VAFA147 Introduction to Glassblowing
Department of The Arts: Glassblowing and Stained Glass
Course Number and TitleVAFA147 Introduction to Glassblowing
Number of Credits3 credits
Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester4050
Other Pertinent InformationSafe shop practices are emphasized. In addition to class studio time, students work 5 hours outside of class each week in the studio area under the supervision of a Lab Assistant or at home. Lab attendance will be assigned and is mandatory. There is a material supply cost for this course.
Catalog Course DescriptionStudents are introduced to basic studio techniques of forming molten glass through the use of various tools, equipment, and processes. They are introduced to basic technical skills required for the production of glass objects, and to aesthetic sensitivity for the material. Studio procedures, including maintenance, safety, and construction are covered.
Required Course Content and Direction
- Course Learning Goals
- recognize the safety procedures necessary in glassblowing;
- design and execute a container, a bowl, and another vessel;
- apply the techniques necessary to manipulate hot glass; and
- analyze projects through critiques, oral presentations, and discussions.
- Core Learning Goals (if applicable)
This course is not in the Core.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:
- safety in glass studio
- basic gathering and jacking
- gathering, blocking, jacking, shaping, transfer, and finishing/li>
- Other techniques:
- dip gathers and distortions
Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:
- Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals
- Course learning goals are assessed with group critiques of all projects, based on the successful design, execution, and completion of assigned projects.
- At least two individual critiques with instructor are held each semester, to assess projects using the above criteria and to review student’s overall progress.
- Instructor evaluation of tool and shop safety practices through observation and quizzes.
- Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals (if applicable)
This course is not in the Core curriculum.
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:See course format. Digital technology, slides, guest demonstrations are incorporated by the instructor. Ownership of personal blowpipe is required.
Teaching Methods EmployedSection VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.
Review/Approval Date - 12/04; Revised 6/09; Revised 4/2012