Tracing Translucent Colors


Create an intricate stained glass pattern. On tracing paper, translucent marker colors seem to glow in sunlight.


1. Find information about stained glass windows. How is stained glass made? Where are stained glass windows most often found?

2. Choose an interesting stained glass design. It could be either a real window or a pattern you imagine. Draw lines and shapes for your window on tracing paper with Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils. You can erase, just in case! Apply principles of visual organization such as unity and balance.

3. Color your window with Crayola Markers. Try mixing or overlapping colors for interesting effects. Outline areas with a darker color so your design pops from the background.

4. Hold your design up to a window with light streaming through. It looks SO real!

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.


  • Students with special needs may prefer to trace their patterns from pictures.
  • Recreate a window design found in a cathedral in a city you are studying.
  • Investigate the meaning of various symbols used in stained glass windows. Start with local windows.
  • Ask an artist to demonstrate stained glass techniques. What tools, materials, and techniques are used?
  • Assessment: Students present (orally or in writing) the history of their design and the meaning of its symbols.

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crayola supplies
  • Erasable Colored Pencils
  • Markers
household supplies
  • tracing paper



  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Grades 7 to 12
  • Special Needs


  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts


  • 30 to 60 minutes


  • Students learn the history of stained glass windows, whose use began during the Middle Ages when they were created to teach people about their faith.

  • Students apply basic understandings of color, line, form, unity, balance, pattern, and other art elements and principles of visual organization.

  • Students create a colorful stained-glass-like design on translucent paper.


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