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  • NEON CLASSES

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    One-Day Neon Art Immersive

    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. 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. For ages 18 and up. Instructors: David & Kazumi Svenson 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.Kazumi Svenson has been practicing hot glass for over thirty years, often illuminating her creations with Noble Gas and electric discharge. “My passion is glass,” says Kazumi. “It can be illuminated by natural light or a light within. Either way, it is my passion.” She draws inspiration from folk art traditions and the natural wonders of the world, with a desire to create objects of beauty that inspire human kindness in relation to our environment.  For Kazumi, exhibiting and teaching the medium of glass and neon is rewarding as well as necessary to keep the art form alive.Saturdays10am – 5pm $200 MONA Members (Argon level and higher) $250 all others

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    MONA Member Discount: Enter MONAMEMBER at checkout for $50 off your class! (Only one discount per Argon member per class. Helium and higher levels maximum of 2 discounts per 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 info@neonmona.org Cancellation requests must be received 2 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. Please Note: Bending is not taught in this course. Materials not included and can range from $100 to higher. 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.8 consecutive Wednesdays7pm – 10pm$550 MONA Members (Argon level and higher) $600 all others*materials not included

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    MONA Member Discount: Enter MONAMEMBER at checkout for $50 off your class! (Only one discount per Argon member per class. Helium and higher levels maximum of 2 discounts per 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 info@neonmona.org Cancellation requests must be received 2 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

    Beginning Hands-On Neon

    In the BB&G 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 18 and up (we recommend taking the Intro to Neon class first, but it is not required). Each student can process up to 4 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 (tools will remain the property of the museum). If student goes beyond the set amount of materials, an additional $50 fee will be charged. Instructor: Lyle George learned neon from a UCLA extension class in the 1980s taught by Bill Needham. Afterwards, he apprenticed with Designer Neon, Signal Hill Neon and other sign shops until he was hired by the Larry Albright Studio. As Larry Albright’s assistant through the ‘90s, he did the neon work for films such as Hudsucker ProxyCon Air, and Ed Wood, to name a few. Currently, he is fabricating neon work for some well-known contemporary international artists.8 consecutive Saturdays9am – 4pm (1-hour lunch break) $1,600 MONA Members (Argon level and higher)$1,650 all others

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    MONA Member Discount: Enter MONAMEMBER at checkout for $50 off your class! (Only one discount per Argon member per class. Helium and higher levels maximum of 2 discounts per 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 info@neonmona.org Cancellation requests must be received 2 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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  • Neon Moon-Making Workshop

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    In this 4-hour beginners’ workshop, embrace the basics of neon fabrication by bending the simple – yet oh, so complex – shape of a circle. Students will get in the fire to form a unique piece with assistance from instructor Kacie Lees. You’ll leave with a glowing nebulous form, a full moon shaped by your very own hands. For ages 18 and up.Instructor: Kacie Lees is an American interdisciplinary artist based in New York. Recognized for her distinctive installations and layered videos, Lees’ perceptual works center around transcendental environments, bringing together disparate elements in a subtle yet consistent effort to show that everything is connected. 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.Date TBA$300CLICK HERE to sign up!MONA Member discount is not available for this workshop. 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 info@neonmona.orgCancellation requests must be received 2 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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  • PAST EVENTS: Neon Totem Talk

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    Saturday, February 8, 2020

    5pm – 7pm

    Join neon artist David Svenson for a slideshow presentation on the collaborative fusion of traditional Tlingit totem carving with glass and neon craft. Stay for a screening of the documentary “Legacy: The Pilchuck Founders Totem Pole.”


