WAYNESBORO—Renfrew Institute is offering two specialized “Heritage Workshops for Youth” this July as part of their Summer Institute activities for kids from elementary school through high school age. The workshops will be held at the Renfrew Park visitors center in Waynesboro. Registration deadlines for the two workshops are July 8 and July 17.
The half-day workshops feature hands-on projects in tooled tin and basket weaving to challenge children and teens interested in learning a new skill this summer.
“Over the years, the tooled tin and basket making workshops have been very popular with area students,” said Beth Skroban, Renfrew Institute faculty member and Summer Institute coordinator. “With instruction from local artisans, students create useful and beautiful items while learning traditional basketry and tooled tin techniques.”
The basic workshop fee is $25 per workshop for members of Renfrew Institute and $30 for non-members. Additional materials fees and age restrictions apply, see individual descriptions.
Monday, July 13, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.: “Tooled Tin”— (Note: Lunch break from 12–1 p.m. Bring a bagged lunch to eat in the park.)
This workshop features the skills and handicraft of the tinsmith. Participants will create their own decorative metal nightlight and take home a piece of traditional Pennsylvania German folk art. Instructor: Bob North. Age: completing grades 5–10. Limit 10. Materials fee: $5.
Friday, July 24, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.: “Basketry”— Students will learn the traditional skill of basketry and will hand weave a beautiful and functional basket to take home. Students should bring the following tools: dishpan or similar container for holding water, 10 clothes pins, sharp scissors, an awl or small knitting needle. Age: completing grades 4–12. Limit 10. Instructor: Susan Matson. Materials fee: $9.
Space for the workshops is limited, and pre-registration is required by Wednesday, July 8 for Tooled Tin, and by Friday, July 17 for Basketry. For more information or to register, call 717-762-0373. Registration forms are also available at www.renfrewinstitute.org.
Underwriting support for this program provided by Today’s Horizon Fund Contributors: The Nora Roberts Foundation, APX Enclosures, Inc., and the Carolyn Terry Eddy Family: Carolyn, with daughters Connie Fleagle & Kim Larkin. Facility support is provided courtesy of Renfrew Museum and Park.
These programs are part of Renfrew Institute’s “Summer Institute.” Information about additional summer programs for youth is available at www.renfrewinstitute.org.
Parking is available behind the visitors center, or in Renfrew’s lower lot off Welty Road.