The experience of making art can have a profound effect on any artist, and can also support recovery and transitions along different life stages. Theresa Reer and Jen Vaughn are Wounded Warriors and Veterans undergoing treatment as patients of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The Walter Reed Society has a successful multi-year collaboration placing students in art glass activities at Glen Echo Park.
Art Glass Center’s staff offer instruction in fused glass art to small groups of Wounded Warriors and Veterans, allowing them to develop their art skills as they readjust to civilian life. The experience involves creating designs and choosing colors; selecting, cutting and grinding fusible glass; and hand-crafting glass artworks for fusing in an instructor-operated kiln. As student skills progress, instruction is given in forming more complex glass shapes for two-dimensional art pieces, and in creating three-dimensional glass art.
Individual creativity is a key element of the class environment. These artists will exhibit both glass works they have created through this program, as well as individual artwork created along their recovery journeys.