Learn the colorful art of paper marbling. Led by Ramon Townsend of Colonial Bindery, Exton, PA, participants will learn this traditional paper art first developed by the Persians in the 15th century. Marbling is the art of floating and designing watercolors on a base fluid then permanently transferring the design to paper. Participants will be instructed in preparing the paper to accept the paint; mixing the colors for marbling; creating the base fluid; floating the colors on
Survivor Croquet Tournament – a fast paced game for Junior and Senior High Youth Groups. Two teams of six play simultaneously from opposite ends of the court. As everyone converges to play through the center wicket, they’ll try to survive and get to the other end to stake out and win. Youth groups play for prize money for a service/mission trip. Youth group registration required. More details.
This workshop, led by woodworker John W. Munro, will be an opportunity for novice and intermediate woodworkers to focus on and learn the use of traditional hand tool use in making traditional wooden spoons, ladles, spatulas, cutting boards and bowls. The use of curved gouges, mallets and mauls, spokeshaves, drawknives, scorps, shaving horses, froes, planes. and scraping blades will be demonstrated by the instructor and used by the attendees. Tool safety, tool handling, wood selection, and woodenware design will be
This workshop will focus on the sgraffito technique used by area nineteenth century Pennsylvania German potters to make expressive designs in their folk art pottery. Sgraffito means to “scratch” and workshop participants will draw a design of their choosing in a damp clay coating on a redware plate. You can choose a traditional Pennsylvania German design or create your own design for a special occasion gift.
The class will be led by redware potter Denise Wilz, a professional potter who researches
The workshop will be led by artisan basket weaver Karen Wychock who has chosen a wall basket design for the workshop project.
Is the junk mail piling up on your kitchen counter or your entryway table? This basket could be the secret to turning your pile of mail into a legitimate design statement. It can sit on your kitchen counter, fit right over a door knob or even be mounted on the wall! This basket also looks great filled with flowers
Led by fiber artist Lisa Haldeman, participants will learn the art of needle felting and create two fun projects – a pumpkin and a sheep.
Needle felting is a craft that involves repeatedly stabbing a needle into a piece of wool in order to stiffen and shape it into the desired form. A special type of needle is used to manipulate the fibers by repeatedly poking itself into the ball of wool. The tip of the needle features small barbed notches
Saturday mornings from 10 am to 12 noon, October 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14, and 21.
Taught by Kevin Sterner, this course will introduce students to the Pennsylvania German language in six two-hour sessions. The emphasis will be on conversation, listening, and pronunciation, but there will be some reading, some culture, and lots of fun along the way! We will generally follow the first several chapters of the second edition of Schwetz Mol Deitsch! by Douglas J. Madenford and Joshua R. Brown,
In the 18th century, country cabinetmakers grain painted utilitarian objects to imitate the grain of wood. Softwoods were false grained to mimic expensive hardwoods often not available and the technique soon evolved into a folk art form. Homemade paints and tools were used to create finishes as varied as the minds and hands of imaginative folk artists. Antiques of great value today have wildly grained surfaces that in no way try to mimic the graining pattern of real woods.