Classes

There's always time to learn something new!

What would a War of Wing’s be without classes and solars with which we may tempt you by learning of new arts, sciences, or practicing your skills. Sign-ups are still open for classes. We are hoping to have 108 hours of classes this year (6 classrooms X 6 per hour X 3 days) and 18 - 24 hours of solars (6 classrooms X 1 -2 per day X 3 days. These are ambitious goals but the Cultural Arts Staff and I think we can accomplish this and more with your help.

If you have questions about the classes, please contact Lord Hiroaki Akiyama.

If you have questions about the solars, please contact Lady Rois M’Aeden.

To sign up as a teacher, please click here.

Solars and Sponsors

In addition to the many classes and competitions, War of the Wings will be offering solars, spaces set aside for specific types of arts or sciences that have widespread interest in our community. No matter your level of experience come out and join others that share your passions.

Brewing
sponsored by Lord Alain ap Dafydd
Discussions of brewing tools, methods, and recipes will take place. 

Calligraphy and Illumination
sponsored by Baroness Eleanor of Grey and Lord Geffrei Maudeleyne
Bring your tools and your chairs to practice this beautiful art with others who share your interest.  Blanks and some loaner equipment may be available.

Cooking
sponsored by the Sacred Stone Cooks Guild
Got a question?  Need some heat?  The wood fire will be lit, an oven warming, and propane at the ready.  Join members of the Guild and other Kingdom cooks as we answer questions, demo, and rock that day away making tasty food.  Samples may be provided.  This is a working kitchen so come prepared to get a little dirty if you hang out.

Fiber, Lace, and Weaving
sponsored by Mistress Kaete MacDavid, Lady Anne of Middlegate, and Lady Dedrie
Spin, weave, embroider, and lace making are just some of the amazing talents that may be observed under this shade.  Bring your current projects to share, show, or complete in the company of others who channel their inner cats to play with fiber.

Leatherworking
sponsored by Baron Christophe of Grey, Lord Ihone Munro, Lord Kere, and Lord Wolfgang
Does the smell of Zach White’s or new leather good send chills down your spin?  Join these artisans for a workshop on leatherworking techniques and ideas.

Music
sponsored by Mistress Azza al-Shiraziyya
Wanna play?  Hang out musician style to listen, practice, and share stories of music in the SCA.

Class Descriptions

A Celestial Soap Opera, taught by Lord Cian mac Ceallachain Ui Dubhlaich
Come take a journey back to a time before television, movies, smartphones, and Xboxes, and learn of the constellations in the night sky and the stories that people invented to amuse themselves.  It will be a story filled with mighty warriors, fierce monsters, vain Queens, and beautiful princesses.
Cost:  none         Limit: none          Class Length: 1 hour

Agriculture Round Table, taught by Meisterin Gisela vom Kreuzbach
This is an open discussion where we will have a chance to discuss what we know, what we want to know, and who's doing what.
Cost:  none         Limit: none          Class Length: 1.5 hours

Ball Music Practice, taught by Mistress Azza al Shirazi
Come with your musical instruments to learn the tunes for the Masked Ball.  Sheet music will be provided.  You are not required to attend the classes to play in the Ball Band, but won't it be fun to play music every day at WoW?  Please bring a music stand if you have one.  ALL INSTRUMENTS WELCOME!
Cost:  none         Limit: none          Class Length: 2 hours

Beginning Calligraphy, taught by Mistress Mara Palmer
An introduction to the foundations of calligraphy with a dip pen. As a part of the process, we will walk through uncial and finish with the foundations of gothic. No experience or materials needed (though you can bring your own if you like). Space/materials FCFS.
Cost:  none         Limit: FCFS          Class Length: 2 hours

Blackwork 101, taught by Lord Robert Shockley of Avonsford
Historical overview, learning the stitches
Cost:  $1              Limit: 10              Class Length: 1 hour

Blackwork design, taught by Lord Robert Shockley of Avonsford
How to map and plan your device as a blackwork design
Cost:  none         Limit: 10              Class Length: 1 hour

Cooking on and in Embers, taught by Lady Annora Hall
Don't have a pan for your campfire?  This class will discuss and show how to cook on and I embers for a pan free dining experience.
Cost:  $2              Limit: none          Class Length: 1 hour

