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

"As promised here's a photo of my glass panel made last week - I absolutely love it! Am already thinking about what I can do next....  Thanks so much for a fabulous day." - Susan

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!

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.
You'll then practice cutting glass to a design until you're ready to start cutting the coloured glass for your main project. This will take us up to lunchtime, and a break for some fresh air!

In the afternoon, you'll work on your project piece which you'll finish in time to take home!

We'll demonstrate 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. You'll then build your panel with the coloured glass you've just cut.

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
  • Your piece to take home
  • Eligibility for our Project Days Programme
  • Class runs from 10am to (approx) 6-30pm

How to book your place

If you're ready to book, choose the date you prefer and use the PayPal buttons to make your booking. You can pay by card or PayPal. We can also take bookings in the studio or you can buy this class as an emailable gift voucher.
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2019 Classes

  • Sun 20th Oct - Leading / Garden Panels class £149 per person - 3 places remaining
  • Sat 26th Oct - Leading / Garden Panels class £149 per person - sorry, fully booked
  • Sat 2nd Nov - Leading / Garden Panels class £149 per person - 1 place remaining
  • Sun 8th Dec - Leading / Garden Panels class £149 per person - 4 places remaining
  • We can run this class on weekdays by prior arrangement - contact us to arrange
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2020 Classes

  • Sun 16th Feb - Leading / Garden Panels class £149 per person - 4 places remaining
  • Sun 1st Marc - Leading / Garden Panels class £149 per person - 4 places remaining
  • We can run this class on weekdays by prior arrangement - contact us to arrange


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More information

Our one day classes are suitable for anyone over 18, 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.

You might also be interested in our Stained Glass Leading Evening Course...

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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
Soldering your project - stage 4 of 5
Learning to cut glass
No need to be anxious about cutting glass - we'll get you cutting confidently by the end of the day!
Another stylish stained glass leaded panel made at Vitreus Art

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."

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