Sponsorship helps kids access Glassworks

MORE than 40 teachers ACT Teachers Open Night at Canberra Glassworks heard of a new community partnership announced by Melita Flynn, community program manager.

Kirstie Rea (r) conducts a glass workshop

Kirstie Rea (r) conducts a glass workshop

The cash sponsorship from Capital Chemist allows all ACT schools to make the most of a 20 per cent discount when booking a “Window on Learning” glass experience at the Glassworks in 2016.

Schools will also be able to opt for a more intensive glass experience in their school through the new Glass Outreach program being introduced for the first time in collaboration with the ANU School of Art Glass Workshop.

A professional teaching artist from the Glassworks and a technical assistant from ANU will go into schools which have a kiln with a suitable controller to deliver two 3-hour workshops for high school students, with a teacher-led experience that will see students learn to make cast and fused glass works in their school environment.

As well, an ACT School Residency will also be offered for the first time in 2016 to one student in year 11 or 12 who is attending an ACT College or senior school.

The idea of the partnership is to introduce ACT school students to glass through hands on experiences, an opportunity to learn about glass in their own school environment, and about the possibilities of a professional career in glass. Local artist Kirstie Rea (pictured) and a Canberra Glassworks board member has been integral to the development of these new programs.

At the event the annual raffle was drawn and it was announced that Canberra artlover Harold Gantler had won a valuable glass art work created by Rea for  the  Collectors’ Raffle #3,  a major fundraising initiative for the Glassworks.

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