The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Simple Stained Glass Activity

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Simple Stained Glass Activity

As part of our exploration of Victor Hugo’s Hunchback of Notre Dame, we did a fun mini-unit study of the Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris, otherwise known as the Notre Dame Cathedral.

An obvious extension of studying the Notre Dame Cathedral included a beautiful stained glass activity. First, we learned more about the cathedral’s stained glass windows at the Cathedrale Notre Dame de Paris website:

Notre-Dame de Paris has a vast treasure: its three large rosettes. These examples of technical and artistic prowess were constructed in the 13th century. The largest two measure 13 metres in diameter. The King Saint Louis delayed his departure for the second crusade so he could see them completed. It was in the year 1270, and he would never come back. They represent the flowers of Heaven, which resemble roses with multi-coloured glass petals. Each coloured petal sets off the others, but the design is not only used for its visual impact, it is a reminder that everyone is unique, but the children of God are even more beautiful when they come together!

It was important to us to capture the beauty and artistry of stained glass in a kid-friendly project, but we also needed it to be pocket-book friendly.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Simple Stained Glass Activity

We were thrilled to learn how to easily and inexpensively make our own type of stained “glass”. Here are the supplies needed:

  • Computer with printer access
  • Clear transparency film(or re-purposed clear sheet protector)
    • Note: We have a pack of clear transparency that we use for various lapbook and art projects. You can get either the type that works in your printer or the type meant just for writing on. One pack will last you a long time and work for MANY projects.
  • Black permanent marker (Sharpie® works great)
  • Clear glue
  • Various colors acrylic paint
    • Note: Any type of acrylic paint will work. We used the Reeves brand, because it’s what we had on hand from previous art projects. You only need a tiny bit, about half the size of a pea, for each color you use.
  • Paint pan (or small paper plates)
  • Paint brush
  • Glass of water (to clean brush after using a color)
  • Simulated Liquid Leading (optional, but well worth it for the finished look)

We found an incredible site that offers a vast array of FREE stained glass patterns at Spectrum Stained Glass.

The Hunchback of Notre DameFor complete instructions on creating your own inexpensive and beautiful stained glass, check out our World Study Guide for The Hunchback of Notre Dame!

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