Stained Glass Classes
Gilmer Arts is proud to offer classes in Stained Glass Art. The instructor is Warren Acree. He began creating in stained glass in 2008 and has been teaching for Gilmer Arts since the summer of 2018. The courses are designed to give the student a chance to learn the art of making stained glass designs without having to purchase any equipment or supplies. There are four courses in the series. Beginner 1 teaches the basics for creating stained glass art. Beginner 2 allows the student to practice these skills on larger or more difficult design. The intermediate course teaches and utilizes a tool set that makes cutting repetitive shapes easier. In the Advanced course, the student constructs a lamp shade utilizing the skills learned in the intermediate course. The following is a more detailed description of these courses.
Beginner 1: In the construction of two projects, the student learns the processes for pattern-making, cutting art glass into various shapes, copper foiling, soldering, and finishing the project. The two projects will be chosen from 6 designs ( 3 for each project). The first project consists of straight lines and angles and the second incorporates curves. The course consists of 4 – 3 hour sessions.
Beginner 2: In the construction of one project chosen from several different designs, the student gains additional experience in the art of stained glass plus learning pattern-making through enlargement of templates, incorporation of glass nuggets and wire overlays into the design, and utilization of zinc came (pronounced like the verb) for borders. This class is a good place for people with past experience to refresh their skills. Being that the designs are all different, this course can be taken more that once. The course consists of 4 – 3 hour sessions.
Intermediate: In this course, the student learns to use Morton Glass Work's Portable Glass Shop tool set. The student constructs at least two projects. The course consists of 4 – 2 hour sessions.