2-day Stained Glass Leading Course - Freestanding Garden Panels for all levels



Design and make your own garden stained glass art in just two days! Our new two-day introduction to this modern method of combining leaded stained glass with zinc construction will give you a grounding in the essential techniques, a chance to learn stained glass design essentials, and you'll take your garden panel home at the end of the course! We call this our Design & Make Your Own Stained Glass Garden Panel course - you'll create your own design (or adapt one of ours if you prefer) and learn each of the stages to result in your own weatherproof stained glass panel around 85cm tall that you can show off in your garden, or display indoors! If you're a complete beginner to stained glass you can choose to create your own design or use one of our designs. If you've done one of our leading classes before, or completed a stained glass class elsewhere you can create a more challenging design or adapt one of ours to work from. This class is suitable for complete beginners but there'll be plenty of new techniques and an opportunity to develop greater skills if you've done some stained glass before. If your goal is to learn enough to make your own windows in leaded glass this is an ideal course as we'll focus on designing for strength and longevity as well as teaching you how to create a dimensionally accurate panel. Two-day beginners and Improvers garden stained glass class for up to 4 people. We'll introduce you to all the key techniques and tools used in this modern method of constructing glass art using zinc and lead. This contemporary way to create stained glass results in a panel that is stronger than a traditional leaded panel, needing no frame. We start out by looking at the essential design rules and begin to create our designs based on a template to result in a garden panel of 90x15cm approximately. Once your design is ready, you'll choose and cut your coloured glass. We'll demonstrate the skills and tools required for each stage and point out common difficulties. The key stages of this course cover: Stained Glass design Accurate glass cutting Grinding to the cartoon (your design) to ensure the pieces of glass fit correctly Cutting the zinc edges and leads to shape Soldering your panel Cementing and cleaning At the end of the course your panel is ready to take home! What attendees have said about our classes: "V Enjoyable and a clear achievement at the end of the day." "Many thanks to you both for a fantastic course on Sunday, tired but we both enjoyed it. Food was great and the tuition very clear." "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." "Today we cleaned our beautiful artworks and they have been given pride of place in the garden - in today's sunshine they looked particularly impressive! I still can't quite believe that such lovely items can be produced in such a short timeframe." - Julia

What's included in the price?

- All materials and glass - A selection of designs to choose from or the chance to create your own - Use of tools and protective gear - Refreshments during each day and lunch from the nearby Bell cafe - Maximum class size 4 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) 5-30pm each day at our Northants studio near Towcester


2 days

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts



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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Wheelchair users
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Mother's Day
  • Intermediate level
  • UK Holiday
  • Public transport
  • Parking provided
  • Father's Day
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Sadly not - due to the nature of the materials our classes are for adults only.

With all one-day and longer stained glass classes we include an info pack with details of the tools you've used and suppliers plus reminders of techniques used. This isn't included in half-day classes.
We'll be delighted to help you decided what's needed.

For fusing classes we're happy to advise on tools, materials and kilns on request.

Materials are included in all beginners classes - fusing and stained glass.
Please bring reading glasses if you use them, and sturdy fully enclosed shoes (no sandals).
Aprons, googles and gloves are provided where needed.

Because you will be using lead and solder containing lead on stained glass classes.
Lead is known to pose a higher risk to babies than to adults.

We welcome participating friends or partners.
Sadly there isn't room at most classes for non-participating friends or partners.

Of course!
Fused glass will need to be collected after firing - we will contact you when ready.

This depends on which class you're planning to book.
For stained glass classes - it will be difficult to complete the class if you have severe arthritis or similar.

For fused glass classes - we suggest you choose a class which doesn't involve glass cutting - feel free to contact us to discuss.

If the class you're planning to book is described as 'for beginners' then yes!
Some of our classes are for improvers - these are described as such in the listing.

We have GF and Vegan biscuits in stock normally.
We will bring in non-dairy milk if advised in advance.

Lunches, where included, are provided by the Bell Cafe nearby which caters for intolerances, vegetarians and vegans.

Yes - plenty!

Yes, with level access via a ramp and accessible toilet.


Vitreus Art at Bell Plantation, Watling Street, Towcester, Northamptonshire, NN12 6GX