2018 Classes

 

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

Wednesdays, September 12 to November 14, 7 to 9 p.m.

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 Intermediate

Thursdays, September 13 to November 15, 7 to 9 p.m.

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Folk Art Classes

A Taste of Fraktur

February 3, 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.

$70 members, $80 nonmembers; registration due January 26

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Advanced Fraktur Workshop I: February 3

 February 3, 8 am to 12 pm

Get another opportunity to continue creating fraktur; available only to those who have taken “A Taste of Fraktur” and “The Illuminated Letter.” 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 “A Taste of Fraktur.”

$35 per session; registration due January 26




Fraktur 2: The Illuminated Letter

March 3, 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.

$70 members, $80 nonmembers; registration due February 23 


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Advanced Fraktur Workshop II: March 3

March 3, 8 am to 12 pm

Get another opportunity to continue creating fraktur; available only to those who have taken both “A Taste of Fraktur” and “The Illuminated Letter.”. 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 “The Illuminated Letter.”

$35 per session; registration due February 23




Grain Painting

February 10, 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 2


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Weaving

March 24, 9 am to 4:30 pm

Class taught by Susan Weaver

Students explore the colonial history of handwoven tape and the three styles of tape looms. On ready-to-weave looms, they learn to weave a variety of traditional patterns, such as ‘check’ and ‘rib’.  Examples of contemporary tape will give students ideas for functional and holiday tape. Lunch is not provided.

$90 member, $100 nonmembers; registration due March 16