At GlassRoots we believe that communities gain cultural, social and economic value through public art-making and performance. We believe that public art invigorates public spaces, and provides an intersection between past, present and future, as well as between disciplines and ideas. With the support of a private grant we were able to build a portable glassblowing furnace to make the ancient art form of glassblowing more accessible to students who can’t otherwise visit our studio, an experience we call, The Hot Glass Road Show.
The Hot Glass Road Show is comprised of two components: half-day glassblowing demonstrations on location at your school for up to 200 students, and an accompanying professional development workshop for up to 15 teachers.
The Mobile Hot Shop Our portable glassblowing furnace, aka The Mobile Hot Shop, allows GlassRoots’ master glassblowers to demonstrate our unique form of glass-art in four, 45 minute demonstrations, for up to 200 students, on location:
Requirements*: 20’ x 20’ outdoor space for GlassRoots’ setup and staff; access to an electrical outlet, standard amperage. Please allow approximately, 3 hours for set-up & 2-3 hours for breakdown. Viewing Area: Space for up to 50 students, seated in chairs or on the ground, arranged in a semi-circle around the staging area.
*GlassRoots’ artists will make a site visit prior to any workshop for choosing an ideal location within school grounds.
Professional Development Workshop Workshops will be offered in advance of demonstrations at schools, introducing artists, artistry and the scientific processes behind glassblowing. GlassRoots’ Professional Development training sessions are hands-on, interactive professional development experiences. In collaboration with participating teachers, GlassRoots will use the heart of our existing curriculum and marry it to the teachers’ expertise in Visual Arts, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies, linking the portable hot shop experience to areas of current student engagement. Lessons will include: introductions to the work of current glassblowing masters, the history of glass, the American studio glass movement, the science of glass, the history of glassblowing and a glossary of glass terms. Following the program, each student will be able to:
Understand what glass is, how it is made, and how it is used as an artistic medium.
Describe the main steps in the glassblowing process.
Understand the familial nature of glassblowing teams, and the role each team member plays in the hot shop.
Create their own work, inspired by the art form.
Questions? Email Michelle Knox, Program Manager, or call 973-353-9555. Funding for this program provided by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.