Classes

A Taste for Fraktur

Grain Painting

The Illuminated Letter

Plush Wool Work Embroidery

Folk Art Classes

Plush Wool Work Embroidery

February 11, 9:30 am to 2:30 pm

Class taught by Ann Hermes

In this workshop, taught by Ann Hermes, students will study examples of antique and vintage plush work and learn how to stitch and trim/sculpt a plush-work design. Plush work, also known as stump-work or tufted-wool embroidery, is done by stitching with wool yarn over a tin template. The finished piece can be stitched into a small pillow or pin cushion. Student must bring a seven-to-eight-inch embroidery hoop and a pair of small, sharp embroidery scissors. Lunch is not included with this class.

$70 members, $80 nonmembers; registration due February 4


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Grain Painting

February 18, 9 am to 12 pm

Class taught by Jim King

Learn how to add the rich look of wood to your next project with false graining techniques in this folk-art class, taught by Jim King. Students will paint a small box with ball feet.

$70 members, $80 nonmembers; registration due February 11


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A Taste of Fraktur: Fraktur I

March 4, 9 am to 12 pm

Class taught by Emily Smucker Beidler

Fraktur is a distinctly American folk art dating back to the mid-1700s and was an important part of Pennsylvania German culture. This class includes a presentation on fraktur with special emphasis on its role in Mennonite culture and demonstration of the use of ink and watercolor. Students will spend time creating their own small fraktur piece. The class will focus on the imagery of fraktur rather than calligraphy. A starter kit is included in the tuition fee. No previous experience is required.

Class rescheduled from February 4.

$70 members, $80 nonmembers; registration due February 21


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Advanced Fraktur Workshop I: February 4

 March 4, 8 am to12 pm

Get another opportunity to continue creating fraktur; available only to those who have taken both Fraktur I and II workshops. Bring along your supplies. You will be provided with a new piece of Bristol Board, tracing paper, and access to all the visual resources. Receive one-on-one help from 8 to 9 am and continue working throughout the morning while Smucker-Beidler teaches the Fraktur I or II workshop.

Rescheduled from February 4.

$35 per session; registration due February 21 




Fraktur 2: The Illuminated Letter

March 18, 9 am to 12 pm,

Class taught by Emily Smucker Beidler

Fraktur II will focus on learning lettering and calligraphy within the context and history of fraktur. You will learn to use a nib pen and India ink. Beidler will also discuss modern adaptations of fraktur calligraphy. A materials kit is included. There will also be pens and bottled ink for participants to use during the workshop.

Class rescheduled from February 25

$70 members, $80 nonmembers; registration due March 4


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Advanced Fraktur Workshop II: February 25

March 18, 8 am to12 pm

Get another opportunity to continue creating fraktur; available only to those who have taken both Fraktur I and II workshops. Bring along your supplies. You will be provided with a new piece of Bristol Board, tracing paper, and access to all the visual resources. Receive one-on-one help from 8 to 9 am and continue working throughout the morning while Smucker-Beidler teaches the Fraktur I or II workshop.

Rescheduled from February 25

$35 per session; registration due March 4




Pennsylvania German Dialect

Pennsylvania German dialect, commonly known as “Pennsylvania Dutch,” is prevalent among Old Order Amish and Mennonite communities in Pennsylvania. Historically, however, it was spoken widely by Lutheran, Reformed and other groups of German immigrants and it is currently used in Old Order communities as far west as Wisconsin. Pennsylvania German dialect classes, taught by Keith “Butch” Reigart, typically run for ten weeks each spring and fall. Classes are held in the LMHS conference room. All are welcome.

About the Instructor

A native of York County, Pa., and fluent Pennsylvania Dutch speaker, Butch was employed for more than 35 years as a foreign language specialist for the U.S. government. Also fluent in German and Russian, Butch has a good understanding of the language learning process. Butch is respected by Old Order Amish and Mennonites, and is in frequent conversation with these Lancaster native speakers. He draws on this experience in his classes.

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Beginner Class (Spring)

Thursdays, March 9 to May 11, 7 to 9 p.m.

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 Intermediate (spring)

Saturdays, March 11 to May 13, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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