Fancy and black paper creations
Class of 2014
Stained Glass History:
• Stained glass comes out of
history of jewelry and mosaic
• Their height came in church
decoration detailing the lives of
Biblical characters for those that
The Gothic Age
• The Gothic age produced
the great cathedrals of
Europe and brought a full
flowering of stained glass
• Churches became taller
and lighter, walls thinned
and stained glass was
used to fill the increasingly
larger openings in them.
St. Dennis in Paris
• Abbot Suger rebuilt St.
Dennis in what is one of
the first examples of the
• He brought in craftsmen
to make the glass.
• He truly believed that the
presence of beautiful
objects would lift
people’s souls closer to
12th century! 1100’s
• This is a great interactive to show how ancient
artists created stained glass.
• Great program on NOVA about stained glass
• In Catholic History saints were
people glorified for carrying
the word of God, even if that
meant going against all odds,
as in the case of martyrs.
• They are often associated with
symbols: Ex: Saint Veronica
with the Shroud of Turin.
• Different examples of how
many different artists have
interpreted St. Veronica
Another Symbolic Example:
• The oddly shaped
Cross: Saint Andrew
• Legend tells that he
chose to be crucified
on the oddly shaped
cross because he felt
undeserving of a
death too similar to
that of his savior.
For more in formation on where to
find you saints and their symbols:
• This website has tons of saints to choose from.
• In this project you will create your own “stained
glass” window design.
• You will be using black construction paper and
tissue paper to crate the stained glass effect.
• Your stained glass design will depict one of the
saints (your choice) or members of the Holy
Family. If not Catholic, represent your religion or
• When you illustrate the saint you may do a literal
human representation or represent their symbol
associated with them. i.e. Holy Spirit = Dove
Project Description cont.
• First: choose 2 saints you are interested in. You must
make 2 concept drawings of each saint and how it
would look as your stained glass window.
• Second: Choose the most successful drawing of your 2,
and re-draw it with pencil onto your black sheet of
• Carefully!!!!!- using an Exacto knife cut out the
negative space- leaving behind the lines of your piece.
• Then using different colored pieces of tissue paper
“fill” in the glass of your piece. Above all Craftsmanship
is important-No sloppy widows you will lose points.