Curriculum

2018 Curriculum

Youth Camp

Dragons (age 7-9)

Dragons will have three predetermined Paths from which to choose.  Each track includes five classes.  They will take every class every day and will also have swimming time every day.  They will be assigned to a “clan,” a group of 9 other campers with which they will spend the entire week.

Path of the Scholar
Focus: Crafting and creativity
Classes: Pottery, Candle Carving, Leatherworking, Woodworking, Chainmaille

Path of the Artist       
Focuses: Art and theatrics
Classes: Theatre, Music, The Way of the Storyteller, Magic, Manuscript Making

Path of the Super Hero
Focus: Action and movement
Classes: Archery, Swordplay, Costuming, Blacksmithing, Herbalism

See below for class descriptions.

Knights (age 10-12) and Druids (age 13-15)

Knights and Druids have a 100% elective curriculum.  Campers will choose six classes, and take each class every day; thus, they will receive six hours of tutelage in each subject.  Versus past years this offers the chance to learn quite a bit more about their subjects and execute vastly more complex projects.

Returning campers & new multi-week campers

Knights and Druids who have taken a course before will be “automagically” assigned to advanced sections of the courses they choose whenever possible.

There are two classes – Fairies and Mythical Creatures, and Knights, Ladies and Chivalry – that are only available to campers who have attended in a prior year and to new campers attending multiple weeks in 2018.  In the case of the latter group, these classes may be chosen in the camper’s second or third week. These classes are two hours per day, and thus count as two of your camper’s selections.

