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Mercy Art Club Visits the Corning Museum of Glass

by cnewman
Fri, Oct 25th 2013 11:00 am

Mount Mercy Academy art students experienced the art of glass sculpting on their most recent field trip to the Corning Museum of Glass. Under the direction of Art Teachers, Ms. Jacqueline Welch and Miss Caitlin Kubera, Art Club President, Carly Wilkerson spearheaded the planning and implementation of this exciting field trip. "This trip gave us an opportunity to work with glass in a way that we have never experienced before. It definitely opened our eyes to the possibility of working with different materials in the future." Wilkerson said.

Nine Art Club students participated in hands on glass forming lesson in where each student, under the guidance of the professional staff, shaped and manipulated hot furnace glass. Students used traditional glass making tools to stretch and shape the molten glass into unique decorative flowers. They also enjoyed a private tour of the gallery and viewed a hot glass show performed by artisans. It was a terrific day that stimulated the creative art process!

 Art club meets every Thursday, giving students a chance to have open studio time. All students are welcome to use this studio time to create art outside the realm of assignments and make something uniquely their own. Art Club encourages students to experiment with materials and techniques through drawing, painting, photography, ceramics and sculpture. Students who are interested in projects like glassforming may want to join the next Art Club field trip in the spring. Art Club members will be visiting Griffis Sculpture Park in

Springville to see a variety of site specific sculptures. There they will have guided tours of over 100 sculptures by artist from all over the world and will learn about various sculpture media and techniques.