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.

Beginning Woodturning with Brian Cunfer

October 12-November 9, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $240 (members receive a 10% discount on tuition)

Even if you’ve never touched a lathe before, we welcome you to this 4-week class to start learning the art & craft of turning wood. We’ll start at the beginning – understanding the lathe and other tools. Then we’ll dive into some simple projects, like an icicle ornament or a top. Then we’ll work our way up to a more advanced project, like a bird house ornament or a pepper mill.

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Enameling with Jessica Keemer

Thursdays, Oct 20, 27, Nov 3, 10 from 6-9 pm

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

Build your knowledge of the enameling process through this month-long series of classes. Whether you have yet to learn that enameling means fusing copper and glass, or whether you are an expert seeking some scheduled studio time, join us!

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Paper Dyeing & Bookbinding with Diane Maurer

October 22, 2016

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

Make beautiful dyed papers to use as covers for a miniature accordion-fold book and a pop-up squash book.

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Choose Your Own Blacksmithing Adventure - October 22, 2016

October 22, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $140 (members receive a 10% discount)

Leave this class with a completed hearth broom made by you from top to bottom. The morning portion of class focuses on forging the broom handle. In the afternoon, you will learn how to create a round broom with a woven band and attach it to your handle. You'll be able to skew your day more heavily towards blacksmithing or more heavily towards broommaking depending on your interests. You'll be able to choose from several different designs of handle and broom, too!

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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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Beginner to Advanced Beads

Nov 17, Dec 1, 8, and 15, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $280 (Guild members receive 10% off)

This open level class is for students looking to grow their basic bead making skills into more complex pendants and small sculptural forms. Working in borosilicate glass, students will learn various color applications, sculpting methods and advanced skills to grow their artistic ability.

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Ring in a Day with Heather Stief

December 1, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $185 (members receive 10% off tuition)

A great introduction to jewelry-making, the Ring in a Day workshop will teach you all the fundamentals needed to create your own single-stone sterling silver ring in a single day. During this 8-hour workshop, the instructor will guide you through ring sizing, forming, filing, piercing, soldering, texture/design options, polishing, and bezel stone-setting to create your own one-of-a-kind Turquoise or Onyx ring.

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Woodturned Ornaments with Brian Cunfer

December 3, 2016

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

Adorn your Christmas tree this year with hand turned ornaments! Students will choose from three different styles; a bird house, Christmas tree, and icicle. If you have favorite turning tools, please bring them along. Familiar tools make the process more enjoyable for you. We will also discuss proper sharpening techniques for all turning tools.

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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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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

Center of American Craft, 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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