One time Glass Experiences and Demonstrations are available to schools and organizations. Six- to twelve-week classes may be arranged to provide further instruction. TGS works with 6 to 8 students per class to learn the beginning aspects of glassblowing. They will learn teamwork, discipline, effective communication both expressively and receptively, the importance of being flexible in a team environment, the need to remain focused and on task for an extended period of time, and coping strategies when faced with disappointment.
As they experience the art of glassblowing, they will begin to hone their skills creating individual pieces that are theirs to keep. Two work stations are used during the class with each having a TGS staff member who teaches and manages the project under the direction of the TGS Program Director. Each staffed work station accommodates three students in an environment where each project has a lead artist working with two assistants with those roles being filled by the students. Each role has a level of skill development that must be achieved to accomplish assigned projects.
“Glassblowing changes lives,” says Lorraine McReynolds, Program Director at TPS Street School. The students who have had the opportunity to experience glassblowing show improved performance at school.
Currently, TGS is working with the following programs: