April 23, 2017

Stained Glass Stories

Started our Spring semester at the Art Museum with a walk up to European art. On our way up, the kids looked at all the galleries through these transparent color paddles, and we talked about the effects of colored light.

At our first stop, we checked out these Heraldic stained glass panels, with shields and swords and lions and knights, and discussed what they might have been for, and where they might have hung.

We ventured into the next room, A French Gothic Chapel with these big, beautiful 16th century stained glass panels.

In this quiet space, we tried to determine how these windows told a story, and what story they might be telling!
(This particular one features a lot of John the Baptist, but my 5 and 6 year olds didn't necessarily immediately get that. Some of them recognized Christ, but there's also unicorns and a castle in it, so the story suggestions were pretty...non-traditional).

Back in the studio, students either created abstract or narrative stained glass windows, cutting shapes from colored cellophane and carefully arranging their compositions. My excellent assistant Miss Alex and I encouraged the kids to experiment with their arrangements, try different arrangements, and urged them to consider how to use the allotted space.

 The 12x18" assemblages were sandwiched into laminating pouches and sent through our VERY MAGICAL laminator.
Finished pieces got hole punched and and fitted with string for hanging. Students had the option of using a Sharpie to add details or fill in space. 


We ended up with ocean scenes and gaming systems and color wheels and buildings, and kitty cats and thankfully, one unicorn:


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