Course Start Dates
Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.
This course is suitable for someone who wants to learn the art of stained glass in a friendly manner. Learn how to Lead panels Or Paint stained glass windows, in the company of a small relaxed group and for some time-out in the homely, informal setting of Jamal Rafay’s artist studio!
A one day crash course covers, introduction, design for stained glass, introduction to Medium, Materials, Cartooning, Glass cutting, Glass painting OR Glass Leading.
If you are interested to go further on a particular aspect of the craft for example, glass painting or drawing, then I adapt a tailor-made coaching approach to assist your own needs.
For participants, No previous stained glass experience necessary.
A maximum of 3 participants per workshop.
I am a professional stained glass artist. I have been making quality stained glass from my studio in Birmingham, UK. I'm into art for the last 23 years and in stained glass for the last 12 years. I have worked for several years at John Hardman Studios (est. 1838) as chief designer. Now, I enjoy painting stained glass from my own little studio “Stained Glassic’’ (est. 2011) in Birmingham, UK.
What's included in the price?
The course content depends on your requirements. From a very basic introduction to professional stained glass techniques can be covered within the workshop. The beginners will learn the essential stained glass skills: from design, drawing, glass cutting, painting and so on.
All equipment and a generous abundance of materials provided to use during the course.
Please do bring along with you any (practical) ideas/sketches that you would like to use and if possible any glass/sample that may have some special meanings to you.
I will provide you a glass piece of about approx 7-8 inch squares, circles or rectangles or fragments. This is big enough for a one day workshop and to learn glass painting skills, to paint. In painting workshops, glass is fired at the end of the session for a later collection. Please be aware the process of kiln firing takes some hours, so the finished piece can either be collected on a later day or I can also arrange a delivery at cost. But you are most welcome to take it with you, unfired on the same day. I have plenty of designs, patterns and loads of colourful glass pieces and required glass tools! I also provide gloves and aprons. But you can always bring your own preferred or required materials to get the most of it.
Please do bring a packed lunch - I'll also provide tea, coffee and I can offer some cake or fruits according to the weather and availability! :)
Please arrive by 8:55 am for a 9.00 am start... and I'll have the kettle on!
Super day that the miserable weather could not dampen.
Jamal was a great teacher and tea maker & I am more than pleased with my first foray into stained glass leading. I would recommend to anyone; you don't have to be arty. I'm proof of that.
Brilliant day, 60th birthday present bit worried as not very crafty but had a wonderful time. Made a glass panel that has amazed my children, all thanks to Jamal's patient instructions and some help when needed. Excellent will try to get find time for full four days.
Have just spent four days with Jamal. Thoroughly recommend the four day complete course. What a treat! He is a highly skilled and passionate artist that is totally committed to the artistic experience of his tutees!! I have produced an amazing piece of art that will be cherished for a life time. Many thanks for an outstanding experience - will be back for more!!
Had a lovely day in the workshop with Jamal. He was very patient and inspiring with my design ideas and what I wanted to get out of the day. It was challenging but rewarding and I left with a beautiful stained glass in memory of my dad. Would recommend the courses to anyone with a creative flare.
Jamal's course is excellent, both of us thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience of learning and making stained glass panels. Jamal combined a very inviting environment and friendly approach, which carefully led us through the various techniques needed to make a stained glass panel. We were given all the necessary instruction both theoretically and practically to produce a final piece and both felt extremely satisfied with our experience.
This course is great for newcomers and beginners and as we had no previous experience we were very proud of our achievements on the day. Jamal is an excellent teacher and talented artist and would highly recommend his course to anyone serious about wanting to learn about stained glass.
My Dad and I did a 3-day painting and leading course last week. We had different painting and leading experiences, so Jamal adapted his teaching to suit both our needs. Over the 3 days, he took us through composition, selecting glass, painting, shading and finally leading. I am very proud of the panel I came away with and amazed that I could finish it in only 3 days. It now hangs from my window catch and looks beautiful. Jamal's knowledge of historic stained glass, especially in Birmingham, added to the overall experience. It was great to do something different and get out of a work mindset for 3 days; to lose myself in concentrating only on my creation was a perfect de-stresser.