ClassEligibilityDescription
Archery
Dragons: Path of the Superhero
Knights and Druids: Available to all as an elective
Archery will emphasize safety and will be based around a core  of medieval technique. History of archery and the different styles from  around Europe will be explored. Students will learn a deep history of  archery as well as getting hands on time with the equipment utilized by  period archers, including various bows, archery equipment and weapons,  etc.  This class will be taught by The Hun (Rob Morton) and/or Magnus (John Lewis).
Beginning Recorder Dragons: Path of the Artist
Knights and Druids: Available to all as an elective
Learn the basics of how to play this "Highly Portable" Medieval/Renaissance instrument. Taught by Andrew McKee, acclaimed solo artist and member of the renowned Brobdignagian Bards.
Beekeeping (new!)Dragons: Not available
Knights and Druids: Available to all as an elective
Learn the traditions of the past and how honey has been collected throughout history. Students will have the opportunity to work with a live hive and learn a bit about the dynamics within. Taught by Cassandra Carico, who is a tarot reader during Sherwood Forest Faire.
BlacksmithingDragons: Path of the Superhero
Knights and Druids: Available to all as an elective
This class will feature the beginning process of the art of  blacksmithing, which is the shaping of hot steel with a hammer and other tools. Each student will fashion simple objects such as jewelry or tools from steel.  This class will be taught by Master Shadowhawk (Charles Adams).
Candle Carving (new!)Dragons: Path of the Scholar
Knights and Druids: Available to all as an elective
In this class, campers will create their own candles and then learn the techniques of carving them into beautiful designs. Taught by Becky Hurst, owner of the booth Legendary Candle Company at Sherwood Forest Faire.
ChainmailleDragons: Path of the Scholar
Knights and Druids: Available to all as an elective
Chainmaille was originally used as armor against slashing blows from a sword but has evolved over time into a form of jewelry and adorment making. Campers will learn to open/close rings properly, basic to advanced patterns of linking the rings to form intricate chains or sheets and finishing techniques to make the chains into wearable jewelry. This class will be taught by Banshee, owner of Sherwood Forest Faire's Gem Stone Mine.
Corset Making (new!)Dragons: Not available
Knights and Druids: 2+ years Leatherworking class required; must be attending at least two weeks and sign up for this class both weeks. Maximum 8 campers.
Due to the difficulty level of the material presented, this class will be kept small and is for experienced campers only. Campers will learn to make a corset out of leather by a master of this particular art: Stew Facile, of Life Tree Leather.
Costuming (new!)Dragons: Path of the Superhero
Knights and Druids: Available to all as an elective
Have fun, and learn something too! Start with a basic piece of cloth and end with your very own heraldic tabard. Campers will be provided with a basic garment and given the opportunity to design a "coat of arms" and apply it to the fabric. No sewing is required. A fashion show might be happening! Taught by Kathy Mohr.
Doll Making (new!)Dragons: Not available
Knights and Druids: Available to all as an elective
We have always had dolls. Whether to play with as children, or to enjoy as adults, dolls are part of our lives. Campers will create a straw doll and dress it however they wish. No sewing is required. Taught by Kathy Mohr.
Fairies and Mythical Creatures
Counts as two classes
Dragons: Not available
Knights and Druids: Available to returning campers as an elective.
In this class, one will become familiar with the nuances of the supernatural. This includes character development and acting training tailored to otherworldly beings, and the knowledge of the histories, mythology, and folklore behind the faeries, elves, spirits, and other supernatural beings of lore. Instruction will also be given on how to tear off one's mortal skin, to expose whatever scaly, bumpy, glittery, creature dwells beneath, through use of make-up, costumes, and special effects. This knowledge and set of skills will be put to use for the preservation and glory of Sherwood against the forces of evil, by participating in "behind-the-scenes" theatrics and performances for the amusement of their human peers. Taught by Chloe Fackler and Christopher Wheatley.
Found Art (new!)Dragons: Not available
Knights and Druids: Available to all as an elective
Our Medieval predecessors found ways to beautify their homes, much the way we do now. But, that did not mean a quick trip to the store - they found beauty all around them. Make a wall hanging from materials found on the grounds and random bits of leftovers. Each piece will be unique to you. Taught by Kathy Mohr.
HerbalismDragons: Path of the Superhero
Knights and Druids: Available to all as an elective
Plants are the basis of all modern medicine. In this class we will explore the relationship of medieval peoples with plants and how they worked with them each day. You will have the opportunity to craft your own herbal recipe.  This class will be taught by Cassandra Carico, who  is a tarot reader at Sherwood Forest Faire.
Knights, Ladies and Chivalry
Counts as two classes
Dragons: Not available
Knights and Druids: Available to returning campers as an elective.
Learn the knightly code of Chivalry, which is built around the values of Strength, Courage, Honor, Wisdom and Loyalty. This course will include lessons in stage combat fighting technique, storytelling from the 12th century, and each camper who wishes to (and has parental permission) will have an opportunity to ride one of King Richard's warhorses. Taught by Duncan Mackay, who plays King William the Lion, and/or George Appling, who plays King Richard the Lionheart, during the Sherwood Forest Faire season.
LeatherworkingDragons: Path of the Scholar
Knights and Druids: Available to all as an elective
Campers will have a brief lesson on the history of leather craft and the differences between different types of leather and their uses. Projects will teach basic/advanced leather working techniques such as cutting, punching, sewing, shaping, tooling, dying, and finishing.  This class will be taught by Stew Facile, owner of Life Tree Leather at Sherwood Forest Faire.
MagicDragons: Path of the Artist
Knights and Druids: Available to all as an elective
Magic is one of the oldest art forms.  You will be taught many easy to perform, mystifying, clever, and entertaining impromptu tricks and stunts that you can perform with everyday objects.  Students will also focus on developing creativity and relevance by developing your own routines! This class will be taught by Mark Wilson, known as Merlin the Wise during Sherwood Forest Faire.
Manuscript Making (new!)Dragons: Path of the Artist
Knights and Druids: Available to all as an elective
In this class, campers will create their own medieval illuminated manuscript. We will start by exploring the history and writing techniques of various medieval (and older) script to include Gothic Old English, Nordic Runes, and even Irish Ogham. Then, we will learn how to create and use our own goose quill to write our manuscript in chosen form. To finish, campers will illuminate their work with paint and gold or silver leafing. This class will be taught by Liam Carroll.
Medieval Art: Painted Glass and Ebru (new!)Dragons: Not available
Knights and Druids: Available to all as an elective
Learn two different authentic Medieval artistic techniques! Let your imagination fly free and create glowing painted glass that would be at home in any cathedral or palace. Then try your hand at the exotic Turkish art of marbleizing paper and cloth known as Ebru, brought to Europe during the Crusades. Taught by Drea Friede.
Medieval GamesDragons: Not available
Knights and Druids: Available to all as an elective
Learn the basics and strategy of several medieval games. Learn to count,  plan, and bluff like a pro! Games include Mancala, Liar's Dice, and Fox  & Geese.  This class will be taught by Urial Gwydian, known as King of the Fae during Sherwood Forest Faire.
Mug MakingDragons: Not available
Knights and Druids: Available to all as an elective
Campers will create their very own wooden mug. With a dram of elbow grease and a flagon of fun, we will laminate and shape, decorate and finish their one-of-a-kind period-appropriate wooden art piece. Taught by Benjamin Dunham, irreverent dad of the Dublin Harpers.
Music of Faire (new!)Dragons: Not available
Knights and Druids: Available to all as an elective
Campers will learn to sing (and maybe even play!) the most popular songs of faire and pub sings (sticking to the age-appropriate content, of course!). Taught by Mark Wilson, known as Merlin the Wise during Sherwood Forest Faire.
Oskar Hasselhoff's School of the Sword Dragons: Path of the Superhero
Knights and Druids: Available to all as an elective
A practical, hands-on approach to actual fighting with a sword. Learn the Medieval techniques still useful today! This class is taught by Alan Hutton, known as Oskar Hasselhof during Sherwood Forest Faire.
PotteryDragons: Path of the Scholar
Knights and Druids: Available to all as an elective
In this class we will be learning about Medieval pottery. Not only will we talk about the history of pottery during this age, but we will also discuss various historical processes as they related to production. Based on the students level, they will have the opportunity to make any number of functional and uniquely decorated Medieval ceramic pieces. Taught by Liam Carroll.
PyrographyDragons: Not available
Knights and Druids: Available to all as an elective
Campers will learn the history of pyrography, which is the art of burning designs onto wood or leather with a heated metal point. They will also design and create their own personalized art. This class will be taught by Graham Warwick, owner of Garlands Faire, Sherwood Forest Faire's dried garlands booth.
Rat Pucking (new!)Dragons: Not available
Knights and Druids: Available to all as an elective
Would you enjoy a Medieval type of golf? Would you enjoy high-sticking hockey on plagued rats? If you think you can chuck, pass, lob, and dodge dead, rotting, plague-ridden street rats (not really, they're leather), then you may have what it takes to be a Master Rat Pucker! "Rat Pucking" is a golf type game played with long staff-like sticks and a "Plague Rat" or leather rat doll filled with beads. "Puckers, line up!" and shoot their rats toward various course goals and platforms in as few strokes as possible while trying not to plague any bystanders. Puckers can be seen with "Rats aloft!" in the lanes during many of the Medieval and Renaissance Faires including a shootout tournament at the Sherwood Forest Faire. Taught by Benjamin Dunham of the Dublin Harpers.
SwimmingDragons: All Paths
Knights and Druids: Available to all as an elective
This year campers can choose to forego swimming and take an additional class instead! If they think they will wish to swim each day, they need to select this class as an elective.
Theatre
Dragons: Path of the Artist
Knights and Druids: Available to all as an elective
In Theatre class, campers will first learn how to shed their inhibitions, and speak to each other on stage as they play games and go through improv exercises.  The class will then create an idea for an original medieval-themed play that will be performed Saturday morning for parents. The class will be co-taught by Zane Baker, Sherwood Forest  Faire's Entertainment Director, as well as Jonah Green, Sherwood's Theatrical Coordinator.
The Way of the Storyteller (new!)Dragons: Path of the Artist
Knights and Druids: Available to all as an elective
The storyteller has been an integral part of human society for millennia. Often revered for their gifts with words, these skills have been passed down for generations. In this class you will learn the basics of quality story telling in the form of the modern short Odyssey, also know as: the joke. Taught by Madman Maverick.
Woodworking - Basic TechniquesDragons: Path of the Scholar
Knights and Druids: Available to all as an elective
Campers will have hands on action with various woods, including Sherwood's beautiful native Eastern Red Cedar, and learn some basic woodworking techniques such as the ancient art of wood lamination, mortice & tenon joinery whilst using honorable tools such as saws, hammers, chisels, brace & bits. Your most humble reward will be to burn your mark into the bench and be immortalized to thousands of future Sherwood Masters and campers! This class will be taught by Graham Warwick, owner of Sherwood Forest Faire's dried garlands booth, Garlands Faire.
Woodworking - Tools and WeaponsDragons: Not Available
Knights: Not Available
Druids: Available to all as an elective
This class will cover the practical art of designing and creating wood working tools and wooden swords, and knives, as well as their history and uses. This class will be taught by Graham Warwick, owner of Garlands Faire, Sherwood Forest Faire's dried garlands booth.

