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Level: Junior, Middle School, High School
Grades: 3 and up | Age: 8yrs and up | Written by: Andrea Mulder-Slater
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Students will create a small scale stained glass screen using paper.






What You Need:
What You Do:
  1. Discuss stained glass. How did the craftspeople of yesterday make stained glass. How do they make it today?

  2. Provide each student with one large sheet of black construction paper.

  3. The construction paper should be folded into three sections. These sections will form the screen.

  4. Students can decide what shape they want their screen - square top, triangle top, etc.

  5. Using scrap paper and pencil, students can sketch a few ideas. These ideas can be based on actual stained glass works but ideally the designs should be original to each student.
  6. When ready, students can draw their design ideas on the black construction paper, remembering that they will be cutting the middle sections out of their designs.

  7. White chalk can be used to draw the outlines on the black paper.

  8. Once the outlines are drawn, students can then cut away the middle areas, leaving a black line of paper.

  9. Tissue paper which has been carefully torn into pieces, can be glued in the middle areas. Students should choose colors that make them feel good.

  10. Let the screen dry and display on tables or hang from the ceiling in front of a window.

  11. Discuss the completed works with your students. Why did they choose the shapes the did? How did they enjoy creating paper stained glass? How is paper stained glass different from the real thing? How is it similar?
Recommended Books/Products:

EduCraft Colorlite Stained Glass Windows (pk/50)

EduCraft Colorlite Stained Glass Windows (pk/50)

You won't believe the spectacular results of this simple paper project. Your FREE EduCraft Guide contains wonderful cross-curricular activities such as comparing and contrasting stained and clear glass windows and researching the history of stained glass. Includes non-toxic glue, assorted tissue paper, precut construction paper and instructions. Size: 9" x 12".


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