Neon: Shaping Light

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Summer 2017 quarter (Second Session)

Taught by

This course introduces students to the history and basic skills of neon lighting and its fabrication. Each student will learn to heat, bend, weld and anneal glass tubing using a ribbon burner, cannon fire and tipping torch. Students will learn the bending process for the four basic bends and will learn to blow bubbles and make twists in glass tubes. They will use these techniques to fabricate a self-contained PVC tube-based lighting project and to safely attach and handle high-voltage transformers to energize their neon project. (Note: this is not a sign bending course -- creating letters and numbers is NOT covered)

Program Details

Fields of Study

visual arts


Summer Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered


Advertised Schedule

Mon-Thu, 5:30-9 pm, for 3-week intensive, July 31-Aug 17

Online Learning

No Required Online Learning


$200 to cover neon supplies