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.

Ready to Thread - Embroidery with Kachina Martin

September 12, 2015

Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft, Lancaster

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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Intro to Cloisonne Enameling

September 12-13, 2015

Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft, Lancaster

If you love the idea of fusing glass and metal to make a wearable masterpiece, then enameling is for you. Cloisonné is an enameling technique that looks similar to stained glass – different colors of glass are partitioned with little strands of wire. After time in the kiln, glass and copper are friends for life!

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Traditional Marbling with Diane Maurer

September 12, 2015

Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft, Lancaster

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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Intro to Monotype Printmaking

Wednesdays, Sept 16 & 23, Oct 7, 14, & 21 from 5:30-8

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 one of the most immediate and accessible forms of printmaking – monotyping.

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Media Relations 101

September 16, 2015

Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft, Lancaster

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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Quarterly Experimental Mixed Media

September 19, October 17, and November 21, 2015

Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft, Lancaster

This 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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Weave a Market Basket

September 19, 2015

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

Working over a wooden mold in the manner of the Shakers, we will be weaving a market basket. The market basket will be woven of reed with oak handles and runners. The rims will be made of pre-bent reed. We will be lashing our rims to the basket with ash. Students may choose to add color to their basket or keep it natural.

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Woodturning - Polygon Boxes

September 26-27, 2015

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

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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Fold Forming - October 3, 2015

October 3, 2015

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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Exploring Enameling - October , 15, 22, and 29, November 5

Thursdays, October 15, 22, and 29, November 5 from 5:30-7:30 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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Color on Cloth with Kachina Martin

October 17-18, 2015

Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft, Lancaster

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

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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Forge & Weave a Hearth Broom

October 24, 2015

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

You’ll never sweep in more style than when you sweep with a broom you forged & wove yourself! The morning portion of this class focuses on forging the handle for your double broom. In the afternoon, you’ll weave the broom itself. Suitable for absolute & advanced beginners age 16+

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Bobbin Lace Making- October 24 & 31, 2015

October 24 & 31, 2015

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $89 for members ($105 for non-members) + a $50 refundable deposit for a tool kit

What fiber art was so valuable it fueled a smuggling industry and financed wars? Bobbin lace became popular during the Renaissance. Made by artisans and worn by royalty, it was the status symbol of the 17th and 18th centuries. During this class, students will learn the basics: how to wind bobbins, how to make a pricking (pattern), how to hang bobbins, the basic stitches, and will work on a beginner's piece. This class is an inexpensive way to delve into the tools & techniques and see if you love the process of lace-making!

Your tuition includes a $50 refundable deposit for a tool kit.

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Intro to Relief Printmaking with Katrina Funk

November 4-December 16, 2015

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. This class will give you hands-on experience with relief printmaking – the process of carving into wood or linoleum, putting ink on the remaining raised surface, and making multiple copies of the image.

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Lampworking for Everyone - November 7-8, 2015

November 7-8, 2015

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

When it’s cold outside and you’re thinking about Christmas… make some art with flames! This 2-day workshop will give you a basis in creating glass beads & holiday icicles on a torch. If you're more experienced, feel free to join us and work on your own individual projects.

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Woodturned Ornaments with Brian Cunfer

December 6, 2015

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

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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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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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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Photoshop for Craftsmen - April 16, 2016

April 16, 2016

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

Now that you have captured that great photograph of your artwork with your camera, what do you do with it? Photoshop is the answer. It is a powerful photo-editing program. You do not have to have photoshop in order to attend class.

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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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