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Stained Glass: Dan Barnes



Dan Barnes demonstrates his process of making works of stained glass designed to balance brilliant light and color with shapes and materials inspired by nature. Barnes also discusses the evolution of his work, from creating more traditional stained-glass pieces, such as Tiffany-style lamps, to employing various media, combining wood, metal, and light with the glass.

Suggested Uses:

  • Use to spark a discussion about the artist’s methods and intentions as well as the creative process in general. Have students create art based on the video and your discussion. (See the “Making Art” section of the binder for activities that use this medium or are based on the artist’s ideas and approaches to art.)
  • Use in conjunction with a discussion of the purposes of art.
  • Compare and contrast the techniques and methods different artists use in their approach to the same medium. For example, compare Barnes’ work in glass to Stephen Powell’s in the “Glass” segment on Spectrum of Art. Or view with the Arturo Sandoval segment (also on Spectrum of Art). Barnes cites Sandoval as a teacher and inspiration. How might Sandoval’s work inspire Barnes?
  • Use as part of a “careers in the arts” unit or as an introductory activity before an artist-in-residence visits your classroom.

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