Stamford Students Learn The Art Of Glass

Date: 31 January 2007

Fifth-grader Vicki Crawford carefully drew a snowman onto the small square of stained glass she was charged with decorating during a workshop Tuesday afternoon.

Minutes earlier, students in Marla Dix's fifth- and sixth-grade class at Stamford Elementary School had been taught how to apply the special paint to the glass by stained-glass artist Debora Coombs of Readsboro.

"I picked this symbol because I like making snowmen," Vicki, 10, said. "My mom taught me how to make them, and they remind me of my grandmother, who I haven't seen in a long time."

Coombs, one of three local artists completing residencies at Kidspace at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, Mass., this spring, will create a stained-glass window with the pieces. The window will then be displayed in the Kidspace gallery as part of the upcoming "Boxed Sets" exhibition. "I think it's pretty cool that people will be able to go to see our artwork," Vicki said. "I like to think that maybe, someday, I'll have another piece of artwork in a museum. Then, the people who have seen this will have seen my first piece of artwork displayed in a museum."

Sixth-grader Stephen Tworig, 11, said he was surprised that every child in the school would have a piece of glass in the window.

"I didn't expect anything like this," he said as he painted a snowflake on his rectangle of yellow glass. "We're such a small school — we don't get to do things like this every day. It's very exciting."

Prior to painting, Coombs explained to the pupils how she would create the window with a select group of students in an after-school group next week.

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