Family Camp (age 5+)

ClassDescription
Archery
Archery will emphasize safety and will be based around a core  of medieval technique. History of archery and the different styles from  around Europe will be explored. Students will learn a deep history of  archery as well as getting hands on time with the equipment utilized by  period archers, including various bows, archery equipment and weapons,  etc.  This class will be taught by The Hun (Rob Morton) and/or Magnus (John Lewis).
BlacksmithingThis class will feature the beginning process of the art of  blacksmithing, which is the shaping of hot steel with a hammer and other tools. Each student will fashion simple objects such as jewelry or tools from steel.  This class will be taught by Master Shadowhawk (Charles Adams).
ChainmailleChainmaille was originally used as armor against slashing blows from a sword but has evolved over time into a form of jewelry and adorment making. Campers will learn to open/close rings properly, basic to advanced patterns of linking the rings to form intricate chains or sheets and finishing techniques to make the chains into wearable jewelry. This class will be taught by Banshee, owner of Sherwood Forest Faire's Gem Stone Mine.
LeatherworkingCampers will have a brief lesson on the history of leather craft and the differences between different types of leather and their uses. Projects will teach basic/advanced leather working techniques such as cutting, punching, sewing, shaping, tooling, dying, and finishing.  This class will be taught by Stew Facile, owner of Life Tree Leather at Sherwood Forest Faire.
Manuscript Making (new!)In this class, campers will create their own medieval illuminated manuscript. We will start by exploring the history and writing techniques of various medieval (and older) script to include Gothic Old English, Nordic Runes, and even Irish Ogham. Then, we will learn how to create and use our own goose quill to write our manuscript in chosen form. To finish, campers will illuminate their work with paint and gold or silver leafing. This class will be taught by Liam Carroll.
Medieval GamesLearn the basics and strategy of several medieval games. Learn to count,  plan, and bluff like a pro! Games include Mancala, Liar's Dice, and Fox  & Geese.  This class will be taught by Urial Gwydian, known as King of the Fae during Sherwood Forest Faire.
Mug MakingCampers will create their very own wooden mug. With a dram of elbow grease and a flagon of fun, we will laminate and shape, decorate and finish their one-of-a-kind period-appropriate wooden art piece. Taught by Benjamin Dunham, irreverent dad of the Dublin Harpers.
PotteryIn this class we will be learning about Medieval pottery. Not only will we talk about the history of pottery during this age, but we will also discuss various historical processes as they related to production. Based on the students level, they will have the opportunity to make any number of functional and uniquely decorated Medieval ceramic pieces. Taught by Liam Carroll.
Rat Pucking (new!)Would you enjoy a Medieval type of golf? Would you enjoy high-sticking hockey on plagued rats? If you think you can chuck, pass, lob, and dodge dead, rotting, plague-ridden street rats (not really, they're leather), then you may have what it takes to be a Master Rat Pucker! "Rat Pucking" is a golf type game played with long staff-like sticks and a "Plague Rat" or leather rat doll filled with beads. "Puckers, line up!" and shoot their rats toward various course goals and platforms in as few strokes as possible while trying not to plague any bystanders. Puckers can be seen with "Rats aloft!" in the lanes during many of the Medieval and Renaissance Faires including a shootout tournament at the Sherwood Forest Faire. Taught by Benjamin Dunham of the Dublin Harpers.
SwimmingThis year campers can choose to forego swimming and take an additional class instead! If they think they will wish to swim each day, they need to select this class as an elective.
SwordplaySwordplay - Kings, Khans, and Cavaliers, Vikings, Pirates, and Princes: the heroes and the villains of history and legend all find common ground in the use and skill of the sword. The story of the sword is the story of mankind: the conquest of empires, the protection of the innocent, and the defense of honor all take place at the point of the sword. In this class we will explore the basics (and beyond) of the medieval short sword, the eastern sabre, and the Viking longsword. Attacks, defenses, and paired exercises will help you sharpen your skill with the blade as well as provide you with techniques and tactics to take home and continue your own sword-journey. More advanced students can tackle special topics like hand-axe, the long knife, and a few necessary Dirty Tricks! Our class will culminate in a tournament in which we will crown this year’s Family Camp Sword Master! This class will be taught by Magnus BowBreaker, who teaches archery during youth camp.
Theatre
In Theatre class, campers will first learn how to shed their inhibitions, and speak to each other on stage as they play games and go through improv exercises.  The class will then create an idea for an original medieval-themed play that will be performed Saturday morning for parents. The class will be co-taught by Zane Baker, Sherwood Forest  Faire's Entertainment Director, as well as Jonah Green, Sherwood's Theatrical Coordinator.
Woodworking - Basic TechniquesCampers will have hands on action with various woods, including Sherwood's beautiful native Eastern Red Cedar, and learn some basic woodworking techniques such as the ancient art of wood lamination, mortice & tenon joinery whilst using honorable tools such as saws, hammers, chisels, brace & bits. Your most humble reward will be to burn your mark into the bench and be immortalized to thousands of future Sherwood Masters and campers! This class will be taught by Graham Warwick, owner of Sherwood Forest Faire's dried garlands booth, Garlands Faire.

