Most classes are four to eight weeks in length, with a make up class on the fifth or ninth week, if needed. A four week introductory class with a make up session is available for $30 a class. The complete set of eight class sessions, with an overview of Stained Glass art history, and completion of a class project, is $300. All classes are one and a half to two hours in length. The class fee is reduced for those who refer another student to enroll in the program.
Classes are conducted at Dave's warehouse studio in Kent, OH, either late afternoon on Tuesday, or mid-morning on a Saturday. The next set of classes will start at the end of June, or the beginning of July, 2023.
Beginning Copper Foil and Lead classes were conducted in the last five years. Students from those classes reported that they enjoyed receiving background information about stained glass, as well as being able to learn and apply techniques to build a project during class time in eight weeks. They also appreciated having the opportunity to make up missed sessions during the year, in order to complete their class projects.
The four week course is primarily for those students, who want a basic knowledge of cutting, grinding and soldering glass to make a simple piece. Those who elect to take the eight week course will learn about applying wax and patina, as well as techniques to hang or mount completed work.
Classes are held all year long, except when the instructor is on vacation. Look for more information pertaining to upcoming classes at this website or on bulletin boards and retail sites in Kent. If you have questions, or want to register for a class, please email the instructor, or call/text him at (330) 607-8430.
Next Tuesday's beginning copper foil stained glass class will begin October 3rd, 2023 @ 6 pm-7:30pm. Another basic class will be offered in February, 2024.
Questions often arise as to what are the specific areas of instruction found in these classes. The basic courses in art glass enable students to learn how to construct suncatchers or glass panels, using the Copper Foil or Lead Came methods. In addition, stained glass history is presented in handouts, along with technical information, in a class folder. During class time, tools and supplies are available for use, which is included in the class fee, or new tools and accessories can be purchased onsite at a discount. Follow up advanced classes in making lamp shades and jewelry boxes will be offered at some future date, if there is interest.
The course in metal fabrication consists of instruction as to how to cut and join metal, in order to make metal art work from found material. During class time, tools can be borrowed from the instructor, as well as machinery used to cut, grind or join metal, which is included in the class fee. However, there is a fee associated with the purchase of metal on-site that is used in projects.