2010-11 Catalog

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Offering Description

Neon: Shaping Light (A)

Winter quarter

Faculty: Douglas Hitch

Fields of Study: visual arts

Winter: CRN (Credit) Level 20356 (2) Jr - Sr  

Credits: 2(W)

Class Standing: Junior - Senior

Offered During: Day


This course introduces students to the basic skills in the fabrication of neon. Each student will learn to heat, bend, weld, and anneal glass tubing using a ribbon burner, cannon fire, and tipping torch. Students will learn the bending process for the four basic bends: 90 degree right angle, double back, "U" and "O" loop. Students will learn to blow bubbles in a tube. They will use these techniques to fabricate several creations of their own design. Students will be guided through the processes of bombarding and wiring of their individual projects to safely attach and handle high-voltage transformers to energize their neon. Instruction in the mounting and display of the neon projects concludes the course. Section A is for juniors and seniors. Section B is for freshmen and sophomores.

Maximum Enrollment: 10

Advertised Schedule: 1-3p Fri

Required Fees: $175 covers one electronic transformer, all glass and support materials to develop bending and sealing skills to create one neon sculpture

Special Expenses: Additional transformers may be purchased as needed

Campus Location: Olympia

Online Learning: No Required Online Learning

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