Immersion in Glass Studies & Practice: A Trip to the Corning Museum of Glass
“I am overwhelmed and so grateful for the support that the New Trier Educational Foundation and the community have for the arts. This project will result in expanding the depth and breath of the esthetic experience the students have with glass.”
– Monique Boyd, New Trier Art Faculty
In late spring, New Trier Glass Art teacher Monique Boyd accompanied a group of her students to the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY where they viewed galleries that focus on the technology and aesthetics of glass. To help offset the cost of the trip, students sold many of their glass projects throughout the year including jewelry and decorative objects. Boyd also pursued a grant from the Foundation to help offset the travel expenses. The Foundation was pleased to provide $3,000 for this experience.
The students immersed themselves in the research library and hands-on studio for blowing glass in hot shops, torch studios for working and kiln formed fusing areas. The students experienced all of these during the 3-day trip, dividing their time between hands on work, research and appreciation. Susie Silbert ‘99, once a student of Boyd’s art history class, is in charge of the Contemporary Gallery wing at the museum. Silbert invited Boyd and her class to visit the museum which has the most extensive collection of historical and contemporary glass in the world.
Boyd first stepped into the world of glass art when she acquired a small glass kiln from a ceramics teacher. When a student came into the classroom one day and said he wanted to make some small glass beads, Boyd thought about teaching glass arts. With great support from the school board, she held the first glass arts class at New Trier in 2005. The club became popular and has grown from about 10 to 30 students. With so much interest, it has now become a part of the art department’s curriculum with over 200 students enrolled in classes.
Art Students Gain Visibility
and Engagement for Their Work
“It has made a huge difference in being able to put work up for critiques throughout the year as well as to show what the classes are doing. Students get pretty excited when their work goes up. I often see students stop outside of class with friends to point out their work.”
– Kat O’Reilly, Art Faculty
The Foundation provided funding for the installation of cork display strips outside Northfield’s Painting and Drawing classroom. This provides enough hanging space to accommodate a class set of work so students can critique during the class periods and view the art work of their peers. Hanging space is useful for sharing projects and helps students gain exposure to new ideas and concepts.
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