A great way to learn or advance! Taught privately!
(No Classes will be taught to students under
18 years of age without a parent present.)
Kristen, two stained glass students
(Mother & Daughter) happy with their
says: "I needed a refresher course on stained glass window
construction. The Lord led me here. I found all I was looking
for and more!
(fellow student & friend) were greeted warmly, fed well and kept
busy. I was able to complete both the (Beginner) Basic as well
as the Intermediate Stained Glass Class. As a bonus, because I
finished early, I took the opportunity to have Mike show me how
to draw up a pattern for my next project! Way more than I
thought I would accomplish in 3 short days."
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Our Goal for You:
After a student has completed
both courses at Aire Castle, he or she will have all the
knowledge required to be able to create a stained glass window
of practically any style, pattern or size, within reason.
It is the goal of Aire Castle to educate each student to the
highest degree of their individual capability, to create stained
glass art with structural integrity, brilliant color, texture,
balance and striking original design. The success of each
Aire Castle student is a bold reflection of our commitment to
teaching our students to the very best of our ability.
That is why our classes are so intense and require concentrated
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Castle provides "one-on-one" stained glass art
classes for persons wanting to
learn the craft of creating
Students who live more than an hour away from Aire Castle
may want to stay in one of our Bed & Breakfast Guest Rooms.
Mike & Ann have more than 17 years as B&B Innkeepers, having
operated two luxurious Bed & Breakfast Inns before
relocating to Mayfield Kentucky.
- Students living local to Aire Castle Inn may
arrange to take lessons four
hours (minimum) at a time with breaks every two hours.
- Students are required to pay the entire cost of
the course before beginning classes.
Create Your Own:
Beginner Class -
Castle students first create a five-piece butterfly as their
first project. This teaches the student how to handle glass,
choose colors and textures, fit glass to patterns, score, run
(or break) glass, grind, fit, clean, foil, solder, patina and
polish a stained glass
piece. This normally takes about 6 hours.
Intermediate Class - students will
spend the rest of their time (24 to 30 hours) creating a window that will be
about 14 inches by 16 inches, or if you choose a square pattern,
15 inches by 15 inches (size varies according to pattern
selected by the student).
Rent Work Space: For new
stained glass artists
living close to Aire Castle who do not have shop space, we will
rent table space in our studio for creating windows and other
projects by the hour. Call to inquire about rates.
TWO LEVELS TO CHOOSE FROM:
have someone who only wants to become familiar with glass art,
or "test the waters" so to speak. The
is a great way to become familiar, and/or determine if you want
to go to the next step, to become a true stained glass artist
and develop your own studio.)
Beginner Stained Glass Class - Learning Project teaches basic use of tools and
handling glass. Requires a full six hours (or first day of
Weekend Workshop - Very Informative).
Glass Classes - Three full days' workshop continues
to develop skills & confidence, improve technique and complete a larger
|Choose Your Class:
|Stained Glass Art Complete
(Includes both Beginner and
|Single Beginner Class
|Single Intermediate Class
*Price listed does not include required room rate.
Local motels costs vary.
*Plus cost of glass and supplies
used for your projects. Normally runs $25 to $35, but may
vary according to the student's choice of glass and if a
student chooses a bevel kit for his or her Intermediate
Project. (bevel kits costs vary greatly)
four-night, or longer stay in one of our Bed & Breakfast guest
rooms (includes breakfast), or at a local lodging facility. "Weekend" can
be any 4 consecutive class days of the week, holidays excluded.
(Local students may make other arrangements.)
Workshop previously required fewer days. Students were very
hard-pressed for time, therefore the reason for extending the
Workshop to 4 days. This requirement is for the student to
not be pressed for time. In many cases, our students finish
early and therefore may get an early start home, or in most
cases, they complete additional projects in the allotted time
and get to take home more finished projects.)
The Stained Glass Complete
Workshop includes both the Beginner and Intermediate Courses with
private training during each session. No large "classroom"
For Complete Workshop, the estimated value of
stained glass pieces you
take home far exceeds the cost of the Workshop fee, depending on your choice of
pattern for the intermediate project and the quality of your
Students will be allowed
additional shop time to complete any projects that are a part of
the courses at no additional charge (In other words, if you are
running behind, there is no extra fee for extending the time it
takes for you to complete your project). Aire Castle wants each
student to learn and complete every aspect of each class.
Students will log around 6 hours to complete the Beginner Class
project and an additional 24 to 30 hours to complete the
Intermediate Class project yielding a total of 30 to 36 hours in
the studio over the entire
This experience is not one of boring
demonstration, but a weekend of your hands-on training
under our watchful eye and instruction.
"Tom & Dana - Glass Art
Students - November 2008"
(Chose their own designs for Intermediate Class)
~ Includes Initial
Six-Hour "Learning Project"! ~
Note: For any
student, this class requires up to a six consecutive hours
commitment for this first class.
demonstration and instruction to foiling technique
instruction and practice in the use of tools
project - a "five-piece butterfly", night-light or
sun-catcher (No substitute patterns - there are reasons we
chose this pattern)
maximum - Under 18 years of age requires a parent to be present.
