Youthful Art of Healing project for Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital
February 13, 2009
This has been an exciting project for me. In conjunction with Arts in Education and Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital’s ‘Youthful Art of Healing’ program, I led a group of 28 high school students, their art teacher, & para-educator through the process of learning to work with glass, then producing a series of tiles. These are 8″ kilnformed tiles based on the concept of ‘healing’ and span about 12 feet horizontally, 4 feet vertically.
After learning the basics of scoring & breaking glass, the students began making small samples, artist sketches in glass. This was to show them how the media responded to heat and gave them some practice before beginning our project. We used three different process temperatures: 1400º for a textured finish, 1500º, for a smooth finish, and 1350º for a small group who wanted to try working with powdered glass. Each student then produced a miniature version of their sketch, again testing to see if they preferred a textured or smooth finish. Some chose both – a smooth flat background with textured details added.
We started mid October and the last of the tiles were completed in January. I’ve spent the last couple weeks arranging and rearranging photos of the tiles for the mock up. My parameters were balance of color, shape, content, dark and light space; as well as evenly distributing multiple tiles made by the students who produced more than one. (The final arrangement may change after I have them all laid out.) The backing/frame is being fabricated next week, with installation scheduled for the end of this month.
My heartfelt thanks to all the donors & sponsors of this project:
Schlosser Machine Inc. for donating labor for fabrication of the backing panels.
Oregon Glass Guild for loaning and donating tools for the students to work with.
Dianne Muhly and Mary Caldwell of the OGG for donating tools to the students.
Fay Malench donated hand made glass stringers that the students used in their tiles.
Charles R. Hall and Toni Johnson donated plans & instruction so that I didn’t have to reinvent the wheel.