Learn the art of stained glass as you design and create your own
stained glass panel. Each process is covered - glass cutting,
developing a design, glass selection, leading, soldering, cementing
Come and explore the potential of the dynamic and jewel like qualities of stained glass and light, the most alluring features of this ancient art form.
This course is designed as an introductory course to the art of stained glass. In order to ensure you all receive sufficient experience and technical information you will all follow the same programme. You will learn all the techniques required to make a non-representational stained glass panel; either 30cm square or 25 x 40cm.
There will be an introductory session on the first evening covering an overview of the medium and you will then be supported by the tutor in the design of your panel. You will learn how to choose the appropriate glass for your project, how to cut the pieces, and then learn the techniques of leading and soldering. To finish your project we will look at cementing and finishing techniques.
At each stage of the course there will be a demonstration followed by individual tutorial support.
The tutor will talk to you, and show you, examples of more advanced stained glass techniques which you may wish to explore in future courses at West Dean. There will be a selection of books on the subject for you to look at during the course.
You will be shown which tools to use and how to use them effectively and safely, including alternative methods of use where appropriate. Health & Safety guidance will be given throughout the course.
Please note: if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should consult your GP before enrolling on this course, as working with lead and solder can be harmful to your baby.
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.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
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)
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should consult your GP before enrolling on this course, as working with lead and solder can be harmful to your baby. You must not wear open shoes or have bare legs (even if the weather is warm) in the workshop.