This two-day training course will serve as an introduction to the Bronson Journey Beads program here at Glass Art Kalamazoo. The first class session will begin with a brief lecture about the program and the children we hope to benefit through our service, then Students will begin their own journey into glass bead making with the help of our skilled and tenured instructors. Essential skills and techniques will be addressed with the goal being to develop the skills necessary to become a full member of our Journey Beads volunteers!

Day 1: — Introduction to the program and bead making processes. Topics will include the Journey Beads mission, Bead quality control and its importance to beneficiaries, intro to safety, tools, and equipment.

Day 2: — This session will pick up where the first leaves off, hands on practice and increasingly advanced techniques will be demonstrated.

Cost: $100 total for 2-day course. Includes all materials, tools, and studio time.

No previous experience necessary. Enrollment limited to 12 participants maximum.

JOIN OUR EMAIL LIST TO BE NOTIFIED WHEN THE NEXT INTRO TO JOURNEY BEADS CLASS IS SCHEDULED.

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MORE ABOUT BRONSON JOURNEY BEADS:

Every child diagnosed with cancer embarks on a journey shaped by struggles and triumphs. Bronson Children’s Hospital and Glass Art Kalamazoo have developed the Journey Beads program to give courage to pediatric patients as they experience the struggles and triumphs of their disease. Journey Beads symbolize significant milestone in a child’s cancer treatment. Each bead is a celebration of progress and a powerful story telling tool.

This year Bronson has requested more beads than ever before, and the brave children undergoing treatment need our help. It is our goal to increase the Journey Beads volunteer pool in order to meet the rising need and develop the scope of our programs. We hope you will join us for this great opportunity to learn about glass art and help our community!

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