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  • PAST EVENTS: New to Neon Opening Reception

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    Saturday, February 1, 2020

    7:30pm – 10:30pm

    Celebrate the opening of New to Neon: Keeping the Craft Aglow a group exhibit featuring over 30 emerging neon artists and MONA faculty! Refreshments and beverages will be served.Featuring works by: Chris Alexakis – Reem Amara – Brooke Barttelbort – Corrina Becker-Wayman – Dana L. Blatt – Iveth Bueno – Sara Clare Choy – Aurelia D’Amore – Mark Drew – Eric Dunne – Michael Flechtner – Lyle George – Charles Getzoff – Kayla Graffam – Kyla Hansen – Nick Hermida – Michael Hernandez – Daniel Hienzsch – Genell Hoechstetter – David O. Johnson – Charlie Kim – Diana Kwan – Kacie Lees – Shannon McMillan – Rui Ogura-Lalli – Vivian Quintana – Heather Robertson – Jess Krichelle Rojas – Steve Spiegel – David Svenson – Kazumi Svenson – Shion Svenson – Mark Title – Elijah WooldridgeMONA Members FREE / All others $12 


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  • PAST EVENTS: Noctambulant Closing Event

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    Sunday, January 12, 2020

    2pm – 5pm

    Last chance to experience “Noctambulant!” Neon artist David Otis Johnson will lead a walkthrough of his exhibition at 2pm, followed by light refreshments and a chance to mingle.

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  • PAST EVENTS: Holiday Market & Glass Demo

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    Saturday, December 21, 2019

    12pm – 4pm

    Behold the magic of hand-crafted glass as the Svenson Family – David, Kazumi & Shion – light up the fires in MONA’s workshop to create one-of-a-kind holiday crafts, ornaments, and jewelry!Complimentary MONA label gift bags or boxes available with purchase of ornaments or jewelry.Light refreshments will be provided.


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  • PAST EVENTS: Meditation & Mindfulness Session

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    Sunday, December 1, 2019

    1pm – 2pm

    Join us for a guided meditation session led by Jeremy Shelton, Glendale YMCA Health Lifestyles Director.Close your eyes and imagine the soft glow of a neon sign: the twists, turns, and curves of the glass tubes and the faint buzzing of the neon as it aligns with your breathing.Relax in the immersive glow of David Otis Johnson’s exhibition “Noctambulant” for a rare mindfulness experience!Limited capacity; available on a first come, first served basis.


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  • PAST EVENTS: Artsakh Holiday Showcase

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    November 26, 2019 – January 12, 2020

    131 Artsakh Avenue, Glendale, CA 91205

    Check out MONA’s neon window display amidst the City of Glendale’s winter wonderland on the Artsakh Paseo! Featuring works by David Svenson, Michael Flechtner, and Kunio Ohashi.


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  • PAST EVENTS: Charles Phoenix Book Signing

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    Saturday, November 23, 2019

    1pm – 3pm

    Drop in for a meet-and-greet with the “Ambassador of Americana” – the one and only Charles Phoenix – and pick up a personalized copy of his latest fun and festive book, “Holiday Jubilee!”


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  • PAST CLASSES: Love, Lust, Neon! Heart-Making Workshop

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    Fall madly in love with neon! For one special evening, MONA’s classroom turns the lights low and the fires high for a seductively unique neon workshop. Bend your own heart-shaped neon piece (with assistance from instructor Kacie Lees) and then watch your heart come to life while you cozy up with a glass of wine. Students will follow along with an illustrated guide (which visually breaks down each step in the bending process into key moves), work with a bending pattern, and get in the fire to form a unique piece. This four-hour immersive experience will not only teach you the basics of neon, you’ll get to leave with a glowing neon heart, shaped by your very own hands. Couples encouraged! Complimentary wine and beverages. For ages 21 and up.Instructor: Kacie Lees is an American interdisciplinary artist based in New York. Recognized for her distinctive installations and layered videos, Lees’ perceptual works center around transcendental environments, bringing together disparate elements in a subtle yet consistent effort to show that everything is connected. 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.Saturday, February 15, 20205pm – 9pm


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  • PAST EVENTS: Ghostbusters: Monsters Unleashed!

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    Saturday, November 2, 2019

    5pm–6:30pm

    We’re opening up the Proton Pack at MONA! Peek behind-the-scenes with photos, rare props, and a Q&A with Stuart Ziff, head of the “Ghost Shop” that fabricated the creatures for the 1984 cult classic film.


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  • PAST EVENTS: Noctambulant Artist Talk & Walkthrough

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    Saturday, October 12, 2019

    2pm – 3pm

    Join neon artist David Otis Johnson for a walkthrough of his exhibition “Noctambulant.” Johnson will talk about the neon fabrication process and how the exhibition came together.


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