Beginners Stained Glass Class - Traditional Leading
Learn the basics of leaded stained glass in just one day!

"Your passion for the subject really shone through and your professionalism in guiding us in all the task was amazing." - Annette

Our one-day introduction to the traditional method of stained glass construction using lead cames will give you a grounding in the essential techniques, plenty of hands-on experience with the pro-grade tools we use, and lots of tips, tricks and insight into the history of this 1300-year-old craft.

We call this class our 'Garden Panel' class - you'll make a stained glass panel you can show off in your garden, or display indoors! This class is suitable for complete beginners!

Our one day classes are suitable for anyone over 16, although we do advise that anyone with a medical condition that limits their hand strength or control contact us before booking to discuss.
With a maximum of 5 students and two tutors you can be sure of plenty of attention and guidance throughout the class.

One-day leading beginners stained glass class for up to 5 people

We'll introduce you to all the key techniques and tools used in the traditiional method of constructing stained glass - using lead cames.
As this class demands more strength in hands and wrists, we recommend the foiling beginners class to those with limited strength or control.

We start out by demonstrating how we score and break glass, and explain the process of constructing a panel using the leading method. At each stage we'll discuss the tools and techniques being used and point out common difficulties.

We'll then guide you in building up a mini project panel, cutting and shaping the lead came sections on a purpose-made layout board before soldering your piece together.
This will take us up to lunchtime, and a break for some fresh air!

In the afternoon, you'll work on a project piece which you'll finish in time to take home!
We'll provide you with a choice of designs (similar to ones we sell for £80) and a wide selection of coloured glass to work with.

The course cost includes:

  • All materials, choice of starter designs and glass
  • Use of tools and protective gear
  • Refreshments during the day and lunch at the nearby Tea Rooms
  • 2 tutors, maximum class size 5 people
  • Info pack to keep with information on getting started and where to buy glass and tools, emailed as PDF
  • All your pieces to take home
  • Class runs from 9-45 to (approx) 6-30pm

How to book your place

Maximum class size 5. Bookings via Vitreus Art - use the PayPal button below to select your class date and type and then pay with credit / debit card or PayPal, or call in at the gallery.
Our class bookings terms and conditions are here.

  • Thurs 15th Feb - Leading / Garden Panels class £137 per person - 2 places remaining
  • Thurs 15th March - Leading / Garden Panels class £137 per person - 4 places remaining
  • Sat 31st March - Leading / Garden Panels class £137 per person - 4 places remaining
  • Sat 26th May - Leading / Garden Panels class £137 per person - 4 places remaining
  • Sat 30th June - Leading / Garden Panels class £137 per person - 2 places remaining
  • More dates coming soon...


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Two stained glass leaded garden panels made on a Vitreus Art beginners classTwo great leaded panels made on a beginners class
Using lead cames to build a stained glass panel
Your colours and 5 starter designs to choose from
stained glass basics for beginners
In the morning you'll make a mini project to get the basics right
Learning to cut glass
No need to be anxious about cutting glass - we'll get you cutting confidently by the end of the day!

What attendees have said about our classes:

"Amazing class! I loved it."

"I loved how energetic and enthusiastic Mike & Jenny were with us and about the subject.."

"Well structured and logical day. Loved it. Fun and productive. "