Road Scholar : Home
Hands-On Glass in Chihuly's Seattle

Program Number: 19345RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/6/2013 - 10/11/2013; 10/19/2014 - 10/24/2014; 4/6/2015 - 4/11/2015; 6/7/2015 - 6/12/2015; 10/18/2015 - 10/23/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Seattle, Washington
Price starting at: $1,225.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Crafts; Arts, Misc. Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 12; 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Salt; Low Fat; Vegetarian    

Heat waves radiate off the 2,000-degree molten glass you gather on your blowpipe as you learn the basics of glass-blowing in this week of hands-on glass in Seattle. Spend two full days in the studios at Pratt Fine Arts Center as experienced artist-instructors provide individual attention in small classes. Marvel at wondrous works of glass during a visit to the studios of major glass artists. Delight in the exhibits of handmade glass in downtown galleries and public installations. Travel to Tacoma to see the Museum of Glass, the Chihuly Bridge of Glass, Union Station's glass exhibit and more.




Highlights

• Work with accomplished artist-teachers as you “do it yourself,” learning glass-blowing, casting, fusing and flame-working.
• See artists at work in the Museum of Glass, cross the Chihuly Bridge of Glass and much more in Tacoma's museum district.
• Delight in a visit to the spectacular Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit at Seattle Center, showcasing the legendary glass-master's sparkling new creations.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to 10 blocks on sidewalks, in buildings. Standing for up to one hour in studio while working on projects.




Date Specific Information

10-6-2013

This program runs back-to-back with Molten Magic, program #7893, which offers a lively week of learning about studio glass and the opportunity to preview the glass to be sold at the Pilchuck Glass School Auction.
Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



10-19-2014

See breath-taking glass art by world-famous artists at the Pilchuck Glass School Auction preview on Thursday, October 23, 2014, the final evening of this program. If you wish to independently attend the auction itself, it occurs on Friday, October 24, 2014.
Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



10-18-2015

See breath-taking glass art by world-famous artists at the Pilchuck Glass School Auction preview on Thursday, October 22, 2015, the final evening of this program. If you wish to independently attend the auction itself, it occurs on Friday, October 23, 2015.



Coordinated by Evergreen Adventures.




Seattle

Seattle is a visual gem, set amid saltwater, lakes and mountains. International influences abound in this congenial city. Unique neighborhoods, world-class cultural institutions, parks and the landmark Space Needle are just the beginning.



Accommodations
Comfortable full-service hotel in heart of Seattle’s bustling downtown.
Meals and Lodgings
   Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue
  Seattle 5 nights
 Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Located in the heart of downtown Seattle, close to the Pike Place Market, the central library, Benaroya (symphony) Hall, the Seattle Art Museum, the Seattle Aquarium, theaters, restaurants, sports stadiums, shopping and more.
  Contact info: 1415 5th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101 USA
phone: 206-971-8000
web: www.seattleredlionfifthavenue.com
  Room amenities: Coffeemaker, refrigerator, flat-screen TV, free wi-fi, hairdryer, iron/ironing board, deluxe amenities, robes.
  Facility amenities: Full-service hotel with underground parking, restaurant/lounge/terrace, free wi-fi, fitness facility. 1.5 blocks from the light rail terminal to/from SeaTac airport.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Rates change seasonally. Contact Red Lion Hotel Reservations at 1-855-515-1144 for additional nights. Call during regular business hours.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Rates change seasonally. Contact Red Lion Hotel Reservations at 1-855-515-1144 for additional nights. Call during regular business hours.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00 pm Sunday, October 6 You will be staying at Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue that night.
  End of Program:
12:00 pm, Friday, October 11 You will be staying at Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. No
  Parking availability:
$15 + tax/night. Vehicle height limit is 6'2"--no kidding.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Seattle
  Nearest city or town:  Seattle
  Nearest highway: I-5, I-90
  Nearest airport:  SeaTac International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Seattle
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Seattle

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Light rail

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$2.50 one-way adult/$.75 one-way senior, subject to change
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes or less. 

