Experimental Mixed Media – December 6, 2014

Experimental Mixed Media – December 6, 2014



Register today! Call us to register for multiple sessions at a discount.

click to register online or call us at 717-431-8706. email with inquiries.

Saturday, 10 am – 2 pm

Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft, Lancaster  (Directions)

Instructor: Christine Goldbeck

Skill Level:  Refresher to Intermediate



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.

This is a good class for painters who want to break into new territory and for people who have always wanted to make paintings but think they lack the skills to do so.

Materials fee: $10, covers papers, canvas, paints and supplies. Payable directly to the instructor at the time of the class.

Here are some ideas for additional supplies you might want, but do not have to bring because I will have many items with which you can work. You might consider: colored pencils, markers, crayons, pastels, ink, acrylic paints, ribbon, string, buttons and ephemera you might layer into a painting (bottle caps, photographs, dried flowers, for example).

If you sign up for 3 or more sessions of this class, each session is only $60 for non-members and $54 for members! We host one almost every month, so call us at 717-431-8706 to let us know which sessions you would like to attend.

A former national and state award-winning photojournalist, Christine Goldbeck holds a Master of Fine Arts-Interdisciplinary Arts (MFA-IA) from Goddard College in Plainfield, VT.  She has exhibited her work widely, in solo shows, premier fine craft fairs, and in group shows and nontraditional locations. Christine owns Arts on Union, a gallery and design studio in Middletown, PA., where she hosts guest artists and teaches.

PA Guild Hands on Workshops

Flames! Glass! Craft!


Jim Byrnes demonstrates flameworking Christmas ornaments in the square outside Central Market in Lancaster.

We are taking a deep breath in between our last fine craft fair of the year and diving into the holidays. Highlights of the Guild’s fine craft fair included our Annual Member’s gathering, where we demolished delicious appetizers created by our member Carol Rosenbarker, and celebrated the past year of workshops, exhibitions, and craft fairs.

A patron browses the glass creations of Keysha Whitsel

A patron browses the glass creations of Keysha Whitsel

Exhibitor Jim Byrnes demonstrated glass flameworking outside Central Market on Saturday morning. It’s incredibly hard to tell the temperature of your glass in the bright sunlight, but Jim skillfully completed several beautiful Christmas ornaments for the crowd.

And of course the highest highlight was the amazing craft from 120 independent creators.  Among the master artisans of the Guild, we included several emerging professionals and a collection of works from Hempfield High School’s student art association.

Visitors in the Hempfield High School booth

Visitors in the Hempfield High School booth

PA Guild Hands on Workshops

Using Video for Your Business

How many videos did you click and watch today while scrolling down your Facebook feed?

We love video. And just in case you’rre in the mood to waste 6 seconds, here’s a good one. (It will make you smile.)

Okay, enough with cute lambs running down the hallway. Let’s talk about video and promoting your products and services.

A lot of people aren’t comfortable getting in front of the camera. The good news is, you don’t have to!

1. You can make a stop action video. There’s a bit less pressure, since it’s lots of photos strung together instead of actual video. If you choose to be in the stop action video, you have granular control over which photographs appear. You can also photograph your product being made, or your product in use.

2. You can do a screen cast. So you might have photos on your computer screen and talk over them. This is also a great way to teach people things.

3. Skype or do a Google hangout with one of your customers and have them share of the reasons why they love your work.

Video doesn’t have to be super hard or super scary. Some of my favorite tools are:

Picasa (to make stop motion)
iMovie (to edit videos)

P.S. If you want more help getting your videos started, check out my class Pinterest Perfect.

Amber KaneMy creative practice is far from the traditional weaver. When warping the loom I never count the ends, I just go until I feel that it's time to stop. I don't follow patterns, I allow and sometimes encourage the yarn to move as it wraps around the front beam. If a string breaks, I work it into the piece. I create from my soul. I speak to the yarn as we weave together, striving to create the perfect connection, and when we become in sync a fabulous scarf, full of honesty, joy, and personality emerges.

Amber Kane - Fabricated Ends