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 Functional Pot with Bill van Gilder

September 26-28, 2014

Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft, Lancaster
$199 (members receive 10% discount)

Every potter has a list of WHAT they want to make. HOW to make it is often the question. Learn some of the answers from internationally renowned potter Bill van Gilder, former Clay Times Teaching Techniques columnist and creator of Throwing Clay on the DIY Network.

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Make & Take - Paper with Diane Maurer

September 26, 2014

Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft, Lancaster $6

Stop in to see Diane Maurer's papermaking demo, and give it a try yourself! Drop by any time between 3 and 5 pm on Friday, September 26 and make a sheet of handmade paper, transforming free floating bits of fiber into a colorful piece of paper. Handmade paper makes a lovely card for a special day, or a great addition to a collage.

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Box Making Basics with Elizabeth Gates

September 27, 2014

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

In this class you will learn everything you need to know to build rectangular, decorative boxes out of book board; you will also learn different methods for covering your boxes using either decorative papers or bookcloth (paper backed cloth or buckram).

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Marvelous Marbling on Paper and Silk with Diane Maurer

September 27, 2014

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

Bright meandering lines and jagged rings of color are the hallmark of Japanese Suminagashi marbling. 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.

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How to Photograph your Artwork with John Benigno

September 27, 2014

Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft, Lancaster
$75 (members receive 10% discount)

Stop paying other people for something that you can do yourself.  Learn to photograph both 2- and 3-dimensional artwork, then how to digitally improve your files.

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Watercolor Landscapes with Gary Greene

October 3, 17, 24, and 31, 2014

Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft, Lancaster $160 (members receive 10% discount)

Students willexperience plein air sketching and painting, as well as studio work. We will practice sketching with a pen; we will learn about composition and design; we will experience using primary colors to create all the needed shades. Each class session will consist of a demonstration, followed by personal attention/instruction for each student. A critique will close each day.

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Experimental Mixed Media with Christine Goldbeck

October 4, 2014

Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft, Lancaster
$75 (members receive 10% discount)

This workshop is for all levels of experience, from beginner to advanced artisans and painters. Exploring color, texture and line as well as design principles, we will paint, pour, spray, stamp, and make our marks with nontraditional painting tools and techniques. Join the creative community by taking multiple sessions, and receive an additional discount.

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Integrated Prong Settings with Wendy Edsall-Kerwin

October 4, 2014

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

Do you love stones? Do you wish you could add them to your jewelry but you don't know how to set them? Is soldering something you either don't know how to do or don't have the setup for?  X marks the spot to solving this problem! In this class you'll learn how to create a prong setting integrated into a sheet of brass.  You'll set a cabochon stone using tools you already have - just a saw frame, drill, and bench pin. No torch necessary.

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Absolute Beginner's Guide to Watercolor with Deena Ball

October 5, 2014

Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft, Lancaster
$90 (members receive 10% discount)

Haven’t touched watercolors since that box of Crayola pans? Have you shied away from watercolor painting because everyone always says “It is so hard”? Come see what you can do with watercolors. There are new and different papers, luminescent paints, watercolor sticks and pencils to choose from.

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Central Market Art Drop-Off

Saturdays, 9-11 am or noon-2 pm

Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft, Lancaster
$10 (sign up during the month of September, and each additional child in the family is only $5)

Lancaster Central Market and the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen are teaming up to offer families this art drop-off program. You can drop your 4-7 year olds off at the Guild for an art and creativity-centered two-hour block while you complete your Central Market shopping only 3 blocks away.

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Digital Photography Editing and Design with Christine Goldbeck

October 11, 2014

Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft, Lancaster $75 (members receive 10% discount)

In this class, you will learn to make you photographs better through basic and advanced editing techniques using software. You will learn to do photo editing and sizing in popular software and to make color and black and white digital photographs for print and for web. In addition to basic photographic editing, you will learn how to use design elements and creative ideas to make photographs and digital images that stand out from the crowd.

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Beginning Woodturning with Brian Cunfer

October 18 & 19, 2014

Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft, Lancaster
$210 (members receive 10% discount)

Instructor Brian Cunfer will give an overview of wood-turning, and introduce the mini-lathe, the use of the tools involved, and the affordability of setting yourself up to use a lathe at home. Cunfer will also instruct students on the use and application of a number of woodturning tools, including the Garden Dibble and Spurtle (Scottish stirring stick).

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Cold Wax Painting with Linda Benton McCloskey

October 18 & 19, 2014

Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft, Lancaster
$185 (members receive 10% discount)

This medium is 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 for painting with this medium and build on them to the more advanced ones – layering, texturizing, scratching back, carving, adding collage, stamping, transferring, and more.

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Hand-Dyed Home Goods with Kachina Martin

October 18 & 19, 2014

Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft, Lancaster
$160 (members receive 10% discount)

Want to refresh the interior of your home quickly and inexpensively? This class will focus on dyeing techniques to create a variety of items for the home … fun kitchen towels, fashionable pillow cases and pillow covers, trendy table runners, placemats and more!

