This course is designed for people who want to professionally incorporate stained glass windows or panels into their projects. Students will learn to design, build, install and repair stained glass windows either of their own making or under their care. Specifically, students will: learn to identify historic styles and traditions of stained glass, design and draw stained glass windows and panels, plan colors and make materials choices, cut glass and assemble it to professional standards, reinforce, protect, frame and install stained glass windows and panels, and learn repair, restoration, and conservation techniques.

Note:  This class will take place at Chris Jeffrey Stained Glass Studio in Barre, Vermont, 45 minutes from the Yestermorrow campus.

Course start time: Monday, 9am
Course end time: Friday, 5pm


"This class was the best experience and I’m so happy I decided to pamper and feed my creative soul!  I knew I would love stained glass but didn’t expect to form all the friendships I did with the other ladies in the class, with larry, and with the Yestermorrow staff.  I’m already thinking about what to take next.  Thank you!"

"This course was an inspiration for me-the people + instructor gave me the confidence that will leave with me."

"I enjoyed the camaraderie with fellow students, teachers, staff, and interns. It was a very intense and energizing experience."

"Thank you! I love this place! I will definitely sign up again next year if you offer it."


  • Competency Level: All Levels
  • Sterling College credits: 2 Continuing Education Units ($260 additional)

Course Objectives

  • Learn to identify historic styles and traditions of stained glass
  • Design and draw stained glass windows and panels
  • Plan colors and make materials choices
  • Cut glass and assemble it to professional standards
  • Reinforce, protect, frame and install stained glass windows and panels
  • Learn repair, restoration and conservation techniques

Suggested/Required Reading

Mollica, Peter. Stained Glass Primer

Materials/Tools to Bring

  • Two shop aprons
  • Safety glasses
  • Cartridge style respirator

Course Outline

  • History and Tradition
  • Slides and talk
  • 11 th century to present
  • Recognizing traditions
  • Design and Draw
  • Linear design
  • Design and Color
  • Color and materials
  • Basic Tool Slices
  • Cutting and Grinding
  • Basic Tool Skills
  • Assembly- copper foil and lead came techniques
  • Basic Skills
  • Finishing
  • Basic Skills
  • Wood work and framing
  • Reinforcing/bracing
  • Repair, restoration and conservation
  • Painting
  • Etching


Start Date: April 7, 2014
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