We recently introduced this new project in our classes, with a lesson plan created by Anthony Castellano, one of our very talented fine art teachers. Anthony has been with The Messy Artist for 1 1/2 years and has been a wonderful asset to The Messy Artist family.
We all were thrilled with the way the stained glass pieces turned out; the vibrancy and uniqueness of each student’s artwork was exciting to watch develop.
First we showed the students some photos of traditional stained glass art so they could examine how the artworks were created with small pieces of glass, bounded by lead. We discussed that the main image was broken up into smaller shapes and colors, and how those work together to create the overall picture.
To replicate this look in a drawing, the students started by sketching out their image in pencil on a 12 x 18 piece of watercolor paper.
Once the instructors had looked them over to make sure they would be appropriate for adapting to the stained glass images, the students went over the outlines with black Sharpie.
The next step was to use watercolor pencils to color in each small area inside the Sharpie lines. The students made heavier lines at the edges, next to the sharpie and used less color in the middle, to create a 3D effect.
Finally, the students used water to paint over the watercolor pencil to liquefy it into paint.
The entire project takes about 3 hours to complete.
We have tried this in a couple of classes now the students have been very proud of their stained glass windows, wanting to take them home right away and not leave them at the studio to dry!