Thursday, January 12, 2006


     The Museum Of Glass is taking reservations for the Science of Art.  Every
year the Museum spends 6 weeks exploring different art exhibitions through
the lens of Science (fulfilling many of those pesky Science EALRs and
GLEs), investigating a new topic each week.  There are two 2-hour sessions
per day, beginning at 9:30 am and 12:00 pm.  Up to eighty students can be
accommodated per session – they are divided into small groups of no more
than twenty, and rotated through the Hot Shop, Gallery, Studio, and
Theater for different activities focused on the scientific topic and its
relation to glass and the art in the gallery.  All units come with pre-
and post-visit curriculum aimed at junior high and high school, though
upper elementary grades may also attend.  This year Science of Art will be

January 11, 12, 13 - Trimpin's Fire Organ     March 15, 16, 17 - Trimpin's
Fire Organ
January 18, 19, 20 - Light in Glass     March 22, 23, 24 - Ouch! Glass!
January 25, 26, 27 - Physics of Movement     March 29, 30, 31 - Physics of

Trimpin's Fire Organ - This unit is based on internationally known artist
Trimpin's installation “Fire Organ.”  The Fire Organ will be installed in
the Museum hot shop and will be like nothing else you have ever seen.
Based on a standard pipe organ, the Fire Organ consists of several glass
pipes with torches at the bottom.  When the flame is changed, sound
travels up the pipe and plays that note.  The curriculum covers the
physics of sound, and how this phenomenal creation can make music.
Trimpin will be here during these sessions to teach the students.

Light in Glass - This unit will focus on Karen LaMonte's exhibition
"Absence Adorned" and teaches the physics of color and light.  Glass is
the perfect medium to showcase these theories.  Students will get a chance
to bend, defract, and split light into colors, as well as learn the
science behind fiber optics.

Ouch! Glass! - Working in the hot shop is a dangerous job, and this unit
teaches all about those dangers.  Students will learn what hazards are
involved in making and decorating glass, and see the results of these
techniques in the exhibition "Czech Glass, 1945 - 1980: Design in an Age
of Adversity."  Participants will also learn about some of the material
properties of glass, and how an artist protects him or herself from these
hazards to create beautiful art.

Physics of Movement - Also based on the Karen LaMonte show, this session
explores dance as an art and a science.  Learn what happens in your brain
when you move, and also see why people often call the motion of
glassblowers a dance.

     If you have any questions about the units or you would like to book a
visit, please contact VickiKay Spalding at (253) 284-2137 or, or Meredith Hale at (253) 284-4713 or


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