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New York
Women at the Fire: An Art Introduction to Glass, Clay and Steel
Blow, twist, hammer and mold during an introductory art week with other creative women. Learn ceramics, glassblowing and blacksmithing from instructors, and create your own keepsakes.
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Program No. 22772RJ
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6 days
5 nights
12 meals
5 B 2 L 5 D
DAY
1
Check-In, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Painted Post, NY
D
Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center

Activity note: Check-in from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: 3:00 p.m. When you check in and get your room assignment, you will also register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing the up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. We’ll then have refreshments in the Dining Room. You are welcome to take a dip in the heated indoor swimming pool, stretch your legs on the grounds and hiking trails, or just relax until dinner.

Dinner: At 6:00 p.m. in the Dining Room, we’ll have an all-you-can-eat buffet with full salad bar, multiple entrées including at least one vegetarian dish, dessert, and beverage choices of lemonade, coffee, iced tea, water.

Evening: Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. This is a Road Scholar Retreats program. Our programming at Retreat locations includes opportunities for light morning exercise, interaction with members of the local community, a farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, and evening entertainment. Our experienced Study Leader—who will also serve as Group Leader—is Jenny Monroe. She’ll be with us many times throughout the week. Jenny has been a cultural ambassador for the Corning, Elmira, and Southern Finger Lakes region for more than forty years. She is also a museum educator and a storyteller. Jenny will help connect us with the history, natural, and cultural resources of the region. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Arts Center Workshops, Rockwell Museum, Women Glass Artists
Painted Post, NY
B,L,D
Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center

Activity note: Early morning stretch, gentle walk, or visit to the seven-circuit labyrinth (depending on weather) will be offered at 7:15 a.m. Getting on/off a bus; driving about 30 miles round trip, approximately 15 minutes each way. Walking downtown; generally flat terrain.

Breakfast: In the Dining Room at 7:00 a.m., cereal, yogurt, fresh fruit, and juice, coffee, tea, water will be available. At 7:45 a.m. and each day of the program following, there will a rotating variety of choices such as a hot cereal, eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, or French toast.

Morning: We will set out by bus and drive to the 171 Cedar Arts Center in downtown Corning. Named for the historic house at that address, the arts center opened in 1968. Since then, it has provided the community with a warm and friendly place to learn about, experience, and appreciate the arts. This dynamic organization offers excellent arts instruction, exhibits works by contemporary local artists, and sponsors live performances. It has been associated with Watson Homestead since 1974. We will meet our clay artist-instructors then divide into small groups and complete two workshops. One small group will work at the wheel and the other group will learn sgraffito technique of carving a ram-pressed clay platter; then we’ll switch.

Lunch: At the arts center, we’ll have a catered lunch prepared by the Watson Homestead kitchen with sandwiches, salads, dessert, iced tea, lemonade.

Afternoon: Next, we'll walk two blocks to the Rockwell Museum of American Art for a special focus gallery lecture by education staff with pieces of Pueblo pottery brought out for us from their storage collections. Jenny Monroe will give us an in-depth gallery exploration of the paintings and tell stories about the museum’s development from a private collection of Robert F. Rockwell to a public museum that is now a Smithsonian Affiliate. Jenny was the supervisor of education and public programs at the Museum for 23 years. The remainder of the afternoon is free. You might like to explore galleries on historic Market Street. The bus will meets us at the museum and return to Watson where you may enjoy a swim in the pool.

Dinner: Dining Room buffet.

Evening: We will gather for a presentation by Beth Hylen, librarian at the Rakow Research Library and herself a glass artist to learn about the history of women glass artists. Beth has been a librarian at the Corning Museum of Glass for 40 years and has watched its educational mission expand as the studio glass movement has also stretched to include glass as a sculptural medium of non-representational and non-functional modern art.

DAY
3
Clay Day 2, Rockwell Museum, Market Street
Painted Post, NY
B,D
Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center

Activity note: Early morning stretch, gentle walk, or visit to the seven-circuit labyrinth (depending on weather) will be offered at 7:15 a.m. Getting on/off a bus; driving about 30 miles round trip, approximately 15 minutes each way. Walking downtown, generally flat terrain.

Breakfast: Dining Room buffet.

Morning: We will ride to the 171 Cedar Arts Center and continue working at the wheel and our sgraffito projects in the clay studio. After today's class, our projects will be dried, fired, and shipped to our homes by our instructors.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and will provide maps.

Afternoon: We’ll meet back at the Rockwell Museum and then set out with Jenny on a four-block walking field trip along Restored Market Street. We’ll learn why this project is the national model for the “Main Street” program administered by the National Trust of Historic Preservation. Jenny will tell us stories about Corning’s history of railroading and glass manufacture and how — after the Agnes flood of 1972 — the citizens and the corporation rallied to create a real downtown commercial destination anchored by its gorgeous building stock of Victorian brick and terra cotta-ornamented buildings. We’ll learn about the district’s history, triumphs, and misses as it continues to balance hometown needs and tourism. To end the afternoon with a smile, we’ll walk to a wine store and taste a few of the 100 local Finger Lakes wines. Our bus will pick us up from there to return us to Watson. There will be time for a swim when we return.

