Primary Education

At National Glass Centre we use glass to help young people explore STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) subjects. We encourage creativity and using our exhibitions as inspiration for children to learn about the art, science and history of glass.

Our Learning and Engagement team are all Arts and Design graduates and share their knowledge, skills and enthusiasm for creative learning when they facilitate these exciting school workshops.

Witness the changing states of this amazing material as molten glass is formed into a finished, solid object. All of our visits include the opportunity to see glass being made in our hot glass studio. Our skilled professionals provide a commentary which describes the tools, science and creative making processes that are being showcased.

Please see our full range of workshops available below:

Use our key to quickly find out how each workshop links to the curriculum.

Gallery Glass – full day workshop

Suitable for: KS1 and KS2  / Curriculum links: English, Art & Design, Science and Maths

 

Participate in gallery tours and discuss the contemporary art on display across our different gallery spaces.

Learn about the artists’ ideas and glass making processes. Choose a piece of artwork, write a review and share to the group.

Discuss measurement, scale and proportion. Investigate shape by using maths to create symmetrical designs.

Create a fused glass decoration inspired by symmetry. Learn about glass making processes and equipment.

Learn
– About prominent contemporary glass artists and their ideas
– New vocabulary
– Writing for different purposes
– Identifying lines of symmetry (KS1)
– Materials and techniques
– How to create a symmetrical pattern (KS1)
– How to present ideas
– Discuss personal thoughts
– How hot glass is shaped into objects
– How to paint on glass

Get inspired by
– Hot glass demonstrations
– Contemporary art exhibitions

Use
– Pencils, paper, mirrors, rulers, glass, glass, paint pens

Cost: £8 per pupil / Year 1 – 6 / KS2 (adapted for suitability)
Also available as a half day workshop without a glass making activity, £4

This qualifies as a complete Arts Award Discover, or contributes to part of Arts Award Explore. There is additional charge for Discover certificates, group discounts apply.

Architecture: Building and Materials – full day workshop

Suitable for: KS1 and KS2 / Curriculum links: Science, Art & Design, History, Geography, Religious Studies and Maths

Explore National Glass Centre and visit St Peter’s Church to compare old and new buildings using a range of sources and materials.

Use a viewfinder to make observational drawings, draw a map of the route between the two buildings and use acetate to create a stained glass window design.

Learn about different building materials and discuss their uses.

Make a glass painted decoration, taking inspiration from the stained glass windows in the church.

 Learn
– About elevation drawings
– Using a viewfinder
– Scale
– Material properties
– Mapping
– Stained glass
– Drawing from observation
– How to paint on glass
– How hot glass is shaped into objects
– Hear about how a waterjet cutter works

Get inspired by
– Architecture
– Stained glass
– St Peter’s Church tour
– Hot glass demonstrations

Use
– Paper, pencils, rulers, view finders, glass, glass paint pens, acetate, markers

Cost: £8 per pupil / Year 1 – 6 / KS2 (adapted for suitability)
Also available as a half day workshop without a glass making activity, £4

Changing States – full day workshop

Suitable for: KS1 and KS2  / Curriculum links: English, Science, Art & Design and Maths

Learn about the science of glass with exciting experiments using a range of materials. Practice measuring and making predications.

Discuss findings and write up the outcomes of the experiments.

Draw the experiments and label the equipment.

Create a fused glass tile using coloured glass tiles and frit. Learn about the glass fusing process of heating and cooling and how a kiln works.

Learn
– Scientific properties of glass and other common materials
– Scientific vocabulary
– Changing states – solid and liquid
– Observing closely using basic equipment
– Performing simple tests
– Identifying and classifying
– Use scientific language
– Draw and label a diagram
– Identify differences, similarities and changes and relate them to scientific processes
– Use observations and ideas to make predictions
– Gather and record data
– Identify everyday materials and their properties
– How to make fused glass artwork
– How hot glass is shaped

Get inspired by
– Hot glass demonstrations
– Gallery tours
– Practical experiments

Get inspired by
– Hot glass demonstrations
– Gallery tours
– Practical experiments

Use
– Beakers, measuring jugs, scales, glass, glass grains, glass tiles

Cost: £8 per pupil / Year 1 – 6 / KS2 (adapted for suitability)
Also available as a half day workshop without a glass making activity, £4

Adventure Backpacks

Our backpacks are full of activities and equipment and are ideal for self-guided visits. You can tailor your visit to the interests of your group and spend as long as you want exploring the Centre. £1 per person.