Stained glass for beginners – painting with light with Carole Gray


Ref: SLW12229

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About this course

Design and create your own stained glass panel. Each process is covered – glass cutting, developing a design, glass selection, leading, soldering, cementing and finishing.

Course Description

Learn the art of stained glass as you design and create your own stained glass panel. 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 introduction to the art of stained glass. In order to ensure you receive sufficient experience and technical information, everyone on the course will 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, you will carry out 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 and Safety guidance will be given throughout the course.


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


  • The course fee includes the cost of glass and other materials for this course.

What students need to bring

  • Do not worry about bringing a design, as the tutor will talk to you about designing for stained glass and help you to prepare a non-representational design for your panel. However, if you wish to bring ideas and source materials to develop your design, please do so. If you have a specific design in mind, the tutor will discuss with you whether it is suitable for this programme.
  • Washing up gloves
  • An apron or other overall/old clothes and sturdy footwear
  • Two soft shoe polishing brushes
  • Strong card or board and packing materials to take your finished panel home (approx 35 x 45cm)
  • A face mask to wear when cementing and cleaning your panel

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • HB pencils
  • Rubber
  • Black felt pens in fine and medium thicknesses (Staedtler Permanent Lumocolour pens are ideal)
  • Optional:
  • Ruler
  • Extra pens or paints and masking tape
  • Scissors
Please note: If you are pregnant or breast feeding, you should consult your GP before enrolling on this course, as working with lead and solder can be harmful to the developing baby. Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio. This includes stout covered footwear, i.e. no open-toes or sandals, and safety boots, if specified. You must not wear open shoes or have bare legs (even if the weather is warm) in the workshop. Please do not wear loose clothing or dangly jewellery, as it may get caught in machinery. Long hair must be tied back.


Carole Gray

Carole Gray trained in three-dimensional design at Middlesex University. She is a member of the Contemporary Glass Society and the British Society of Master Glass Painters.


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

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