Bring Your Scouts to GlassRoots! When Scouts come to GlassRoots for field trips, they have the opportunity to visit one, two or three studios, known as the Flame Shop, the Flat Shop and the Hot Shop, for hands-on lessons in glass art making. All glass art projects include an introduction to and practice with glass tools, as well as lessons in basic color and design theory.
Lessons incorporate relevant STEAM principles (STEM + art), historical context, and multiple opportunities to practice aspects of global skills such as teambuilding, problem-solving, time management and communication. Field trips are available for grades 5 and up. Program fees are sliding scale, based on program length and ability to pay.
Programs can be coordinated with your troop's badge requirements.
FLAME SHOP --- Glass Bead Making/Lampworking Scouts will learn the basics of flameworking, which includes lessons about gravity and viscosity, to create glass beads and small glass objects that can be taken home the same day. Lessons may also include the fundamentals of jewelry design.
FLAT SHOP --- Flat Glass/Mosaic Making/Kilnforming/Fused Glass Starting with the basic knowledge of Flat Shop tools, including glass clippers, running pliers and scoring knives, Scouts will create an individual mosaic or glass-fused (kilnformed) piece. Instructors will discuss the use of geometric patterns in design and color theory. Flat Shop may also include lessons in printmaking, etching and casting.
HOT SHOP --- Glassblowing Demonstration During a glassblowing demonstration, students observe our master glassblowers as they create a glass plate or paperweight. Topics covered within this demonstration include viscosity, gravity and centripetal force, among others. Teaching Artists will share basic traditional postures, techniques, and forms of blown glass. *Glassblowing lessons are also available for scouts 14 years and older in small groups of up to three students at a time.