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March 2013

Creative Project with Girls Inc.

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We are all loving the process of creating these beautiful projects with Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas!  Also, we are super excited to announce that NorthPark Center will be hosting our chandelier for a few months with hopefully our mosaics, metal sign and details about the creation!

Girls Inc. is a non-profit that focuses on providing these young women with positive experiences and environments to aid goal setting, self awareness, and improve academic performances. And their mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold.  They have spent several school holidays with us experiencing glass making and adding flowers to their chandelier.  

At Dallas Glass Art, they also work with other wonderful artists such as Katrina Doran and her son Taylor to create beautiful mosaics.   Here you see them working on mandalas, integrating the psychology of the mandala into our practice.

The girls visited a local metal shop, John Christian Designs and worked with John, John Sr., and Nick to create a metal sign.  They learned and experienced welding, cutting and fabricating.

What we find to be the extra exciting part is we have partnered up with CSI (Carter Science Institute) and with each activity we pair up a learning experience!

Through glass,  we taught conduction and convection. We also related the idea that glass is one of three materials to move light (along with water and plastic). They learned about light refraction and made rainbows!

Through the mosaics, Katrina has focused on geometry and patterns.  They specifically went over tessellation, polygons, measuring the area of a surface, calculating the number of tiles for the surface area, how to enlarge a drawing, and team work- lots of team work! The rabbit is 5′ x 3′ and is comprised of 3,375 tiles (tesserae)

And…. at John Christians Designs we were able to bring in circuits, measuring, electricity, currents, friction and all kinds of fun learning tools!  They cut metal and assembled this amazing sign that reflects the Girls Inc. logo!  They later masked off the letters and spray painted it back at the glass studio.

Through the hands-on experiences, the girls are also able to see what types of environments they like to be in… the glass shop has a totally different feel than the metal shop.

Each step of the way, these girls have learned something about themselves, overcome fears through sparks and fires, and learned to both trust one another and also see the beauty of working together as a team. 

Each person involved in this process has made this journey so meaningful. The glass team at Dallas Glass Art consists of our coordinator Sonja Baumgarten, glass instructor Clay Spaulding, artist Carlyn Ray, and our many helpers including Simon, Katelynn and Marta. Ashley Carter our educational coordinator who has started her own business seeing what a beautiful niche there is to coordinate instruments, lesson plans, and instructions to enhance students learning experiences- Carter Science Institute.  Our mosaic team- Katrina and her son Taylor, for beautiful projects that the girls just LOVE!  And John, John Sr, and Nick at John Christian Designs for opening up their shop and showing the girls another trade, how they can build it themselves, and they are only limited by their imagination. And of course the girls from Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas for their hard work and inspirational creations.

We are so excited to continue this project and just wanted to fill you in as we were in the creation process!  We will keep you posted!

Special thanks to Clayton Elliott for donating to this project as well as the Fritz Duda Foundation for continued support. Girls Inc. would also like to thank GE Capital for the opportunity by providing funding to Girls Inc.

You can visit our partners mentioned in this blog by going to their websites!

http://www.johnchristiandesigns.net/

http://www.carterscienceinstitute.com/

http://www.dallasglassart.com/

http://www.girlsincdallas.org/

Thank you Katelynn Rigdon for supplying us with the video.

A special thank you to Tom Maddrey, with Maddrey PLLC, who is our lawyer building a firm specifically helps artists.  He volunteered his time to take the supplied photos. Thank you!