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