Most classes are eight weeks in length, with a make up class on the ninth week. The class fee, for nine two hour sessions, is $300. Classes are conducted at the ArtWorks in Wilmington, NC on Wednesdays, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. Due to the recent upsurge in Covid-19 cases, and because studio space is limited, proof of vaccination is strongly recommended, before entering a class. For the unvaccinated, wearing a mask is required during class time.
Beginning Copper Foil and Lead classes were conducted in the last four 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. They also appreciated having the opportunity to make up missed sessions during the year, in order to complete their class projects.
Classes are held during the entire year, except around the Christmas holiday and when the instructor is on vacation. Look for more information pertaining to upcoming classes at the ArtWorks website, or in print below. If you have questions, or want to register for a class, please email the instructor, or call him at (828) 231-1397.
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 glass panels, using the Copper Foil or Lead Came methods. In addition, stained glass history is presented at the beginning of each class session. During class time, tools and supplies are available for student use, which is included in the class fee, or can be purchased onsite at a discount. If there is sufficient interest, advanced classes in making lamp shades and jewelry boxes will be offered, at some future date.
The course in metal fabrication consists of instruction in 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.