Millville Students Learn to Make Beads, Glass

May 25, 2016

IMG_1284Fourth grade students from R.D. Wood School in Millville last week visited the Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center where they learned to make beads out of paper, observed the creation of vessels and art objects made from molten glass, and toured the Museum of American Glass.

The museum was the dream of Frank H. Wheaton, Jr., president of Wheaton Industries, who, according to the Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center “visited a prominent glass museum and discovered that much of the early American glass on exhibit was produced in southern New Jersey. He felt that these treasured museum pieces should be displayed in the area in which they were produced – southern New Jersey.”

The students got a firsthand look at more than 12,000 pieces of glass art, some dating back to 1739.

The visit to the Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center was made possible with a grant from Field Trip New Jersey, an endowment launched by the Community Foundation of New Jersey and Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation to take students into new places that have the power to awaken, hush, awe, enrich, or otherwise positively change their lives.

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