FREE Admission
Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL

Open Daily 10:00 - 17:00 Call: 0191 515 5555

CLICK HERE TO BOOK ONLINE
BOOK BY PHONE: 0191 568 9700
EMAIL: info@nationalglasscentre.com

FREE Admission
Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL

Open Daily 10:00 - 17:00 Call: 0191 515 5555

CLICK HERE TO BOOK ONLINE
BOOK BY PHONE: 0191 568 9700
EMAIL: info@nationalglasscentre.com

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Gallery Glass

full day workshop

Participate in gallery tours and discuss the contemporary art on display across our different gallery spaces.

Learn about the artists’ ideas and glass making processes. Choose a piece of artwork, write a review and share to the group.

Discuss measurement, scale and proportion. Investigate shape by using maths to create symmetrical designs.

Create a fused glass decoration inspired by symmetry. Learn about glass making processes and equipment.

 

Learn
– About prominent contemporary glass artists and their ideas
– New vocabulary
– Writing for different purposes
– Identifying lines of symmetry (KS1)
– Materials and techniques
– How to create a symmetrical pattern (KS1)
– How to present ideas
– Discuss personal thoughts
– How hot glass is shaped into objects
– How to paint on glass

Get inspired by
– Hot glass demonstrations
– Contemporary art exhibitions

Use
– Pencils, paper, mirrors, rulers, glass, glass, paint pens

 

Cost: £8 per pupil / Year 4+ / KS2 (adapted for suitability)
Also available as a half day workshop without a glass making activity, £4

 

This qualifies as a complete Arts Award Discover, or contributes to part of Arts Award Explore. There is additional charge for Discover certificates, group discounts apply.

Curriculum links: Science, Art & Design, History, Geography, Religious Studies and Maths 

Compare Contrast Create

full day workshop

Explore the contemporary and historical artwork on display across our galleries.

Compare the glass artwork from the present day with the historical objects.

Discuss artists’ ideas and your own personal thoughts and feelings. Choose a piece of artwork, write a review and share with the group.

Learn about glassmaking and the industry in Sunderland since 674AD, handle historical glass objects from our Stories of Glass in Sunderland exhibition and compare them to the contemporary work.

Create a fused glass design inspired by the artwork.

 

Learn
– About prominent contemporary glass artists and their ideas
– New vocabulary
– Writing for different purposes
– Identifying lines of symmetry (KS1)
– Materials and techniques
– How to create a symmetrical pattern (KS1)
– How to present ideas
– Discuss personal thoughts
– How hot glass is shaped into objects
– How to paint on glass

Get inspired by
– Hot glass demonstrations
– Contemporary art exhibitions

Use
– Pencils, paper, mirrors, rulers, glass, glass, paint pens

 

 Cost: £8 per pupil / Year 4+ / KS2 (adapted for suitability)
Also available as a half day workshop without a glass making activity, £4

 

This qualifies as a complete Arts Award Discover, or contributes to part of Arts Award Explore. There is additional charge for Discover certificates, group discounts apply.

Curriculum links: Science, English, Art & Design, History, Geography and  Religious Studies.

Architecture: Buildings and Materials

full day workshop

Explore National Glass Centre and visit St Peter’s Church to compare old and new buildings using a range of sources and materials.

Use a viewfinder to make observational drawings, draw a map of the route between the two buildings and use acetate to create a stained glass window design.

Learn about different building materials and discuss their uses.

Make a glass painted decoration, taking inspiration from the stained glass windows in the church.

 

Learn
– About elevation drawings
– Using a viewfinder
– Scale
– Material properties
– Mapping
– Stained glass
– Drawing from observation
– How to paint on glass
– How hot glass is shaped into objects
– Hear about how a waterjet cutter works

Get inspired by
– Architecture
– Stained glass
– St Peter’s Church tour
– Hot glass demonstrations

Use
– Paper, pencils, rulers, view finders, glass, glass paint pens, acetate, markers

 

Cost: £8 per pupil / Year 4+ / KS2 (adapted for suitability)
Also available as a half day workshop without a glass making activity, £4

 

Curriculum links: Science, Art & Design, History, Geography, Religious Studies and Maths

 

Changing States

full day workshop

Learn about the science of glass with exciting experiments using a range of materials. Practice measuring and making predications.

Discuss findings and write up the outcomes of the experiments.

Draw the experiments and label the equipment.

Createa fused glass tile using coloured glass tiles and frit. Learn about the glass fusing process of heating and cooling and how a kiln works.

 

Learn
– Scientific properties of glass and other common materials
– Scientific vocabulary
– Changing states - solid and liquid
– Observing closely using basic equipment
– Performing simple tests
– Identifying and classifying
– Use scientific language
– Draw and label a diagram
– Identify differences, similarities and changes and relate them to scientific processes
– Use observations and ideas to make predictions
– Gather and record data
– Identify everyday materials and their properties
– How to make fused glass artwork
– How hot glass is shaped

Get inspired by
– Hot glass demonstrations
– Gallery tours
– Practical experiments

Get inspired by
– Hot glass demonstrations
– Gallery tours
– Practical experiments

Use
– Beakers, measuring jugs, scales, glass, glass grains, glass tiles

 

Cost: £8 per pupil / Year 4+ / KS2 (adapted for suitability)
Also available as a half day workshop without a glass making activity, £4

 

Curriculum links: Art & Design, English, Science and Maths

 

 

The Business of Glass

full day workshop

Discuss how best to use materials and resources through experiments and group activities.

Learn about business enterprise by considering complex elements like volume, efficiency and profit.

Explore our heritage gallery to understand the history of manufacturing in the region.

Create a logo and paint it on a hanging glass decoration.

 

Learn
– About the practical considerations involved in product design
– To measure volume
– How to think critically about problems
– About local heritage
– New vocabulary
– How to adapt creative designs within set specifications
– How to present ideas
– Painting on glass
– How hot glass is shaped into objects

Get inspired by
– Hot glass demonstrations
– Experiments
– Heritage exhibition

Use
– Measuring tools, glass vessels, paper , pencil, glass, glass paint pens

 

Cost: £8 per pupil / Year 4+ / KS2 (adapted for suitability)
Also available as a half day workshop without a glass making activity, £4

 

Curriculum links: English, Art & Design, Science, Maths and History 

 

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