Glassorama: Environments for Kids Design Glass

skibskaInspired by the success of the creative Kids Design Glass program, Museum of Glass collaborated with high schools in Pierce County to demonstrate the abilities of young artists through a design competition for students. The contest challenged students to design a three-dimensional environment for a Kids Design Glass creature of their choosing. Three proposals from students at Federal Way High School and Tacoma’s Stadium High School were selected by the Museum for Glassorama: Environments for Kids Design Glass.

The chosen dioramas were on display with the original Kids Design Glass pieces in the Museum’s Grand Hall, along with reproductions of the proposals that were submitted, but not selected.

“Kids Design Glass has always been popular with our visitors,” notes curatorial assistant and Visiting Artist coordinator Katie Phelps. “Glassorama creates a dynamic and accessible new way for visitors to interact with the pieces. It embodies an aspect of the Museum’s mission to engage community members with art through creative experiences.”

Glassorama requirements were crafted as an opportunity for students to practice the process of creating and submitting a proposal to a client, which included presenting a project statement, sketches and scale mockup of their diorama to Museum of Glass curatorial staff. The diorama designs were based on students’ interpretations of the original artist statement that accompanies each Kids Design Glass piece.

Federal Way High School graphic design teacher Jennifer Picardo was moved by her students’ enthusiastic energy and collaborative attitude during the proposal process, saying, “My students were excited to put together proposals for Museum of Glass and were very engaged in creating a project that would be three dimensional. The Museum representatives made the students feel like professionals. After our visit to the Museum, you could feel how engaged they were in their work, and the creative collaboration was in high gear.”

Image credit:
I come in peace diorama. Photo courtesy of Museum of Glass.

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