Stained glass – experimental painting techniques with Surinder Warboys


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About this course

Using traditional media, fused paint and silver stain, you will explore what is possible with expressive painting techniques on stained glass.

Course Description

Learn expressive painting techniques using traditional media. You will experiment with techniques and expressive possibilities to produce at least one finished painted and stained glass panel using fused paint and silver stain.

Inspiration will be drawn from natural forms, found surfaces and photography, and also abstract and expressionistic art.

You will mix paint and learn how the consistency affects outcomes when working on glass, using different techniques, particularly washes of different intensities, decorative patterns (diaper work), sgraffito, stenciling and “tonking”, and then working with silver stains to add colour and depth.

You will also explore different sources for imagery: natural forms and surfaces, topography and fractiles.

You will produce one or more individual glass panels, painted and stained, demonstrating growing skills and confidence and the ability to work independently. You will also develop skills and confidence, and an increasing awareness of the visual world


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


On this course, the College will supply all of the materials, including: pre cut and arissed 4 mm float glass, paint and stain; ¼” quadrant, black Gaffer tape, polythene sheets to cover tables and large glass mullers and some corrugated card wrapping to take your home work in.
The college will fire the painted and stained work.
The tutor will provide stencil material and examples.

What students need to bring

Scalpel with new blade (no.11)

An assortment of brushes. Essential is a flat soft/watercolour brush with bristles 35mm/40mm wide x 35mm long. Long tapering brushes are useful. Also Chinese brushes are useful for the staining.


Wooden sticks and sea sponges

Sketchbook with visual references and for documentation


Drawing materials

Two jam jars plus one shallow jam jar

A coin from your travels, if you have one

Optional – short handled glass muller from home if you have one (some available on course to use) Also a badger brush 40mm to 75mm long and 25 mm deep – if you have one.

Available to buy

Available from shop:
A good range of art materials including paper, a variety of general brushes, scalpels with number 11 blade, paper, sketchbooks, drawing materials etc.

Available from tutor:
A range of small pieces of coloured antique Lamberts glass will be available to buy from the tutor.

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio. This includes stout covered footwear (no sandals or open toes).


Surinder Warboys

Surinder Warboys studied Fine Art and Stained Glass at Wimbledon School of Art and Newport School of Art in South Wales. She founded Myglassroom in 1990, a studio specializing in architectural stained glass, conservation and tuition. Her experimental works on glass have twice been selected for exhibition in the British Glass Biennale; She is also a member of the British Society of Master Glass Painters and the Contemporary Glass Society. 


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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