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Hands-On Glass in Chihuly's Seattle

Program Number: 19345RJ
Start and End Dates:
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: $1,198.00 - 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

10-19-2014

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
   The Warwick Hotel
  Seattle 5 nights
 The Warwick Hotel
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Contact info: 401 Lenora Street
Seattle, WA 98121 USA
phone: 206-443-4300
web: www.warwickwa.com
  Room amenities: Coffeemaker, mini-bar, robes, Juliet balcony with sliding glass doors, iron/ironing board, internet access, in-room safe.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant/lounge, fitness center, indoor swimming pool/whirlpool, garage parking at $15 + tax/night (6'2" vehicle height limit).
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Rates vary seasonally. Pre/post rates apply 3 night before/after program dates. Call 800-426-9280, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-7:00 pm for reservations.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Rates vary seasonally. Pre/post rates apply 3 night before/after program dates. Call 800-426-9280, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-7:00 pm for reservations.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00 pm Sunday You will be staying at The Warwick Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
12:00 pm, Friday You will be staying at The Warwick Hotel 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:

 

Taxi
phone: NA0-0 0-0-00 x---

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

For one-four persons, about $40-45
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

one 

 

Distance:

 

16 miles

   

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

 

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

   

From baggage claim area take the elevator to the parking garage level. Cross skybridge and turn left, following signage to LINK Light Rail. Buy a ticket from the machine with cash or plastic and ride elevator to platform level. Board train; trains depart every 10 minutes. Ride to Westlake Station. Ride elevator to street level. Walk west to 4th Avenue. Turn right and walk north 3 blocks to Warwick Hotel on the corner of 4th Avenue & Lenora.

 

Seattle

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Shuttle Express+
phone: 425-981-7000

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

About $18, 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. Now descend to the lowest level. Go to Island 2 to buy ticket for Shuttle Express, which comes directly to the Warwick Hotel. Ask about a reduced price for round-trip tickets.

 

King Street Station

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Under $15
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

about 15 minutes 

 
Driving Directions
  From the north From I-5 southbound exit at Stewart Street (exit #166). Follow Stewart Street to Fourth Avenue. Turn right onto Fourth Avenue. Drive 2 blocks to the Warwick Hotel parking garage entrance. The cross street before the parking garage is Virginia Street. The hotel is on the right side of the street.
  From the south, including SeaTac Airport Take I-5 northbound. Exit at Seneca Street (exit#165). Turn left over freeway. Follow Seneca to 4th Avenue. Turn right onto 4th Avenue, drive 7 blocks north. The cross street before the Warwick Hotel garage entrance is Virginia Street. The garage entrance is on the right side of the street.
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 19)
   
 Afternoon: Register in our 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: The Warwick Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Glass-blowing and glass-casting at Pratt Fine Arts Center; all day spent in the studio.
(Monday, October 20)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast in the hotel's restaurant. Use your voucher to choose a Hot American Breakfast or another tasty selection.
 Morning: We'll board the Metro bus to ride about 15 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 or other shape. Plan to wear natural fabrics and closed-toe shoes. No fuzzy sweaters, please. Layers are best in the hot shop, where it can be hot in front, cold in back and breezy from big fans overhead. Art schools can be messy, so no white suede jackets today.
 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.
 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: The Warwick Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Glass fusing and lampworking at Pratt Fine Arts Center; all day spent in the studio.
(Tuesday, October 21)
   
 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. 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.
 Dinner: Dinner will be at the hotel this evening.
 Evening: Learn about Lino Tagliapietra, the finest glassmaker in the world, in a revealing DVD.
   
Accommodations: The Warwick Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: The Hotel Murano, the Tacoma Art Museum, Union Station, the Chihuly Bridge of Glass, the Museum of Glass
(Wednesday, October 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel this morning.
 Morning: Travel to Tacoma, 45 minutes south of Seattle, to see the amazing glass collection in the Hotel Murano. Each floor is dedicated to a well-known artist, with information about and work by that artist displayed in the corridors. Follow a docent tour at the Tacoma Art Museum, cherished for its architecture as well as for its Chihuly collection, changing exhibits and extensive display of jewelry art.
 Lunch: Lunch in a popular brewpub.
 Afternoon: See even more Chihuly work in historic Union Station. Then cross the Chihuly Bridge of Glass to the Museum of Glass, with its amazing exhibits of glass art and its working hot shop. Watch artists create new work, with a narrator describing the action and answering your questions.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own this evening at one of the many resturants near our hotel. Sugestions will be offered.
   
Accommodations: The Warwick Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Pike Place Market talk and guided tour, artist studio visit, free afternoon, Pilchuck Glass School auction preview.
(Thursday, October 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel this morning.
 Morning: Hear about the history and operations of the lively Pike Place Market. Visit Olympic Color Rods, where glass artists buy their tools and supplies. Meet a working glass artist right in the studio to learn about their training and inspiration.
 Lunch: After a short walk through the Pike Place Market, choose lunch on your own from among the more than 60 cafes and restaurants in the 7-acre historic district.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a free afternoon. The Seattle Art Museum is just one block from the Pike Place Market; there are also many galleries right in the neighborhood. Return to our hotel by 5:00 pm to see the glass you created on Monday and Tuesday. Use provided bubble wrap and tape to prepare it for the trip home. Then walk three blocks to the Pilchuck Auction preview to see pieces by world-famous artists before they're auctioned off the following evening and disappear forever into private collections.
 Dinner: Dinner tonight at a popular restaurant near our hotel.
 Evening: We'll finish with dinner this evening.
   
Accommodations: The Warwick Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: The Space Needle/Chihuly Garden & Glass/Bon Voyage!
(Friday, October 24)
   
 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.

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