Grown Up Camp (age 21+)

ArcheryArchery will focus primarily on safety and will be based around a core of Medieval technique. Students will learn a deep history of archery as well as getting hands on time with the equipment utilized by period archers, including various bows, archery equipment and weapons, etc. This class will be taught by The Hun, owner of The Flying Hun archery shop, and Magnus, an expert archer himself.
The Art of The Crook
Lose friends. Frustrate people. Possibly get arrested. But hey, it's fun! In this class you will learn the art of a few simple con games that have been used by swindlers, hacks and flimflam men since the middle-ages. Easy to do and entertaining for the whole cell block. For entertainment purposes only. This class will be taught by Madman Maverick as Sherwood Forest Faire officially turns a blind eye.
Bagmaking (new!)How do I carry my stuff? In the middle ages, unless you were rich you carried your belongings on your person. Campers will make a Pilgrim's Bag, complete with over the shoulder strap and loop & button closure. No sewing skills are needed. Taught by Kathy Mohr.
Beekeeping (new!)Learn the traditions of the past and how honey has been collected throughout history. Students will have the opportunity to work with a live hive and learn a bit about the dynamics within. Taught by Cassandra Carico, who is a tarot reader during Sherwood Forest Faire.
Blacksmithing
This class will feature the beginning process of the art of blacksmithing, which is the shaping of hot steel with a hammer and other tools. Each student will fashion simple objects such as jewelry or tools from steel. This class will be taught by Charles Adams, who has been our Blacksmithing Master for 5 years.
Candle Carving (new!)In this class, campers will create their own candles and then learn the techniques of carving them into beautiful designs. Taught by Becky Hurst, owner of the booth Legendary Candle Company at Sherwood Forest Faire.
Carving and WhittlingLearn to pick up a stick from the ground and make something useful out of it! Everything from sundials to treenware (domestic wooden implements) or game board pieces and jewelry... or perhaps even a magic wand to confound Merlin! This class will be taught by Graham Warwick, owner of Garlands Faire, Sherwood Forest Faire's dried garlands booth.
Chainmaille
Chainmaille was originally used as armor against slashing blows from a sword but has evolved over time into a form of jewelry and adorment making. Campers will learn to open/close rings properly, basic to advanced patterns of linking the rings to form intricate chains or sheets and finishing techniques to make the chains into wearable jewelry. This class will be taught by Banshee, owner of Sherwood Forest Faire's Gem Stone Mine.
Corset Making (new!)Learn to make a leather corset. Prior leatherworking experience strongly recommended. Taught by "Hairy Potter" Stew Facile, of Sherwood Forest Faire's Life Tree Leather.
Courtly Dancing

