Art Teachers Glassblowing

Art Teachers Glassblowing


Art teachers are among the most creative,
visionary, and energetic educators in our schools. Every day, these professional artists inspire
students to create their very best. But when art teachers need to find their own
inspiration, they seek unique experiences. Before the school year began, 56 Newport News
Public Schools art teachers, including two student teachers from Christopher Newport
University, visited the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk. After touring the galleries, they visited
the Perry Glass Studio next door to experience, firsthand, the art of glassblowing. After an impressive glass demonstration and
quick safety lesson, the teachers chose which type of glass ornament they would create from
scratch. With guidance from professional glassblowers,
the teachers formed the molten glass in a special furnace called a glory hole, which
is heated to over 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. By rolling the glass blob across different
metal oxides and colored glass, the teachers added their own color combination to the creations. As the ornaments took shape, the teachers
were directed to blow through a tube attached to the blowpipe. The unique and fun experience of blowing glass
was new to most of the teachers, who also received valuable professional development
points for participating in this summer session. By moving outside of their comfort zones and
learning new techniques, NNPS art teachers gained a new perspective that they will surely
pass onto their students as they create this school year.

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