Classes

There's always time to learn something new!

Teacher registration is closed. Many thanks to all those who signed-up to teach classes. Stay tuned for a schedule of the classes and a sign-up sheet for students to register for classes. We will be observing class limits so please sign-up early. Notices of full classes, class changes, or late additions will also be found here.

If you have questions about the classes or solars, please contact Lady Annora.

Solars and Sponsors

If you are interested in sponsoring a Solar, please contact Lady Annora.

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. 

Cooking and Agriculture
sponsored by Lady Annora Hall and the Sacred Stone Cooks Guild
Got a question about cooking? How about a question about animals or plants? The Sacred Stone Cooks Guild are teaming up with gentles interested in agriculture in the Middle Ages to provide a unique space for teaching, community, and learning. Please join us Thurs – Sat and typically 10:00 – 4:00 as we explore topics, practice hands on skills, and laugh at our attempts when plans go awry. Work will happen in this space so come prepared to get a little dirty if you hang out.

Fiber, Dry
sponsored by Lady Annice Argent
Bring your spinning, weaving, embroidery, or other fiber-y goodness to our Dry Fiber Solar happening in the Artist's Village War of the Wings Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10-4. All skill levels are welcome. Come share, brag, or connect with other Fiber artists. Classes may be sharing this space throughout the war. We will try to post a schedule once all class proposals are confirmed. If you have any questions please contact Lady Annice Argent (Jennifer Caudipteryx) on Facebook or via email at jrargent42@gmail.com.

Fiber, Wet
sponsored by Lady Murin Dunn
Do you want to process wool? Do you have thread / yarn you wish to dye? Join Lady Murin in the Fiber, Wet Solar in the Artist's Village at War of the Wings Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10-4. All skill levels are welcome. Come share, brag, or connect with other Fiber artists. Classes may be sharing this space throughout the war. We will try to post a schedule once all class proposals are confirmed. If you have any questions please contact Lady Murin (Murin Dunn) on Facebook.

Forge
sponsored by Sir Marc d’Aubigny
Metal working demonstration village set up in front of the farm house - all day friday and possibly Saturday as well. Come and allow these world class blacksmiths to spark your interest in this diverse art / science.

Madrasa
sponsored by Mistress Azza al-Shiraziyya
Join the Atlantian Madrasa (Middle Eastern Guild) as they create a space for sharing information for those who have a Middle Eastern Persona or want to learn more the art and culture of the Middle East. Their tent is open to all. There will be formal classes taught in this space as well as time to talk one-on-one with Madrasa members. You can find them in the Artist’s Village at War of the Wings, Thursday, Friday and Saturday typically from 9:00 until 5:00.

Pottery
sponsored by Tosten du Calais

Scribal sponsored by Baruna Sajah
There will be an open scriptorium in the Artisans' Village on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10-4. This will be drop-in time to work on current projects, share knowledge, seek advice, and recommend favorite tools and supplies with and from fellow scribes. Most scribal classes will be taught in this same tent. Please check the schedule fir times and understand the scriptorium will be put on hold during those times. If you have any questions please contact Baruna Sajah (Kit Wellner) on Facebook or via email at hippopotamama@hotmail.com.



Class Descriptions

Animal Husbandry, Then and Now, taught by Lady Caelainn Grantaich
A practical class on caring for animals that you can raise for period research or for food. We'll have animals on site for the Agriculture display, and will do hands on practice as well as discuss period practices.
Cost:  none         Limit: 20, ages 10 and up          Class Length: 2 hour

Arabic 101: Pronunciation and Speech, taught by Lady Tala al-Zahra
Through games and activities, students will learn to say period-appropriate names, words and phrases to enrich their personas - useful for Middle Eastern personas *and* Normans, Italians, Romans, Byzantines, Spanish, Crusaders, seamen from any port, and those of the Silk Road! Class conducted in the Latin alphabet.
Cost:  none         Limit: none          Class Length: 2 hour