Learn several of the popular court dances, including the Half-Hannikin, Korobushka and Maltese Bransle. If time permits or if there are enough signups to permit an advanced class, there may be an opportunity to learn the Spangaletta also. Your host is Ddrwg’angenrheidiol, sometimes referred to by humans as Urial Gwydian, who is King of the Fae during Sherwood Forest Faire.
The Discoverie Of WitchcraftIn 1584, Reginald Scot wrote an exposé of early Modern witchcraft entitled The Discoverie Of Witchcraft. The book contained some of the first written description of magic tricks and their method. In this class you will learn some true classics of magic as they were first described. Taught by Madman Maverick.
DivinationLearn the history of various types of divination, their place in the Medieval world, and how to work with them in your own life. We will discuss everything from cartomancy to scrying. This class will be taught by Cassandra Carico, who is a mysterious and alluring tarot reader at Sherwood Forest Faire.
Doll Making (new!)We have always had dolls. Whether to play with as children, or to enjoy as adults, dolls are part of our lives. Campers will create a straw doll and dress it however they wish. No sewing is required. Taught by Kathy Mohr.
Egyptian BellydanceThose mesmerizing, mysterious belly dancers - how do they do it? Join the Femme Fatale & begin your journey down the Silk Road. Each class will be dedicated to breaking down popular dance techniques such as the snaky undulation, exciting shimmy & much MUCH more! To accent your new dance moves, we will focus on proper posture, elegant arm positions that frame your dance, and foot work to travel across the stage. No dance experience needed. Men and women of all ages and body types are welcome. This class will be taught by the alluring and irrepressible Femme Fatale, known in the mundane world as Elaine Crump.
Found Art (new!)Our Medieval predecessors found ways to beautify their homes, much the way we do now. But, that did not mean a quick trip to the store - they found beauty all around them. Make a wall hanging from materials found on the grounds and random bits of leftovers. Each piece will be unique to you. Taught by Kathy Mohr.
HerbalismPlants are the basis of all modern medicine. In this class we will explore the relationship of Medieval peoples with plants and how they worked with them each day. You will have the opportunity to craft your own herbal recipe. This class will be taught by Cassandra Carico, who is a tarot reader at Sherwood Forest Faire.
Leatherworking
Campers will have a brief lesson on the history of leather craft and the differences between different types of leather and their uses. Projects will teach basic/advanced leather working techniques. Cutting, punching, sewing, shaping, tooling, dying, and finishing. This class will be taught by Stew Facile, owner of Life Tree Leather at Sherwood Forest Faire.
Manuscript Making (new!)In Manuscript Making, campers will learn the history of manuscripts in the Medieval world, the materials and processes used in making these codices and scrolls, types of period ink and paint, how to make (and keep) quills and brushes from goose feathers, different period calligraphy styles, and illumination (painting/ gold leafing) motifs of the period. Following this, campers will apply this knowledge and skill by creating a beautifully scribed and illuminated parchment scroll! Taught by Liam Carroll.
Mead MakingLearn the science behind meadmaking and create your own batch under the watchful eye of MacIntyre (Brandon Wright), who is a 13+ year veteran meadmaker. You will return home with your first batch in hand as well as your very own kit to make future batches. This class requires a $15 supplement.
Medieval Games Learn the basics and strategy of several Medieval games. Learn to count, plan, and bluff like a pro! Games include Mancala, Liar's Dice, and Fox & Geese. This class will be taught by Urial Gwydian, known as King of the Fae during Sherwood Forest Faire.
Mug Making (new!)Campers will create their very own wooden mug. With a dram of elbow grease and a flagon of fun, we will laminate and shape, decorate and finish their one-of-a-kind period-appropriate wooden art piece. Taught by Benjamin Dunham, irreverent dad of the Dublin Harpers.
Oskar Hasselhof's School of SwordA practical, hands-on approach to actual fighting with a sword. Learn the Medieval techniques still useful today! This class is taught by the legendary Alan Hutton, known as Oskar Hasselhof during Sherwood Forest Faire.
Poi
Students will learn to use poi, a type of fire dancing prop, and take home their own set of poi. Adults will also learn the basics of fire dancing safety and equipment, including stories of real-life shenanigans! (Students will not use actual fire.) This class will be taught by Audi Houswerth, leader of the acclaimed Solar Rain fire troupe at Sherwood Forest Faire.