Dinner: Dining Room buffet.

Evening: We’ll have a hands-on pass around of Jenny’s personal glass collection. We’ll hear stories about Corning’s illustrious history in glass invention for both industrial and luxury art glass production. It’s been described by past participants as a cross between a storytelling performance, history detectives, and antiques roadshow!

DAY
4
Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass, Galleries
Painted Post, NY
B,L,D
Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center

Activity note: Early morning stretch, gentle walk, or visit to the seven-circuit labyrinth (depending on weather) will be offered at 7:15 a.m. Getting on/off a bus; driving about 30 miles round trip, approximately 15 minutes each way. Walking on Corning Museum of Glass campus; generally flat terrain, accessible buildings.

Breakfast: Dining Room buffet.

Morning: We’ll ride to the world-class hot glass teaching Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass in downtown Corning. After a walkthrough of the Studio, we'll get situated with our artist-instructors and try our hand at blowing glass at the furnace and making beads at the torch. It will be an intensive morning of learning the basics of gathering and working with the flame and mandrel under the supervision of women artists who will help us make beautiful objects... safely!

Lunch: At the Corning Museum of Glass Café with vouchers provided.

Afternoon: Next, we’ll work our way through the Corning Museum of Glass galleries with Jenny as she spins stories about the Museum’s collections, exhibitions, and impact in the region. We’ll recognize some of the pieces we saw in Beth Hylen’s presentation on Monday evening. After the flood of 1972, the museum added a huge historic glass wing with room for a chronological layout of the 35-century history of glassmaking. We’ll start in Mesopotamia and advance in time and technological achievement to the contemporary art scene in the latest gallery. This complex is an art, history, and science museum all rolled into one, with continuous demonstrations showing art glassmaking techniques and information about glass manufacture for today’s tech devices. We’ll return to Watson with time for a swim. Or, just relax.

Dinner: We will ride into Corning for a farm-to-table dinner at The Source at Factory No. 2, a restaurant and emporium with everything fresh and locally grown. The owners have created a special Road Scholar dinner menu and will open exclusively for our Watson Homestead programs. Each week will be a little different as we move from spring through harvest. We’ll have appetizers, seasonal salad, soup du jour, main course roast turkey, potatoes of the season, two fresh vegetables, and an amazing dessert, plus beverage choices of coffee, tea, water; other beverages — from smoothies to craft beers — available for purchase. We will also have an opportunity to meet and talk with the owners.

Evening: Returning to Watson Homestead, the remainder of the evening is at leisure to enjoy board games, cards, puzzles, ping pong, shuffleboard, or just relax.

DAY
5
Day 2 at Studio of Corning Museum of Glass, Tiffany Lecture
Painted Post, NY
B,D
Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center

Activity note: Early morning stretch, gentle walk, or visit to the seven-circuit labyrinth (depending on weather) will be offered at 7:15 a.m. Getting on/off a bus; driving about 30 miles round trip, approximately 15 minutes each way. Walking on Corning Museum of Glass campus; generally flat terrain, accessible buildings.

Breakfast: Dining Room buffet.

Morning: We’ll see what we made yesterday, warm out of the annealer. We’ll have two more studio sessions on furnace glassmaking and working at the torch. It’s a little easier the second day!

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like. You could have lunch at the museum or take the free shuttle bus to Market Street for more choices.

Afternoon: We will regroup at the Corning Museum in the Courtyard for a lecture on two of the most famous names in American glass of a century ago: Tiffany and Carder Steuben. We will see the museum’s collections of their works and compare them to works in in the new Contemporary Art + Design wing. There will also be some time if you would like to visit the Rakow Research Library on the Corning Museum campus.

Dinner: Dining Room buffet. All our instructors are invited to join us for dinner. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner.

Evening: On this, our last night together, we will continue a long-standing Watson tradition of making hand-cranked ice cream on the patio. Our program staff will assist us as we crank the churn while sharing stories about life in Corning, NY. When it’s done, we’ll choose the toppings of our choice and go outside for a campfire. If we’re lucky, the skies will be clear of clouds so we can enjoy the stars or the moonrise. Watson’s remote location affords great dark sky viewing. Prepare for check-out and departure following our closing activity in the morning.

DAY
6
Blacksmithing at Heritage Village, Program Concludes
Painted Post, NY
B

Activity note: Early morning stretch, gentle walk, or visit to the seven-circuit labyrinth (depending on weather) will be offered at 7:15 a.m. Getting on/off a bus; driving about 30 miles round trip, approximately 15 minutes each way. Walking on Heritage Village campus; generally flat terrain, accessible buildings. Check-out 10:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Dining Room buffet.

Morning: After checking out, we will board a bus and ride to Heritage Village of the Southern Finger Lakes and the Cooley Blacksmith Shop. There, we'll have a blacksmithing class and make two items we can cool and put in our pockets: an S-hook and a salt spoon. We’ll also meet some of the lively volunteers who bring early 19th-century crafts and history alive at this wonderful site. Jenny will collect all our glass creations from yesterday and bring them to us at the Village. We’ll then ride back to Watson. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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