Counted Thread Embroidery Techniques Workshop, taught by Master Hagar the Black
This is a discussion of tips and tricks for improving the quality of your counted thread embroidery. We will talk about planning and preparing your project, as well as working it. The primary focus will be on cross-stitch, but there will be lots of interest to those who do blackwork, or other types of embroidery. Students are encouraged to bring their own work.
Cost:  none         Limit: none          Class Length: 2 hours

Court Heraldry, taught by Master Hagar the Black
This class walks step-by-step through the Court Herald's process of preparing for and conducting court, whether Royal or Baronial, We will talk about the things that need to be done, and the things that need to be avoided. It is primarily intended for those who are, or would like to become, court heralds, but will also be of interest to anyone who would like to learn more about the hows and whys of the workings of court.
Cost:  none         Limit: none          Class Length: 2 hours

Courtesans - Selling the Illusion of Love, taught by Lady Magdalena la Sanguigni
A study of the unique and glamorous lives of the 16th c. "rockstar prostitutes" , their education, lifestyle, clothing, accompilshments.  We will also discuss their clients, fanbase, and detractors.  People under 18 must be accompanied by a parent.  Handouts may be downloaded from website at no cost.
Cost:  $15            Limit: none          Class Length: 2 hours

Darn It!, taught by Alfarinn Valison
Feeling guilty every time you glance at your mending pile? Bring garb (or mundane clothes)  which have suffered the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune (and daily wear), resulting in holes, rips, stains, and other damage.  We'll repair those much-loved garments by darning, re-knitting,  patching, embellishing, or in some other reasonable fashion, reclaiming your old favorites.  Let's put those treasured pieces back into use.
Cost:  none         Limit: 10              Class Length: 2 hours

Eventing with Your Kids, taught by Anabel Cosby
How to keep your children happy and engaged at events.
Cost:  none         Limit: none          Class Length: 1 hour

Heraldry: Function and Design, taught by Meistrerin Gisela vom Kreuzbach
Heraldry is wonderful. What is allowed in the SCA? What isn't and why? And how do we use it? We'll talk about all of this and more.
Cost:  none         Limit: none          Class Length: 1 hour

HOT BUTTERED RUM - and other Mulled Drinks, taught by Seth Kuehn
You might have tasted a good hot buttered rum before- learn how to make it properly, with period accoutrements. Also teaching how to make a Mulled Wine (just in time for Christmas). Open to all, but FREE SAMPLES for those 21 and over.
Cost:  none         Limit: none          Class Length: 1 hour

How Hard is your cheese? , taught by Lady Hrosvitha von Celle
Basic introduction into ingredients and supplies needed to make rennet based cheeses.
Cost:  none         Limit: none          Class Length: 1 hour

Illumination:  Modern Artist Materials and Techniques, taught by Lord Akiyama Hiroaki
A discussion of artist's materials and techniques to improve illumination, focusing on modern materials and modern pigments. Students may bring examples of their work for instructive critique.
Cost:  none         Limit: 10              Class Length: 1 hour

Intro to Landsknecht, taught by Lord Klaus Jäger
The basics of design and style of 16th century Landsknecht garb.
Cost:  none         Limit: none          Class Length: 1 hour

Introduction to Period C&I Materials, taught by Mistress Mara Palmer
An overview of materials used in period in calligraphy and illumination of a manuscript page from beginning to end, as well as where to find / how to make each of them.
Cost:  none         Limit: none          Class Length: 1 hour

Introduction to Tribal Odyssey, taught by Rajni
Learn Egyptian-based group improvisational belly dance!
Cost:  none         Limit: none          Class Length: 1 hour

Iron Commedia, taught by Sophia the Orange
3-4 hour class teaching commedia dell arte that results in a play at the end. Play is best performed in the hour before court.
Cost:  none         Limit: none          Class Length: 1 hour

ITS Combos with Cymbals or Props! , taught by Atesh of Orluk Oasis
Atesh teaches Tribal Odyssey (group improv) belly dance combinations to suit your fancy: slow or fast, with or without finger cymbals. Also: using full skirts, or sword, veils, or fan veils - whatever you have, bring it! We'll go with the flow.
Cost:  none         Limit: none          Class Length: 1 hour

Nautical Knots, taught by Baron Lochlainn hua Rigbarddain
Knots used aboard a ship
Cost:  none         Limit: none          Class Length: 1 hour

Leather tooling, taught by Baron Christophe of Grey
This will be a demo class on making a leather tankard including tooling a design
Cost:  none         Limit: none          Class Length: 1.5 hours

