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Traditional Glass Art

Traditional Glass Art

This unique one-week workshop gives you the chance to learn the essential skills to create a range of beautiful and inspired stained-glass pieces.

To book your place today, simply click 'Book Now' to be taken to AUB's secure online store where you can complete your booking.

What you need to know

Monday 17 – Friday 21 July 2023, 9.30-16.30

At the point of booking, you can choose to add accommodation and/or our popular half-board catering package. See below for the cost of different options.

Course only

£874

Course fee plus accommodation

£1,124

Course fee plus accommodation and half-board catering package

£1,199

  • A selection of inspirational glass images that you might like to examine or replicate

Please note, if you're a practising glass artist you're welcome to bring your own tools with you. However, this is not a requirement.

  • All course materials and resources, including specialist glass tools
  • Access to industry-standard software, equipment and studio spaces

To take advantage of our economically priced accommodation, simply select the appropriate accommodation and/or half-board catering option when you book your place.

If you're keen to sketch outside course hours, perhaps in the evening, your tutor can provide you with a list of ideal locations.

Accommodation includes

  • Single study bedroom with private en-suite bathroom in AUB Halls of Residence, situated on AUB's campus
  • Halls of Residence Wi-Fi
  • 24-hour on-site security staff and live-in AUB residential staff (help is available 24/7)

Take a look at AUB’s Halls of Residence, just click on the Campus Halls option.

Half-board catering package includes

  • Half-board catering (breakfast and lunch)
  • Single study bedroom with private en-suite bathroom in AUB Halls of Residence, situated on AUB's campus
  • Halls of Residence Wi-Fi
  • 24-hour on-site security staff and live-in AUB residential staff (help is available 24/7)

Take a look at AUB’s Halls of Residence, just click on the Campus Halls option.

  • All specialist tools, equipment and course materials are included in your course fee
  • Come away with an in-depth understanding of various traditional glass crafting techniques, including the differences between leaded and copper foil techniques
  • Enhance your dexterity in craft and design skills
  • Have the opportunity to experiment and develop your ideas whilst understanding the importance of design in creating successful glasswork
  • Gain hands-on experience and understanding of sequential painting and staining methods
  • Learn how to work safely with materials, glass, lead and decorative paints, as well as how to use tools safely and effectively
  • Develop a good knowledge of colour theory and the relative contrast achieved with different types of glass/painting methods
  • Receive expert support and guidance from a practising professional artist, including feedback on your ideas and work
  • The opportunity to network and share ideas with other students from around the globe
  • Access AUB's industry-standard studio spaces, including the specialist equipment and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Leave with skills and foundations that you can use at home to continue creating beyond this course
  • Study alongside up to 12 like-minded students and have fun

About this course

There's currently a growing demand for traditional glass crafting skills and this immersive course gives you the opportunity to get ahead. You'll have the chance to learn the essential skills, techniques and unique artistry required to create a range of beautiful and inspired stained-glass pieces. We'll provide you with the skills to continue creating for years to follow.

You'll be introduced to the crafting methods of glass cutting, quickly leading to copper-foil techniques. Once these essential skills are practised, you'll start to produce small pieces based on combining both leaded and copper foil techniques.

As the week progresses, you'll work towards a larger project based on your personal preferences. This project will allow you to develop more advanced skills including glass painting, silver staining and enamelling.

Techniques covered throughout the course include: glass cutting, lead work, copper-foil (Tiffany) wrapping, soldering, cementing, kiln-fired vitreous glass painting, silver and copper stain and coloured enamels.

You'll also explore different approaches to glass design, pattern creation, balance of colour and contrast, and the unity of design.

Whether you're a complete beginner or possess previous experience of glass work, this course will show you an expanded range of new techniques and methods.

You'll have access to a range of glass materials, paints and stains to use in a super-fast glass kiln, allowing lots of space and time for experimentation and investigation of different crafting methods.

At the end of each day, you'll receive formative feedback to measure your progress as individuals and as a group. Plus, through a series of talks you'll learn about the different disciplines within the field of traditional glass art.

In addition to course teaching hours, you'll be able to access our maker workshops in the early evenings to continue working on your creative pieces, if you wish.

  • Glass cutting
  • Leading construction
  • Copper foiling
  • Traditional glass painting
  • Design
  • Glass types, suppliers and availability
  • Acid etching
  • Soldering

The minimum age for this course is 18 years.

This course is aimed at anyone who has little or no previous glass experience, or anyone with some experience looking to practise and improve.

Please note, this course will involve the handling of lead, which isn't advised for anyone who's pregnant. Equally, this course requires a high level of mobility and dexterity, so it may be unsuitable for some.

Please get in touch with us if you wish to check your suitability for the course.

All course materials and resources, software and equipment are included in your course fee.

All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official AUB Short Course certificate of attendance. To request your certificate email the team at shortcourses@aub.ac.uk.

After this course you could:

  • Study an Art, Design, Drawing and Painting short course to expand your creative skills further
  • Continue to harness your creativity; explore our full range of evening and weekend courses courses to see where your creative journey will take you next
  • Use your new skills to further your career or change direction
  • Expand and consolidate your skills by studying further glass crafting courses
  • Continue to develop your skills at home as a hobby

  • You'll study at a leading specialist university – so we know what we're doing when it comes to providing unparalleled courses
  • Your tutor, Matthew Le Breton, is an industry professional, so you'll learn from the best
  • We cater for all abilities and have no formal entry requirements for this course, so there's nothing holding you back
  • You'll learn in a safe and encouraging environment where there's no right or wrong way to be creative
  • Benefit from our incredible campus and its industry-standard studios, plus use state-of-the-art equipment and software to unleash your creativity
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Meet your tutor

Matt Le Breton

Matthew Le Breton

Your Traditional Glass Art tutor, Matthew Le Breton, is an experienced and highly skilled professional stained glass practitioner.

Examples of glass art

See below for a selection of examples of the type of work you'll undertake on this course. You'll explore a wide range of traditional glass crafting techniques and skills, including glass cutting, painting, leadwork and staining. You'll explore the complete design process and will learn how to work with coloured enamels using a glass kiln. All work featured in this gallery is by your tutor, Matthew Le Breton.

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