Designing for Stained Glass

Learn the art of designing for stained glass - a 1-day class for those with some experience in making stained glass

"Excellent class, great teachers, really rewarding..." - Tricia

This one-day course is perfect for those with some stained glass construction experience and who want to learn to design their own projects.
Perhaps you'd like to create a stained glass window, or you have an idea for your very own piece of glass art?

This course is not suitable for beginners!

Our stained glass design class - course structure

The course will give you the confidence and skills to begin designing your own stained glass projects, plus some experience in tackling tricky cuts and a greater understanding of the design constraints.

We begin with a tea or coffee and a group discussion of who’s who and a review of our objectives in stained glass. This allows us to tailor the content to offer the most useful guidance for each participant.

We will then study the most commonly encountered glass cutting constraints – what can and can’t be cut in glass and the effects these constraints have on the design.
We will then work on some practical exercises in cutting difficult shapes.

Next we will study overall design constraints with examples – aiming to ensure strength, design balance and ease of construction.

After lunch we will consider how to translate a picture in to a design, with examples.
You will be asked to bring an example picture you'd like to transform in to a stained glass design for this exercise.
Time is allocated to working on ths exercise, with a group review and critique at the end.

To conclude the class, each student (and we) will present a picture of a stained glass design they like – either their own or someone else’s – and discuss why they like it, with group feedback.

What's included in the course cost of £140 inc VAT per person

  • 1 days tuition with maximum 3 participants
  • All glass and materials for the cutting exercises
  • Use of tools and protective gear
  • Lunch and refreshments during the course
  • Practical advice on developing your design ideas
  • Ongoing guidance at our studio
  • Class runs from 10.30 to 5pm approx

How to book your place - Stained Glass Copper Foil for Beginners

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.
All bookings are subject to our class bookings Terms And Conditions.

We've updated our workshops-related COVID-19 fact sheet - find it here.
If you have any questions or concerns get in touch and we'll do our best to help.

2023 Classes





If you'd like more information, please contact us.

Please note before booking:

  • Stained glass workshops 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

More information


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A design translated from a photoA design translated from a photo (of a home of personal significance to the creator)Cutting difficult shapes in glass

Learning how to cut tricky shapes in glass will expand the range of designs you can create

What attendees have said about our classes:

"Relaxed atmosphere with fantastic tuition. I learnt so much and thoroughly enjoyed myself. "

"Loved it! Delighted with what I've made."

"Couldn't recommend Vitreus Art more highly"

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