This fall, BGOLD Glass is opening its East Boulder studio space to teens who need some hands-on art, an active learning experience, and an opportunity to master something new.
Classes are open to individual teens, siblings, or pods (up to 5 participants). In order to minimize exposure to COVID-19, every slot will be filled by only one party.
The curriculum consists of five classes to be completed between September and Thanksgiving. The plan is to schedule weekly, but we are leaving extra space in case we (or you) need to reschedule because of COVID-19 exposure.
Class length is 2 hours for 1-2 students, and 3 hours for 3-5 students.
Each group will choose a regular weekly spot, with the understanding on both ends that rescheduling may need to happen.
Classes are available Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, and can be scheduled for a morning, afternoon, or evening time slot. Exact timing is flexible to accommodate the needs of different families/pods.
There are six (6) slots available.
Over the course of five lessons, students will learn the basics of glass blowing, including sculpting, shaping, turning, and blowing a bubble. Through demonstration and hands-on experience, they will develop a conceptual and physical understanding of how to work with the medium.
Students will be taught studio safety practices as well as some of the history and science of glassblowing. They will also learn about the environmental impacts of working with glass and some of the ways to mitigate a glass blower's environmental footprint.
We will dive in fully, expand our comfort zones, and create awesome glass. Students will create decorative and/or functional pieces in classes 2-5.
Lesson 1: Introduction to the space and medium
Lesson 2: Sculpting: Turning blobs into flowers
Lesson 3: Blowing a bubble & shaping
Lesson 4: Color techniques
Lesson 5: The cup class!
Closed-toe shoes and socks
Clothing made from natural fibers -- not synthetic
Leather work gloves
BGOLD Glass will supply blowpipes, and every student will have a dedicated blowpipe for the semester
1 Student: $1000 / 5 Sessions
2 Students: $1800/ 5 Sessions
3-5 Students: $2500 / 5 Sessions
ABOUT THE STUDIO
BGOLD Glass Studio uses modern tools to bring an ancient art to life. The studio opened in East Boulder in 2018 and uses 100% recycled material sourced from the Front Range as a base for its operations.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Bryan BGOLD Goldfeder has been blowing glass since 2012, when he apprenticed with John Hudnut at The Gatherhouse in Frisco, Colorado. Since then, he has worked in glass studios around the world and spent two summers working and teaching at the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington. BGOLD now runs BGOLD Glass Studio, and his work focuses on social practice, functional art, and meaningful ritual objects. Using recycled glass, this work tells a relevant story while finding its way to sacred places in peoples’ lives.
BGOLD has extensive experience as an experiential educator. He has welcomed hundreds of people into the glass studio for classes and run a young men's group for the last two years exploring relevant issues relating to emerging adulthood through the medium of glass. BGOLD has also taught Hebrew school in Denver and Boulder and led countless outdoor adventure trips as a camp counselor in New York, Colorado, and California.