Workshops at Bryn Athyn

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Workshops at Bryn Athyn

The Workshops at Bryn Athyn present blacksmithing, stained glass, mosaic, and stone carving courses taught by nationally recognized master craftsmen. In addition to participating in hands-on workshops, participants watch demonstrations, examine original medieval artifacts, and explore Bryn Athyn’s own National Historic Landmarks.

Classes are held in the heart of the Bryn Athyn Historic District. The idyllic setting and magnificent resources offer an unparalleled learning experience. Participants not only have access to Bryn Athyn’s landmarks—including Glencairn Museumopens in a new window, Cairnwood Estateopens in a new window, and Bryn Athyn Cathedralopens in a new window—but they can also study both the preliminary drawings and models made by the original craftsmen and the medieval works that inspired them.

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Workshop Offerings


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Click Here to view the Summer 2018 Brochure. Or download a PDF version of the brochure here.

General Information

Workshop Classes

Each workshop includes 5 days of classes, for a total of 35 hours of instructional time. Small class sizes allow for individualized instruction with projects tailored to all skill levels. Workshops are suitable for life-long learners, craft professionals, college students, and high school upperclassmen.


All workshops are $675 which includes materials and access to studio tools. See Refund/Cancelation policy below.

Tools and Materials

There are no additional fees for tools and materials. All tools and materials are provided.

Housing/ Meals

Enhance your experience by staying on-campus. Limited housing is available on the Bryn Athyn College campus. Each of our dormitory cottages can accommodate up to 10 guests in 4 single and 3 double rooms, sharing 2 1/2 baths. These apartment-style living spaces are WIFI enabled and air-conditioned. The first floor features an open-plan Great Room with flat screen TV, living/dining area and a large appliance-equipped kitchen. Limited cookware is available. Meals are not provided but workshop participants are welcome to self-organize communal meals. Each cottage has a private outdoor patio overlooking the meadow. During the one-hour lunch break, resident students are welcome to retire to the cottage or order in from a local café.  Lodging fee includes 1 set of linens. There is no maid service. Each cottage is equipped with a washer and dryer.

residence cottage
inside view of residence hall room

residence hall bathroom
cottage kitchen

The cost of lodging is $425 for a single and $250 for a double for the week. 

Rooms are available from 3:00 pm Sunday to 10:00 am Saturday of the workshop week. Lodgers can pay for accommodations upon arrival directly to the Bursar, Micah Alden, during regular business hours; the office is located in the Brickman Center.  They can also pay via phone, 267-502-2493.

Space is limited and reservations are required.

If you are interested in housing, contact Stephen Hartley – Head of Building Arts at [email protected] or 267-502-2779


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Act 48 Professional Development Credit and Bryn Athyn College Credit are available for an additional fee.


Students attending the following stained glass workshops may be eligible for scholarships:

  • Munich Style Glass Painting 6/19 – 6/23
  • Stained Glass Conservation 7/10 – 7/14
  • The Art of Glass Painting 7/17 – 7/21

These scholarships are very generously donated by the professional organizations below:

  • American Glass Guild
    James C. Whitney Memorial Scholarship
    Deadline: Feb 28 of each calendar year
  • Stained Glass Association of America
    Dorothy L. Maddy Workshop/Seminar Scholarship
    The Albinas Elskus Scholarship; provided by the Maldeb Foundation.
    Deadline: April 13 of each calendar year.

Download the scholarship application hereopens in a new window.

Refund/ Cancellation Policy

Bryn Athyn College makes a substantial investment when planning a workshop, and vacancies can be hard to fill even if there is a waiting list, so we must charge cancellation fees to offset the cost of these vacancies. If you cancel any time up to 30 days before the beginning of a workshop, you will receive a full refund minus a $100 cancellation fee. If you cancel later than 30 days before the beginning of the workshop, there is no refund. This policy also applies to scholarship students.

If it is necessary for Bryn Athyn College to cancel a class for any reason, students will be notified and offered another workshop or a full refund. We cannot be responsible for nonrefundable airline tickets.

  • What are the hours of this class? This class begins with an 8:00 orientation for new students on day 1. Workshops then meet daily from 9:00 Am to 5:00 PM. This class includes 35 hours of studio instruction.
  • Is my registration transferrable? Yes. Participants must be 18 or older.
  • Do I have to bring my printed receipt to the event? NO

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