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First City Art Center's Fall Workshops begin Sept. 7

PENSACOLA, FLA- First City Art Center is now accepting sign-ups for the full slate of hands-on workshops for fall that are scheduled to begin Sept 7th. Pottery on the Wheel, Clay Hand-Building, Make Your Own Glass, Glassblowing, Kids’ Pottery and Clay Sculpting workshops will be held at First City Art Center at 1060 N. Guillemard St. For information or to sign up for workshops call 850-429-1222 or visit www.firstcityart.org.

GLASSBLOWING

Make Your Own ORNAMENT, FLOWER, PAPER WEIGHT, JELLYFISH PAPERWEIGHT, GLASS PENDANT or SWEDISH BOWL

ONGOING

Time: 10am-3pm

When: Recurring every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

How: Call to reserve your space – 429-1222

The Hot Glass Studio at the First City Art Center is open Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. for “Make Your Own Glass” workshops by appointment (walk-ins are welcome, too).  The workshops offer a short but comprehensive introduction for people to become familiar with the process of working molten hot glass.   Students will be able to pick out their color then design and create a piece of glass with the assistance of our professional glass artists. This is also a great way to make special gifts for any occasion from a birthday to a wedding to Christmas.  Bring a friend or come with a group to enjoy the experience together.  Please note that your glass must slowly cool in the annealer for 24 hours or longer, depending on what else is in the annealer, before you can take it home. 

Make Your Own Glass Ornament – $25

Create your own Glass Ornament for yourself or someone special.  Each student will get to pick out glass colors for their design and get to participate in the process of blowing a piece of molten glass into a lovely ornament.  These ornaments are great for the holidays or all year round as a sun catcher. Note:  Students will be blowing their ornament. This class takes 10 minutes.

Make Your Glass Flower – $35

Create a beautiful flower with our in-house professional glass artists.  This is a great way to be introduced to the process of working and sculpting molten hot glass.  Each student will pick out glass colors for their design and then work with a professional glass artist to sculpt a unique glass flower.  Note: No blowing involved. This is a sculpting class. 

Make Your Own Glass Pendant – $45 (NEW!)

What a fun way to become introduced to the art of glass flame-working.  Each student will get to pick out glass colors for their design and get to make their own pendant. Makes a great gift!

Make Your Own Glass Paperweight – $45

The collector’s favorite!  Become introduced to molten hot glass through the process of creating your very own glass paperweight.  Each student will pick out glass colors, design, and then create a glass paperweight with their own hands and the assistance of our professional glass artists.  Note: No blowing involved. This is a sculpting class.

Make Your Own Glass Jellyfish Paperweight – $95 (NEW!)

Each student will pick out glass colors, design, and then create with their own hands, and the assistance of our professional glass artist, their very own glass paperweight. Note: No blowing involved. This is a sculpting class.

Make Your Own Glass Swedish Bowl – $95

Create this beautiful and unique ‘Swedish Bowl’ with your very own hands.  Design your color scheme with the glass colors and then create this beautiful bowl with the assistance of professional glass blower, Sam Cornman.  This is a solid sculpted piece of glass and no blowing is involved.  Why is it called a ‘Swedish Bowl’?  Well, you’ll have to take the class to find out this secret from Sam.

Make Your Own Vase – $100

This a fun way for a person to become introduced to the art of glass blowing.  Each student will get to pick out glass

colors for their design and get to participate in the process of making a beautiful glass vase.

Beginning glassblowing – Intro

Instructor: Sam Cornman

What:  A 1-day, 3-hour workshop on glassblowing

When: The first Saturday of every month (recurring)

Time: 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.,

Cost: $150

Min. Age – 14

Price includes instruction and all materials and tools.

This three hour class is designed to give beginners an introduction to basic glassblowing.  The class will give students ample hands-on experience as they learn classic techniques such as gathering molten hot glass, blowing bubbles, shaping the glass and making basic forms.  By the end of the workshop students will have made 2-3 original pieces of glass art including a paperweight and a drinking glass.  Shipping is available for visiting students.

*Minimum of two students per workshop; sign-ups will close one week prior to workshop date.

