Glass provides a resting place for wine, evening wear for Cinderellas, and a more dramatic exit from 44th-floor windows for Bruce Willises. Shatter artistic inhibitions with today's Groupon: for $79, you get an introductory stained-glass workshop at Stain Alive (a $180 value). Classes take place Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings at Walmer Road Baptist Church.
The experienced artisans at Stain Alive help students of all skill levels handcraft their own stained-glass artworks through an introductory course. The two-hour workshop ($180), which includes supplies, tool rental, and studio time, acquaints aspiring glass stainers with the fundamentals of the form, showing them how to cut painted panes with care and precision. Working from a simple but challenging pattern, participants create their own take-home masterpieces for transforming windows, solariums, and glass-walled meat lockers into colourful works of art. In addition to supplying expert tutelage, Stain Alive furnishes all the necessary materials and supplies.