Upcoming Workshops

Hands-on Craft for Everyone!

Grab a friend, learn a skill and have an unforgettable experience in the process. The Guild offers a wide selection of engaging workshops for the craft enthusiast, emerging artist and established craftsmen, we not only show you how it’s made but we teach you to make it yourself.

All introductory level workshops (requiring no prior experience) are open to ages 16 and over with parental consent.

Please be sure to register early.  Workshops with under-enrollment may be cancelled up to two weeks ahead of time.

Intro to Monotype Printmaking - January-February 2016

January 11-February 8, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA

Before there were copy machines, there were printmakers. These artists created reproducible images by carving wood, etching metal, or pushing ink through screens. And they're still at work today, using a huge variety of modern materials and techniques to create artwork. This class will give students hands-on experience with the kind of printmaking that is closest to drawing or painting - monotyping.

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Glass Bead Making for Everyone with Jessica Keemer

February-March, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA

When it’s cold outside, it’s time to make art with flames! This 4-week workshop will give you a basis in creating glass beads on a torch. Students will primarily be using borosilicate glass, the new material on the block that allows for beautiful swirls of color.

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Party! - February 20, 2016

If you have ever taken a class or taught a class at the Guild, this party is especially for you. You are the glue that holds our learning community together, and we want to celebrate your effort, your exploration, and your connection to each other! If you have ever been curious about what taking a class at the Guild is like, this is the perfect opportunity to drop in, meet some teachers, meet some fellow creators, and find out more.

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Creative Journaling - Monotype Printing

February 25, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $35 for members & non-members both, suitable for ages 16+

Have you heard that journaling can improve your sense of well-being? Creative journaling can encompass much more than writing. Each month in 2016, we’re exploring one technique that can add depth and interest to your visual journaling. February's technique is monotype printing.

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Polymer Clay Mokume Gane

March 19, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $135 (members get 10% off)

Are those leaves or roses? Metal? Painted? Good guesses – but it’s really a sheet of polymer clay (think Sculpey) created using Mokume Gane. Mokume Gane is a centuries-old metalworking technique, in which craftspeople fused layers of different colored metals into a block, then repeatedly flattened and folded the block, sandwiching the different color of metals back on itself again and again to create intricate patterns. Polymer clay lends itself very well to imitating this technique, with an endless variety of colors and patterns possible. It’s also soft before baking, making it far easier to manipulate than metal!

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Marvelous Marbling on Paper and Silk - March 19, 2016

March 19, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $150 (members get 10% off)

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Fold Forming - March 19, 2016

March 19, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA

Have you ever wondered if metal could be folded like origami? Fold Forming is a technique where sheet metal is folded, worked, and then unfolded. Through this process, it is possible to quickly form the metal into gorgeous 3D shapes and textures.

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How to Photograph your Artwork, March 19, 2016

March 19, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA

Getting ready for the craft fair season or revamping your online portfolio for the new year? Prepare with better photographs than even before, and stop paying other people for something that you can do yourself.

Call us to register for this class AND Photoshop for Artists and save $10 on each! Our number is 717-431-8706.

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Creative Journaling - Paste Paper Painting

March 24, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $35 for members & non-members both, suitable for ages 8+

Have you heard that journaling can improve your sense of well-being? Creative journaling can encompass much more than writing. Each month in 2016, we’re exploring one technique that can add depth and interest to your visual journaling. March's technique is paste paper painting.

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Realistic Rug Hooked Animals with Judy Carter

April 15-17, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $250 (members receive a 10% discount)

Do you ever wish you could paint realistically – but with your favorite material, wool? In this 3-day workshop, you will create a realistic rug-hooked portrait of a favorite pet or animal.

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Basic Photoshop: A Marketing Tool for Craftsmen - April 16, 2016

April 16, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA

This is a class for artists and craftspeople who want to submit their work to galleries or shows. You've either photographed your artwork on your own, or you've worked with a professional photographer to do this for you. Now, what do you do with the digital file?

Call us to register for this class AND How to Photograph your Artwork and save $10 on each! Our number is 717-431-8706.

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Creative Journaling - Stamping

April 21, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $35 for members & non-members both, suitable for ages 16+

Have you heard that journaling can improve your sense of well-being? Creative journaling can encompass much more than writing. Each month in 2016, we’re exploring one technique that can add depth and interest to your visual journaling. April’s technique is linoleum block cutting – making your own custom stamps to use in your journaling practice.