Beginning glassblowing – 3-Week Workshop

Instructor: Sam Cornman

What:  A 3-week, 12-hour workshop on glassblowing

When: Saturdays:  Sept. 14, 21 and 28

Time: Saturday 3:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $550

Min. Age – 14

Price includes instruction and all materials and tools.

This 12-hour class is designed to give the first time glass blower the foundations of beginning glassblowing and basic glassblowing skills.  The class will give students hands on experience as they learn classic techniques such as gathering molten hot glass, blowing bubbles, shaping the glass, making basic forms, making punties, how to use the glass blowing tools and proper shop safety procedures.  By the end of the workshop students will have made various glass items in clear glass and color.  Students will also now be able to start working with a partner independently from the instructor through studio rentals and open studio.  Shipping is available for visiting students.

*Minimum of three students per workshop; sign-ups will close one week prior to workshop date.

POTTERY ON THE WHEEL

Tuesday evening workshop

Instructor – Ann Robinson

Sept 17 – Oct 22

6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Min. age 14

Cost: $185 – Price includes all materials, tools and firing

Wednesday morning workshop

Instructor – Ben Twingley

Sept 18 – Oct 23

9 a.m. – Noon

Min. age 14

Cost: $185 – Price includes all materials, tools and firing

Thursday morning workshop

Instructor – Ann Robinson

Sept 19 – Oct 24

9 a.m. -Noon

Min. age 14

Cost: $185 – Price includes all materials, tools and firing

Saturday morning workshop

Instructor – Ben Twingley

Sept 21 – Oct 26

9 a.m. – Noon

Min. age 14

Cost: $185 – Price includes all materials, tools and firing

Kids’ pottery

Instructor – Lucy Jones

Tuesday Afternoon Workshop

Sept 17 – Oct 22 (6-week workshop)

3:30 – 5 p.m.

Ages 6 – 13

Cost: $90 – Price includes all materials, tools and firing

Clay hand-building

Instructor – Theresa Zahn

Thursday Morning Workshop

Sept 19 – Oct 24 (6-week workshop)

9 a.m. – Noon

Min. age 14

Cost: $185 – Price includes all materials, tools and firing

Clay sculpture

Instructor – Sam Nettles

Saturday Morning Workshop

Sept 21 – Oct 26 (6-week workshop)

9 a.m. – Noon

Min. age 14

Cost: $185 – Price includes all materials, tools and firing

Introduction to wheel throwing

One-day Pottery on the Wheel

Instructor – Kim Brungraber

Every Tuesday

3 – 6 pm

Maximum of 2 (two) per workshop

Min. age 14

Cost: $30 per person- Price includes all materials, tools and firing

This is a fun hands-on workshop that gives you an introduction to pottery on the wheel.  Work one-on-one & quickly learn the basics that will get you throwing on the wheel and making pots!

“It Takes Two” Pottery on the Wheel

Instructor: Theresa Zahn

1-Day, 3-Hour workshop

Every third Friday of the month

Sept 20, 2013

Oct 18, 2013

5:00-8:00 pm

Cost: $30/per person

Min. Age – 14

Price includes instruction and all materials and tools.

Have you ever wanted to get your hands in clay, meet interesting people and turn mud into something beautiful to look at or use?  We will give you a workshop on wheel throwing, hand-building and some history of pottery. It's a great date night, friends’ night out, or family night out to make some pottery together.  Each person will be able to complete at least one piece of pottery. This workshop could be a great introduction to clay before taking one of our six-week pottery courses.

*Minimum of three students per workshop; sign-ups will close one week prior to workshop date.

For more information about FCA workshops or to sign up, call 429-1222 or visit www.FirstCityArt.org .

First City Art Center, formerly Belmont Arts and Cultural Center, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit art organization located in Pensacola, FL since 1999, that is dedicated to providing art education, community outreach through art experiences and working studio spaces for artists. First City Art Center is the first and only public glass blowing facility in the Northwest Florida area and has fostered multiple award-winning artists over its 13-year history.

This article originally appeared on Santa Rosa Press Gazette: First City Art Center's Fall Workshops begin Sept. 7


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