Stained glass course Italy.


Course in stained glass and glass painting in Italy.

Have you long dreamed of taking a craft course in stained glass and glass painting?

Treat yourself to this course, because this will be your best Italian experience holiday.

Traveling solo on holiday, but rather not being alone during your trip? Do you enjoy Italian art, painting and history?
Would you like to go on holiday together with a group of friendly and like-minded people in a casual atmosphere?

We, Mariët Bloemendal from Volg de Rode Schoentjes and glass artist Diego Tolomelli are happy to take you on this relaxing course around the clean lake of Bolsena.
If you are looking for an inspiring artisan holiday in Italy, this week is for you.

On the border of Lazio, Tuscany and Umbria.
Authentic towns with intimate squares. Beautiful nature, the people around you, the daily cappuccino or that one beautiful view
Both the novice and the advanced student will learn new skills and after 8 days everyone will go home with a beautiful homemade glass panel.

Top 10 stained glass and glass painting course is:

  • Course in the studio in the middle of the old center of Bolsena.
  • Learning craft techniques.
  • All workshops and equipment of good quality.
  • Supervision from great teacher Diego Tomelli.
  • Visit places where you would not come alone.
  • Going solo, but not being alone when traveling.
  • Small group.
  • Personal attention.
  • Relaxation.
  • Creativity.
  • To enjoy.
  • Encounters with others.
Dates 2021:
April 10 to April 19
June 19 to June 28
July 10 to July 19
October 2 to October 11
November 13 to November 22

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Mariët Bloemendal.

Mari%C3%ABt Bloemendal Volg de rode schoentjes

Ciao, I am Mariët Bloemendal, the creative mastermind and passionate Italy expert of Volg de Rode Schoentjes.
Volg de Rode Schoentjes specializes in extraordinary experience and discover holidays in Italy.
My mission is to let you enjoy authentic central Italy in a special way. Far away from mass tourism, I organize and create a base in which you will discover and experience a real Italian holiday.
Curious who I am? I cordially invite you to read more about me via my blog.
Last summer I had an interview with Libelle magazine. Article Libelle and at the beginning of this year in the magazine Zin.

Diego Tomelli.

Diego Tomelli

Diego is certainly a great charismatic and enthusiastic teacher.
Diego started his career in England. In addition to teaching, he worked with some of England’s most prestigious stained glass studios.
Back in Italy, he started his own glass workshop in 2006 IKO studio .
His dream came true with his own professional studio in Bolsena where craft is central.
Diego teaches all over the world and his students come from all over the world.
Diego speaks English, Italian and Spanish.

Diego: “For me, the magic of stained glass comes from the way colored glass is transformed by light, the way the tiny bubbles trapped in the glass give it movement and sparkle. The magic becomes complete once paint is applied to the glass, creating delicate shadows, muting the light in some places and emphasizing in others. This art form is unique. It has transparency in its soul and this becomes glorious and radiant with light “



Our starting point and source of inspiration for this week is the area surrounding Lake Bolsena. An ancient cultural area with the mystery of the Etruscans, beautiful natural beauty and beautiful Italian towns. You will experience the images that make the area so unique.

The course is for both beginners and advanced students. All necessary materials are available.

Our guest teacher for this week is Diego Tomelli. In a small group of a maximum of four people, each works on his / her own panel. Attention will also be paid to the use of materials, colors and techniques.
Diego’s enthusiasm will stimulate you and increase your pleasure in glass painting.
You will not only return home with beautiful memories, but also with a unique homemade glass panel.

Day-to-day program .
Day 1 to 8
Saturday from 4 pm arrival in Bolsena, with a nice Italian wine at Lake Bolsena.
Sunday rest day and excursion Bolsena.
Monday to Sunday seven days of lessons from December 8 to December 15.
Start at 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Lunch included.
Excursion options depending on the program.
Day 9 Departure after breakfast.
What are you going to learn
Diego is going to share his knowledge with you this course and you will create a stained glass panel of your dreams.
You are asked to give an idea before the course starts. What would you like to make and is that a realistic design?
The idea is discussed in advance with Diego via email. Once in the studio, you get to work on your design. This can be worked out by hand or with the help of a plotter. Your design will be enlarged to actual size.

Cutting lines
You will learn how to create and follow cutting lines on the design. Determining the correct thickness of the cutting lines.

Glass cutting
You will learn how to cut glass using a traditional glass cutter. Then refine the edges of the cut glass with a grinder.

Glass painting
You paint each piece of glass using traditional techniques and using traditional pigments and enamelling specifically for the art of stained glass.

Lead strips
You learn to assemble the individual pieces of glass in the panel using lead strips and to weld them with a soldering iron.

To strengthen and waterproof the stained glass panel, you are going to cement the work with a special putty.
You will learn the recipe that Diego uses to make the special putty to cement stained glass.
How to apply it to the panel and how to clean it.

At the end, the panel is polished with a soft brush to darken the lead and solder joints.


Palazzo : You spend the night in a beautifully situated palazzo in Bolsena. Within walking distance of the studio and Lake Bolsena. Centrally located in the town of Bolsena.

Ciao ik ben Mariët Bloemendal de creatieve duizendpoot en gepassioneerde Italië expert van “Volg de Rode Schoentjes”.

“Volg de Rode Schoentjes” heeft zich gespecialiseerd in bijzondere beleef en ontdek vakanties in midden Italië. Ver weg van massatoerisme ontzorg, organiseer en creëer ik een basis waarin jij een echte Italiaanse vakantie gaat ontdekken en beleven. Correspondent “de Wereld” BNNVARA op NPO1.
Winnaar van de Benelux Enterprise Award Best Specialist Italian Holiday agent 2020. Nieuwsgierig geworden met wie je op vakantie gaat? Ik stel me graag aan je voor.

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