Medieval Stained Glass the art of stained glass reached its height between 1150 and 1500 created for great cathedrals basic ingredients for making glass are sand and wood ash (potash) The mixture is melted into liquid which, when cooled, becomes glass To color the glass, powdered metals are added to the mixture windows were the major pictorial art form purpose of stained glass windows in a church was both to enhance the beauty of their setting and to inform the viewer through narrative or symbolism subject matter was generally religious in churches, though "portraits" and are often included, and many narrative scenes give valuable insights into the culture of the time
Contemporary Stained Glass:Louis Comfort Tiffany an American artist who is best known for his work in stained glass most associated with Art Nouveau Tiffany used cheap jelly jars and bottles because they had the mineral impurities that finer glass lacked. When he was unable to convince fine glassmakers to leave the impurities in, he began making his own glass. Tiffany used opalescent glass in a variety of colors and textures to create a unique style of stained glass. Created his own company that is known world wide for its stained glass lamps, windows, and other interior items.
TASK. For this project you will be creating a landscape that incorporates and utilizes a combination of medieval and contemporary stained glass style. When you are choosing a landscape be thinking of what type of landscape do you want to create? As you work here are some things to consider: • Types of vegetation • Differences in terrain/climate • Is there any architecture? • How is the glass going to be divided?
STEP 1 Research and find reference images of LANDSCAPES. NOT STAINED GLASS.
Step 2: Planning For this project, more than any we’ve done before, PLANNING is ESSENTIAL. You need to sketch out your landscape AND decide how you are going to “break” it up, in a stained glass style
Step 2: Planning While you are planning make sure you make use of SPACE: FOREGROUND, MIDDLE GROUND, and BACKGROUND
Step 3: Painting/Inking Using watercolor techniques taught, you will add color to create a stained glass-like landscape Once you have painted your ENTIRE landscape then you need to trace your design with a Sharpie Marker
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