19345
Washington
Hands-On Glass in Chihuly's Seattle
Discover the art of glass-blowing alongside experts as you learn about the works of Dale Chihuly, visit artists’ studios and the Museum of Glass and create your own glass masterpiece
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Program No. 19345RJ
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5 nights
12 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Seattle
D
The Warwick Hotel

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. You will receive your monorail tickets and Chihuly Garden & Glass tickets at registration so you can use them during the week if your departure plans preclude your joining the group for this visit on Friday morning.

Dinner: Dinner is at 6:00 pm in our own meeting room. Salmon is on the menu tonight. Please note on your Personal Information Form if you don't eat fish and another entrée will be provided.

Evening: Introductions all around, then view a video on glass-making techniques in preparation for our first day in the studio tomorrow.

DAY
2
Glass-Blowing at Pratt Fine Arts Center
Seattle
B,L,D
The Warwick Hotel

Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast in the hotel's restaurant. Use your voucher to choose a Full American Breakfast or another tasty selection. Included among the choices are juice, fresh fruit, hot and cold cereals, eggs, bacon/sausage, pancakes/waffles, toast/pastries, coffee/decaf/tea/water. Tip and tax are included in the voucher.

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. Long pants and long-sleeved shirts will protect you from the furnace's 2000-degree heat. If you have long hair prepare to tie it back. 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 continue glass-blowing in the hot shop.

Dinner: Dinner will be at the hotel this evening.

Evening: See a video of internationally-know glass artists who got their start at Pilchuck Glass School.

DAY
3
Glass fusing & lampworking at Pratt Fine Arts Center
Seattle
B,L,D
The Warwick Hotel

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.

DAY
4
Tacoma Art Museum, Chihuly Bridge of Glass, Museum of Glass
Seattle
B,L
The Warwick Hotel

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel this morning.

Morning: Travel to Tacoma, 45 minutes south of Seattle, on a Sound Transit bus. 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. A new Western wing shows a family's lifetime collection of Western American art.

Lunch: Lunch in a popular brewpub. Select from an extensive menu.

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. Return to Seattle via Sound Transit.

Dinner: Dinner on your own this evening at one of the many resturants near our hotel. Sugestions will be offered.

DAY
5
Pike Place Market & Artist Studio Visit
Seattle
B,D
The Warwick Hotel

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 his/her 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. Recommendations will be offered.

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 masterpieces you created on Monday and Tuesday. Use provided bubble wrap and tape to prepare it for the trip home.

Dinner: Dinner tonight at a popular restaurant near our hotel.

Evening: We'll finish with dinner this evening.

DAY
6
The Space Needle, Chihuly Garden & Glass, Program Concludes
Seattle
B

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 Foundation Visitor Center, where their philanthropic philosophy is explained in interactive displays. Return to the hotel when you choose with your return monorail ticket. You will return home with many new skills and examples of your own work in glass-blowing, fusing and lampworking. Our program ends upon our return to the hotel. Bon Voyage!






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