Peter McGrain

Award winning artist/designer Peter McGrain has been working with glass for over 40 years. During this time he has handled every type of project imaginable; ranging in scope from intimate experimental panels to large-scale architectural installations. In all it has been his attention to composition and technique that have made his imagery so successful. His work can be found in several public and private collections in both this country and abroad. In 1990 one of his creations was recognized at the World Glass Congress as the finest example of stained glass created during the entire deade of the 1980s. Peter is a contributing writer for GLASS ART and GLASS CRAFTSMAN magazines and frequently travels, offering visiting artist workshops. He currently maintains an independent studio in Florida where he creates his own personal work as well as commissions. As a renowned workshop leader he has encouraged countless students to develop their own styles using the techniques he teaches. His company, Peter McGrain Glass Painting, is dedicated to bringing glass painting supplies and educational support to the expanding art glass community. The Glass Press has published a comprehensive book titled Peter McGrain / Uncommon Stained Glass which features a full overview of this accomplished artist’s work. In 2014 he was awarded the prestigious Joseph Barnes Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Glass Guild, this country’s predominant Glass Art and Restoration Organization.

 

Creating Amazing Compositions in Glass w/ Peter McGrain Online Video Class

No drawing skills required!  No Painting skills required! 

Create Beautiful pictures of anything you can possibly imagine on ordinary sheets of clear Glass!  It’s possible, with these amazing Glass Painting Techniques.  Painting on glass is by far the most effective way to express your ideas and add artistic style to your glass artwork. Whether you want to depict delicate landscapes or portraits, or outrageous abstract designs, learning the basics of traditional glass painting will enable you to achieve all the visual effects you’ve been dreaming of. 

 It’s just up to you decide what type of art you want to make! Glass painting can be used  on anything from window glass, stained glass windows and fused panels to jewelry, light fixtures, and even tableware.  In this action-packed tutorial , renowned artist and instructor, Peter McGrain, will show you  just how easy it can be to accomplish all of the genuine glass painting techniques.  Using simple tracing techniques, you will learn how to specially prepare and apply these paints to any glass surface .  He will show you how to effectively develop any type of image using painted linework, color, texture and shading, sgraffito & special effects.  All the finer points will also be discussed including the dechniques of tracing, matting, stippling, controlling hardness, application, alternatives, studio set-up, historical overview and more.  This tutorial is an absolute must for anybody who wants to take their glass artwork up a notch into a more exciting and visually stunning direction.  Handouts, firing schedules & THREE tracing templates included.

 

The Foundations of Cutting Glass w/ Peter McGrain

 We think Tanya Veit sums this video up best:

"I don't care what you think you know about class cutting, this video is unbelievable.  Peter is amazing. I remember when we were in the film studio setting up to shoot and I said to Peter, 'grinders are in the other room' and he looked at me funny and said 'I don't use grinders.'  Meanwhile, I am looking at all these crazy squiggle and horseshoe shapes that he plans to demonstrate on table to cut and break out.  He did it.  Flawlessly.  I was mesmerized by it, to be honest.   If everyone could cut glass like that, you could make any fused or stained glass project.  I've never seen anyone cut and break glass like that.  Not even close."

-T. Veit

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