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Arts Toolkit: Visual Arts Video Clips

Glass: Stephen Rolfe Powell



Stephen Rolfe Powell demonstrates the dramatic process of combining tiny colored glass beads with fire, then blowing and shaping the hot glass into colorful and delicate works of art. Viewers get a glimpse of his hot-glass studio at Centre College in Danville, where Powell guides his students through the process and talks about the physical and collaborative elements of this art form.

Suggested Uses:

  • Use to spark a discussion about the artist’s methods and intentions as well as the creative process in general. Have students create art based on the video and your discussion. (See the “Making Art” section of the binder for activities that use this medium or are based on the artist’s ideas and approaches to art.)
  • Use in conjunction with a discussion of the purposes of art. Why is Powell attracted to glass as a medium? What is he trying to achieve in his work?
  • Use in conjunction with the Kentucky Virtual Art Museum CD-ROM and a discussion of glass as an art medium. Find as many different uses of glass as possible.
  • Use as part of a “careers in the arts” unit or as an introductory activity before an artist-in-residence visits your classroom.

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