 

Distance:

 

16 miles

   

Board LINK light rail at SeaTac airport. Ride to the Westlake Station (last stop). Get off train; ride elevator to street level. Walk 1.5 blocks south on 5th Ave. to the Red Lion Hotel, 1415 5th Ave., between Pike and Union.

 

Seattle

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Shuttle Express
phone: NA0-000-0000 x000000

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

About $15, subject to change.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

one hour or less 

 

Distance:

 

16 miles

   

Take the escalator or elevator to the 3rd floor of the parking garage from the baggage claim area, then to ground floor. Meet van at Island 2.

 

King Street Station

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Under $15
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

about 15 minutes 

 

Seattle

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
phone: NA -00---

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

For one-four persons, about $35-40
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

one 

 

Distance:

 

16 miles

   

Catch a taxi on the airport parking garage's third floor.

 
Driving Directions
  From the north From I-5 southbound, exit at Stewart Street (exit # 166). Follow Stewart to 5th Avenue. Turn left onto 5th Avenue. Drive 3.5 blocks to the Red Lion Hotel; the cross street before the hotel entrance is Pike Street.The hotel entrance is on the right side of the street. Parking costs $15 + tax/night for Road Scholar participants staying in the hotel.
  From the south, including SeaTac Airport Take I-5 northbound. Exit at Seneca Street (exit # 165).Follow Seneca to 4th Avenue. Turn right onto 4th Avenue, drive 3 blocks, turn right onto Pike Street, drive the length of that block, turn right onto 5th Avenue. Hotel underground parking garage entrance is just up from Pike St. Parking costs $15 + tax/night for Road Scholar participants staying in the hotel.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Registration; hosted reception; agenda review; dinner; introductions; video of glass techniques.
(Sunday, October 6)
   
 Afternoon: Register in our 4th floor meeting room any time between 4:00-5:00 pm. At 5:00 pm enjoy a hosted reception and meet your fellow participants. At 5:30 pm discuss the week's agenda and ask any questions you may have.
 Dinner: Dinner is at 6:00 pm in our own meeting room.
 Evening: Introductions all around, then view a video on glass-making techniques in preparation for our first day in the studio tomorrow.
   
Accommodations: Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Glass-blowing and glass-casting at Pratt Fine Arts Center; all day spent in the studio.
(Monday, October 7)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast in Frolik, the hotel's new restaurant.
 Morning: We'll board the Metro bus to ride about 12 minutes to Pratt Fine Arts Center for our first day in the studio. See a glass-blowing demo incorporating a number of different techniques. Gather molten glass on your blowpipe and work with the artists/teachers to create your own globe or paperweight. Wear natural fabrics and closed-toe shoes--no sandals or fuzzy sweaters today, please. Layers are good since the hot shop can be hot, cool and/or breezy from overhead fans.
 Lunch: We'll eat our catered lunch at Pratt in an area away from chemicals and glass shards. Good idea!
 Afternoon: This afternoon we'll experience hot casting, where molten glass is poured into sand molds you have prepared. You are welcome to bring small objects to embed in the molten glass; no plastics, copper or other metals are best. Confer with the instructor on site about expected results.
 Dinner: Dinner will be at the hotel this evening.
 Evening: See a video of legendary glass-master Dale Chihuly working with Italian master glass-makers.
   
Accommodations: Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Glass fusing and lampworking at Pratt Fine Arts Center; all day spent in the studio.
(Tuesday, October 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel this morning.
 Morning: Ride the Metro to Pratt for our morning classes in glass fusing and lampworking. Fusing involves choosing flat glass pieces of various colors, using tools to cut them into the shapes you desire and arranging them to form designs.These are then heated in a kiln until the glass melts enough to fuse together. Lampworking, also called flameworking, requires a very hot butane table-mounted torch. Wearing protective glasses, you heat Pyrex rods in the flame and manipulate the softened glass with tools to form beads and other small shapes.The class will divide into two smaller groups so everyone will have individual attention.
 Lunch: Catered lunch at Pratt.
 Afternoon: After lunch, return to the warm shop for fusing and lampworking. Switch to the other class this afternoon from this morning and begin learning a new skill. It's useful to spend half a day in each area so that pieces completed in the morning can be fired in the kiln in the afternoon and cool overnight in preparation for additional work the following day. Limited space in the kilns allows for successive firings.
 Dinner: Dinner will be at the hotel this evening.
 Evening: Tour the City Center glass collection across the street from our hotel. See work from many artists who have created pieces at Pilchuck Glass School.
   
