Visiting Instructor Classes




Glass Is Your Canvas ~ 7 Image Techniques for Printing on Glass


Dates: TBA  9:00a-6:00p
Cost: $675 (tuition)+$225 materials fee =Total $900
Required Skills: None.
Class Tuition Includes: Lunch all (4) days of class.
Students are required to have: Pictures of their life experiences including perhaps.....pictures of your home - exterior views, now or when you were growing up. Report cards and or certificates of completion, awards and or a birth certificate. Memories and or a future concept of life perhaps. Photos of yourself, family members or friends. ANY EPHEMERA THAT WILL HELP TELL YOUR STORY.


Layering imagery allows us to create visual richness and depth. Each layer applied can create a fabric-like background that allows additional focal images to float in the foreground. There are a number of different techniques and products that can be utilized to create these layers, each one delivers a unique quality that can enhance or detract from the artist's vision for the work. In this workshop, we'll concentrate on the 7 most important image-making techniques to utilize on the glass canvas.

Students will work with glass enamels, glass paints, glass powders, micas, stencil cutters, frisket and specialty films. Gail will cover the following methods for applying images to glass: screen printing, airbrushing, photo resists, powder printing, custom decals, direct painting, and masking and stenciling. This range of techniques will give students a comprehensive foundation of know how to express themselves visually using a wide range of images and sources. There will be lots of discussion about when and why one would select one process over another. The class concept for designs, ideas and images are different and unique per student. Techniques will be covered, but keep in mind, a great glassterpiece is all about planning, thought and preparation. Each student will need to plan to bring pictures of their life experiences including perhaps.....pictures of your home - exterior views, now or when you were growing up. Report cards and or certificates of completion, awards and or a birth certificate. Memories and or a future concept of life perhaps. Photos of yourself, family members or friends. ANY EPHEMERA THAT WILL HELP TELL YOUR STORY. And of course if that is just not comfortable for you, now is the time to make up a great story......you choose the story to tell....this is art, this is what you make it.

Students will create (6) sample tiles to learn and experiment with the printing techniques to then use these learned techniques to then create (2) complete 10 x 10 works, highlighting their own personal history, focusing on childhood and love or whatever personality you choose to represent. Each piece will consist of patterns, colors, and textures, overlaid with images of persons, places, and things, you choose. Overlaid with images of persons, places or things. Students will also mount their (2) finished pieces for hanging.

*After completion of the class, students will have access to purchase services, supplies and print making tools for future glass printing projects to help you continue on in your own studio endeavors and ideas that incorporate your new learned glass printmaking techniques and concepts.



Monarch Butterfly
1 Day Workshop


Dates: Friday May 25  9:00a-5:00p
Cost: $225
Required Skills: Intermediate glass cutting; however no prior fusing experience required.

Class Tuition Includes: Lunch, all materials & supplies included in the class or workshop fee.

Students are required to have: Intermediate Level. Basic glass cutting tools.



~Create a 7” fused glass Monarch butterfly that can be incorporated into a mosaic project or mounted for display. Techniques will be covered for adding wire for the antennae, angling the wings to appear like it is flying, and how to scale down the butterflies for ornaments. Students will learn how to attach hardware for mounting the butterfly for wall display or as a garden stake. Students will also have the opportunity to make a pendant-sized ladybug or bee as time permits. The fused glass Monarchs were featured in the Summer 2013 issue of Glass Patterns Quarterly magazine.




Dimensional Mosaic Tile
2 Day Class


Dates: Saturday & Sunday May 26 & 27  9:00a-5:00p
Cost: $ 390
Required Skills: All Levels; Fusing & Basic Glass Cutting experience required.

Class Tuition Includes: Lunch, all materials & supplies included in the class fee.



~This class combines the techniques of mosaics with fused glass to produce a unique work of art. Students will be provided with a variety of patterns to choose from and shown several ways to cut glass into small tesserae or glass tiles. We will cover the andamento or visual flow and placement of the tesserae to complement your design. Students will create a 6 x 6 x 1/2" thick fused DOUBLE SIDED imagery glass tile. You will be using the Patty Gray 6 x 6 dam mold.



Reverse Enamel Glass Painting


Dates: April 26 - 29  9:00a-5:00p
Cost: Tuition $550 + Materials fee $145 =Total $695
Required Skills: None.
Class Tuition Includes: Lunch all (3)Full days of class, no lunch final 1/2 day
Students are required to have: Reference Drawings, Sketches or Photos



Take your glass art in a new and exciting direction. Enamel painting on glass is a fun way to use clear glass to create unique, stunning and surprisingly detailed images.





Unlock the secrets to mixing Fusemaster high fire opaque enamels with both oil and water mediums, working in reverse, the texturing style of grisaille and the stages of applying blended color background enamels, sold color image enamels, layering glass and firing to a finished piece.





We will begin with your drawing, sketch or reference photo and over three days use Cheryl's multi-stage techniques to create your piece of art.

*The focus of this class is on the technical skills so you will be able to take your knowledge home to develop your glass painting style. You will also learn a "secret" to creating precise sgraffito drawings. Each student will complete an 8" piece as well as several practice pieces.