Chicago School of Glass Art

Presented By Suevel's Stained Glass Studio

Stained Glass Classes

 

STAINED GLASS CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS

 

Stained Glass – Quick and Easy – Foil Method

4 sessions, 3 hours ea.  Cost: $135.00 – includes the book, Stained Glass Basics (a $19.95 value), tool rental fee and some supplies. Students will purchase their own glass, foil, solder and framing material for the project. Pre-requisites: None.  Students may take this class only once.

            Learn the traditional art of stained glass in this entertaining and rewarding class.  Build your very own stained glass panel while learning how to cut and shape glass then assemble your art piece in the copper foil and solder technique.  You will select your project from the patterns included in the course textbook.  Please be warned—you may have so much fun in this class and be left with an overwhelming urge to create more and more!

Stained Glass for the Beginner—Lead Skills

4 sessions, 3 hours ea.  Cost: $135—includes the book, Making Stained Glass Panels (a $24.95 value), tool rental fee and some supplies.  Students will purchase their own glass, lead came, cement and framing material for the project. Pre-requisite: None.   Students may take this class only once.

Prior experience is not required as you are guided through the process of the traditional method of stained glass art.  You will learn glass cutting and shaping, project assembly, soldering and final clean up—all while building your very own stained glass panel.  Your project will be a simple lead came panel. This is a fun and exciting class for those students who want to learn how stained glass was originally constructed.

Introduction to Panel Lampshades

12 hours of instruction time  Cost: $100.00 – includes student’s choice of “Northern Lights” book or “Innovative Panel Lamps” book ($12.95 value).  Students must have their own tools, supplies and glass for the project. Pre-requisite: Stained Glass–Quick and Easy.

            After students have completed an entry level stained glass class many decide to challenge themselves with making a stained glass lampshade.  This class will cover the popular flat-panel lamp process that does not require a forming mold. Choose your project from one of the two textbooks offered in the class.  Project selection requires a consultation with the instructor prior to starting the class to ensure that you have the skills and resolve to complete your desired project.  Students should be prepared to work at home between classes or purchase additional studio time to work between classes to complete a more ambitious project, please speak to the instructor about this option.

Intermediate Stained Glass Window Fabrication – in Foil and Lead

24 hours of instruction time:  Cost: $195.00 – Includes the book Beyond Basic Stained Glass Making (a value $24.95). Students must have their own tools, supplies and glass for the project.  Pre-requisite: Stained Glass-Quick and Easy and/or Stained Glass for the Beginner- Lead Skills

            After completing the Beginners class many students are eager to get going on a more impressive work to challenge and refine their stained glass skills.  You may choose to create your master window in either copper foil or lead assembly depending on which Beginning Level class you have taken.  Your first session will be an individual consultation with the instructor to ensure that you have the skills and resolve to complete your desired project.  During that session you will work with the instructor to choose and modify your design, enlarge it to create your full-size pattern and make the creative decisions to select your glass.  You should plan on using at least 3 hours of instruction time for this consultation.  In successive sessions students will receive instruction to improve their glass cutting and soldering skills, learn reinforcement techniques, and plan for framing or installation of the completed project.  You should be prepared to work at home or book additional studio time between class sessions in order to complete a more ambitious project.

Note:  Storage of student projects may be limited.

Spectacular Stained Glass Windows – The Process Explained, A 3 Hour Seminar

Seminar Fee: $29.00 includes choice of one “Studio Designer Series” book, value: $23.95

            Take a virtual journey with us through the creation process of a major stained glass window project.  You’ll discover how glass art professionals achieve maximum punch with a minimum of problems.  We will discuss how to conceive and modify a design, enlarge it to full size, the pros and cons of foil versus lead fabrication, when and how to reinforce, the various methods of installation, plus much, much more.  We’ll explore the possibilities by studying some of the significant installations shown in Wardell Publications’ “Studio Designer” books.  We’ll identify the unique challenges and point out the imaginative solutions that are presented.  If you have ever considered tackling a major window project this seminar will inspire you and get you started!!

Advanced Stained Glass Window Fabrication – In Foil or Lead

24 hours of instructional time.  Cost: $195.00 includes 1 book from the “Studio Designer” Series (a $23.95 value).  Students must have their own tools, supplies and glass for the project.  

This class is for experienced crafters only who are ready, willing and able to take on a major window project. If you’ve been thinking about creating an entry door panel or an entire entryway ensemble (door, sidelights, transom), a stairway or landing panel, or perhaps a small window for your church, synagogue or place of worship — your time is now!!  Your first session will be a private consultation with the instructor to discuss your project idea for size, design, and fabrication style.  You may also discuss installation style and issues.   You should plan on spending a minimum of 3 hours for this consultation session.  Additional class sessions will be booked with the instructor/studio as needed by the student.  Students should be prepared to work at home or book additional studio time between class sessions in order to complete a more ambitious project.

Note: Storage space for larger projects may be limited.

STUDIO TIME 

Open Studio Time: 

1 Hour sessions, $5.00/hour.  Students must have their own hand tools, supplies and glass for projects.  You must call to reserve space. Studio time is booked at the discretion of the studio staff.

