Stained glass course 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.
- To enjoy.
- Encounters with others.
Ciao, I am Mariët Bloemendal, the creative mastermind and passionate Italy expert of Volg de Rode Schoentjes.
Volg de Rode Schoentjes specializes in extraordinary experiences and discovering holidays in Italy.
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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 glass workshop.
His dream came true with his 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 the paint is applied to the glass, creating delicate shadows, muting the light in some places and emphasizing it 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.
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
Start at 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Excursion options depending on the program.
Day 9 Departure after breakfast.
What are you going to learn
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.
You will learn how to create and follow cutting lines on the design. Determining the correct thickness of the cutting lines.
You will learn how to cut glass using a traditional glass cutter. Then refine the edges of the cut glass with a grinder.
You paint each piece of glass using traditional techniques and using traditional pigments and enamelling specifically for the art of stained glass.
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.
- Price €1400:
- Eight nights in a beautiful little apartment at Bolsena
- Private shower and toilet
- Excursions with Follow the Red Shoes
- High-quality materials
- Continuous presence of a tour guide
- Phone introduction meeting
- Top instructor
- Seven-day workshop
- Seven hours of work per day (less is also acceptable)
- Personal transport to Orvieto train station