Dear Jamal, Thank you for a great day on the Art of Stained glass leading. You took me through the whole process in a clear stepwise manner which I am sure I will be able to continue on my own. The studio was relaxing full of lovely music and birdsong-just my idea of a comfortable atmosphere to learn in. We covered not only techniques of stained glass but also history on the subject and other types of art. Your excellent teaching has inspired me and I intend to go back again to learn stained glass painting. Thanks again.
Had a great day with my sister at one of Jamal's workshops. Jamal was very welcoming and has such an obvious passion for stained glass, he is quite inspirational.
Jamal gave us an insight into all aspects of his craft during our production of a small panel, he is very patient and there ready to help (and I needed his input!) but keen to encourage you try to do it yourself.
As one of the older generation I would certainly recommend the experience to anyone old or young. Thank you Jamal.
My wife and I did a 1 day leading course with Jamal. What a fantastic day we had. We really enjoyed the course and hearing Jamal's vast knowledge about glass and art. He is a talented guy. He made us very welcome in his Aladdins cave of a workshop. We love our finished pieces and amazed we did it all in a day. Would reccomend to anyone.
I did a 1 day lead light course yesterday along with my daughter. The course was informative and covered every aspect of making a lead light from the pattern, cutting the glass all the way up to the finished product which we were able to take away. Jamal explained the processes in a clear and concise way and we learnt so much in the time we were there. I would recommend anyone to go on this course if they have an interest in stained glass or any kind of interest in crafts, a thoroughly enjoyable day. Thank you
I did a 4 day, one to one, course with Jamal which was fantastic. In that time we were able to cover design, cutting, painting and leading so I have come away with a finished piece I am please with. I have also gained the knowledge and confidence to develop my skills at home. Jamal has a great knowledge of the historical context of stained glass and is very skilled practitioner along side being an excellent tutor.
This course was located in Jamal's cosy garden studio where every thing we could need was to hand. I found I could wait to get in the studio each day to learn the next step and now I'm itching to get started on my next project in my own studio.
Jamal's courses would suit people with very little creative experience along side those coming from a more in depth artistic background. I would thoroughly recommend.
I had a ball. I was an excellent well taught course. I had was given a good overview of stained glass, both modern and historical uses. I was able to create my own design. I was shown how to cut glass to a template then had the experience of cutting glass. This is not as easy as you might think. I was next taught how to block the design and cut the lead to frame the pieces. This course was very comprehensive in the six hours and I was able to finish and take home my creation. So happy. If you want to try a new skill for 2017, this course could be the one.
We had a wonderful day with Jamal and my mother. We came away with a piece of stained glass that we were proud of and would highly recommend this course.
We did the one day leading workshop in a lovely workshop and with a very pleasant and helpful tutor.
We hope to return for the glass painting course in the near future.
I have been on both the one day workshop and a three day painting workshop and both have been thoroughly inspiring and rewarding. Jamal is an excellent teacher; patient, informative and very easy to work with. His own work is stunning and he is so willing to share his experience. I thoroughly recommend his workshops whether a complete beginner, as I was, or someone with a little experience who wants to develop their skills further.
Have just spent a wonderful two days with Jamal making my own stained glass panel from scratch having had no previous experience at all. I learnt about design, colour and texture. I was introduced to more tools than I can mention. I learnt to cut glass, how to score it, break it grind it and grozing. I learnt how to lay out your plan, cut and fit the lead, hold everything in place with wood and horseshoe nails, how to solder, affix hooks, cement, polish, etc. etc. etc. I'm so pleased with what I was able to produce.
Jamal was a first class teacher. He was able to step in if necessary but encouraged you to do everything for
yourself. He is a true artist, a true gentleman and extremely interesting to talk to.
