Artist, Patrick Blythe and PSUSD Arts Coordinator put together a series of four glass art workshops for advanced art students from Palm Springs. Working with the medium of glass, which was new to the students, the workshops aimed for the students to produce small glass works with abstract designs. During the course of the meetings, students learned how to cut and fuse glass, worked with many types of glass such as sheets, powders and rods, and even tried more advanced techniques like sandblasting and working with beveled edges. The objective of the workshops was to introduce young artists to a studio experience and also expose them to a medium that they would not have access to until the college level or beyond. It was a marvelous experience for all of the students, each of whom was able to create a work they were proud of, and went on to be displayed at the Walter Marks Gallery of College of the Desert. PSUSD is grateful to Patrick Blythe for being willing to share his time and experience, and open his gallery to students.
Arts Coordinator, Palm Springs Unified School District