Science Topic: Light
Participants: Year 3
Artist: Jackie Harrowsmith
Cummins Buddies: Richard Wilkins & Jack Rose
Fused Glass is a fascinating material and its best friend happens to be light! When brought together, the effect of the fantastical colour palette of glass with light passing through and bouncing off the surface, is truly mesmerising! Our project will investigate the various properties of glass using frits, stringer, confetti and inclusions and also various fusing techniques to layer glass. We will explore the differing levels of transparency, translucency and opacity and investigate reflected and refracted light. We will also be delving into the scientific light colour wheel verses the art pigment colour wheel – exhausting!!
Our plan for the exhibition is also ambitious – we aim to create a fabulous fused glass chandelier!
On Wednesday, we were introduced to Jackie (Fused Glass artist) and Jack (from Cummins Turbo Technologies). This was the first time we got to work with an artist so we were all super excited. Unfortunately, due to the snow, we were unable to start our Science topic, Light and Shadows however, we were quick to impress Jackie with our existing scientific knowledge. Jackie helped us extend this by asking us to sort different materials into transparent, translucent and opaque. We then created a coloured gradient window. This helped us secure our understanding of how light travels.
We were a little bit worried when Jackie told us we would be working with glass. She went through the health and safety with us and we soon realised how much fun it was going to be working with glass and frit.
We can’t wait to see our artwork after it has been in the kiln!
‘I didn’t know Art and Science can be linked.’
‘I like working with the frit but it’s a little bit fiddly.’
‘I feel like a scientist when I wear the goggles.’
This session, we felt much more confident working with glass. We knew exactly what we were doing so we were able to ‘crack on’. We have become experts at working with frit. We first decided what designs we wanted on our glasswork. Once we were happy with this, we were able to use the frit and stringer to replicate our designs onto the glass.
At the end of the session, Jackie carefully arranged our glasswork ready to go back in to the kiln. We’re really looking forward to seeing the finished product.
Wow! My glass piece looks amazing. The edges are all smooth now and the frit has blended inside.
I liked using stringer this session. It makes it easier to copy my pattern.
I gave these art sessions 9/10
When Jackie showed us our finished glass piece from session 2, we were in awe. It looked amazing. Our colour way for this session was blue to yellow. We moved away from frit and used enamel. We were very eager to start working with the enamel.
This session, we worked with a square piece of glass. We used strips of paper to create a pattern. The glass was transparent and the paper acted as an opaque material. We used the enamel to paint the glass and not the paper. Jackie told us that once the glass had fused the colour would mature and deepen.
It looks like a spider web.
I enjoyed using the enamel to paint the glass.
These art sessions have helped with using scientific vocabulary.