Educators

PROGRAMS FOR Students + EDUCATORS

Pittsburgh Glass Center supports glass arts learning in and out of the classroom. Our resources and experiences for educators and students include new virtual field trips and classes, school group tours, hands-on glass-making activities in the studio, in school glass making classes and residencies, partnerships, professional development, and educator resources.    
 
Program pricing should not be a deterrent for any student. PGC is committed to making programming financially accessible for as many people as possible by awarding full or partial scholarships for schools or organizations that express a financial need. 
 
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Virtual Learning Experiences

Virtual Tour and Demonstration

VIRTUAL Field Trip 

Bring the action of the studio and expertise of glass artist right into your classroom. With our new state-of-the art technology, students will experience a private glassblowing demonstration and get even closer to the glass making process. Program includes a live narrated 30-minute glass making demonstration and 20 minutes of personal conversation and Q and A with one of our expert glass artists in the PGC studios. Groups will receive special access to pre-recorded building and studio tours and a tour of our contemporary glass exhibition. Program includes pre and post visit materials to enhance your visit and extend your students learning, including a student guide for our current exhibition that focuses on developing close looking and critical thinking skills.   

Combine a virtual class with a virtual field trip and get the full glass experience! 

Virtual field trips can be held on your preferred virtual platform, adapted for students ages 5 and up, and should be scheduled at least 3 weeks in advance. Program cost: $150 flat rate 

 

Virtual Glass Class

Virtual Glass Class

Welcome an expert teaching artist into your class room for a virtual glass making lesson. Program includes a pre-scheduled virtual lesson with a teaching artist to introduce PGC and guide students through the glass making process and all of the materials pre-packaged for students to create their own mosaic or fused glass project. Program lasts about 1 hour.  

Virtual Glass Class can be adapted for students aged 5 and up and should be scheduled at least 3 weeks in advance. Program cost: starting from $25 per student.  

Choose from the following options:   

  • MOSAIC MAKING: Learn the centuries old art form of mosaic making and create your own mosaic artwork with beautiful glass pieces. Students will learn the basics of mosaic technique, design, layout, and grouting. Choose from a variety of our different shapes for unique one of kind artwork.   
 
  • FUSING:  Learn about glass properties and the science of glass while working with cold glass that needs to be fused and fired in the kiln. Students will work with colored glass stringers (small rods of glass) and frit (small granules of glass) to design a unique and luminous suncatcher while learning the basics of design, layout, and properties of glass.  All fused projects require kiln firing.  

Combine a virtual class with a virtual field trip and get the full glass experience!  

 

School Group Tours + Hands-On Glass Making Workshops

Glassblowing demonstration

School Tour + Glassmaking Demonstration 

Tour all 4 of Pittsburgh Glass Center’s state-of-the-art studios and explore how glass art is made in each one. Learn about Pittsburgh’s lesser-known but incredibly rich glassmaking history and visit the contemporary glass art exhibition in the Hodge Gallery.  Supplemental student gallery guides to extend student learning about current exhibition are available upon request.   

Watch as an experienced glass artist demonstrates the fascinating process of manipulating molten glass into a functional or sculptural glass work live in the studio. Choose either a glassblowing demonstration in the Hot Shop or a flameworking demonstration in the Flame Shop. Learn about the process, the tools, and the science behind the artistry through live narration and conversation with a glass artist. 

School tour and glassmaking demo lasts about 1 hour and should be scheduled at least 3 weeks in advance. Program is adaptable for students aged 5 and up.  This experience does not include a hands-on glass making activity. Program Cost: $7 per student when booked individually or $5 per student when added on to a group workshop.

 

Kids blowing glass

Make-it-Now Workshop for School Groups  

Try a quick glassmaking activity in the studio with plenty of assistance from a local glass artist. Students work closely with an instructor for about 15 – 20 minutes to make the glass item of your choosing (pre-determined when scheduling). Each student will make one glass item and come away from this unique experience with a basic understanding of glass making and appreciation of the process.  

Make-it-Now Workshops for School Groups should be scheduled at least 3 weeks in advance. Program is adaptable for students aged 5 and up.  Length of program is determined on how many students participate. Depending on glass item chosen, Make-It-Now Workshops can accommodate 20 -40 students a session. Program Cost: starting from $40 per student. Add on a building tour and glassblowing or flameworking demonstration for an additional $5 per student. 