Suevel Studios provides Studio Time for those students and customers who wish to work independently on their projects in a fun and stimulating environment!!  Students bring in their own projects and spend time with other artists working on their projects.  Students must have taken at least one Beginner level class and have instructor permission to sign up for studio time.

Reservations are required.  Studio Time is booked at the discretion of the studio staff.

Instructional Studio Time:

1 Hour sessions, $10.00/hour.  Students must have their own hand tools, supplies and glass for projects.  Students must reserve time with an instructor for Instructional Studio Time.

Suevel Studios now provides Instructional Studio Time for those students and customers who wish to have some additional instruction without the commitment of a long-term class.  We will help you with soldering, cutting, foiling, framing, designing, enlarging, reinforcing, etc.  Students must have taken at least one Beginner level class and have instructor permission to sign up for instructional studio time.   Reservations are required.  Instructional Studio Time is booked at the discretion of the studio staff.

ADDITIONAL ADVANCED STAINED GLASS CLASSES

Advanced Stained Glass – Incorporating Fused Glass

24 hours of instructional time:  Cost: $195.00 – includes the book Stained Glass Secrets (a $15.95 value).  Students must have their own hand tools, supplies and glass.  Pre-requisite: Stained Glass Quick and Easy, Stained Glass for the Beginner-Lead Skills and at least one Intermediate level class.

Have you always been intrigued by fused glass but consider yourself to be a stained glass artist.  Well here is your chance to try it out and see how fusing works.  Students will design an original stained glass pattern of 100 pieces or more that incorporates fused glass pieces which will also designed and made up class. Students will schedule an individual consultation with the instructor to discuss project design, size and fabrication style.  Students should expect to spend a minimum of three hours of instructional time on this consultation.  Additional instructional time will be devoted to learning basic fusing techniques.  Students should plan to spend time working on their project at home or schedule additional studio time between class meetings to complete a more ambitious project.  Projects may be flat panels or 3 dimensional projects.   

Note: Project Storage may be limited by size.

Advanced Stained Glass – Glass Plating 

24 hours of instructional time;  Cost: 195.00 includes the book Introduction to Glass Plating (a $31.99 value).  Pre-requisite: Stained Glass-Quick and Easy, Stained Glass for the Beginner-Lead Skills, and at least one Intermediate Level Class.  Students must have their own tools, supplies and glass for their project.

Using pre-made or original patterns, students will learn a glass plating (layering) technique which adds dimension to your stained glass panel. This method incorporates the Tiffany method and adds a level of creativity and depth to any stained glass piece. 

Advanced Stained Glass – Repair and Restoration 

8 hours of instructional time.  Cost: $125.00 Students must have their own tools, glass and supplies.  Students must also have a stained glass panel or lamp of their own that needs repair.  

Did you recently inherit a Tiffany style lamp that belonged to your grandparents and came with multiple pieces of broken glass or loose foil/lead.  Did you find that old panel you made 20 years ago and now its broken or bent.  Wondering what to do with them?  Come in and learn how to repair your stained glass window or lampshade. We will teach you how to do repairs on both copper foil pieces and leaded pieces and save you hundreds of dollars in the process!!  Work alongside our expert repair and restoration instructors and you learn all the ins and outs of repairing a stained glass panel, box or lampshade.  Students may need to work at home or book additional studio time between classes to complete a more ambitious project.  

ALL OF OUR STAINED GLASS CLASSES RUN CONCURRENTLY.  PLEASE CALL THE STUDIO TO SCHEDULE YOUR INDIVIDUAL CLASS

Summer Workshop/Seminar 

  • Garden Stakes

    2 sessions, 3 hours ea.  Cost: $75.00 includes tool rental fee and 3- 12” copper rods.  Students must supply or purchase their own glass.

    Join us this summer to make unique and charming stained glass garden stakes to decorate your yard or to give away as gifts.  This course will give basic instruction in glass cutting and shaping, foiling and reinforcing a free form piece, soldering and finishing.  Come celebrate the season with us!!

9 thoughts on “Stained Glass Classes

  1. I would like to take your beginner class.

    • Would love to have you Andrew. Just give us a call during normal business hours and we can help you figure things out.

  2. Please advise on how to use came between flat panels of stained glass lamps. Include size of came and process of assembly. Thank you.

    • Not sure what you are asking. I do not use lead in my lamps. To me it is a very poor choice, kind of like the poorly made 60’s and 70’s lamps with lead that fall apart all the time. I use copper foil.

  3. Benjamin our classes are held through the year and on a rolling basis. You best bet is to contact us by phone to help set up the classes you have in question.

  4. Hi there, I am a leadlight craftsman here in New Zealand and am needing some information on assembling curved glass traditional lampshades, do you know of somewhere I could find this? I am currently in the process of re-assembling one for a customer after it was damaged. Many thanks Wayne

  5. I would like to learn how to make custom marbles and learn how to lamp work

  6. Our address can be found on the contact page. Thanks

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