Children Inspire Glass

Under the direction of Carol and Fletch Russell this project was an opportunity for children, ages 5-10, to create stories and design creatures who lived within the story. Carol Russell, a professor in the elementary education / early childhood / special education department at ESU, & Fletch Russell, an adjunct professor in the art deparment at ESU, worked with art faculty members Patrick Martin and Roberta Eichenberg, ESU masters glass students, and many others to complete this project.

"It is amazing how children can be engaged and focused when you foster creativity with the right environment, materials, interactions and TIME! We tend to structure so much of their young lives and hurry them through processes, rather than slowing down for learning through play, giving them TIME to show us how much they know, and allowing TIME for problem solving opportunities, and TIME to create."

Personal Reflection from Carol Russell

This project was funded by a Kathrine K. White Faculty Incentive Grant and the C.F. Marshall Trust.

Multiple Stories -

From concept, contruction, to final product, children developed and designed the creatures features in stories they authored.

Here is a slideshow of their journeys >

Children Inspire Glass Slideshow

One Child's Story

One child's process is followed in this slideshow >

Eliot's journey

"Arabella the Fairy"

One child's story is featured in this video >

View more celebrations of children and their creativity
at the Early Childhood Art Gallery >