BARN member: $30
Materials fee: $20
As you begin your journey into the world of stained and fused glass, you begin to realize the many design possibilities. These design possibilities are the bridge between your ideas and your final product.
In this class you will learn to look ahead and plan your project one step at a time, using a design as your map. You will leave the class knowing how to create a design you can use. In addition to the steps and the process, you will learn how to use the elements of line, shape, proportion, and balance.
During the class you will free draw a series of sketches, an exercise that will allow you to find a sketch that emerges and works for you. Architectural graph paper and Mylar will be introduced and supplied to use with your final design and to make a template for your ultimate project. Bring your ideas, keep an open mind, have fun, and leave with a plan for your next project.
Bring to class your favorite drawing tools, sharpened pencils, colored pencils, erasers, rulers, tools for geometric designs (compass, T-square, etc.), and any sketch ideas. There will be some drafting and drawing tools available to share. A $20 materials fee for such items as graph paper and Mylar is payable to the instructor at the beginning of the class.
INSTRUCTOR: Diane Bonciolini is the "olini" of Mesolini Glass Studio, and glass is her passion. As a full-time glass artist who has lived and worked on Bainbridge Island since 1977, she grows and changes with every project. Glass, her medium of choice, has a life of its own. This multifaceted medium shows itself in each of her creations: stained glass, slumped and fused glass, lamp work, or glass combined with concrete. Whether it is a stained glass window, a one of a kind dishware piece, or a fused glass commission, Diane’s focus is on her originality and integrity in design, her client’s desires, the logistics of function and problem solving, color, and glass choice. In their partnership Diane and Gregg brainstorm ideas by working together as fabricators, instructors, and facilitators. Diane is a hands-on artist/crafts person; when teaching, she brings calm, experience and humor to this fickle medium not easily understood. Her desire as an instructor is for her students to relax and have fun, find excitement in the material, and learn to work safely using the proper tools and techniques. Much of the work that she and Gregg do goes beyond the business of their careers and involves schools, communities, and sharing what they know with others.