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Stained Glass course timetables

Brief description

Stained Glass course. Learn how to make a stained glass panel or make an object out of kiln fired slumped glass in a relaxed informal learning environment. Ideal for students wanting practical ‘workshop’ learning experience.

Course Outline

Who is the course aimed at?

Anyone who has a desire to create artworks using glass as their medium.

NB Not suitable for those who are pregnant or intending to get pregnant.

Course description in brief

To create your own pieces of stained glass unique to yourself, working from various starting points. Build up your knowledge, techniques and skills as you do your own work.

By the end of the course I will have learned:

    • I will have gained confidence to work glass and other materials
    • I will understand some of the design principles
    • I will have increased my visual awareness
    • I will be aware of Health & Safety issues in the glass studio
    • I will have developed craft and production skills and use of tools/equipment
    • I will have evidence of my learning
    • I will have confidence to discuss my own work and that of others

Do I need any skills, experience or qualifications before I join the course?

This is a course both for beginners and for those with previous experience and it is taught through individual, small group and class work; everyone works at their own pace.

What equipment will I need for the course?

Most equipment is provided, but you may decide to purchase your own glass cutter after you have tried all the options. An apron or old shirt is advised as protection against dirt etc.

Materials that will need to be purchased:

Glass , Lead, solder, cement, wire, tracing paper, and paper (including photocopies to enlarge designs), are all obtainable via the tutor at reasonable cost.

What materials will I need for the course?


What activities will I take part in and how will my course be structured?

DESIGNING – for glass projects across a wide range including cold-glass and warm glass processes.

PROCESSES – including acid etching, sand-blasting, foiled pieces, painting, enamelling, fusing, slumping, leaded lights, appliqué, cement/resin castings, mosaic panels, engraving etc. The range is wide – the choice is yours.

MAKING – every step is supported by the tutor in a friendly and helpful group environment.

You will be made very welcome and helped to achieve success. Your own work will determine how many sessions you will need to devote to completing each project.

What will be expected of me in terms of personal or time commitment?

Classes are scheduled for 2 hours per week.

How will my learning be assessed and reviewed?

You will take part in informal discussions with the tutor and other class members throughout the course to continually review and assess how you are progressing and to gain from the experience of others in the group.

What could I go on to do after I have finished the course?

Continue to develop your skills and experience within a leisure class setting, or join one of the accredited courses in stained glass. This can lead to you setting up your own workshop or progressing onto other courses in further education.

How will I say what I think about the course?

Talk to the tutor, to the Arts Manager at Swarthmore.

At the end of the course you will be asked to fill in a simple feedback form

Available timetables for this course

Please make a note of the course Ref for the course you are interested in.

Course Ref Hours per week Days(s) Time Course Dates Costs
S564b 2 Monday 1pm – 3pm 7 Jan to 18 Mar 2019 (10 weeks) Full rate £133.00; R rate £103.00; A rate £74.00 (funder_code:S)
S565b 2 Monday 6:30pm – 8:30pm 7 Jan to 18 Mar 2019 (10 weeks) Full rate £133.00; R rate £103.00; A rate £74.00 (funder_code:S)
S566b 2 Tuesday 6:30pm – 8:30pm 8 Jan to 19 Mar 2019 (10 weeks) Full rate £133.00; R rate £103.00; A rate £74.00 (funder_code:S)
S566c 2 Tuesday 6:30pm – 8:30pm 30 Apr to 9 Jul 2019 (10 weeks) Full rate £133.00; R rate £103.00; A rate £74.00 (funder_code:S)
S564c 2 Monday 1pm – 3pm 29 Apr to 15 Jul 2019 (10 weeks) Full rate £133.00; R rate £103.00; A rate £74.00 (funder_code:S)
S565c 2 Monday 6:30pm – 8:30pm 29 Apr to 15 Jul 2019 (10 weeks) Full rate £133.00; R rate £103.00; A rate £74.00 (funder_code:S)

Course Funding

Swarthmore provides a variety of courses some of which are subsidised by public funding.

Courses with course codes pre-fixed by a letter ‘F’, ‘L’ or ‘N’ are subsidised and have age restrictions.

  • ‘F’: courses are accredited and are funded by the ‘Skills Funding Agency’ for those aged 16 and over.
  • ‘L’ & ‘N’ courses for those aged 19 and over.
  • ‘L’ courses are supported by Leeds City Council for Leeds Metropolitan area residents, priority given to those living in disadvantaged areas, people not in employment and/or in receipt of benefits, those with low skills, no qualifications, disadvantaged groups or individuals with specific needs e.g. lone parents, BAME groups, adults with LDD.

For information funding and eligibility see the ‘costs’ page.

Unless stated otherwise - all courses take place at Swarthmore Education Centre Leeds

What next?

To enrol in a course complete the enrolment form on the download page using the correct course reference (Course Ref) from above.