Accommodations: Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Glass fusing and lampworking at Pratt Fine Arts Center; all day spent in the studio.
(Wednesday, October 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel this morning.
 Morning: Work in either fusing or lampworking this morning. Finish your project in this class today. It may have to stay at the studio for another day to cool to a temperature that can be safely handled. All work you have created this week will be brought to the hotel for you to carry home with you.
 Lunch: Catered lunch at Pratt today.
 Afternoon: Work in either fusing or lampworking. This will be your last opportunity to finish your project in this class. Some work will be ready to take with you today while other pieces will be picked up on Thursday and brought to the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own this evening at one of the many resturants near our hotel. Sugestions will be offered.
   
Accommodations: Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Visit studios of nationally-known glass artists in the morning. Free time in the afternoon; dinner on your own this evening.
(Thursday, October 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel this morning.
 Morning: Visit studios of nationally-known glass artists to learn about their inspirations and creations.
 Lunch: Stroll to the Pike Place Market for a look at flower vendors, fishmongers and much, much more. Lunch on your own--choose from among 60 cafes, restaurants and bakeries.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to visit the Seattle Art Museum, the architecturally-distinguished Central Library, galleries, Pioneer Square or any of Seattle's attractions. Our hotel's central location makes it easy to walk or take convenient public transportation to most places you'll want to see. Recommendations and information will be offered. Before dinner collect the work you've created this week and wrap it to carry or ship home.
 Dinner: Dinner tonight at a popular restaurant near our hotel.
 Evening: No time for after-dinner activities this evening.
   
Accommodations: Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: The Space Needle/Chihuly Garden & Glass/Bon Voyage!
(Friday, October 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel this morning.
 Morning: Enjoy a 1962 video detailing the construction of the Space Needle, then travel by monorail to the Seattle Center and zip to the top of the Needle in a glass-fronted elevator. Next, visit Garden & Glass, Dale Chihuly's new permanent exhibit of his art, the largest he's ever presented. Just two blocks away is the free Bill & Melinda Gates Headquarters Visitor Center, where their philanthropic philosophy is explained in interactive displays.Return to the hotel with the group or stay longer if you wish. You will return home with many new skills and examples of your own work in glass-blowing, hot-casting, fusing and lampworking. Our program ends upon our return to the hotel. Bon Voyage!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


The Good Rain


Author: Timothy Egan


Description: Beautifully-written, deeply heartfelt love-letter to the Pacific Northwest.



The Living


Author: Annie Dillard


Description: A gritty read which tells the story of the settlement of this area.



Free Boy; A True Story of Slave and Master


Author: Dr. Lorraine McConaghy


Description: How did the Civil War appear in the Pacific Northwest? Read this story of a boy brought to Olympia as a slave and how he gained his freedom.



Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet


Author: Jamie Ford


New Land, North of the Columbia


Author: Dr. Lorraine McConaghy


Description: An engaging history of Washington Territory and State, presented through an examination and explanation of original documents by the state's premier historian.



Snow Falling on Cedars


Author: David Guterson


Warship Under Sail: The USS Decatur in the Pacific West


Author: Dr. Lorraine McConaghy


Description: The detailed and lively story of the US Navy in the Pacific Northwest during the transition from sail to steam.



Winter Brothers


Author: Ivan Doig




You can't find a better value than Road Scholar.


As a not-for-profit organization, we are dedicated to providing all-inclusive educational programs at great value. From lectures to gratuities to field trips to accommodations - the tuition you pay up front is all that you pay.



Specifically, this program includes:

Plus these special experiences...

View the Daily Schedule to see more

And included with all Road Scholar programs:


© Road Scholar 2014 | Call toll-free: 1-800-454-5768