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Day Time Electives


In-School Instructors teach four elective classes for 7th and 8th-grade students at Jason Lee during the school year.

In-School Elective students rotate through three stations: glassblowing, bead making, and glass fusion/mosaics. They gain arts knowledge through sequential skills building while also learning critical life skills, such as teamwork, creativity, and problem-solving.

Enrollment: 7th and 8th grade Jason Lee students who are at least 12 years of age are eligible to enroll in these daytime classes. Students can speak with their Jason Lee advisers to sign up.


CTE elective courses in glassblowing are available to juniors and seniors at Wilson High School.

These elective courses run throughout the school year and focus on the artistic and vocational aspects of glassblowing. Students gain essential post-secondary education and job-readiness knowledge.

Enrollment: 11th and 12th grade Wilson students are eligible to enroll in CTE. Students can speak with their Wilson counselor to sign up. Note: High school students from any school are eligible for After-School at Wilson. Scroll down to learn more about After-School.


Jason Lee Middle School

Monday – Thursday, 3 – 4:30 PM during the school year 

The After-School program offers students a safe and positive place to be for out-of-school hours, as well as a place to further develop their skills in glass arts while connecting with trusted adults and working with advanced glass art students as their mentors.

Wilson High School

Monday through Thursday,  2:30 – 4 PM during the school year

The After-School program at Wilson provides an opportunity for high school students to continue – or begin – their exploration of glass arts, much like After-School at Jason Lee. 

For more information on the After-School Program please follow this link. 

Application Information for After-School

After-School programs at both Jason Lee M.S. and Wilson H.S. are full.

We are not accepting applications at this time.



Team Production

Team Production students, aged between 14 and 20 have been identified in our other programs as advanced students.  Team Production goes year-round and these students create glass art for commissions, such as the Governor’s Arts and Heritage Awards and Tacoma City of Destiny Awards, and for sale in our gallery and at Hilltop Artists events.  Team Production students also participate in an annual week-long Visiting Artist Residency at the Museum of Glass each summer.

All Team Production students are required to create a high school or post-education plan for which our Outreach Manager provides resources and support.

To learn more, contact Jessica Hogan,

Click here to view the Team Production Calendar 

Li’l Board of Directors

The Li’l Board of Directors is a group of students from Hilltop Artists’ Team Production who meet regularly. Their role is to bridge the gap between students, staff, and the Board of Directors. Hilltop Artists students involved in any of our programs are eligible to serve on the Li’l Board of Directors.

To learn more, contact James Downey,

Opportunities for Team Production Students

Our Biot Student Ambassador Program connects Hilltop Artists students to a different culture while allowing them to work with Master Glass Artist Antoine Pierini. Through an application process, students are selected to visit Tacoma’s Sister City Biot, France.

Learn more about the 2019 Student Ambassadors here. 

In September 2017, Pilchuck Glass School and Hilltop Artists launched a collaboration to offer an immersive retreat and professional training in glassmaking for Team Production students at Pilchuck’s remarkable campus.

Thank you to the Washington State Arts Commission, The Robert M. Minkoff Foundation, and The Craft School Experience, for generously underwriting this unique collaboration.

Student Artists Leading in Entrepreneurship (S.A.L.E.) focuses on teaching our students transferable skills, such as retail sales, marketing, customer service, financial literacy, merchandising, and more.  

To learn more, contact James Downey,

Hilltop Artists Team Production students blow glass on the Museum of Glass hot shop floor every third Thursday, September through June.

Visit the Museum of Glass website for museum hours, parking, and more information about other activities happening each Third Thursday.

Team Production and After School students create hundreds of Monkeyshines, glass medallions and floats, to contribute to this annual treasure hunt held during the Lunar New Year. Monkeyshines received the AMOCAT Community Outreach by an Organization Award from the City of Tacoma in 2017. In 2018 and 2019 Hilltop Artists was awarded grant funding from the Washington State Arts Commission to support our Monkeyshines participation in 2019 and 2020! Thank you to ARTS WA for helping to underwrite our role in this fun and iconic arts event in the City of Tacoma.

Summer Glass Arts

Hilltop Artists offers 2-week sessions of Summer Glass Arts classes. They provide a great opportunity for students who are unable to participate in our Daytime or After-School programs. 

Due to COVID-19 applications online and in paper form are postponed until we are able to reopen the Hot Shops. 

Learn more about our summer programs here. 


Arts Connect

Arts Connect is a Hilltop Artists’ community-based program for females who are involved with the Pierce County Juvenile Court, through the court’s diversion, probation, foster care, truancy, and at-risk programs. Serving females ages 12 to 18, Arts Connect provides an environment for students to build trust, confidence, and a sense of belonging. Each quarter, the students explore a new medium, such as glass fusing, printmaking, glassblowing, and photography.

Click here to learn more about Arts Connect.

Outreach Services

The Outreach Services Program at Hilltop Artists is a critical component of our mission to connect youth to better futures, and is available to all students in every Hilltop Artists program.

Outreach provides in-depth, individualized services, referrals, support and advocacy for students and their families. We do this with respect for the diversity of our students and their families, a lens of equity, and an understanding of trauma-informed care.  Outreach Services partners with community organizations for referrals to their services as well as recruiting their clients who could benefit from Hilltop Artists programs. 

We’re hiring! Learn more about the Outreach Services Manager position and apply here.

Outreach Services focuses on:
• BASIC NEEDS: housing / food / clothing /hygiene
• HEALTH: medical, dental, mental health, drug counseling, vision
• EDUCATION: attendance, graduation, post-secondary education, financial literacy
For more information about Hilltop Artists’ Outreach Services, please email







Thank you to the ArtsFund Youth Access and Opportunity Fund for helping to underwrite the expenses associated with Hilltop Artists’ youth glass art programs.