Winter Learning for Adults

Winter is a perfect time for learning--the weather's cold, the garden is sleeping, and summer vacation is far away. Take a day (or two) to learn the basics of some of Landis Valley's most popular crafts and trades with our introductory classes.  Or, you could take your gardening to the next level with one of our specialty horticulture classes.  Either way, your winter will be exciting, fresh, and inspiring.

Click on the individual dates for more information about the class.  Registration can be made by phone, e-mail, or online via Brown Paper Tickets, a fair trade ticketing company.  Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express accepted for online payments.  Credit card orders will be charged an additional $0.99, plus a 3.5% credit card processing fee and all credit card orders will be processed through Brown Paper Tickets.  You will receive a confirmation from Brown Paper Tickets.  Links to registration pages follow the class descriptions.

Due to popular demand, we are offering a class in needle felt animals!  In this one you will learn to make an adorable mouse.  No experience necessary, local fiber artist and instructor Lisa Haldeman will walk you through this fun and easy craft step by step! The class will be 2-3 hrs long. All materials are included and additional kits will be available to purchase after class. *as needles are very sharp this class is limited to participants 12 and over.

Lisa Haldeman is a local, self-taught fiber and polymer clay artist whose miniature dolls and whimsical wool creations have been displayed and sold at craft shows, galleries, and online stores for the last 15 years.  She has taught classes at SPLAT Studio in Annville and Hope at Hand Ministry (various locations) and has recently begun offering felting classes at Landis Valley.  She especially loves helping people learn the fun and fulfilling craft of needle felting.

Cost:  $41.00 ($39.00 for Landis Valley Associates members.  Use discount code NFM18LVA at checkout when registering online)

Hours:  1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Register online for Needle Felting a Mouse workshop.

Heirloom Seed Project Workshop:  Grow your own orchard from apples you graft yourself. Learn how to take a living stick of one type of apple tree and splice it onto a completely different variety of apple tree at this make and take class. Cost includes 2 trees. Loads of apple varieties to choose from.

This workshop is presented in cooperation with the Backyard Fruit Growers, a volunteer organization of fruit growing enthusiasts. The informal association of Backyard Fruit Growers began in 1990 as an exchange of information for amateurs and others in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, who wish to produce excellent fruit for the family, and to respect the backyard environment. Members get together four times a year at seasonal meetings (Winter, Spring Grafting, Summer Orchard Tour, Fall Apple Tasting) to share ideas and fellowship.

Members of the Back Yard Fruit Growers should consult their newsletter for details concerning the morning session.

Cost:  $30 per person

Hours:  1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Register online for the Grafting Workshop

Due to popular demand, we are offering a class in needle felt animals!  In this one you will learn to make an adorable mouse.  No experience necessary, local fiber artist and instructor Lisa Haldeman will walk you through this fun and easy craft step by step. The class will be 2-3 hrs long. All materials are included and additional kits will be available to purchase after class. *as needles are very sharp this class is limited to participants 12 and over.

Lisa Haldeman is a local, self-taught fiber and polymer clay artist whose miniature dolls and whimsical wool creations have been displayed and sold at craft shows, galleries, and online stores for the last 15 years.  She has taught classes at SPLAT Studio in Annville and Hope at Hand Ministry (various locations) and has recently begun offering felting classes at Landis Valley.  She especially loves helping people learn the fun and fulfilling craft of needle felting.

Cost:  $41.00 ($39.00 for Landis Valley Associates members.  Use discount code NFR18LVA at checkout when registering online)

Hours:  10 a.m. - Noon

Register online for Needle Felting a Rabbit Workshop

All of Denise's workshops begin with an introduction to Pennsylvania redware, including a demonstration using a rolling pin, circle cutter and mold to create a plate; and the two decorating techniques, sgraffito and slip-trailing, used by the 17th through 19th century Pennsylvania German potters.  She has books for ideas or you may bring your own; she has all the tools required to complete your designs.  No prior experience is required.

Denise Wilz has been creating Pennsylvania redware since 2002.  She has a degree in Studio Art from Moravian College and was a computer programmer and craft hobbyist prior to embarking on a career as a potter.  She is a Master Artisan in the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen and is the current president of its Lehigh Valley chapter.  She has been included in the 2017 Directory of Traditional American Crafts presented by Early American Life magazine; her work was featured in the Christmas issues of 2006 and 2007.  Her article on Pennsylvania redware was published in the Pottery Making Illustrated March/April 2008 issue and it has been included in three additional publications by the American Ceramic Society in 2008, 2015, and 2016.

Cost:  $95.00 ($90.25 for Landis Valley Associates members)

Hours:  10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Register online for Sgraffito on a Redware Plate workshop

Third in a series of felted animal classes.  In this class, you'll make a felted Bluebird.  No experience necessary, local fiber artist and instructor Lisa Haldeman will walk you through this fun and easy craft step by step! The class will be 2-3 hrs long. All materials are included and additional kits will be available to purchase after class. *as needles are very sharp this class is limited to participants 12 and over.

Lisa Haldeman is a local, self-taught fiber and polymer clay artist whose miniature dolls and whimsical wool creations have been displayed and sold at craft shows, galleries, and online stores for the last 15 years.  She has taught classes at SPLAT Studio in Annville and Hope at Hand Ministry (various locations) and has recently begun offering felting classes at Landis Valley.  She especially loves helping people learn the fun and fulfilling craft of needle felting.

Cost:  $41.00 ($39.00 for Landis Valley Associates members.  Use discount code NFB18LVA at checkout when registering online)

Hours:  9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Register online for Needle Felting a Bluebird

In this class, you will learn the 7-step hand-caning method.  Each student will take home a lovely hand-caned stool at the end of the class.  Instructions and materials are included.

Patti has been caning and weaving seats since the 1980's.  She learned the art of caning and seat weaving from her mother.  Patti regularly demonstrates caning, seat weaving at various venues, including Landis Valley, Fort Hunter, and the York Fair.  She belongs to the Seatweavers' Guild.

Cost:  $120.00 ($114 for Landis Valley Associates members)

Hours:  1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Register online for Beginning Chair Caning

Rug hooking has often been referred to as the only authentic American craft.  During this one-day workshop, learn the basic techniques and several ways to finish a piece. You will also learn to transfer a design and how to prepare and cut wool strips. While you work on your project, instructor Mary Lynne Naples will lecture on topics related to rug hooking.  

About the instructor:

Mary Lynne Naples has been hooking since 2001 when she retired from a 30-year teaching career. She is a member of the Association of Traditional Hooking Artists, having served as a regional representative. She enjoys demonstrating at local events, speaking about rug hooking for community groups, and teaching beginners. She is a member of the Woolwrights ATHA chapter and the Brandywine Rug Hooking Guild.

Cost:  $95.00 ($90.25 for Landis Valley Associates members)

Hours:  10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Register online for Rug Hooking

Important Registration Information

Registrations are accepted by mail, e-mail, phone, and online via Brown Paper Tickets, a fair trade ticketing company, and are recorded in order of arrival.  Some classes fill quickly, so please indicate a second choice when registering by mail, phone, or e-mail.

Refunds will be given up to one week prior to the class.  Refunds requested before that time will be issued, less a $20 non-refundable processing fee.  We reserve the right to cancel a class due to insufficient registration.  Students can make another choice or receive a full refund.  A letter confirming your registration will be mailed or e-mailed.

Note:  Individuals with disabilities who need special assistance or accommodation should call the museum at 717-569-0401 in advance to discuss their needs.  PA TDD relay service is available at 1-800-654-5984.