I have had the privilege of working with the children of the Valley Primary School Bolton. The brief was to create a stained glass window installation which portrayed the children’s views of what it is to be British, symbols of Britain and things that where typically British…
In class the young people did a lot of research into British historical events, monuments, music, customs, design, and they discussed their own Britishness and cultural relevance to this. Such a lot of preparation was done with sketches, designs, and debating what should be included in the final piece.
The children were totally engaged with this project and were absorbed with each stage of the process, and there were many!
We had to do working drawings, then lay out the design and boarder plan. We placed the perspex sheeting into position and then using the layout sheet to copy the outline with leading and raised detail marking. This had to be done as accurately as possible. Then there was the difficult task of glass painting. The children had to pay attention to different brush techniques and make sure areas where covered evenly and create textures where necessary. This meant applying several coats and building up effects. The final exciting task was the embellishment adding glass beads, textured paints and gold leafing etc..
The Valley Artists have created an amazing 3 panel Stain glass installation. As an artist it was a pleasure to work with and enable children to explore new experiences. Children that had a willingness to learn and took such pride and pleasure in learning new skills. The whole experience was a real celebration of the joining together of knowledge, research, children’s views and opinions, learning, listening and Creating…. WONDERFUL!!