Ball Band Practice, taught by Mistress Azza al Shirazi
Band practice for the Saturday Night Ball: All instruments and ability levels welcome! Please bring your music stand and your printed music which can be downloaded by clicking here. A couple of copies of the music will be available in class and at the Ball. Contact Mistress Azza to reserve a printed copy.
Cost:  none         Limit: none, ages 10 and up         Class Length: 2 hour

Bead Embroidery Coif, taught by Lady Adair of Makyswell
Using the pattern and design of the fabric you have used to fabricate a coif we will use the Bead Embroidery technique to add a layer of Beads to the coif before you line it for the perfect showcase.
Cost:  Supply Kits available for small fee         Limit: 10, ages 12 and up          Class Length: 2 hour

Beer brewing 101, taught by Alain ap Daffyd
Kit beer brewing for the complete novice. Attendees under 18 must be accompanied by a parent.
Cost:  none         Limit: none, ages 18 and up          Class Length: 2 hour

Beginning archery for kids, taught by Mistress Lorelei Greenleafe
This class is to teach youth the basics of archery, including how to check equipment for safety, how to shoot properly and basic range safety. Parents must attend with children. It will take place on the archery range. A small amount of loaner gear will be available. First come first serve.
Cost:  none         Limit: 20, ages 16 and under          Class Length: 1 hour

Beginning Bead Embroidery, taught by Lady Adair of Makyswell
You will learn the technique of Bead and Pearl Embroidery on a small velvet drawstring pouch. Samples will be provided at the class.
Cost:  Supply Kits available for small fee         Limit: 8, ages 10 and up          Class Length: 2 hour

Beginning knitting, taught by Deirdra of Shadowdale.
I supply yarn, needles, a history of knitting and how to packet with my instruction.
Cost:  Supply Kits available for small fee         Limit: 6, ages 5 and up          Class Length: 2 hour

Beginning Sourdough , taught by Lady Jenna Fairhaven
Care and feeding of your magical creature. How to raise, maintain, feed and use a sourdough starter. Broad overview of the process, with hands-on building of a loaf to be baked on-site later.
Cost:  none         Limit: none          Class Length: 1 hour

Beyond the Malleum Maleficarum; an examination of medieval witchcraft through period documents, taught by Lady Esa inghean Donnchaidh
This class moves beyond Kramer and Sprenger, diving deeper into regional documentation, church manuals, court records, and what all of this meant for working class peasants in medieval Europe. Adult content warning.
Cost:  none         Limit: none, ages 16 and up recommended           Class Length: 1 hour

Calligraphy: Creating Your Own Ductus, taught by Caterina di Paulo
This class is about how to take several exemplars and use them to create your own hand for calligraphy that would be accurate for the time period given, but also unique to you.
Cost:  none         Limit: 20, ages 10 and up           Class Length: 1 hour

Calligraphy: Creating Your Own Ductus from Exemplars, taught by Caterina di Paulo
Learn how to look at period exemplars and use that hand or create a unique one that still is period-appropriate!
Cost:  none         Limit: 20          Class Length: 1 hour

Chinese Calligraphy, taught by Bill Pierson
Hands on Drop in Workshop. Grind your own ink with an ink stick and ink stone, learn calligraphy of your Chinese Horoscope animal or other animal and a few ancient characters.
Cost:  none         Limit: 8, ages 10 and up           Class Length: 2 hour

Clay Wrapped Foods, taught by Lady Annora Hall
Join me as we examine the technique of cooking foods in a clay blanket. Previous projects will be discussed and a clay package will be made to cook a sample for class.
Cost:  none         Limit: none          Class Length: 1 hour

Conflict Resolution 101, taught by Baroness Sophia the Orange
Learn proven methods of resolving conflict between two people, both as a participant and a mediator. You will be able to take home two simple processes that can be used to facilitate a conversation between two people intending to clear up a conflict. Examples will be given and at least one practice conversation will be done during class. Methods based on the “Clearing Model” from Woman Within International with additional material from the book Crucial Conversations. The new SCA Anti-Bullying Policy has brought to light the importance of resolving conflicts ourselves before harsh consequences result. SCA members, officers, and leaders of all kinds can benefit from using these methods.
Cost:  none         Limit: none, children must be accompanied by a parent          Class Length: 2 hour

