LEARNING AT HOME
Windows for Hope
Have you noticed rainbows popping up in windows where you live?
Here in the UK, schools closed before Easter and the country entered lockdown. Many teachers encouraged children to make a rainbow on their last day, to take it home and hang it in their window as a symbol of hope. At a time when to care for others so often means keeping our distance from them, when our usual means of connection have been necessarily cut, and when physical isolation makes us so keenly aware of our need to be together, windows are being used to communicate solidarity. I've seen rainbows in paint, pen, chalk, paper scraps and Lego. Online, we've seen rainbow pictures in the windows of Italy, Spain, New York, Australia...
The history of stained glass is one of story-telling, of communicating through illuminated pictures and symbols what words could not, and of framing all of this within windows. When times are hard, the stories we tell and the creativity with which we tell them are more important than ever. To use our windows as galleries that our daily-allowed walks can thread together into poems of hope, seems beautiful and necessary and an interesting continuation of a long tradition.
Melted Wax Pictures
Melted Wax Pictures - Step-by-step instructions (PDF)
Tissue Paper Windows
Illuminated Tissue Paper Windows - Step-by-step instructions (PDF)
Roundels - Step-by-step instructions (PDF)
What's On for Families at The Stained Glass Museum
Family fun at The Stained Glass Museum
Children's Glass Fusing
The Stained Glass Museum runs glass fusing workshops for children at two levels. Level 1 is designed for beginners, and Level 2 for those who would like to develop their glass fusing skills.
All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Our SGMinis sessions are held monthly for under 5's, their older siblings and parents/carers. Each 1.5 hour drop-in session (10:30am-12:00pm) has a different theme and includes a themed story and craft session, as well as creative play.
Upcoming SGMinis sessions
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Thu, 22 Oct Portraiture in Victorian Stained Glass - Online lecture (webinar)
This lecture will explore the significance of this phenomenon photographic portraiture in Victorian stained glass.details...
Fri, 23 Oct Ely's first Window Wanderland
Calling all Residents of Ely – have fun by making an illuminated window display in your home and help us create Ely’s first Window Wanderland!details...
Wed, 28 Oct Conserving stained glass in the digital age - Leonie Séliger
“In the mind’s eye" - restoring historic stained glass in the digital age. Could we, and should we? - Online lecture (webinar) Online lecture (webinar) with Léonie Seliger, Director of the Stained Glass Conservation Department (Cathedral Studio), Canterbury Cathedral.details...
Sat, 31 Oct Copper Foiling Workshop
A copper foiling workshop with the artists Claire Hart and Tracy Chamberlaindetails...
Wed, 04 Nov In the Light of Modernity - Mel Howse Online lecture (webinar)
Online webinar with award-winning artist Mel Howsedetails...
Sat, 07 Nov Leading & Glazing Workshop
A leading & glazing workshop with the artist Claire Hartdetails...