Kids Design Glass allowed us to celebrate the remarkable creativity of children of all ages.
We are so excited to see Calvin Waddell’s ‘A Cat’ become a sculpture!”
—Maggie North, Acting Art Curator, The Springfield Museums
Four hundred young people threw their hats into the ring for the Kids Design Glass design contest held over the summer at the Springfield Museums. “We had entries from all over the country,” said Larissa Murray, Director of Education at the Springfield Museums. “We even had entries from Australia and Ireland!”
As a major interactive part of the visiting exhibition Kids Design Glass, children 12 years old and younger were invited to enter a competition by drawing a design that might be chosen by the Tacoma, WA, Museum of Glass Hot Shop to be transformed into a sculpture. And part of the deal was being able to witness the transformation on a live-stream video sent from the state of Washington right here to the Museums.
Well, the winner has been chosen and the event is happening this Saturday, September 22, at the Museums at 1 pm.
The winner is four-year-old Calvin Waddell from Feeding Hills. Calvin created “A Cat” during a summer visit to the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum, when his family decided to also look at some of the other exhibits the Museums offer. They found their way to the Art Discovery Center and added one more entry to the contest.
Calvin’s cat—which is a simple, green-outlined, two-legged creature, with one brown ear and one red ear—has a charm and nonchalance that clearly marks it as a winner. Asked about his design, Calvin said, “He can talk, but he said nothing.” Well, many cats are wily that way!
The Museum of Glass will keep and display one version of Calvin’s cat, and they will send Calvin a second version to keep for his own.
“We really value the opportunity Kids Design Glass gives us to feature the ideas of children,” said Murray. “We can’t wait to see Calvin’s design interpreted in glass.”
The Hot Shop Team has become highly proficient in making the unconventional sculptures, which are more difficult to create than they might appear. “Following a child’s drawing takes a whole different kind of precision,” comments Hot Shop Manager Benjamin Cobb. “Each Kids Design Glass session is an adventure. The process is always a challenge and immensely rewarding. It’s one of our favorite things to do—and one of the most intense.”
“This is such a wonderfully unique way to expand artistic expression from paper to sculpture,” said Springfield Museums President Kay Simpson. “Glass is a magical substance that allows light to shine through with such stunning results. I can’t wait to see the results of the contest. It will be amazing to see the whimsy of a child’s drawing transformed in this way.”
Supported by Oasis Specialty Glass and Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass
Media sponsor WRSI, The River
Season Supporter: MassMutual Foundation
EVEN MORE ADVENTURES ON SATURDAY AT THE MUSEUMS
Grand Adventures: Exploring Art, History, and Science
September 22 @ 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Featuring a visit from the US Navy and a livestream of the creation of the winning design from our Kids Design Glass contest
2D to 3D, Line Drawings Take Shape, 11 am-3 pm
Visit the Kids Design Glass special exhibit to see how glass artists have brought kids’ drawings to life! While you’re there, create your own flat line drawing and then make a three-dimensional version with pipe cleaners.
USS Constitution Sailors, 11 am-3 pm
Six sailors dressed in the traditional 1812 uniforms of yesteryear give historical STEM presentations to young and old alike. They will also bring artifacts from the ship.
Navy History and Heritage Command, 11 am-3 pm
The group all kinds of history items from the Navy to include items that would have been inherent to the New England area.
USS Springfield Sailors, 11 am-3 pm
This group of sailors are stationed aboard one of our nuclear-powered fast attack submarines, based out of Groton, CT.
Traveling MakerSpace, Noon–3 pm
Teaching artist Jay Mankita leads this workshop in which kids and families will use everyday items to build, test, and improve their own “Rube Goldberg Machines”.
Rhode Island Sound, 1 pm
Rhode Island Sound is the most contemporary sounding group from Navy Band Northeast. This ensemble entertains audiences with music ranging from rhythm and blues to classic rock.
Kids Design Glass Livestream for Winning Drawing and Book Giveaway, 1 pm
Join the winner of our Kids Design Glass contest to see a 2D drawing come to life as a 3D work of art! Every child under 12 receives a free book, while supplies last.
Free with museum admission!