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.

Youth Art Saturday

Saturdays, 10-noon

Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft, Lancaster $15 per child (family discounts available)

From fish printing (gyotaku) to pastels, to knitting, paper making, and more, your kids will be encouraged to explore the world using the lens of art. When we fish print, we challenge them to think about biology and ecology, too. When we create a sketchbook, students not only learn about book binding, they have an opportunity to consider how audience affects their writing and art. They will also gain confidence in their own creative process and build knowledge about various visual art tools.

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Youth Art Saturday

Saturdays, 10-noon

Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft, Lancaster $15 per child (family discounts available)

From fish printing (gyotaku) to pastels, to knitting, paper making, and more, your kids will be encouraged to explore the world using the lens of art. When we fish print, we challenge them to think about biology and ecology, too. When we create a sketchbook, students not only learn about book binding, they have an opportunity to consider how audience affects their writing and art. They will also gain confidence in their own creative process and build knowledge about various visual art tools.

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Sensational Suminigashi with Diane Maurer

May 9, 2015

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $125 (members receive 10% discount)

Pale meandering lines and jagged rings of color are the hallmark of Japanese Suminagashi marbling. A favorite of paper decorators for over 800 years, this is an easy, almost meditative type of marbling. In this class you’ll learn to float dyes on water, fan, blow or tease them into designs and apply a sheet of absorbent paper to make a contact print. We’ll concentrate on eastern techniques and add some western take-offs like multiple-image work and kitty-whisker prints to spice things up.

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Successful Woodturning for Beginners

May 30-31, 2015

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $220 (members receive 10% discount)

Through demonstrations and individual help, the instructor’s focus is to guarantee your success as you build your woodturning repertoire. Gain necessary knowledge of tools, equipment, and safety, along with inspiration via a lesson on how to sketch effective woodturning designs. Students will turn exciting projects such as honey dippers, wine stoppers, toothpick holders, seam rippers, lidded vessels, and more as time allows.

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Bead-Weaving Bracelet with Teddi Fine

June 6, 2015

Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft, Lancaster Early-bird registration: $125 (members receive 10% discount)

In an all-day class, learn one of the centerpieces of bead weaving basics: peyote stitch. And, at the same time, create this limited-edition bracelet designed by your teacher, Teddi Fine. Once it is on, people will wonder how it comes off. Only one of the four togglies is real! The others are a wonderful exercise in trompe-l'oeil. And all that you learn is ready transferrable to other beading projects.

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Youth Fiber Camp, June 15-19

June 15-19, 2015; 9 am - 12 pm

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $165 (additional siblings $10 off)

A week of fiber- and fabric-filled fun for ages 8-12. Students will learn a classic Japanese twist on tie-dyeing (pun intended!). They’ll also stamp and stitch their dyed fabric, and explore using the power of the sun to make images. Artwork produced will include some wearable pieces and some fine art pieces.

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Recycled Art Camp - July 13-17

July 13-17, 2015; 10 am - 12 pm

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $165 (additional siblings $10 off)

Our weeklong summer programs encourage your kids to explore, discover, and express themselves. In our Recycled Art Camp, they will work with paper, books, shoes, and more to transform discarded treasures into robot-inspired sculptures, found-object tapestries, and more.

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Make a Stool - July 18-19, 2015

July 18-19, 2015

Windsor Chair Shop of Lancaster County $220 (members receive 10% discount)

In this weekend class, students will be making a 12" diameter foot stool.  You will start from scratch; turn legs on the lathe and hand carve the seat.  Finishing techniques will be discussed but not done in class.  Some tool experience is advisable, but not necessary. Students will walk away with a stool.

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Paper & Print Camp, August 10-14

August 10-14, 2015; 10 am - 12 pm

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $165 (additional siblings $10 off)

Our weeklong summer programs encourage your kids to explore, discover, and express themselves. In our Paper & Print Camp, participants will combine paper decorating methods (think marbling and paste paper design) with unusual printmaking methods and end camp with a sheaf of beautiful, unique paper and a hand-bound accordion-fold book which showcases some of their creations.

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Facebook 101, Karen Hendricks

August 22, 2015

Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft, Lancaster $60 (members receive 10% discount)

Through this 2-hour workshop, learn how to best utilize a media staple—Facebook—to showcase your arts/crafts or small business. The session will provide practical tips and helpful how-to’s, geared towards developing and maintaining a Facebook business page—often thought of as a mini-website.

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Twitter 101

August 22, 2015

Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft, Lancaster $60 (members receive 10% discount)

Learn how to best utilize a social media staple—Twitter—to showcase your arts/crafts or small business. Twitter 101 is the focus of the afternoon session, designed to help you develop a comfort level and strategies for tweeting like a pro! This session allows time for your personal Q&As.

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Ready to Thread with Kachina Martin

September 12, 2015

Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft, Lancaster $90 (members receive 10% discount)

This class introduces participants to a variety of simple, elegant embroidery stitches than be used to embellish garments or fabric pieces. We will address the use of embroidery as a form of art on its own, as well as discuss techniques for embroidering on paper and other non-traditional materials.

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Traditional Marbling with Diane Maurer

September 12, 2015

Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft, Lancaster $180 (members receive 10% discount)

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.

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Media Relations 101

September 16, 2015

Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft, Lancaster $60 (members receive 10% discount)

Artists, craftsmen and small business owners are wise to take advantage of free public relations tools that can result in invaluable media coverage. Are you ready to put your talents and/or products in the media spotlight? Learn vital tips to help you reach various media, speak to and establish relationships with reporters, and maximize positive media coverage.

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Woodturning - Polygon Boxes

September 26-27, 2015

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $220 (members receive 10% discount)

This class will provide you with an opportunity to turn one or two unique lidded vessels based on regular polygon design, incorporating your choice of 5, 6, or 7 sides. Using Ambrosia Maple and African Blackwood, your finished product will be a stunning lidded vessel that will greatly enhance your woodturning repertoire.

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Color on Cloth with Kachina Martin

October 17-18, 2015

Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft, Lancaster $180 (members receive 10% discount)

This weekend class will focus on the creation of both wearable works of art as well finished fabrics perfect for use in quilting and other forms of fiber art.

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Intermediate Woodturning - October 17-18, 2015

October 17-18, 2015

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $220 (members receive 10% discount)

Continue mastering the art of woodturning with an intermediate class. Students will make a lidded box, pepper mill and a fancy bird house ornament.

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Woodturned Ornaments with Brian Cunfer

December 6, 2015

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $110 (members receive 10% discount)

Adorn your Christmas tree this year with hand turned ornaments! Students will choose from three different styles; a bird house, Christmas tree, and icicle.

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