Summer Glass Arts Programs


This year, we are expanding our Summer Glass Arts Programs and will have programming at both Jason Lee Middle School and Wilson High School! If your student is creative and interested in learning to make glass art — this is the perfect program to keep them engaged during the summer months. All experience levels are encouraged to apply!

Summer Glass Arts will be held at Jason Lee Middle School. Classes will be offered in glassblowing, bead-making, and glass fusion in 2 two-week sessions. This program is focused on middle school students (students must be at least 12 years old) but high school students will be considered. As part of the Tacoma Public Schools and USDA Summer Food Service Program, FREE LUNCH will be served in the school cafeteria between 11:55 and 12:30 pm.

High School Summer Glass Arts will be held at Wilson High School. There will be 1 four-week session and classes will be offered in glassblowing and bead-making. This program is designed for students in grades 9-12. High School students interested in glass fusion should apply to the Jason Lee Middle School Glass Arts Program.

Applications will be available starting May 1!

Our programs fill up fast and there is always a waiting list. As an effort to accommodate as many students as possible, students are asked to pick only one session. Please indicate your preference on the application. Students will also need to choose which class they want to participate in and can rank their selections on the application. You will be notified by phone or email of your student’s placement in the program.

There is a materials fee — $100 for Summer Glass Arts and $200 for High School Summer Glass Arts. However, no student is ever turned away due to inability to pay! The fee will be waived if your student is eligible for free and reduced lunches at school and may be reduced or waived with request and approval from Hilltop Artists. Be sure to talk to our Outreach Manager if you have questions about the materials fee.

The last day of each session is a celebration of student work. Parents are invited and encouraged to attend! We know you will be impressed with your student’s work.

Please contact our Outreach Manager, Kathy Anderson for more information about enrolling in our Summer Glass Arts Programs

(253) 571-7739


Summer Glass Arts Class Descriptions


Students will learn about hot shop safety, basic glassblowing terminology and a variety of glassblowing techniques and skills. By the end of the two-week session, students will create their very own paperweight, cup, bowl, and more!

Glass Fusion

This two-week session will provide an exciting and informative introduction to the creative world of glass fusion! Students will learn to cut and grind a variety of shapes and use them to create geometric slumped trays, creatures, and if time permits, designs of their own.


Students will learn how to use a torch to melt glass rods to create beads and also how to add different colors and textures. Students will create a variety of glass beads during this two-week session and learn some basic techniques for creating jewelry.

High School Glass Arts

This four week course will cover hot shop safety, glass art terminology, and a variety of glassblowing and flameworking skills. Students will have the opportunity to work in both glass blowing and bead-making and the specific projects will be tailored to student skill level.