Coptic Book Binding 101, taught by Baroness Asta Knarrarbringa
Hands on class for basic Coptic book binding.
Cost:  $5         Limit: 10, ages 10 and up           Class Length: 2 hour

Drop Spinning 101, taught by Katheryne of Krings Keep
Have you ever wanted to learn how to spin? I will teach you the basics of drop spinning. You will walk out with as much info as I can give, your own drop spindle, and some wool to practice on.
Cost:  $5         Limit: none, ages 15 and up           Class Length: 1 hour

Drumming 101 - Doumbek, taught by Lord Cameron de Grey
Drumming 101 - with Doumbek: We will cover the basics of playing the doumbek as well as basic concepts of playing with a group. By the end of the class you should be able to play along with a song (Ah Ya Zein). Printouts will be provided at class. You will need to bring your own drum, it doesn't need to be a doumbek to understand the concepts but it is highly preferable. Please review rhythm cheat sheet and song 'Ah Ya Zein'.
Cost:  none         Limit: none          Class Length: 1 hour

Figure Drawing for Scribes and Other Interested Artists, taught by Sajah bint-Habushun
This class will cover the basics of figure drawing and interpreting the way the figure is positioned under clothing for the purposes of drawing from an exemplar. We will also cover shading techniques as they assist in the capture of the form.
Cost:  $1         Limit: none          Class Length: 1 hour

Forging Village, taught by Sir Marc d'Aubigny
Metal working demonstration village set up in front of the farm house - all day friday and possibly Saturday as well.
Cost:  none         Limit: none, children must be accompanied by a parent         

Heraldry for Scribes, taught by Sajah bint-Habushun
This class will offer assistance in reading blazons so that scribes can create the emblazon of the arms properly on a scroll. Anyone interested in learning heraldry can attend.
Cost:  none         Limit: none          Class Length: 1 hour

Herbal Infusions in late period British Isles: Methods and Uses, taught by Lady Esa inghean Donnchaidh
Medicinal infusion recipes and applications taken from period documents of fifteenth and sixteenth century British Isles. This class will examine the period documentation, as well as some modern variations to make these products more accessible and user-friendly for beginner herbalists. The class includes a demonstration. Any students who wish to bring their own vessel may take some of the demo product with them.
Cost:  none         Limit: none          Class Length: 1 hour

How to make çaprast closures from fingerloop braids, taught by Alisandre de la Chapelle
Have you ever admired the rows of “marching band style” trim on the front of Ottoman kaftans and Safavid Qaba? These are called çaprast and this class will teach you how to make them from fingerloop braids. Knowledge of fingerloop braiding helpful but not necessary.
Cost:  $10         Limit: 6, ages 16 and up           Class Length: 2 hour

Intermediate Archery for Recurve & Longbow, taught by Baron Colum Maxwell
Improve your archery. We'll cover sighting, stance, release and equipment.
Cost:  none         Limit: none          Class Length: 1 hour

Intro to Commedia del' Arte, taught by Baroness Sophia The Orange
An introductory-level class covering basic history of Commedia dell' Arte, the 16th century Italian improvisational comic theater, and its stock characters with opportunities to play short scenes to try them out. We will play some theater improv games, so all students will participate! We'll also cover how to make commedia happen in the modern SCA. This class is intended to provide the basis for the Iron Commedia session which will follow immediately.
Cost:  none         Limit: none          Class Length: 1 hour

Intro to Runes, taught by Lord Magnus Chernyanimus
Introduction to understanding runes and their beginnings
Cost:  none         Limit: 20          Class Length: 1 hour

Iron Commedia rehearsal and performance, taught by Baroness Sophia The Orange
Iron Commedia is an opportunity for anyone to try Commedia dell' Arte in just one afternoon. Understanding of Commedia is required. Attendance at the previously held Intro to Commedia class OR THE EQUIVALENT is required. Students will take on a role, write the scenario as a team, and improvise the performance at the end of the afternoon. Time frame requested is 1:30 - 4:00pm. I request permission to run this performance in the half hour before court - in front of the thrones. This has worked successfully for the past 3 years. Please allow this to happen again.
Cost:  none         Limit: none         

