August Workshops and Classes

Experimental Mixed Media – August 9, 2014
Saturday, 10 am – 2 pm
Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft, Lancaster (Directions)
Instructor: Christine Goldbeck
Non-Member Rate: $75.00; Member Rate: $67.00
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.

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.

Open Air Painting – August 9, 2014  
Saturday, 8 am – 2:30 pm
Lititz, PA, 17543
Instructor: Deena Ball
Non-Member Rate: $90.00; Member Rate: $81.00
If you would like to attend both August 9 and September 13 sessions, call 717-431-8706 for the discounted rates of $80 ($72 for Guild members).
Skill Level:  Refresher to Intermediate

This exciting workshop at a specially arranged farm location includes a short demonstration, individual painting time and lots of one on one instruction, plus personal and group critiques to help you improve your painting skills. You will learn the benefits of painting outdoors, and refine your abilities to plan an effective painting, seeing value and color change outdoors. Participants will capture the essence of the day through a strong, simplified composition, with careful attention to value, color, texture and edges.

Students should be familiar with their choice of media and bring all the supplies they need for a day of painting outdoors. Please bring a lunch and drink with you, and dress appropriately with long pants, good shoes, a hat, sunscreen, and bug spray. In case of rain, we’ll paint in the barn, which has a good view of the surroundings.


Beginning Enameling—August 17, 2014       
Sunday, 9am-5pm
Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen
335 North Queen Street
Lancaster, PA, 17602
Cost: Non-Members: $135, Members: $121
Instructor: Nicolette Absil
Skill Level: Refresher to Intermediate

Experiment with adding color to your work! Enameling is a process of fusing glass to metal. We will cover tools and equipment, enamel and metal preparation and how to fire in a kiln. You will have the opportunity to learn basic dry application enameling techniques, such as sifting, stenciling, incorporating glass threads, and sgraffito. You may focus on creating samples, or finish the day with a pair of earrings.


 Women Only—Make a Stool August 23rd-24th                                                       
Saturday & Sunday 8:30am-5pm
Windsor Chair Shop of Lancaster County
Cost: Non-Members: $210; Members: $190
Instructor: Brian Cunfer
Skill Level: Refresher to Intermediate

Overcome your fear of tools by creating a foot stool among other women.  In this weekend class, students will be making a 12″ diameter foot stool.  You will start from scratch; turn legs on the lathe and hand carve the seat.   This class is an introduction to Windsor chair making with juried Guild member Brian Cunfer.  All the principles of chair making will be discussed in this class.  Finishing techniques will be discussed but not done in class.  Some tool experience is advisable, but not necessary. Class fee includes all wood materials. *Students will walk away with a stool.  Class size is limited to 4 students, so sign up today.

Supply list: bring safety glasses, ear plugs, and your lunch. Materials Fee: all materials included.

5,897 Steps

I know we’ve shown you some videos of Linda Billet’s mosaic process in the past, but it’s worth showing you again.  One thing I love about her videos is that they start to show viewers how many steps, how much remixing, and how much effort goes into a finished product that looks effortless, polished, and beautiful.  This process video in particular professes to show the 5,897 steps involved in one piece.  Thanks, Linda!

PA Guild Hands on Workshops