BECon 2013: Sandra Gross | Methods & Ideas

BECon 2013: Sandra Gross

 

 

Gross presented this lecture on Saturday, June 22, 2013 in Portland as part of BECon 2013: CHROMA-CULTURE.

Transformations: Color, Kiln-Glass & Children's Education

What can we learn as artists and educators in observing children creating with color and glass? What makes this particular material—glass—and this artmaking method—kilnforming—so powerful in the development of a child’s vision? How can kilnforming fit into a larger educational program? Where does it coalesce with a curriculum of science, math, and reading? Brazee Street Studio’s Sandra Gross details varied glass projects with children as young as 3 that form the core of her research in this transformative territory. From a glass universe in Toledo, Ohio, to glass rainbows in a Santa Fe museum, color and kiln-glass have proven themselves powerful forces within children’s education.

Sandra Gross owns and operates Cincinnati's Brazee Street Studios, home to over 22 artists, a glass school, and a gallery. A BFA and MFA in sculpture from Miami University; teaching experience in wood fabrication, bronze casting, and plaster mold making; and an MEd from Xavier University in Montessori and Early Childhood Education are the deep foundation on which Gross has built her unique ability to spark children's creativity through kilnforming.

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