Keeping the Harvest (Medieval Food Preservation Techniques), taught by Mistress Lorelei Greenleafe
This class will give an overview of the various techniques used for preserving foods grown or raised on the Medieval Manor. We will even get to sample some foods using two of the techniques talked about.
Cost:  none         Limit: 25          Class Length: 1 hour

Knifemaking for Teens, taught by Seth Kuehn
5 Lucky Teenagers can come and totally complete a sheath knife, sheath included. Styles vary. .
Cost:  $30         Limit: 5, ages 13-17          

Leatherwork Sandbox, taught by Seth Kuehn
Bring your knives- we'll make a sheath. Need a belt bag? Start from the ground up. Any leather projects rattling around in your head? Come to me and we'll make it a reality! I want to enable you to take the leatherworking skill home.
Cost:  $20         Limit: none         

Let's play zills - a beginners guide to basic patterns, taught by Maia Bowen
The class will cover wearing zills, warming up your hands, and basic patterns for zills. As a bellydancer I love that I can carry some music with me wherever I go! Bring zills if you have them. I will have 5 loaner sets
Cost:  none         Limit: none          Class Length: 1 hour

M.E. Drum Circle Etiquette (How to play nice with melody instruments and dancers), taught by Wayne Dood of Isenfir
How to find your place at the Haflas and get along with the rest of the band and the dancers. When to play and when not to. How to sit-in with music already being played.
Cost:  none         Limit: none          Class Length: 1 hour

Make-n-Take Pigment: Warpaint, taught by Sajah bint-Habushun
We will be taking the red soil from the site and extracting pigment from it. Adults only please.
Cost:  $1         Limit: none, ages 18 and up          Class Length: 1 hour

Meadmaking 101, taught by Lord Alain ap Daffyd
How to make mead, for the complete novice. Attendees under 18 must be accompanied by a parent.
Cost:  none         Limit: none, ages 18 and up          Class Length: 1 hour

North African Coffee, taught by Maria Beatriz la Mora
Coffee, from the Arabic word qahwah, became popular in the Maghreb by the 16th century. From beans to cup, we will roast green coffee beans together, then learn the techniques you need to make the perfect brew. We will look at bunna, Ethiopian coffee, for comparison. Come thirsty!
Cost:  none         Limit: none          Class Length: 2 hour

Overview of Eastern Archery equipment- matching your archery kit to your garb, taught by Naran Numuchi
Learn what kinds of archery equipment best matches your Eastern persona for time period and culture.
Cost:  none         Limit: 10, ages 12 and up           Class Length: 1 hour

Period Beer Brewing, taught by Lord Alain ap Daffyd
Brewing all-grain beer, in a copper kettle, over fire, using a period (redacted) recipe. This will be an all-day event, those interested in period brewing are welcome to come visit/participate. Discussion of the process will be ongoing throughout the day.
Cost:  none         Limit: none        

Period Mongol Garb, Does, Do'nts and Maybe's, taught by Naran Numuchi
Learn about period Mongol garb.
Cost:  none         Limit: 10, ages 10 and up           Class Length: 1 hour

Playing in the mud. an Intro to pottery, taught by Amathulla Luciano
Hands on class in working with clay to make pinch pot and coil build pottery
Cost:  $5         Limit: none          Class Length: 1 hour

Pulses in Anglo-Saxon England, taught by Lady Annora Hall
Not all pulses are created equal. Learn about the history of the pulses in Anglo-Saxon England. We will discuss varieties, how to proof what varieties were known, and what factors may have influenced their popularity.
Cost:  none         Limit: none          Class Length: 1 hour

Round Basket, taught by Patricia Matthis
Round reed basket: 9.5 inches wide x 5 inch side, 11 inches tall with self made handle. Braided rim. Adults unless contacted before hand.
Cost:  $3         Limit: none, adults only         