 

Boy flame working

2-Hour Intro Workshop for School Groups  

Get more involved with glass making in our 2-hour intro workshop option in any of our studios. Students receive guided instructors from a local glass artist and the opportunity to make up to two items of your choosing (pre-determined when scheduling) with more hands-on time than our Make-It Now workshops. This program is great for any group wanting to spend more time learning about the glass making process. Students will walk away with from this unique experience with a more introductory knowledge of glass making and appreciation of the process.  

2-Hour Intro Workshops for School Groups should be scheduled at least 3 weeks in advance. Program is adaptable for students aged 5 and up. Depending on glass item chosen, 2-hour Workshops can accommodate 8 – 24 students a session. Program Cost: starting from $95 per student. Add on a building tour and glassblowing or flameworking demonstration for an additional $5 per student. 

 

In School Glass Making Classes + Residencies

in school glass residency

Multi-Visit Glass Class Residency  

Bring glass artists into your classroom or after school program to create various fusing, mosaic, and enameling projects or a large-scale collaborative mosaic in this multi-week-in depth glass making experience for students. Teaching artists will guide students through every project.  Students learn about science and glass properties, how to safely cut glass, and the basics of design. Students gain experience with the glass art making processes like mosaic making, fusing, using frit and stringers, and can experiment with glass sculpting techniques.  
 
Multi-Visit Glass can be adapted to fit your program goals, are customizable for students aged 5 and up, and can range from a few sessions to up to a semester, depending on needs and availability. Program should be scheduled at least 4 weeks in advance. Program Cost: starting at $30 per student per session.  


 

in school glass residency

Single-Visit Glass Class  

Bring glass artists into your classroom or after school program for a single hands-on glass making class. Expert teaching artists will guide participants through the process from design to production.  
 
Choose from the following options:  

  • MOSAIC MAKING: Learn the centuries old art form of mosaic making and create your own mosaic artwork with beautiful glass pieces. Students will learn the basics of mosaic technique, design, layout, and grouting. Choose from a variety of our different shapes for unique one of kind artwork.  
  
 

  • FUSING:  Learn about glass properties and the science of glass while working with cold glass that needs to be fused and fired in the kiln. Students will work with colored glass stringers (small rods of glass) and frit (small granules of glass) to design a unique and luminous suncatcher while learning the basics of design, layout, and properties of glass.  All fused projects require kiln firing.  


Single Visit Glass Classes can be adapted for students aged 5 and up and should be scheduled at least 4 weeks in advance. Program cost: starting from $25 per student.  
 


 

Partnerships + Special Programs

Have an idea you want to see in glass or want to explore other possibilities not listed? PGC welcomes opportunities to develop unique and meaningful partnerships and special programs with individual teachers, schools, districts, or organizations.  

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Professional Development

classes + workshops

Pittsburgh Glass Center is an approved ACT 48 provider. Take any of our offered classes or workshops in any of our four state-of-the-art studios and earn ACT 48 credits. 

 

Fusing lesson

Educator Open House  

Join us for an opportunity to learn more about Pittsburgh Glass Center’s many educational programs and student opportunities in person! This event includes a tour of PGC, a glassblowing demonstration, and a hands-on glass-making activity. Participants will make a fused glass tile available for pick up in 3 days after the event. Pre-registration is required. Program is not only for teachers! Principals, administrators, and PTA/PTO representatives are also welcome. Earn 1 hour of Act 28 credit.   

Program can be scheduled privately for groups of 5 or more depending on availability. 

 

educators in the glass studio

In Your Classroom: An Educator’s Guide to Glass  

Bring the wonder of glass art into your school, teach students about the value of teamwork, and share the delight of creative expression. In this one-day workshop for educators, learn multiple glassmaking techniques and complete projects that you can show your students! We will also discuss PGC’s on-site residency programs and how you can continue with this artistic medium in your classroom. Earn 5.5 hour of Act 48 credits.  

 

Resources for Educators

Neon virtual programs

Check out our free resources help support student’s glass art learning in the classroom.   

Some examples of Educator Resources: 

  • Virtual tours of recent exhibitions 
  • Student exhibition guides that provide writing and sketching prompts for looking closer at artwork and develop critical thinking skills  
  • Discover Glass activities that engage students in the science and process of making and using glass at home or in the classroom  
  • “At Home” glass activities that explore the concepts of the materiality of glass with every day materials like tissue paper and candy  
  • Free Kiln tutorial videos for learning how to fire glass in your classroom