Updated: Jul 20, 2019
Took place on the 10th, 18th, 19th November and the 3rd December...
Did you approach the workshop as if you were contributing to the design of a craft project or an art project?
The project felt like more of an art response due to the level of creativity, ideas and concepts behind the work.
Our visit to Shrewsbury Museum on 10th Nov.
Not wishing to limit the project to the fact that Margaret Agnes Rope was one of the first known women in the world of stained glass art, the workshop was open to all, and to my surprise we were all of the same gender. How come?
The group of participants was made up of 6 adults who had responded to the promotion of the workshop and 6 students from Priory School (an age 11 to 16 secondary school with academy status first opened in 1939).
The participants knew nothing about the artwork of a stained glass window.
"Before the workshop I knew nothing about interpreting or creating stained glass windows. It was for me a wonderful eye opening experience and I can now appreciate how many different skills are needed. I get pleasure now in seeking out stained glass examples to admire or interpret." - workshop participant
"Art and design is a popular and strong subject at Priory School. The school has a close working relationship with our students and try to offer them a broad range of experiences in the Visual Arts beyond the classroom too.
At Key Stage 3 students have the chance to work with and learn from local art and craft practitioners. At GCSE topics are student led. The six students who took part were 14 to 15 years old and in their first year of their Fine Art or Graphics GCSE and will hopefully use the work they produce on this project as part of their coursework, which will go towards their final assessment." - Sian, teacher accompanying the students from Priory School
Our first day in Nathalie’s studio and the main hall at the English Bridge Workshop on the 18th Nov.
The essential choice for each participant of what their contribution to the design of the window would be lead to discussion and a presentation at the end of the day.