Glass begins as sand, which eventually wraps itself into a cocoon and emerges as a stained-glass disco ball ready to celebrate its bar mitzvah. Decorate coming-of-age sand with today’s Groupon: for $40, you get a one-day stained-glass workshop for beginners, with materials included, at Gabra Studios (an $89 value). Classes take place on Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Classes can take as little as two hours, while more ambitious workshops can last five hours or more.
In Gabra Studios’ Beginner workshop, students make their own stained-glass suncatcher using the technique that became famous in Tiffany lamps. Instructors Akram and Fadia Gabra, adept in fashioning custom pieces, guide careful hands through a stained-glass suncatcher pattern using professional methods and materials such as glass cutting, copper foil, and lead. The end result, suitable for hanging or use as an industrial-sized kaleidoscope, is a piece of artwork incorporating several different pieces of glass that can dangle reflectively in front of the light source of your choice.
Stonegate - Queensway
686 The Queensway
Toronto, Ontario M8Y 1K9