VAFA147 Introduction to Glassblowing

Department of The Arts: Glassblowing and Stained Glass

I. Course Number and Title
VAFA147 Introduction to Glassblowing
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
Safe shop practices are emphasized. In addition to class studio time, students work five (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.
VI. Catalog Course Description
Students 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.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. recognize the safety procedures necessary in glassblowing;
    2. design and execute a container, a bowl, and another vessel;
    3. apply the techniques necessary to manipulate hot glass; and
    4. analyze projects through critiques, oral presentations, and discussions.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. safety in glass studio
    2. basic gathering and jacking
    3. gathering, blocking, jacking, shaping, transfer, and finishing
    4. Other techniques
      1. threads
      2. handles
      3. dip gathers and distortions
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    1. Course learning goals are assessed with group critiques of all projects, based on the successful design, execution, and completion of assigned projects.
    2. At least two individual critiques with instructor are held each semester, to assess projects using the above criteria and to review students' overall progress.
    3. Instructor evaluation of tool and shop safety practices through observation and quizzes.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus. Digital technology, slides, guest demonstrations are incorporated by the instructor. Ownership of personal blowpipe is required.

Review/Approval Date - 12/04; Revised 6/09; Revised 4/2012; New Core 8/2015