Hours - Three, two-hour sessions, with break*
(*Break is at discretion of the student -
some students may
require as little as four hours to complete this class.)
Beginner Class Five Piece Butterfly Project
What's It Include?
course in the development of patterns
Create a project of
up to 16" x 14" size, choice of several patterns, or design
your own pattern with instructor’s assistance (project size
varies per student's choices - purchase a glass bevel kit if
you wish, with approval of instructor, see comments below)
Full weekend allows you to
spend as many hours in the shop as you wish (Aire Castle has
found this concentrated effort to be students' best choice -
24 to 30 hours total for the Intermediate Class)
Please bring your own lunch,
Breaks - students’ choice -
recommend every 2-hours
Here to Learn More About Your Instructor, Mike Driver
Additional Package Options
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"Bevel Clusters" - Students also have the option to use bevel
clusters in the Intermediate Class in their larger project.
Cost of the clusters plus shipping charges are added to the
total cost of lessons. Go to
click on "Bevel Clusters" to see many selections.
(Note: Instructor will not allow you to choose a cluster that is
too difficult for your Intermediate Class Project.)
Buying Your Workshop
at Wholesale Cost
Stained Glass Art will order a complete portable shop and
glass assortment for you at our wholesale & shipping
costs, plus delivery expenses.
Our professional guidance will give you the best tool choices so
that you will have only what you really need and not waste your
money on cheap, or fancy tools that only sit on your shelves to
Costs of tools,
equipment, glass and supplies are constantly changing.
Estimated cost of setting up (purchasing) your Portable Stained
Glass Workshop must be calculated at the time of placing the
order for those items, to include shipping costs. These
costs may vary as prices change.
Aire Castle will
save you approximately 30% of the cost of your new Glass Art
Studio equipment, tools and supplies.
Aire Castle Stained Glass Art will save its
students approximately 30% off
normal retail on tools & supplies, and 25% to 30% on glass
orders (based upon total order costs - individual items' savings
Stained Glass Work Shop
Based upon more than 15 years experience,
trial & error and testing of various tools and equipment, Aire
Castle has developed its list of the best tools to purchase for
your new glass shop. This list of items for your own
studio is included in our classes
for you at no extra cost.
Our complete recommended "Portable Basic
Stained Glass Work Shop",
tools, equipment & supplies, plus two large studio glass
packs would cost you approximately
$2,200.00 at retail, but
will cost you approximately about
$1,700.00 at our wholesale cost,
saving at least
(Purchases depend upon student's choices.) (October 2013 prices - shipping
may be extra)
Consider this: Most families will spend up to
$2,000.00 on Christmas gifts for family and friends in any given
year. Invest in your glass studio and lessons for about
the same as one (or two) years cost of Christmas gifts, then
give hand-crafted stained glass art gifts to all, which will be
far more appreciated than the Walmart Specials you normally give
and will become valued heirlooms for future generations.
~ ~ ~ Instructor's Note: These costs
have gone up quite a bit in the past few years. Also, as we
tried to keep the studio items to a minimum, we found students
consistently requesting additional items to our list, so we
expanded the list to include those items plus a very good
selection of studio glass packs.
packs give the student a nice inventory of various types and
colors of glass with which to begin their studio. The list of
glass also includes a generous supply of rectangular clear glass
bevels to use with your projects. Tools, glass and equipment are in our
opinion the best on the market.
Notes & Suggestions
Expert Tip: Check your glass in all light before you commit!
Cloudy Day Without Direct Sun
Partially Direct Sunlight
|"Glass Art Tip" for you! This is the same project, but with various lighting conditions, the glass I used changes in appearance and illustrates the difference in "reflective lighting", partial bright light, indirect and direct "back-lighting". This is a part of what I teach my students in my private classes. Always check your glass before cutting to see how it will appear in various lighting conditions.
A good way for interested persons to see tools, glass, & supplies,
plus learn about what great options are in this fantastic world
of Glass Art is to call "Delphi Stained Glass" order a retail
catalog (800-322-3336) surf the
website. Aire Castle Stained Glass Art uses Delphi as its primary supplier of glass & supplies.
Power tools are a tremendous asset for the serious glass artist.
Aire Castle recommends that students invest in Gryphon's new
"Convertible Glass Grinder", "C-40 Glass Art Saw",
Omni II wire saw and/or "Zephyr
for intricate cuts, superior grinding ability and seriously pursuing Stained Glass Art. Aire Castle
primarily uses Gryphon Inc. Stained Glass tools and equipment.
for tool selections.
Morton System Glass Art equipment is
practically a necessity for creating the best in glass art.
Morton tools take the tress out of many near impossible tasks.
Aire Castle uses and demonstrates Morton tools in every Stained
Glass Art class. See
http://www.mortonglass.com/ to view their wide selection of
Aire Castle Partner Janice Harris and Mike Driver work on the "Prayer Couple" project for
Heartland Worship Center. This is the cement/putty step of
the Lead Came method of Stained Glass Art.
(Aire Castle teaches
this method as a separate class. Call to inquire.)