Capitol Hill's Eastern Senior High School Students Learn About Glass Art

By Michael Janis on April 9, 2013
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Washington Glass School hosted DC’s Eastern Senior High students for a hands-on art workshop.

This past week, students from Washington, DC’s Eastern Senior High School came to the Washington Glass School for a short course in glass fusing. In each World History unit taught at Eastern Senior High School, a section on art is implemented into the curriculum as a way to encourage students to live a part of history rather than solely read about it.

The 9th graders created artwork that expressed their interests.
The 9th graders created artwork that expressed their interests.

The art class this year was taught by Washington Glass School’s Audrey Wilson, and the class dove right into the thick of it, making beautiful glass artwork.

WGS' Audrey Wilson explains how color is added to glass.
WGS’ Audrey Wilson explains how color is added to glass.

Their teacher, Ms. Olaiya said of the art trip: “As an educator I believe that experiential learning is imperative to forming well rounded students. Exposure to mind opening experiences, such as the Washington Glass School, I believe, will awaken possibilities for life goals and ignite a sense of adventure for our students.”

The students load the electric kiln with their artwork.
The students load the electric kiln with their artwork.

The students then returned to their school excited from a day of Glass Adventure! Said Ms. Olaiya: “The students said how much they enjoyed it and thought it was really cool to work with glass.”

One of the Eastern Senior H.S. artworks, fresh from the kiln.
One of the Eastern Senior H.S. artworks, fresh from the kiln.