These beautiful art projects are something I picked up at a conference a few years ago and have loved ever since. They are simple and relatively inexpensive (as stained glass goes!), and the kids love them. If you need a quick homemade Christmas gift or a class art project, this is a great way to do it.
(For each student)
-an 8X10 picture frame (I buy them at the Dollar Store) with a glass cover
-fake leading (often sold in packs with the glass paints)
What to do:
1. Most picture frames have a fake picture in them for marketing purposes. Take it out and flip it over -- it's usually white on the back. If it isn't, you will need to trace around the glass from the frame to cut a piece of white paper the same size as the glass.
2. Have students draw a large object (we often use Christmasy symbols like a candle or a star) in the centre of the paper. Encourage them to make it large and use outlines only -- they won't be able to draw details in "lead" easily.
3. Once the main object is drawn, have students block in random shapes around it. Students have a tendency to make these too small, so encourage them to keep them large enough to rest a quarter inside.
4. Once the pattern is drawn, place it under the glass and secure the frame to keep the glass and paper securely in place. Using the black leading, trace over all the lines you can see under the glass. If you're right handed, start at the top left; if left handed, the top right. Work down diagonally so as not to smudge the lines as you draw.
5. The leading dries fairly quickly and this step takes a while, so by the time you've finished the top should be dry enough to begin carefully filling in each space with coloured glass paint. Encourage students to not have two sections of the same colour touch.
6. That's it! Let the paint dry, remove the paper and frame, and you have a piece of Christmas stained glass to treasure for years to come.Tweet
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