Throughout June and July, Sonoran Glass School will be offering warm and flame workshops for younger children, preteens and teens.
The workshops offered for preteens and teens, ages 12-18, are either all day or half day. Parents may sign their children up for a weekly session in any week of June or in one of the last three weeks of July. In June and July, all day camp sessions run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The half-day camp sessions that are offered in June run from 8 a.m. to noon and in July run from 1-5 p.m. The all-day camp sessions are $400 and the half-day sessions are $210 per child for one week.
During the week, students will start in the Warm Shop where they will be taught how to safely handle glass and then proceed by making different glass projects. They will learn how to cut the glass, work with frit and stringers and then fuse the pieces together to create a colorful design and shape. After that, students will move into the Flame Shop where they will learn different skills in beadmaking.
The workshops offered for the younger kids, ages 7-18, will be on the same time schedule and costs as the preteens and teens, except for the half-day sessions that are offered in June and July. In June, the younger children will have their workshops from 1 to 5 p.m. and in July from 8 a.m. to noon. The younger kids will only be working in the Warm Shop.
John-Peter Wilhite, office manager at Sonoran Glass School, says that the kids from last year’s summer workshops had fun and learned a lot.
“The kids enjoyed it because they are creating art and are around their peers,” said Wilhite. “It’s predominantly geared towards kids who really enjoy a creative process.”
Wilhite said the workshops allow for students to keep busy during the summer while learning and creating beautiful glass art. The full day hours were not only for the benefit of the kids learning but also for parents who have full-time jobs.
“Our hours are really based around parents’ work hours and what works best for them,” said Wilhite. “The feedback we’ve gotten back is that they want to be able to drop off their kids and pick them up after they get off work.”
This is the second summer that Sonoran Glass School will be offering the summer workshops. They expect more kids to come and are looking forward to a bigger turnout this summer.