Primary Discipline: Visual Arts
Areas of Specialty: Kilnformed and Fused Glass
Based in: Snohomish
Janet Foley is a visual artist working with fused glass. She has taught fused glass techniques for over five years, working in the public schools with K-12 classes, Youth at Risk programs and in adult education programs. She also has a background in Early Childhood Education. Foley serves as a consultant to both teachers and artists, setting up fused glass programs in the schools and acting as a technical consultant on artist projects.
As a teaching artist I hope to demystify glass by giving students the opportunity to work with glass, possibly for the first time. I enjoy illuminating the magic of glass and showing students how science and math apply to glass making. I feel I can make an impact on a student’s interest in science and math and their connection to art. I also introduce students to the colors, shapes and patterns in art and in the world around them. I offer students an opportunity to explore these qualities in a new medium. In the classroom, I create a positive and exciting learning environment. One of my distinctive strengths as a teaching artist is my ability to explain aspects of fused glass in a simple, easy to understand and age-appropriate manner that captures students’ interest and inspires curiosity and questions. After the class, students will have a greater understanding of glass and the science behind it.
Suitable for Grades: K-12
Preferred Grades: 3-12
Curriculum Integration Possibilities: Math, Science, History, Social Studies, Other Art Disciplines
- Leading Professional Development workshops for K-12 Teachers
- Working with at risk student