Medieval Cathedrals: Stained Glass and the Art of Architecture
In the middle ages, European cathedrals were built for religious purposes, but they were also used to teach. Most of the people at that time could not read, so carvings in stone, statues, painting and stained glass were not only used to decorate these incredible structures but also to instruct. And stained glass windows in particular were used to tell stories.
In this activity, you and your child will create a rose window - often a circular, stained glass window - usually found above the front of a cathedral door. The "green" twist to this project is that you can re-use old plastic page protectors if you have any laying around. When you're finished, you'll have made a beautiful work of cultural and artistic history to display in your home.
What You Need:
- White craft glue (quite a bit is needed if several colors are desired - keep the glue bottle, it's great for squeezing your outline color)
- Food coloring
- Page protectors
- Page from a coloring book, should be somewhat simple, with nice outlines (this will be our pattern)
- Tooth picks
- Hobby paintbrushes
- Throw-away containers (empty used margarine cups, paper cups, etc. - another green twist!), one for each color you want to make
- Paper towels
- Water for washing brushes
- Newspaper to protect your work surface