Scroll from Start to Finish, taught by Lord Geffrei Maudeleyne
This is to be 3 days long. The Clerk Signet, Aemelia Rosa and I will take scribes that have done 5 scrolls or less and start with blank paper on Thursday and end up with a finished backlog scroll on Saturday.
Cost:  no fee, donations welcome         Limit: 8, ages 14 and up          

Silk Painting 101, taught by Amira of Raven's Cove
All the basics you need to know to start painting beautiful silk banners
Cost:  $5         Limit: 10, ages 10 and up           Class Length: 2 hour

Sing a Song in Persian, taught by Mistress Azza al Shirazi
Learn how to sing a song from the Ottoman Empire. All voices welcome, even warbly ones! No experience necessary, we will be listening and learning, not reading music.
Cost:  none         Limit: none          Class Length: 2 hour

Soap making then and now, taught by Lady Amye Elizabeth Barrington
Discussion of soap making techniques as well as a "make and take" portion that wI'll allow participants to take home a bar of soap by Sunday
Cost:  $8         Limit: 15, ages 15 and up           Class Length: 2 hour

Talking Dirt: Soil Knowledge in Period, taught by Mistress Gisela vom Kreuzbach
Land and what you could do on it or with it was an intrinsic part of life for many in our period of study. In some instances soil knowledge was remarkably sophisticated and has changed little in 2000 years. We'll talk about various types of soil and soil amendments as understood and practiced by our ancestors. I'll have samples of various types of soil. Bring soil samples of your own if you like.
Cost:  none         Limit: none          Class Length: 1 hour

Taste of BookBinding - Pamphlet Sewing (single-quire), taught by Runa Barefoot
Practice the most basic of sewn books. Useful for many modern applications. Fun activity for children!
Cost:  none         Limit: 10          Class Length: 1 hour

Taste of BookBinding - Limp Leather binding (multi-quire), taught by Runa Barefoot
Learn the basics of and create a sewn book, bound in leather.
Cost:  none         Limit: 10          Class Length: 2 hour

Taste of BookBinding - Japanese Stab binding, taught by Runa Barefoot
Learn the basics of and create a Japanese Stab-bound book. Will have multiple pattern templates to choose from.
Cost:  none         Limit: 10          Class Length: 2 hour

The Two Hour Tarpuş, taught by Alisandre de la Chapelle
Everyone loves a pretty hat! The tarpuş was a necessary part of the well-dressed 16th century Ottoman lady’s ensemble. Come learn how to make one with minimal sewing involved. Kits will be available so you can make a new tarpuş to wear for the hafla Friday night!
Cost:  none         Limit: none, ages 16 and up           Class Length: 2 hour

The Yezidi: People of the Peacock, taught by Amani Ahmad ibn Masha'al al-Sabti al-Dulaymi
The Yezidi are an elusive Zoastrian culture that has lived in the Fertile Cresent since Biblical times. Although consistently faced with danger and disdain, they are a beautiful people with a rich religion. Because of their reclusive nature, not much was known about them until very recently. This class intends to share knowledge of the Yezidi from personal interviews and research, as well as photographs taken from the land in which they have lived for 2000 years.
Cost:  none         Limit: none          Class Length: 2 hour

Thumb Ring Archery, taught by Naran Numuchi
How to shoot with a thumb ring,for those with Eastern personas and horsebows
Cost:  thumb rings may be available for sale for $25 each         Limit: 10, ages 12 and up           Class Length: 1 hour

What Wood Would Be Appropriate?, taught by Kryss Kostarev
This is a woods walk to discuss what kind of wood would be appropriate for different everyday uses, how to identify several trees from their bark, how to tell if the wood grain is twisted by looking at the bark.
Cost:  none         Limit: none, ages 8 and up           Class Length: 1 hour

Women in Anglo-Saxon England, taught by Lady Annora Hall
The role of women in Anglo-Saxon England shifted from the time of the Germanic Migration to the fall in 1066. Learn of several famous women of the time and how this shift impacted women of less noble birth.
Cost:  none         Limit: none          Class Length: 1 hour