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Watercolor and Collage Painting with Christine Goldbeck

October 18, 2014

Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft, Lancaster $75 (members receive 10% discount)

In this class, you will use watercolor and/or acrylic paints and washi (textured Oriental papers) to make two paintings. During class, you will learn and use color and design theory to paint the washi for your painting. Combining paint and the painted papers and developing line work in the final stages, you will make two paintings: a landscape and either a floral or an abstract.

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Taste of Fraktur with Emily Smucker-Beidler

October 25, 2014

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

This class will begin with a presentation on fraktur, its history and three distinctly different styles from southeastern Pennsylvania.  Then Emily will demonstrate the use of the ink and watercolor that are specific to the craft.  During the latter portion of the class, students will spend time creating their own small fraktur piece. Bring a sketchbook and a pencil to help capture your favorite fraktur motifs from the presentation and translate them into your finished piece.

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Interactive Sculpture with John Kauffman

October 25 & 26, 2015

Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft, Lancaster
$198 (members receive 10% discount)

Starting from zero experience, learn to use an inexpensive computer chip to add light, motion and sound to art. 

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Intro to Blacksmithing

October 25, 2014

Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft, Lancaster $125 (members receive 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. Students will forge a leaf, create a twist in the steel, learn to draw out and apply a hot oil finish. In the afternoon, you will learn how to create a round broom with a woven band.

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Needle-felted Pumpkins

October 26, 2014

Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft, Lancaster
$50 (members receive 10% discount)

Learn the basics of needle-felting by creating bright and beautiful pumpkins with the whole family!

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Experimental Mixed Media with Christine Goldbeck

November 8, 2014

Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft, Lancaster $75 (members receive 10% discount)

This workshop is for all levels of experience, from beginner to advanced artisans and painters. Exploring color, texture and line as well as design principles, we will paint, pour, spray, stamp, and make our marks with nontraditional painting tools and techniques.

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Intermediate Woodturning with Brian Cunfer

November 15 & 16, 2014

Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft, Lancaster
$210 (members receive 10% discount)

Continue mastering the art of woodturning with an intermediate class. In this follow up on Beginning Woodturning and Ladies of the Lathe, students will make a hollow vessel, a pepper grinder, and lidded box.

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Handbound Journal with Elizabeth Gates

November 15, 2014

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

Students will learn some of the basics that are part of all bookbinding projects and then will make a small journal/sketchbook using materials provided by the instructor. Their book will open completely flat; it is a structure that is relatively easy to make with simple tools at home. Once they have completed their first book, they will have an opportunity prepare the materials to create a second book so they can practice the skills they have learned.

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One-of-a-kind Wearables with Kachina Martin

November 15 & 16, 2014

Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft, Lancaster $160 (members receive 10% discount)

This intensive weekend class will focus on the creation of wearable works of art using shibori. Shibori is an ancient Japanese dyeing technique that utilizes a variety of methods – wrapping, tying, stitching, folding, twisting – to create richly textured patterns of color on fabric. We will also experiment with removing color using Thiourea Dioxide to give further depth and color to our work, enabling us to over-dye fabrics multiple times, creating unique designs and richly textured fabrics.

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Rivet Pendant with Wendy Edsall-Kerwin

November 22, 2014

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

In this class you’ll learn how to add a raised layer to your metalwork using rivets. You can choose from a variety of patterns to create a two layer pendant using textured copper and brass – no torch necessary! You’ll saw, file, and hammer your way to a beautiful pendant you can complete during class time. Learn a new technique and get a fabulous piece of jewelry you can wear home.

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Woodturned Ornaments with Brian Cunfer

December 6, 2014

Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft, Lancaster
$110 (members receive 10% discount)

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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Experimental Mixed Media with Christine Goldbeck

December 6, 2014

Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft, Lancaster
$75 (members receive 10% discount)

This workshop is for all levels of experience, from beginner to advanced artisans and painters. Exploring color, texture and line as well as design principles, we will paint, pour, spray, stamp, and make our marks with nontraditional painting tools and techniques. Join the creative community by taking multiple sessions, and receive an additional discount.

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Fiber Baskets with Kachina Martin

December 13, 2014

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

Make a basket in a day! Students will learn to use yarn or fabric to cover a fiber core to create a basket that is both beautiful and functional. The instructor will demonstrate a variety of techniques to create bends and twists in the coiling core and address how to play with negative and positive space to create a unique, functional work of art.

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Paper Filigree Ornaments with Lisa Gallagher

December 13, 2014

Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft, Lancaster
$43 (members receive 10% discount)

Learn the centuries-old technique of paper filigree, also known as quilling, by making snowflake ornaments just in time for winter decorating. After practicing basic shape elements, students choose from one of the included patterns to create their own festive ornament. Plenty of paper is provided for making as many ornaments as time permits.

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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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