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.

Creative Journaling - One-Sheet Books

December 8, 2016

The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, 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.

Registration for this class has closed. For more information email us or give us a call at 717-431-8706.

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Fraktur Calligraphy

December 10, 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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Did you take Taste of Fraktur?

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Figure Carving with Mark Bair

January 7-8, 2017

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

In this two day course students will learn the art of figure carving painting and finishing. Working with northern grow basswood, knives and chisel, students will learn layout and capturing posture and expression. Sharpening and safety will be discussed. Band saw cutouts will be available for purchase from instructor during class.

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Beginning Rughooking with Margaret Wenger

January 13-15, 2016

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

Rug hooking looks complicated and beautiful - colors and shapes and textures forming a picture together. The basic principle is simple, though: pull loops of wool through a backing. Join us for this beginning rug hooking class to learn the basics and get started on your own wool painting!

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Marvelous Marbling on Paper and Silk

April 8, 2017

The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $150 (members get 10% off)

If you love to leave room for surprise and chance in your artwork, suminigashi is a sensational choice. In this Japanese technique, ink is floated delicately on top of water, and the least breath of wind creates meandering lines and shifting rings of color.  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. We’ll begin this class by exploring Suminagashi marbling on paper and then apply the techniques to marble silk. You’ll leave class with beautiful papers, a silk scarf and a new technique to use for quilting, bookbinding or making wearable art.

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Nature Journaling with Carol Welsh

Fridays, April 21, 28, May 5, and 12, 2017

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

The Nature Journaling course will provide opportunities for practice which can be applied to travel experience or your own back yard. You will be introduced to Four-Color Analysis, a method of journaling invented by Carol Welsh, as a way to see more in the environment.

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Leather Shoe-Making, May 18-21, 2017

May 18-21, 2017

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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