PotteryCampers will start by learning the history of clay pottery in the Medieval world, various processes (to include hand-building, press moulds, slumping, and wheel throwing), imprinting and sculpting decorative motifs, and glaze painting. Following this, campers will apply this knowledge and skill by creating a unique ceramic faire mug (to show off at the Feast!). Taught by Liam Carroll.
Pub Sing Favorites (new!)
Campers will learn to sing (and maybe even play!) the most popular songs of faire and pub sings. Taught by Mark Wilson, known as Merlin the Wise during Sherwood Forest Faire.
PyrographyCampers will learn the history of pyrography, which is the art of burning designs onto wood or leather with a heated metal point. They will also design and create their own personalized art. This class will be taught by Graham Warwick, owner of Garlands Faire, Sherwood Forest Faire's dried garlands booth.
Rat Pucking (new!)Would you enjoy a Medieval type of golf? Would you enjoy high-sticking hockey on plagued rats? If you think you can chuck, pass, lob, and dodge dead, rotting, plague-ridden street rats (not really, they're leather), then you may have what it takes to be a Master Rat Pucker! "Rat Pucking" is a golf type game played with long staff-like sticks and a "Plague Rat" or leather rat doll filled with beads. "Puckers, line up!" and shoot their rats toward various course goals and platforms in as few strokes as possible while trying not to plague any bystanders. Puckers can be seen with "Rats aloft!" in the lanes during many of the Medieval and Renaissance Faires including a shootout tournament at the Sherwood Forest Faire. Taught by Benjamin Dunham of the Dublin Harpers.
Simple Magic for the Clumsy Wizard and Sorceress (new!)
Magic is one of the oldest art forms. You will be taught many easy-to-perform, mystifying, clever, and entertaining impromptu tricks and stunts that you can perform with everyday objects. Students will also focus on developing creativity and relevance by developing your own routines! This class will be taught by Mark Wilson, known as Merlin the Wise during Sherwood Forest Faire.
Stage Combat Have you ever seen one of the epic battle scenes during a faire day? Ever wonder how Robin Hood, King Richard and countless others enact those hectic swordfights without actually harming the other actors? Join professional fight choreographer and stuntman Alan Hutton (known as Oskar Hasselhof during Sherwood Forest Faire) as he teaches you how to safely wield weapons in staged combat scenes, undoubtedly eliciting gasps of astonishment from nearby spectators but without drawing any (real) blood!
Medieval Art: Painted Glass and Ebru (new!)Learn two different authentic Medieval artistic techniques! Let your imagination fly free and create glowing painted glass that would be at home in any cathedral or palace. Then try your hand at the exotic Turkish art of marbleizing paper and cloth known as Ebru, brought to Europe during the Crusades. Taught by Drea Friede.
Stitching Techniques of the Royal CourtLearn beautiful stitching techniques from as far back as the 15th and 16th century. Techniques taught include Blackwork, cross stitch and embroidery. This class will be taught by Reba Scott.
SwimmingPool time is no longer required but is a class choice. Although there is no formal programming during swim time, a life guard is on duty for the safety of our campers.
TheatreIn Theatre Performance campers will first learn how to shed their inhibitions and speak to each other on stage as we play games and go through improv exercises. The class will then create an idea for an original medieval-themed play that will be performed at Sunday night's dinner. The class will be co-taught by Zane Baker, Sherwood Forest Faire's Entertainment Director, as well as Jonah Green, Sherwood's Theatrical Coordinator.
The Way of the Storyteller (new!)The storyteller has been an integral part of human society for millennia. Often revered for their gifts with words, these skills have been passed down for generations. In this class you will learn the basics of quality story telling in the form of the modern short Odyssey, also know as: the joke. Taught by Madman Maverick.
Woodworking - Basic Techniques
Campers will have hands on action with various woods, including Sherwood's beautiful native Eastern Red Cedar, and learn some basic woodworking techniques such as the ancient art of wood lamination, mortice & tenon joinery whilst using honorable tools such as saws, hammers, chisels, brace & bits. Your most humble reward will be to burn your mark into the bench and be immortalized to thousands of future Sherwood Masters and campers! This class will be taught by Graham Warwick, owner of Sherwood Forest Faire's dried garlands booth, Garlands Faire.
Woodworking - Tools and Weapons This class will cover the practical art of designing and creating wood working tools and wooden swords, and knives, as well as their history and uses. This class will be taught by Graham Warwick, owner of Garlands Faire, Sherwood Forest Faire's dried garlands booth.