|Aren't these fabulous?!|
I showed the children pictures of stained glass from medieval times, making sure that I had examples of traditional stained glass (tall and rectangular), some details showing the brushed-on enamel details, and an example of a rose window with its circular design.
I then provided them with a guide that had the dragon image on it with all of the sections labeled so the children would know what was fire, what was dragon and what was background (sometimes that gets confusing). Using a template like this is actually very traditional. In medieval times artisans would sketch the designs for windows onto wooden panels and the artisans would fabricate the windows on top of the wooden templates.
The end results of this project were gorgeous! It is funny how different the pieces can be even thought they are all the same subject.
One bit of warning, using tissue paper squares with children can be, um...tricky. This group wasn't bad at all: I had the tissue paper squares in a tray in the center of each table and I warned that crazy movements can cause the squares can fly up and get on other people's work (not cool!). Once the tissue paper is on the Contact paper, it cannot be removed, so the children need to be mindful of their neighbors' pieces and move slowly and carefully.
I do hope you try this project, it really is a cool one!
Here's the method:
Dragon (Faux) Stained Glass
- Template (I copied mine on 8 1/2" x 11" paper)
- Pencils, Ruler & Sharpie to create your template
- Piece of clear Contact paper slightly larger than your paper guide
- Clear tape
- Four 3/4" x 12" strips black construction paper "(for frame)
- About four 1/4" x 12" strips black construction paper "(for leading)
- Many 1" squares of tissue paper, assorted colors
- 1 clear sheet protector, optional
|Working on our dragon (faux) stained glass windows.|
Everything is taped down with clear tape and the tissue paper
squares are in the center of the table in cardboard trays.