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#WIPsmart Stitch-In

May 5, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $5 suggested donation

Let’s celebrate #memademay with an in-person gathering. Bring your current Work In Progress and stitch alongside other folks who are passionate about handmade clothing. Sewing, knitting, crochet, embroidery, stitchery of all kinds will be welcomed. Creating clothing for ourselves and our families may be slow work, but when we work together, we have a chance to learn something new (and enjoy ourselves). That’s #WIPsmart!

To RSVP, call us at 717-431-8706 or email us at handmade@pacrafts.org.

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Papermaking with Combat Paper - May 6-8, 2016

May 6-8, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA Friday free & open to the public, Saturday & Sunday $186 per day or $350 for the whole weekend (Guild members receive 10% off)

Coming home from war is a difficult thing. Hand papermaking is the language Combat Paper uses to transform uniforms and artifacts into personal expressions of art. Uniforms are cut up, beaten into a pulp, and formed into sheets of paper.

Veterans and civilians alike are invited to join together in this process, to broaden the traditional narrative surrounding the military experience and engage in conversation about our shared understanding of war.

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Bobbin Lace with Lyn Bailey

May 7 & 21, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA

What fiber art was so valuable it fueled a smuggling industry and financed wars? Spoiler alert: it's bobbin lace! Join us to find out the basics of this fiber art, a springboard for creative forms from jewelry to fences, from fiber sculpture to a wedding veil.

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#WIPsmart Stitch-in - May 19, 2016

May 19, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $5 suggested donation

Let’s celebrate #memademay with an in-person gathering. Bring your current Work In Progress and stitch alongside other folks who are passionate about handmade clothing. Sewing, knitting, crochet, embroidery, stitchery of all kinds will be welcomed. Creating clothing for ourselves and our families may be slow work, but when we work together, we have a chance to learn something new (and enjoy ourselves). That’s #WIPsmart!

To RSVP, call us at 717-431-8706 or email us at handmade@pacrafts.org.

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Realistic Rug Hooked Animals with Judy Carter - May 20-22, 2016

May 20-22, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $250 (members receive a 10% discount)

Do you ever wish you could paint realistically – but with your favorite material, wool? In this 3-day workshop, you will create a realistic rug-hooked portrait of a favorite pet or animal.

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Creative Journaling - Visual Note-Taking

May 26, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $35 for members & non-members both, suitable for ages 16+

Have you heard that journaling can improve your sense of well-being? Creative journaling can encompass much more than writing. Each month in 2016, we’re exploring one technique that can add depth and interest to your visual journaling. May’s technique is visual note-taking. We’ll take a look at several ideas that can help bring order to our thoughts in an appealing way.

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#WIPsmart Stitch-In - May 26, 2016

May 26, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $5 suggested donation

Let’s celebrate #memademay with an in-person gathering. Bring your current Work In Progress and stitch alongside other folks who are passionate about handmade clothing. Sewing, knitting, crochet, embroidery, stitchery of all kinds will be welcomed. Creating clothing for ourselves and our families may be slow work, but when we work together, we have a chance to learn something new (and enjoy ourselves). That’s #WIPsmart!

To RSVP, call us at 717-431-8706 or email us at handmade@pacrafts.org.

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Creative Journaling - Calligraphy

June 23, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $35 for members & non-members both, suitable for ages 16+

Have you heard that journaling can improve your sense of well-being? Creative journaling can encompass much more than writing. Each month in 2016, we’re exploring one technique that can add depth and interest to your visual journaling. June’s technique is using a calligraphy pen to create varied lines, in both drawing and writing.

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Creative Journaling - Contour Drawing

July 7, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $35 for members & non-members both, suitable for ages 16+

Creative journaling can encompass much more than writing. Each month in 2016, we're exploring one technique that can add depth and interest to your visual journaling. July's technique is contour drawing. If you draw quickly, this is a great exercise to loosen up at the beginning of journaling. If you draw slowly, it's a great way to meditate on the shape and details of an object.

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Paste Paper Painting - August 13, 2016

August 13, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $35 for members & non-members both, suitable for ages 16+

You’ll be amazed at the sophisticated graphic images you can create by coating a dampened sheet of paper with colored paste and then drawing various tools through it. And it's still just as much fun as finger painting!

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Creative Journaling - Marbling

August 25, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $35 for members & non-members both, suitable for ages 16+

Creative journaling can encompass much more than writing. Each month in 2016, we're exploring one technique that can add depth and interest to your visual journaling. August's technique is marbling. Float pigments on water with precision or with a splash. No matter your approach, there's something magical about dropping paper into a liquid to produce a work of art.

