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.

The Art of Social Media - Quarterly

Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft, Lancaster $250 (members receive 10% discount)

Learn how to navigate today’s major social media channels; select the “best fits” to showcase your arts/crafts; and enjoy connecting with friends, colleagues and/or customers. All sessions will address both personal and professional social media use, with tips customized towards artists/craftsmen.

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Experimental Mixed Media Quarterly

January 17, February 21, and March 21, 2015

Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft, Lancaster
$220 (members receive 10% discount)

This new quarterly offering challenges students to explore color, texture, line, and design principles over the course of several months. During class hours, students will paint, pour, spray, stamp, and make marks with nontraditional painting tools and techniques. Open Studio hours are included in each student’s tuition, Monday-Friday 10-5, allowing students create a sustained body of work exploring these new techniques.

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Fraktur Calligraphy with Emily Smucker Beidler

February 7, 2015

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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Making Pedestals and Bases with Stephen Latta

February 21, 2015

Thaddeus Stevens College, Lancaster
$125 (members receive 10% discount)

It can be difficult and expensive to find pedestals or bases to display your art. In this demo-only workshop, we will look at a variety of techniques for creating pedestals in a wide range of sizes and materials.

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Taste of Tapestry Weaving

March 7, 2015

Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft, Lancaster $125 (members receive 10% discount)

Using pre-warped looms, students weave a tapestry table mat sampler, showing off their study of a variety of tapestry techniques.

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Beginning Enameling

March 7, 2015

Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft, Lancaster $135 (members receive 10% discount)

Experiment with adding color to your work! Enameling is a process of fusing glass to metal. We will cover tools and equipment, enamel and metal preparation and how to fire in a kiln. You will have the opportunity to learn basic dry application enameling techniques, such as sifting, stenciling, incorporating glass threads, and sgrafitto. You may focus on creating samples, or finish the day with a pair of earrings.

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Filigree Jewelry

March 21-22, 2015

Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft, Lancaster $250 (members receive 10% discount)

Learn the elegant art of filigree jewelry making! Topics covered will include design and structure, how to make your own filigree wire, soldering and finishing. Using sterling silver wire, students will first make a pendant, then practice making repeated designs while making either a pair of earrings or a bracelet. Students must already know how to solder with a torch (air/acetylene is what we’ll be using).

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Polymer Clay - Klimt Caning

April 4, 2015

Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft, Lancaster $125 (members receive 10% discount)

The “Klimt Cane” creates patterns that are reminiscent of patterns seen in paintings by Gustav Klimt. Another fairly common name for the cane is the “Pixelated Retro Cane.” No matter what you call it, it’s really cool! The patterns that you can create with it can be fairly complex, but it’s surprisingly simple in how it’s done. In this workshop, students will learn how to make the cane and how to turn it into a beautiful and unique veneer (thin sheet of patterned clay).

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Print to Stitch with Kachina Martin

April 11-12, 2015

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

This intensive two day-long class is designed to introduce participants to a variety of ways in which to add color and pattern to fabric which can be further embellished with different embroidery stitches.

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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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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.

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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