Skip to main content

Screen printing on glass focus of master class at the Toledo Museum of Art

Artist Jen Blazina and TMA Glass Studio Artist Tess Healy collaborate on a work of art created during Blazina's February 2018 GAPP residency.
Artist Jen Blazina and TMA Glass Studio Artist Tess Healy collaborate on a work of art created during Blazina's February 2018 GAPP residency.

Have you ever wanted to combine your love of imagery and kiln formed glass? Using innovative approaches with screen printing and alternative printing, Philadelphia artist Jen Blazina will introduce students to different approaches to the print media during her one-week glass art master class at the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) Aug. 12-16. This class is open to those with no previous glass or printing experience.  

Some topics covered through demonstrations will be: how to make both painterly as well as photo generated imagery; experimentation with colors to create the illusion of background, midground and foreground; reductive screen print; and many more. 

Students will learn all of the parts of the process from coating a screen to the final print to firing schedules. At the end of the course, each student will take home a series of pieces from tests to a final project that incorporates both powders and enamels. Blazina will also provide information on how students can build their own screen print shop.

“This class gives students the opportunity to gain a greater appreciation of print making, glass, and the impact print making has had on glass as well as working with different surfaces,” Blazina said. 

Blazina, who participated in the Museum’s Guest Artist Pavilion Project (GAPP) in 2018, is excited about the prospect of teaching in Toledo. 

“We are fortunate to be able to use the Glass Pavilion with its exceptional facilities, great staff, and large studio spaces, as well as be inspired by the finished works of both glass art and other types of art in the Museum.”

The five-day structure of the course offers students sufficient time to both experiment and hone a technique Blazina said. 

“All processes in art take time, and I really love five-day classes because it gives students the opportunity to understand a process and start to develop it into their own concept and voice,” she said.

Blazina has a studio in Philadelphia where she is a working artist exhibiting with solo and group exhibitions, both nationally and internationally. She is a professor of fine arts at Drexel University. 

Her class is one in a series of glass master classes the Museum is hosting from May through August 2019. The glass master classes will run one week, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with lunch provided. Each week-long class will cost $950 for Museum members and $1,000 for non-members. 

To register for a master class in glass, visit toledomuseum.org/glass-master-classes or call (419) 254-5080.