“I wanted to find a way to show off even the smallest forms of art,” says glass artist Robin Schultes, who teaches at the Museum and who came up with the idea for the community art project. According to Schultes, bead making is not only one of the oldest art forms known to man, but also a popular hobby for people of all ages.
“The ideal beadmaker is anyone and everyone,” says Schultes. “It doesn’t have to take a lot of time and effort, only as much as one wants to put into it.”
The Bead Goes On has already collected a wide variety of unique beads. Strands of the beaded curtain are hung in the Glass Pavilion Flameworking Studio as they are completed, and visitors are encouraged to come see the curtain’s progress. Visitors can also make beads of their own in one of the many hands-on activities, workshops and studio sessions at the Museum.
For complete guidelines, submission information and an entry form, download the prospectus at www.toledomuseum.org/events/community.
The Museum is providing visitors with a number of opportunities to make their own beads and take part in The Bead Goes On. Here is a list of upcoming activities. “Family” designates activities open to all ages. Other activities are open to those 14 and older.
FREE HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES
Jan. 29: 7-9 p.m., Libbey Court
Search the galleries for animals in our collection, and then make your own animal-inspired beads.
Gordon Parks Inspired Beads
Feb. 5: 7-9 p.m., Libbey Court
View powerful photographs by Gordon Parks in the Canaday Gallery, then create beads influenced by his work.
The Bead Goes On at the Family Center
Make your own good luck charm using Model Magic ™ and add a bead to The Bead Goes On!
March 26: 7-9 p.m., Libbey Court
Use fabric, watercolors and crayons to make dyed, batik-like beads.
Whistler Watercolors on Wooden Beads
April 11: 2-4 p.m., Libbey Court
Using the Whistler exhibition for inspiration, decorate wooden beads with watercolors.
Bead a Butterfly, Bead a Bee
April 23: 2-4 p.m., Libbey Court
Boxer Muhammad Ali–one of the subjects in our Gordon Parks exhibition–was said to “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” Create insect-shaped beads.
CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS
Art Evening Studio Sessions
April 19, 20, 21: 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Spend three consecutive evenings making glass beads, pendants and swizzle sticks. ($150 for Museum members/$200 for nonmembers)
The Bead Goes On Workshop
Saturdays (March 27, April 24): Noon to 4 p.m.
Make unique glass beads using a torch and soft glass. ($60 per session for Museum members/$75 for nonmembers)