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.Next classes:  Saturday, November 23, 2019 Saturday, December 14, 2019Saturday, January 11, 202010am – 4pm $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.Jan. 8 – Feb. 26, 2020 (Wednesdays) 7pm – 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, tools 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.January 18 – March 7, 2020 (8 consecutive Saturdays)9am-12pm + 1pm-4pm (6-hour class with 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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