I thoroughly recommend this course and Jamal.
I enjoyed a brilliant day with Jamal. He is a Master Craftsman, consummate artist and excellent teacher. His knowledge and expertise are immeasurable and he understands and communicates the technical - and historical - aspects of his craft very well.
Jamal took time to really understand what I was trying to achieve,and what made me tick , and structured our session in an fascinating and helpful way.
Above all it was a pleasure and a privilege to spend time with him and share his passion, and also to meet his delightful and talented family.
I am looking forward to working with Jamal again when my project is underway and I need some expert help - but mostly to keep the connection.
I recommend him very highly.
Excellent! My Mum and I thoroughly enjoyed our class with Jamal and came away really happy with the stained glass panels that we made. Jamal is a great teacher as has so much knowledge and enthusiasm for the topic, it was definitely infectious as we want to try making more things now! Would recommend the class to anyone as a fun day out that also gives you a greater appreciation for the skill and craftmanship involved in stained glass window making.
I learnt so much in just a single day and enjoyed every moment of it! Jamal is very passionate about what he does, which only adds to the already friendly and relaxing setting of his studio. I'm very happy with the glass painting we did and look forward to maybe doing some different courses in the future. Thank you Jamal!
A most enjoyable and relaxing day as a beginner learning the art of stained glass leading. I am absolutely thrilled with the glass panel I bought to you for repair and you made every stage of the restoration so enjoyable and easy to follow and understand. I highly recommend anyone who wants to try this course to book.
Hope to be back soon to try glass painting or more lead work.
A fantastic day again with Jamal, learnt a lot about the art of stained glass in his great little workshop. Jamal puts you at ease and explains everything, I would recommend to any one and will visit again Jamal thanks.
Thank you Jamal - I brought my friend with me and we both attempted a challenging design - considering we had never done any leading before and, Jamal had to help 2 people at once...
So I had to go back for a second day to complete mine. But I am absolutely thrilled with what I produced. Jamal showed me how the accuracy of every little bit of work matters enormously.
He provided everything one needs - and what a lot of things one needs to do this absorbing craft.
I learnt a huge amount - and if I get the chance will return to do another project - perhaps being a bit more realistic with my aims!
The course surpassed my expectations. It was so informative , enjoyable in a comfortable environment and Jamal enabled me to create a nice composition in stained glass which I look forward to displaying. I would recommend this course to anyone.
A very enjoyable day with Jamal,learned alot about the art of painting stained glass,also loved his workshop and viewing the stained glass he had made,looking forward to recieving the glass i painted,and will book another course with him,once again Jamal thank you.
Dear Jamal ,
I really enjoyed your course .your little studio is like an Alibaba's cave..a lot of knowledge, patience. .and of course all the material you need for your creations.I am looking forward to coming again .Thank you.
Your courses are above Excellent!!! I have learned so very much from you. And I remain in awe of your gifts and skills; you are easily one of the two finest artists, regardless of medium, I've ever known (and my experience includes a couple of very powerful and well-known artists, whom I won't name, lest they be hurt by my words.
Needless to say, working directly with you has been one of the most wonderful (and memorable) experiences of my entire life. Not since working with my dear friend, the designer, the late William B. Fosser, American film Set Designer/Decorator (for Ordinary People and Home Alone), have I shared such a fabulous interchange of creativity and passion for Art!
Anyone who takes one of your courses will soon realise they have chosen to work with an Artist whose like has not been on this earth since William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones, whose art you so easily translate for modern audiences.
It was a true privilege, and I am further honoured to have become your Friend, into the bargain.
Words fail me. You have my highest conceivable recommendations, and I shall be so proud to have your work, illustrating not one, but two books. Worth every pence, and then some!!!
Loads of love,
you fellow artist,
Judy Gerard Thomson,
who came all the way from Chicago, USA, to spend a week at your side....