Stained Glass Courses with Vitreus Art
Learn to make stained glass with Jenny Timms &
Mike Caddy

"I cannot believe how much you managed to teach us in just one day. 
I am truly inspired and can't wait to get kitted out to make something else." Cheryl

Would you like to learn how to make stained glass art, and take a piece home to show off your new skills?
As many of our students have found, learning to make stained glass can be an engrossing and satisfying hobby, or even a lifestyle business for the really intrepid!

Whether you're a beginner, already have some experience or are looking to get away from it all and spend a week with other likeminded artists at our Cornwall retreat, we invite you to join us on one of our popular and fun creative classes!

Our classes and courses

For beginners
If you've never done any stained glass before, we suggest you begin by looking at our beginners classes and select a date and venue that suits you.
The content of all our one-day beginners classes is structured to provide you with a challenge, resulting in a piece you will feel proud of!
Both our traditional leading (aka Garden panels) class and our contemporary foiling class are suitable for beginners. Or you could try our Stained Glass Mirror Making class for beginners.

For those with some experience
If you've tried foiling and want to get to grips with leading, we suggest our Garden panels class as this offers the simplest and quickest way to gain experience of working with lead.
If you have a project in mind of your own, our Improvers class is for you and will be tailored around your needs and ambitions.
The Stained Glass Mirror Making class also offers new skills in foiling with a practical end result!

For something a little different, why not try our new Etching class? You'll learn how to design and etch a simple panel, with the option to create your own etched design - all finished in one day. Requires some drawing ability and glass experience.

For those wanting to learn design skills as well as practical skills - 5 day courses

For a thorough grounding in both construction techniques, plus time spent learning to design for glass, and the chance to experiment with glass etching, we invite you to look at our Cornwall 5-day courses - a great way to become proficient rapidly with guidance on hand throughout the week.

We run two 5-day courses each year in Porthleven - April and October.
Early booking is advisable as places are limited.

We also run a similar 5-day course at our studio once a year, at Wakefield Country Courtyard, Northants. Find out more about this course here.

For those with a project to make - 2 day stained glass course near Milton Keynes

Our new 2 day course may be the answer! Aimed at those with some experience, join our weekend workshop from Saturday 9-45 to Sunday 6pm and make your own design. If you've got a larger project in mind find out about our 2 day stained glass course here.

For those wishing the learn how to design for stained glass

Our occasional 1-day classes are idea for those with some experience of making stained glass and who wish to learn to design in the medium. Find out more here!

More about our classes and courses


Vitreus Art @ Wakefield
Unit 4 Wakefield Country Courtyard, Near Potterspury, Northants NN12 7QX
Wakefield is on the A5 2 miles north of Potterspury, 3 miles north of Stony Stratford and about 10 miles from Milton Keynes.

Cornwall - April & October - a 5 day creative stained glass workshop
Porthleven, near Helston & Penzance.

How to book your place

Go to the page for the course or class you want to join - you can find full details of course dates, venues and prices and make your booking online there.
Our class bookings terms and conditions are here.

Please note before booking:

  • Stained glass classes and courses are not suitable for pregnant or nursing women because of the use of lead
  • Stained glass construction requires some strength in hands and wrists and may not be suitable for those with arthritis or similar conditions
  • Also, those with back problems or who are unable to stand for long periods might find the course difficult to complete
  • Our stained glass classes are full days - we suggest you don't make fixed plans for after the course

If you have any questions about our classes, the booking process or are concerned about your ability to complete a class, do get in touch! or call Mike 07778 837471

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Mike working with a student on a stained glass beginners classMike working with a student on a beginners class

A finished piece by a student on our Cornwall 5-day stained glass courseOne of several pieces made by Hilary on our 5-day Cornwall course

Marilyn working on a 'tree of life' copper foiled stained glass piece during a 5 day Cornwall course

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What attendees have said about our classes:

"Brilliant! Loved the variety of skills and having [a] complete piece to take home"

"Just to say THANK YOU  SO MUCH for a great day with you.  Just coming down from being on such a high after the day."

"I am delighted with the pieces I made.  I suspect my husband actually thought I'd bought them!"

"A brilliantly relaxing way to spend a day with something amazing to take away."

"…..thank you very much for the tuition you gave last w/end - my stained glass piece is proudly hanging in the front lounge!"

"Had a good day, met lots of nice people and came away with my own personal 'masterpiece!''