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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: Michael Flechtner + Bending in 3-D

Born and raised in small-town Ohio, Michael Flechtner’s early artworks explore themes of growing up in lower middle-class America. After graduate school in 1985, he pursued training in neon fabrication. At the time, it was considered a dying craft; Michael’s continued use of the material and teaching neon techniques furthered neon’s presence not only in the fine arts but helped preserve the craft for use in a variety of ways for future generations.

Neon, or “luminous tube” as Michael describes it, has been his medium of expression for years. His work reflects a fascination with the symbols of language, technology, and how they influence popular culture. Through the creation of his work, Michael works through and processes his personal ideas and attitudes, and each piece is a record of that process. Michael encourages the viewer to extract their own meaning from his works, believing everyone’s interpretations of his art is just as important as his own.

 During his workshop, Michael will be sharing his techniques to assist students in creating highly three-dimensional neon artworks. Join us on Saturday, September 7 for a discussion with the artist and a neon workshop emphasizing form and shape of glass.

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 clear 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 September 7, 2019. Assisted by Kelsey Fernkopf.

 
 

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 September 21, 2019. Assisted by Dani Kaes.

 
 

expansions: Kacie Lees + Making Water

Kacie Lees is an American artist & lecturer based in New York. Much of Lees’ interdisciplinary practice is centered around the senses, taking reference from instructional videos, early 90’s advertising & the scientific method. Lees caches video to Hi8 tape & places neon across the country.

Born ’86 in St. Louis, Missouri: Kacie Lees received her BFA (2008) from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL; her MFA (2012) from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Notable solo & group exhibitions include: She Bends [a traveling exhibition with stops at The Museum of Neon Art in Los Angeles (2017); The Midway in San Francisco (2018) & Var West in Milwaukee (2019)]; Necessary Phenomenon at O’ Project Space in Los Angeles, CA (2019) & Hollow Boom on Governors Island (2018). Lees has been a Light Artist Resident at the Center for Holographic Arts, NY (2017) & her work has been published in Reader’s Digest (2015) and Plasma 4 Magazine (2018).

Lees founded Rare Air Exhibition Space in 2018. Rare Air shows experimental work in the fields of: Neon (2018); Green Screen (2019); & Radio (2020). Located onGovernors Island in the New York Harbor, Rare Air is also home to a fee-free residency program for Brooklyn-based artists.

In 2018, Lees became a lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL.

Kacie enjoys the environment of the rain-soaked Pacific Northwest and chose to focus on this for her workshop with us. Join us and learn how to create glass raindrops in a variety of colors. Each student will create three raindrops, leaving one at WNSA for the creation of a curated wall of water in the studio space.

Students will be provided materials to produce a maximum of 3 finished raindrops of up to 4 feet in length (8 feet total footage). Tubes will consist of white and blue glass pumped with argon and mercury. 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 October 12, 2019. Assisted by Will Kirtley.

Please Read: Workshop registration will open Tuesday, September 3.


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.

 

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.

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

 

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.

 

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.

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


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.

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

 

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.


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