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Illuminate - a foundation course in stained glass painting
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Stained glass is beautiful.

But learning how to paint stained glass is hard:

  1. Books don't show you what to do
  2. Good teachers are rare
  3. Then there's the paint (which is unlike anything else you'll ever work with) and the whole problem of getting used to new brushes and strange tools - the bridge for instance ...

Stained glass painting bridge

So it's difficult to learn.

Especially if you work alone.

But we promise you right now:

It's rewarding.

The time it takes is worth it.

And what would you say if we told you how, 8 weeks from now, you can absolutely be good enough to paint this image here?

Illuminate: an online foundation course for the key techniques of kiln-fired stained glass painting

It's true.

We know, because we've accompanied several 100 students to this achievement.

By the end of this course, this can be you painting the same heraldic cockerel:

 

And how you'll get there is, you'll get there one step at a time.

It's like that old riddle which children tell:

Q: How do you eat an elephant?

A: One mouthful at a time.

Only here it's:

Q: How do I learn to paint stained glass?

A: One brush at a time.

So you'll start from the very beginning.

You'll start with how you use a hake brush to apply a light layer of paint, then a badger blender to make it smooth:

And step by step, week by week, we'll give you different exercises which will build your skill and confidence.

That's how you'll arrive here, cutting highlights like a pro:

Yes, if you want to learn to paint stained glass:

There is an answer.

We've taught for 14 years now - worked face-to-face with students from all over the world. And we've figured out a method which really works and BUILDS YOUR SKILL:

Illuminate

Illuminate is a foundation course in stained glass painting:

  • It's for those of you who are new or fairly new to glass painting
  • It's for anyone who learned to paint a while back, and now you want a reliable method to revise the key techniques.

And the whole course is online - you can learn from anywhere you have internet.

  • It lasts 8 weeks
  • Each weekly lesson - watch it anytime - develops different skills.

By the end of the course, you'll know how to matt, trace, strengthen, flood and highlight - these are the remarkable and beautiful techniques you see each time you look at painted glass inside a church:

Inside Illuminate, you'll learn to do all this:

The matt is nearly everywhere: it controls the light which passes through the glass and hides whatever lies behind.
Trace-lines and strengthened lines give you the detail of the face for instance.
You see flooding around the rope to create the outline of St. Francis' belt.
Highlights e.g. on the clothing and hair. Also on the background.


"The course is wonderful and everything I hoped for" (James M.)


"How do you teach this course?"

We demonstrate with videos:

  • Lots of videos
  • With spoken commentary so you know what's important
  • And we film the same scene from different heights and different angles so it's like you're with us in our studio.

We also answer questions and give you feedback throughout the course: we're as involved as you wish us to be. (Some people like to talk things through; others prefer to work alone - it's up to you.)


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“Are these videos like the free demos I can watch on YouTube?"

No, because we use 3 cameras. One left, one right, and one in front / above. 3 cameras: that's how we draw your attention to what you need to see. These videos are very different from anything you watch on YouTube.


"After 45 years in the craft, I learned more from your course than in the last 20" (Tom N.)



"Can I download the videos and watch them off-line?"

Yes.

Beneath each video, you'll find a download link. Click the link, and the video will start downloading to your computer.


"What tools, paints and materials will I need?"

You don't need much - e.g. paint, badger blender, tracing brush, painting bridge etc. Nothing strange or difficult to find.

As soon as you join, you'll find a list inside the course.


"How long do I have to finish the course?"

As long as you want. There's no hurry. You work at your own pace and return whenever you want to check up on something.


"Why are you publishing the modules week by week over 8 weeks? Why not all at once?"

We give you a lot of training here. Binge-watching just won't work. It's important you have time to absorb new information before we send you more.


"I am a novice to this art form and I'm happy I decided to join Illuminate because starting out with the basics and with lots of practice is the best way to learn and improve your skills" (Jill M.)


"And what's the cost?"

Just $65 for the full 8 weeks of lessons

This is a one-off payment for the full foundation course - packed with demonstrations, packed with exercises and designs for you to practise on.

PLUS, when you have a question, you email us and we reply.

That's the point - we'll work together.



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"So could I travel to your studio and learn with you in person?"

If you do come here:

  1. Your travel costs will be $200 - $750
  2. Two days' tuition in the studio costs $500
  3. Three night's accommodation and meals will be $200 - $300

That's anything from $900 to $1,550 to learn with us here in person.

At just US $65, Illuminate is great value.

And it's convenient:

You can watch it when you want

You can watch it again and again

And you can practise wherever you are and according to your own schedule.

Remember:

  1. Watch the videos as often as you like and download the designs whenever you want
  2. Get email support whenever you have questions
  3. Buy with complete peace of mind - in fact, let's talk about that right now:

"Can I see how it works then change my mind and get my money back?"

Yes. You have a 60-day money-back guarantee.

If you want your money back, just email us within 60 days.

This means you can use the course and make sure it works for you.


"Thanks for the beautiful and good explanation of your lessons! - I can even translate the text into Dutch!" (Bertin D.)



Illuminate gives you the same sequence of techniques as if you booked travel and accommodation and took a 1-to-1 foundation course with us in England. And this sequence works, it really does: we've tested it to destruction these last 14 years. It's not the way you read in books or get in other classes

Most books and classes start with tracing. But starting with tracing is like teaching you to drive by taking you on the interstate or motorway your first day. There are better ways to give you confidence and skill!

That's why inside Illuminate you learn things in a different order. It makes a world of difference.


"I'll be the first to enrol in any other course you offer" (Viv R.)


"What happens if I'm away some weeks?"

It's not a problem.

The modules will be waiting for you when you return. Your lessons will never disappear. You can start where you left off, and work at your own pace.


"A local church requested I produce 15 large windows on the life of St Paul. Several require painting. So it is truly fantastic that I have found your brilliant online classes"(Anthony P.)



No worries if you're away when a new module is published: your videos will be waiting for you whenever you log on.

You can watch / re-watch the videos any time you want.

Any time.

The lessons are yours forever.

This means you can use Illuminate in these two ways:

  1. Week-by-week as the course progresses; and
  2. You can return to particular modules whenever you want to revise a specific technique.

"You have beautifully demonstrated a very complex and delicate process which ends in lovely results - wonderfully informative: thank you!" (Babs T.)


Get ready to Illuminate:

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