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 - Collage

September 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 September, we’ll explore collage, talking about glues and other ways to join layers, as well as formal considerations like color and texture.

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Traditional Watercolor Marbling with Diane Maurer - September 10, 2016

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.September 10, 2016

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

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Cold Wax Painting with Linda Benton McCloskey

September 10-11, 2016

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

If you love encaustic, but are afraid of fusing, this workshop is for you. This is the new medium that everyone is talking about. It’s so new that there aren’t any books or DVD’s on the technique. Cold wax looks similar to encaustic. You will learn the basic techniques and build on them to the more advanced ones – layering, texturizing, scratching back, carving, adding collage, stamping, transferring, etc.

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Leather Shoe-Making, September 15-18, 2016

September 15-18, 2016

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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Bobbin Lace with Lyn Bailey

September 17 & October 1, 2016

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

What fiber art was so valuable it fueled a smuggling industry and financed wars? Spoiler alert: it's bobbin lace! Join us to find out the basics of this fiber art, a springboard for creative forms from jewelry to fences, from fiber sculpture to a wedding veil.

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Basic Pastel Painting - September 17, 2016

September 17, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $77 (members receive a 10% discount)

Soft pastels are versatile. Used alone, you can create luminous paintings (they also play well with acrylic and oil, so check out the other classes in this series!). This 2-hour class introduces you to soft pastels. No special skills are required (stick-figure drawers, welcome!)

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Taste of Fraktur - September 24, 2016

September 24, 2016

Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft, Lancaster $79 (members receive 10% discount)

Learn to recreate imagery from the history of fraktur, a uniquely Pennsylvanian craft originating in the 1700s. You'll dive into birds, flowers, and hearts using ink and watercolor.

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Mixed Media Painting with Soft Pastels and Acrylic

October 1, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $77 (members receive a 10% discount)

Soft pastels are versatile. Used alone, you can create luminous paintings (they also play well with oil, so check out the other classes in this series!). This 3-hour class introduces you to combining soft pastels and acrylic paints. No special skills are required (stick-figure drawers, welcome!)

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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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Fraktur Calligraphy - October 15, 2016

October 15, 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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Oil Painting with Pastels - Octoberr 15, 2016

October 15, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $77 (members receive a 10% discount)

Soft pastels are versatile. Used alone, you can create luminous paintings (they also play well with acrylic, so check out the other classes in this series!). This 3-hour class introduces you to combining soft pastels and oils. No special skills are required (stick-figure drawers, welcome!)

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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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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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Stamp your own Wrapping Paper, December 3, 2016

December 3, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $15 for members & non-members both, suitable for ages 8+

Are you looking for a great, family-friendly way to kick off the holiday season? Join us for a quick, fun hour of creating your own wrapping paper. A selection of winter-appropriate stamps (think trees, snowflakes, and ribbon) will be available for you to use.

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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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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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