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Creative Journaling - Collage

September 8, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $35 for members & non-members both, suitable for ages 16+

Creative journaling can encompass much more than writing. Each month in 2016, we're exploring one technique that can add depth and interest to your visual journaling. In September, we’ll explore collage, talking about glues and other ways to join layers, as well as formal considerations like color and texture.

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Traditional Watercolor Marbling with Diane Maurer - September 10, 2016

The mysteries of a once-secret craft are revealed in this introductory level watercolor marbling workshop. We’ll apply color to a carrageenan (seaweed) size using broom corn whisks and brushes and then perform magic with a series of marbling combs and rakes. Your class fee also includes Open Studio time.September 10, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA

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Leather Shoe-Making, September 15-18, 2016

September 15-18, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA

Students will learn how to make a "Candace" style shoe (shown in the photos). This style is all hand-sewn, fully leather lined, with a hand-sewn leather sole. Students start from the ground up (so to speak) with their shoe, and can complete an entire pair in this 4 day workshop. Handmade shoes can sell for $900 - and in this workshop, you not only leave with shoes, you get the fun of making it for yourself!

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Bobbin Lace with Lyn Bailey

September 17 & October 1, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA

What fiber art was so valuable it fueled a smuggling industry and financed wars? Spoiler alert: it's bobbin lace! Join us to find out the basics of this fiber art, a springboard for creative forms from jewelry to fences, from fiber sculpture to a wedding veil.

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Taste of Fraktur - September 24, 2016

September 24, 2016

Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft, Lancaster $79 (members receive 10% discount)

Learn to recreate imagery from the history of fraktur, a uniquely Pennsylvanian craft originating in the 1700s. You'll dive into birds, flowers, and hearts using ink and watercolor.

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#WIPsmart Stitch-In - October 13

October 13, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $5 suggested donation

Let’s celebrate #slowfashionOctober with an in-person gathering. Bring your current Work In Progress and stitch alongside other folks who are passionate about handmade clothing. Sewing, knitting, crochet, embroidery, stitchery of all kinds will be welcomed. Creating clothing for ourselves and our families may be slow work, but when we work together, we have a chance to learn something new (and enjoy ourselves). That’s #WIPsmart!

To RSVP, call us at 717-431-8706 or email us at handmade@pacrafts.org.

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Fraktur Calligraphy - October 15, 2016

October 15, 2016

Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft, Lancaster $79 (members receive 10% discount)

Focus on learning lettering and calligraphy within the context and history of fraktur. You will use a nib pen and india ink, as well as a traditional method of practice used in the cloisters. Emily will also discuss modern adaptations of fraktur calligraphy.

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Creative Journaling - Embroidery

October 27, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $35 for members & non-members both, suitable for ages 16+

Creative journaling can encompass much more than writing. Each month in 2016, we're exploring one technique that can add depth and interest to your visual journaling. In October, we’ll practice embroidering onto paper. A few basic stitches can help embellish images, sew objects in to your books, and more!

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Creative Journaling - Collagraph Printing

November 17, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $35 for members & non-members both, suitable for ages 16+

Creative journaling can encompass much more than writing. Each month in 2016, we're exploring one technique that can add depth and interest to your visual journaling. In November, we will explore collagraph printing. To create a collagraph, you collage together various textured elements, roll ink on top, and transfer the ink to your finished page. Kind of like grown-up bean mosaics with classical roots.

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Stamp your own Wrapping Paper, December 3, 2016

December 3, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $15 for members & non-members both, suitable for ages 8+

Are you looking for a great, family-friendly way to kick off the holiday season? Join us for a quick, fun hour of creating your own wrapping paper. A selection of winter-appropriate stamps (think trees, snowflakes, and ribbon) will be available for you to use.

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Creative Journaling - One-Sheet Books

December 8, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $35 for members & non-members both, suitable for ages 16+

Creative journaling can encompass much more than writing. Each month in 2016, we're exploring one technique that can add depth and interest to your visual journaling. In December, we’ll branch out from techniques aimed at creating individual pages for your journals. We’ll tackle how to take a larger sheet of paper and turn it into its own little book. I love to use this technique to create little memory books of special occasions.

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#WIPsmart Stitch-In - October 20, 2016

October 20, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $5 suggested donation

Let’s celebrate #slowfashionOctober with an in-person gathering. Bring your current Work In Progress and stitch alongside other folks who are passionate about handmade clothing. Sewing, knitting, crochet, embroidery, stitchery of all kinds will be welcomed. Creating clothing for ourselves and our families may be slow work, but when we work together, we have a chance to learn something new (and enjoy ourselves). That’s #WIPsmart!

To RSVP, call us at 717-431-8706 or email us at handmade@pacrafts.org.

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