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School Workshops

Have a glass artist come to your classroom or organization for a hands-on experience with your class! We have a variety of workshops for kids and adults alike!

Workshops are perfect for groups of 10 or more students and can be modified to fit the needs of your class. We can come to you, or you can bring your group to the Bloomington Creative Glass Center to see more of the magic in action. Workshops can range from one hour to a half a day!

Check out some of the workshops we offer below! Once you find one you like, contact us to get the ball rolling!

The Science of Silica 
How is glass made? What does it do? In this hands-on workshop, veteran glass artist Abby Gitlitz will show how artists work molten glass using everyday kitchen objects. Explore the science of glass blowing by becoming a glass particle and doing what glass particles do. Participants will get to try
blowing “glass” with a straw and bubblegum
and everyone will be able to make his/her
own “glass” treat out of melted lifesavers. 

For ages 6-13. All materials provided.
Contact BCGC for more details.

Stained Glass
We have all seen stained glass windows in churches and public buildings, but how is it made? In this interactive workshop students will get to try their hands at cutting glass just like the professionals do! Each participant will make a faux stained glass window out of paper and then help make a REAL stained glass window to keep for their classroom. All materials provided. Students will NOT work with sharp glass or any dangerous materials. 

For ages 8-14
 Contact BCGC for more details.


The History of Glass
In the United States we are celebrating the 50th anniversary
of the studio glass movement when glass went from being a
craft to being an art, but worldwide people have been working
glass since the beginning of written history. Learn how the
Egyptians used glass in their tomb art and how Romans
discovered glass blowing. Medieval stained glass windows,
decadent French luxury ware, German drinking glasses! Learn
how glass got to where it is today. Access to a  digital projector is required. 

For ages 15+.
Contact BCGC for more details.

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