Published on April 3, 2024 by Camila Karalyte for Time Out - Link

The best woodworking, stained glass, and glass blowing classes in NYC

Intro to Stained Glass at UrbanGlass

UrbanGlass, one of the city’s finest glassblowing studios, also offers stained glass courses for students looking to learn how to create stunning works of art using colored glass. In this course, you’ll get hands-on experience working with the copper foil construction method of stained glass making, perfect for small projects like wall decorations that you can easily replicate without needing massive furnaces or welding tools. If you are looking to learn the basics of stained glass work, you should consider enrolling in this course or one of the many glass blowing courses offered by UrbanGlass.


Imagery in Stained Glass for Intermediate Level

Once you’ve mastered the basics of stained glass, it’s time to advance to the more demanding techniques. In Imagery in Stained Glass for Intermediate Level, you’ll explore exciting techniques like incorporating enamels, glass powders, and 3D sculpture into your glasswork. Bring your creativity and ideas for a panel to class and be prepared to take your stained glass skills to the next level. This class focuses on historic techniques of painting on glass and firing paintings under 10 inches in any direction, but does not include instruction on assembling stained glass windows.


Neon 101 at UrbanGlass

This intensive two-hour workshop provides students everything they need to know about creating their own neon sculpture or sign from beginning to end. The material presented includes tutorials on wiring, designing, glass bending, and installation. The course also includes a demonstration on processing and filling tubes with neon gas to create light. Then students will be able to build their own designs under the guidance of experienced glass artists. There may also be additional processing time required to complete the project, so students may have to come back to the classroom at a later date to pick up their finished piece.


Make Stained Glass

Are you ready to dive into the art of stained glass? Make Stained Glass at UrbanGlass is an introductory course where you’ll learn to create stunning pieces from start to finish. From selecting a design to cutting and grinding glass, soldering pieces together, and adding the final touches with cleaning and patina, you'll master the basics in no time. Choose a simple design from the provided catalog and let your experienced instructor guide you through each step of the process. Expect short demos followed by personalized guidance as you bring your stained glass masterpiece to life. Whether you're a beginner or looking to brush up on your skills, this course is the perfect opportunity to unleash your creativity and craft something beautiful.


Powder Drawing in Stained Glass at UrbanGlass

Once you are comfortable working with stained glass, you may want to work on complex projects, the kind that make people’s heads turn in galleries or cathedrals. This course offers students the chance to learn the art of powder drawing, which presents them with the opportunity to create intricate designs and complex detailed drawings on stained glass. This lets you create works of art that go beyond simply fusing colored panes and offers a whole new medium and canvas upon which you can explore.


Glassblowing 101 at UrbanGlass

If you are interested in learning how to make your own practical or decorative glassware, consider enrolling in this introduction to glass blowing course. You’ll learn the history of glass blowing, the processes that go into making raw glass, and the techniques used to turn molten glass into a finished product. Glass blowing relies on incredibly high temperatures and specialized equipment, so this is a unique experience that can’t readily be replicated elsewhere. Over a single weekend, you’ll learn how to prepare and work with molten glass, get demos and safety instructions from skilled glass makers, and have the chance to create your own decorative vessel and sculpture.


From Furnace to Finished, Blown Glass & Painted Surfaces

In this advanced course, you’ll learn how to plan and follow through on a glass blowing project from inception to the final stages of the painting process. You’ll create your own glass sculpture as you learn how to work with molten glass through the firing process. Then, once the glass is cooled, you’ll learn how professional artisans create painted and colored glass using an array of different painting styles and techniques. Students can bring personal images or they can choose to work from a catalog of styles offered by Urban Glass. This is an advanced course, recommended for students with a few years of glass blowing experience.