Leather workshop, , taught by Baron Christophe of Grey
This will be an open leather workshop. Bring your projects to work on.
Cost:  none         Limit: 15              Class Length: 2 hours

Make and Take Drawn Threadwork Handkerchief, taught by Lady Syele von Dampach
Make and take linen handkerchief decorated with drawn threadwork. Teaches a basic threadwork technique that can be used to self-finish a hem and make it pretty.
Cost:  $5              Limit: 20              Class Length: 2 hours

Mythical Sea Creatures, taught by Baroness Edan Lowery
Talking about mythical sea creatures from different parts of the world.
Cost:  none         Limit: none          Class Length: 1 hour

No Sew SCA Garb, , taught by Lady Amathullah Luciano
Bring a flat sheet or three yards of cloth and a pack of safety pins and leave with a period garment.
Cost:  none         Limit: none          Class Length: 2 hours

Researching Anglo-Saxon and other Pre-1000 Recipes, taught by Lady Annora Hall
Do you want to cook early period food but get stuck on how to get started?  We will identify resources from literature, archeology, and art and discuss how to build a case for plausible recipes.
Cost:  none         Limit: none          Class Length: 1 hour

Running Children's Activities, taught by Lady Thamira haSopheret
Have you ever wondered what kind of person runs children's activities?  Come and find out if you could be that person!  A look at what you need to do, what you can expect, and who you can ask for help. 
Cost:  none         Limit: none          Class Length: 1 hour

SCA clothes on a dime: making garb without breaking the bank, taught by Lady Draven Archer
Techniques and tips on how to make SCA garb in cost effective ways.
Cost:  none         Limit: none          Class Length: 1 hour

Small Basket Backpack (basketry weaving) , taught by Baroness Patricia Matthis
Hand made basket! Backpack style ( 15 "h x 8" L x 4"w) with straps.
Cost:  $35            Limit: 15              Class Length: 4 hours

Target Archery Marshal Warrant Class (aka MIT Class) , taught by Lady Sarah Sinclair
Required class for archery marshal renewal and for archery marshals-in-training.
Cost:  none         Limit: 4                 Class Length: 2 hours

The Astronomical Universe of the Middle Ages, taught by Lord Cian mac Ceallacahin Ui Dubhlaich
A look at the Universe as it was defined during the Middle Ages.  Learn how they explained the stars and planets, and how those explanations changed throughout history.
Cost:  none         Limit: none          Class Length: 1 hour

Thumb-Ring Archery Instruction, taught by Naran Numuchi
Learn to shoot like a proper Mongol, Turk, or other nomadic tribesman of Central Asia and elsewhere.  leather thumb rings available, you will need an Asiatic recurve bow,('horsebow')  and arrows long enough to accommodate the shooting style. (several inches longer than western style).  Thumbrings may be purchased for $10.
Cost:  none         Limit: 8                 Class Length: 2 hours

Twisted Rope, taught by Lord Ihone Munro
How to make rope from twisting twine
Cost:  none         Limit: none          Class Length: 1 hour

Voice Heraldry Made Easy: Court to List, taught by Meistrerin Gisela vom Kreuzbach
Too many people are afraid of voice heraldry. It's not difficult so long as you aren't terrified of people looking at you. It is about being Loud, Clear, and Informed.
Cost:  none         Limit: none          Class Length: 1 hour

Wire Jewelry, taught by Lord Talan Gof
History of wire jewelry with a ring project.
Cost:  $5              Limit: 8                 Class Length: 2 hours

Free-form Celtic Knotwork, taught by Lady Jenna Fairhaven
Doodle friendly, free-hand, free-form closed loop knot work. This is an easy to learn, no rulers or grid needed method of creating a drawn knot.
No cost              6 Student limit                 1 hour

Acclimating to Arabic, taught by Lady Tala al-Zahra
This introductory class will be in two parts. In the 1st hour, we will use interactive tools to understand Arabic; to acclimate to letters in words, then words in documents. The second hour will be conversation-based. You will learn SCA-friendly words and phrases, and you will to learn pronounce those difficult Arabic names and titles. Please bring pencils and paper.
No Cost              No Limit                 2 hours

Beginners Class for Ebru, taught by Qulan Chaghan
Beginner class to the art of Ebru, or Turkish marbling paper.
No cost              10 Student limit                 1 hour