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MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Stained Glass

Basic concept of how stained glass is created (As a material stained glass is glass that has been colored by adding metallic salts during its manufacture. The colored glass is crafted into stained glass windows in which small pieces of glass are arranged to form patterns or pictures, held together (traditionally) by strips of lead and supported by a rigid frame. Painted details and yellow stain are often used to enhance the design. The term stained glass is also applied to windows in which the colors have been painted onto the glass and then fused to the glass in a kiln.)

Varied settings in which stained glass is used—what it does to the setting (i.e. cathedrals & veneration; decorative arts; Japanese influence). How does the light change? What effect does it have on the environment? Also talk about shapes—is the image more narrative or geometric in design?

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Jessica Tripp