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The Telegram
  • Studio art, sculpture class receives grant for glass fusing

  • Students in the studio art and sculpture class at Herkimer High School were able to create fused glass pieces last week thanks to an Art$tart grant.

    K-12 art teacher Heather McCutcheon wanted her high school students to learn how to work with fused glass so she decided to apply for an Art$tart grant through Central New York Arts and was awarded almost $5,000 for her class to make glass fused ornaments.

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  • Students in the studio art and sculpture class at Herkimer High School were able to create fused glass pieces last week thanks to an Art$tart grant.
    K-12 art teacher Heather McCutcheon wanted her high school students to learn how to work with fused glass so she decided to apply for an Art$tart grant through Central New York Arts and was awarded almost $5,000 for her class to make glass fused ornaments.
    She also received donated glass from Julie Bigger, of Glimmer Glass Gifts in Sherburne.
    In conjunction with the fused glass project grant McCutcheon asked Tina Betz, a glass artist from Sauquoit that has showed nationally and internationally, to be a guest artist and teach the students how to glass fuse a piece.
    “I’ve seen her work and I wanted to bring her in to the class to show the students they can work in this area and sell art,” said McCutcheon.
    “Heather contacted me since she knew I worked with glass and asked me to work with her on the grant for her class so we came up with a description about what the students would be able to do with the money and the grant was accepted. Now we have enough materials, tools and glass to continue the process even after I leave the class,” Betz said.
    “It’s really a rare opportunity for the students to be able to work with fusing glass and in a few weeks I’ll be back to teach the class about flame working,” she added.
    Betz’s most recent local glass sculpture show took place during the start of spring at View in Old Forge, formerly known as the Old Forge Art Center.
    Freshman Samantha Alberts said it was her first time cutting glass for an art project.
    “This is my favorite unit of art so far and I really love working with the glass,” she said.
    “I’m making a lion out of fused glass,” said freshman Brett Baker. “So far working with the glass has been pretty cool, but my favorite unit would have to be sculpting which we haven’t done yet.”

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