NEON CLASSES

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One-Day Neon Art Immersive with David Svenson

Students will get into the flames and develop familiarity with the three key bending techniques utilized to construct any lit piece. We will make soft curves with the ribbon burner, right-angle bends on the crossfire, and create splices by joining together two pieces of tubing. This immersive day walks you through the entire process from glass to glow and each student will head home with an experimental work produced by their very own hands. For ages 21 and up. Instructor: David Svenson has been incorporating neon in his sculptural work since the 1980s. Growing up near classic Route 66 neon signage and witnessing the Aurora Borealis in his teens set David on the path of light. Aside from working in his studio, David teaches at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and has taught at Pilchuck Glass School, Washington State, Corning Museum of Glass, and Urban Glass, as well as teaching workshops internationally.  He is an active board member of MONA and works with a team of Alaska Native totem carvers on large commissions.Next class: Saturday, November 10, 201810am – 4pm $200 MONA Members (Argon level and higher) $250 all others

MONA Member Discount: Enter MONAMEMBER at checkout for $50 off your class!Enrollment deadline is 48 hours before the start of the class. In the event you want to be put on a waiting list for a class or you’re trying to sign up past the 48-hour deadline, please call us at 818.696.2149 or email us at [email protected] Cancellation requests must be received 3 weeks before the start date of the class. We reserve the right to cancel the class due to insufficient enrollment, in which case your tuition will be fully refunded.


Intro to Neon Art

Learn all the skills necessary to design and assemble your own neon sculpture or sign! Under the step-by-step guidance of an experienced teacher and artist, you can complete a project during this 8-week introductory class. For ages 16 and up. Materials not included. The Intro Class is a pre-requisite for the Bend, Blow & Glow class. Instructor: David Otis Johnson learned the art of neon in 2002 in Hollywood, FL. He received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2004 and has used neon in his artwork since. David has also worked as a fabricator and installer in numerous sign shops and now has a sign business of his own, Leaf Cutter Studio, based in Pasadena, CA. He has exhibited several times at MONA and several other galleries and currently works for MONA as an Exhibition Installer.January 3 – February 28, 2019 (8 Thursdays, no class on 2/14/19) 7pm – 10pm$550 MONA Members (Argon level and higher) $600 all others*materials not included

MONA Member Discount: Enter MONAMEMBER at checkout for $50 off your class!Enrollment deadline is 48 hours before the start of the class. In the event you want to be put on a waiting list for a class or you’re trying to sign up past the 48-hour deadline, please call us at 818.696.2149 or email us at [email protected] Cancellation requests must be received 3 weeks before the start date of the class. We reserve the right to cancel the class due to insufficient enrollment, in which case your tuition will be fully refunded.


Bend, Blow & Glow I

Beginning Hands-On Neon

The Intro to Neon Art class must be completed first. In the BB&G1 class, students will learn the basic introductory skills of neon bending, including cutting, welding and bending glass tubing to make block letters. Time will be spent over each of the torches used for neon fabrication: the ribbon burner, the crossfire and the hand torch. Instruction on processing the neon tube will be demonstrated, but the class will focus primarily on learning the bending skills. Students will focus on bending with 10mm clear glass but will also have access to 12mm and 15mm and some phosphor-coated glass for additional experience and practice. For ages 21 and up.  Each student can process up to 2 complete units, but the class is more about learning the skill and processes rather than completing finished pieces. Materials and supplies are included in the price of the class, but the supplies will remain the property of the museum. If student goes beyond the set amount of materials, an additional $50 fee will be charged. Instructor: Michael Flechtner pursued training in neon fabrication after graduate school in 1985. At that time it was considered a dying craft. He relocated to Southern California soon after, and has continued use of this material for his own art sculpture and the teaching of neon techniques to further it’s use in the fine arts and to help preserve this difficult and amazing craft for future generations. He received the J. Paul Getty Trust Fund Fellowship for the Visual Arts in 1999 and in 2010 was commissioned by the U.S. Postal Service to design the “Neon Celebrate Forever Stamp.” He has several public commissions in Los Angeles and is in many private collections throughout the U.S.Next class date: November 4th – December 23rd (8 consecutive Sundays)9am-12pm + 1pm-4pm (6-hour class with 1-hour lunch break) $1,600 MONA Members (Argon level and higher)$1,650 all others

MONA Member Discount: Enter MONAMEMBER at checkout for $50 off your class!Enrollment deadline is 48 hours before the start of the class. In the event you want to be put on a waiting list for a class or you’re trying to sign up past the 48-hour deadline, please call us at 818.696.2149 or email us at [email protected] Cancellation requests must be received 3 weeks before the start date of the class. We reserve the right to cancel the class due to insufficient enrollment, in which case your tuition will be fully refunded.


One-Day Neon Art Immersive with Kacie Lees / TBD

Students will get into the flames and develop familiarity with the three key bending techniques utilized to construct any lit piece. We will make soft curves with the ribbon burner, right-angle bends on the crossfire, and create splices by joining together two pieces of tubing. This immersive day walks you through the entire process from glass to glow and each student will head home with an experimental work produced by their very own hands. For ages 21 and up. Instructor: Kacie Lees first learned neon while studying sculpture and video at The School of the Art Institute in Chicago. Later, she taught neon at Brooklyn Glass after receiving her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Light and the intangible are common themes in Kacie’s work and she uses neon to explore them both.Next class TBD10am – 4pm $200 MONA Members (Argon level and higher) $250 all others

 

MONA Member Discount: Enter MONAMEMBER at checkout for $50 off your class!Enrollment deadline is 48 hours before the start of the class. In the event you want to be put on a waiting list for a class or you’re trying to sign up past the 48-hour deadline, please call us at 818.696.2149 or email us at [email protected] Cancellation requests must be received 3 weeks before the start date of the class. We reserve the right to cancel the class due to insufficient enrollment, in which case your tuition will be fully refunded.


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