St William Of York RC Primary School, Bolton
2008 & 2009
Memorial Window for Mustafa
"It has been my privilege to run a design project at St William Of York School, Bolton. I have worked with the lively year 2 class, aged 6 and 7 years, and talked about the tragic loss of Mustafa, their class mate who died in an accident in May this year. We talked about what they remembered and loved about him and I encouraged them to put their ideas down in the form of pictures. The results have been amazing and I am going to make their designs into a stained glass window for the school as a lasting memorial to Mustafa. Life can be short and we need to treasure to time we have with our loved ones."
Andrew Seddon, September, 2008.
'An Under-Sea Adventure' Stained Glass Project
I worked at St Williams again on another Stained Glass Art Project. This time I worked with each of the 8 different year groups to design and make 8 stained glass windows for the special educational support room.
The theme for the window was ‘An Under-Sea Adventure’ .
I worked with each class teacher to introduce the art of Stained Glass, how the windows are made and encourage the children to use their imagination to develop design ideas around the theme.
We used different mediums to design the windows : coloured paper collage, paint, felt tip pens, tissue paper and coloured film were all used to allow the children to get a feel for the blocks of colour and shapes that make up the stained glass windows. I then took the children’s work and used it for inspiration to design a window for each class. I then presented the design to the children and discussed any modifications they felt were needed.
Once the designs were finalised I worked with my team of crafts people to make the stained glass windows using individual pieces of coloured glass joined with H section lead.
The finished window was protected using toughened glass on both sides to make triple glazed units before fitting into the window frames.