesday Schedule: 6 classes meeting on Wednesdays from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm beginning January 15, 2019 and concluding February 19, 2019. Includes four studio sessions meeting on Saturdays from 8:00 am-12:00 pm and 1:00 pm-5:00 pm starting January 25 and concluding February 15.

Class

A focused and in-depth class that pushes your light-based studies into broader territory while discovering new techniques and materials. Instructed by Kelsey Fernkopf, Dani Kaes, and Dylan Neuwirth.

 

LIGHT-BASED MEDIA: INTERMEDIATE

Offered thursdays

Students will review the history, skills, and techniques learned in Introductory classes as they create one completed artwork or pursue focused experimentation with clear and/or phosphor colored glass tubing. Instruction includes detailed demonstrations of expanded glass bending techniques such as European welding, glass shearing and tube splicing with a focus on an array of fabrication and installation tactics to achieve a chosen aesthetic.

Students will be provided materials to produce a maximum of 4 finished tubes of up to 6 feet in length (24 feet total footage). Tubes may consist of clear glass filled with neon or argon gas and up to 2 out of 4 of these tubes may be produced using phosphor coated tubing and filled with an argon/mercury gas mixture. Students will be supplied a neon transformer to power their artistic creations.

A prerequisite is required – Light-Based Media: Introduction.

Cost: $715 + tax

Thursday Schedule: 6 classes meeting on Thursdays from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm beginning January 16, 2019 and concluding February 20, 2019. Includes four studio sessions meeting on Sundays from 8:00 am-12:00 pm and 1:00 pm-5:00 pm starting January 26 and concluding February 16.

Please note: Registration will open at the end of August.


Workshops

Workshop

Spend time with a local, national, or international visiting artist for a one-day workshop investigating time-tested traditions, technical twists, new techniques or unexpected outcomes. Instructed by a visiting artist and a Western Neon School of Art staff member.

 

expansions: Jen Elek + Color and Form

Jen Elek is a Northwest studio artist and educator working primarily in glass, neon and steel. Jen combines traditional and innovative processes to create colorful landscapes of glass. She holds a BFA from the New York School of Art and Design at Alfred University Since moving to Seattle in 1995, Jen has worked as both a glass artist and metal fabricator for many notable Northwest artists. She is represented by the Traver Gallery in Seattle, Washington.

Join us and Jen during her color and form-focused workshop as she dives into an exploration into the art of glass bending during her workshop this September.

Students will be provided materials to produce a maximum of 2 finished tubes of up to 4 feet in length (8 feet total footage). Tubes may consist of colored glass filled with either neon or argon gas. New students (who have not taken an Introduction or Intermediate Light-Based Media class) will be supplied a complete bending kit as well as a neon transformer to power their artistic creations. Additional materials will be available for purchase.

No prerequisite is required.

Saturday Schedule: Workshop meeting from 9:00 am-3:00 pm with an hour lunch break on date TBD. Assisted by Dani Kaes.


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