A class at which one or more teachers will instruct a group of students in their area(s) of expertise
Thursday 11:00 to 12:00
Sunday 11:00 to 12:00
Monday 10:00 to 11:00
The Passamezzo is a 16th Century improvised dance style. Passamezzi are flirtatious, playful, sexy, witty, and can be anything from slinky (but fairly gentle) to seriously virtuosic. They're also a great deal of fun, especially if you like the sort of dancing that is a conversation with your...Read more
Thursday 13:00 to 13:30
Friday 14:00 to 14:30
Saturday 14:00 to 14:30
Baroness Tórfa (Deputy Kingdom Kingdom Hospitaller) will greet you and introduce the SCA, and define some terms and nuances of our game. Lollies may or may not be involved, but be ready for pop quizzes, lots of laughs and meeting new folk from all over Lochac.Read more
Open to all ages, small ones should have an adult helper with the sewing. Please bring along a needle if possible; fabric and guidance provided by Dismal Fogs.Read more
First of a five part series in patterning a variation on a sixteenth century men's shirt: this introductory session focuses on materials, and patterning.Read more
Second of a five part series in patterning a variation on a sixteenth century men's shirt: this session focuses on seaming techniques, specifically backstitch and whip stitch.Read more
Using fundamental Italian rapier fencing theory, we will explore how it is possible to force the actions of your opponent into something obedient to your tactical needs. This will allow you to take control of the fight and dominate the field against a determined opponent. This is a hands on...Read more
Interested in volunteering to run a tournament list? This class will give you an introduction to the most common tourney formats, the basics of pairing off fighters, and tools and equipment required to make list keeping a breezeRead more
Learn the round dances which are commonly danced all over Lochac.
No previous dance experience necessary!Read more
Learn some of the English country dances which are danced around Lochac. These will also be danced at the Country ball on Friday.
No partner or previous dance experience necessary!Read more
Common dyestuffs available to medieval people and the colours they produce; Mythbusting about what colours were or weren't available; information about how to dye at home using period dyestuffs.Read more
Learn La Danse De Cleves, arguably the nicest and / or most accessible of the Burgundian basse dances.
This will be one of the three Silver Serif competition dances at this years' Bal d'Argent....Read more
For children of all ages. Cut, glue and create some fearsome Dragons to play with. Adults will need to supervise their children, and help them where required.Read more
Learn useful knots for living history and traditional campingRead more
Tips for working with this vellum substituteRead more
Friday 10:00 to 11:30
Sunday 13:30 to 15:00
Finger Loop braiding - 6yo+, may need a helper depending on their level of finger dexterity. Yarn and handout provided.Read more
Want to replace your modern plastic sewing kit with something more appropriate? Wondering what sewing tools were actually used in the medieval and renaissance periods? This class covers the history of sewing tools and some ideas on assembling a sewing kit for your period.Read more
Learn how to clean, gut, fillet, and bone with a display of techniques and some theory on how to prepare fish and cephalopods for cooking and consumption.
Warning: smelly and graphic.Read more
Learn some more advanced English Country Dances before the Country ball.
No partner necessary; some familiarity with English Country Dance preferred (the Beginner English Country Dance class will be enough). These dances do move fairly quickly, so you will need a moderate level of...Read more
Learn practical period and somewhat-period solutions to staying clean and fresh while camping. No more queuing for showers, and never hide a washbag again.
Discussion, demonstration and testing of basic products.Read more
Teaching swordplay can be simultaneously one of the most rewarding and one of the most frustrating activities we can undertake in the Society for both teacher and student. Most of this frustration comes about due to a lack of understanding regarding the teaching process, leading to unstructured...Read more
Foundational colour theory for mixing the specific colour of paint you want for a project.Read more
Friday 12:00 to 13:00
Monday 12:00 to 13:00
This is an opportunity to make a small embroidered favour for your loved one or for yourself. Beginners and intermediate sewers welcome. If you can sew in a straight line, that's great! If you can't, that's embroidery!Read more
14th century style of sword and buckler fencingRead more
Byzantine clothing is practical for Australia's climate and a quick way of acquiring garb that stands out in Court for all the right reasons.Read more
An introduction to herbs and plants you might consider growing which were traditionally used in beverages and medicine. Why the combination? Food and drink was medicine so there is a strong cross-over.Read more
A discussion about the various techniques used during ancient and modern times with Q & A and hosted by Bjorn Lord Bjorn Pursassprengir and Master Pádraig Lowther.
Topics will include yeast logs, magic sticks, naked apprentices, TONSA and YAN calculations. We will also be...Read more
An introduction to Elizabethan food and feasting, including the Elizabethan pantry, setting up a feast, menu planning and recipes. Beginner-Intermediate (some cooking knowledge assumed but not necessary).Read more
Better living (and more erectile collars) through vigorous application of lots and lots of stitches.
Tools and materials will be provided for demos, but if people have a sewing kit with them, that would help.Read more
A guided tour through English across the centuries, taking note as we go of some of the changes that made it what it is.Read more
Learn the basics of medieval food storage and camp catering. Feed a small group or just yourself.Read more
In period, there were items that aren't quite so perfect as what we see in museums: they were used to death and past it, repaired, recycled and possibly thrown in the midden for a reason. Let's see what we can do in a similar vein.Read more
Provocation actions lay at the tactical heart of Bolognese Swordsmanship. In this class we will be looking at some of the basic provocations from the system and exploring how they can be used to take control of the fight, making the opponent obedient to your tactical plan. This is a hands on...Read more
Learn how to start a camp fire using a flint and steel.
This class is limited to 10 students, and parental supervision is required for children under 12.Read more
Achieving the look of historical nobility on an average budget can be a daunting prospect, but achieving a more period “look” is not beyond our reach. This workshop is based on the experience of 14 years of op shopping and garb-making.Read more
An introduction to the market wallet, excellent for carrying a moderate amount of stuff hands free. It resembles a pair of saddle bags, worn over one shoulderRead more
Why foods spoil, preservation methods across history and how to keep food at a camping event without an ice chestRead more
OK so you know what natural dyes can be used, so what can you actually grow yourself? Some we can. Come see what is possible.Read more
Speculative choreography for songs which are described as "dances" in the Red Book of MontserratRead more
Saturday 10:30 to 12:00
Saturday 14:00 to 16:30
Learn the masks, cast, devise, rehearse and perform a play all in 6 hours!Read more
The Elizabethan banquet - a party within a party, where everything served involved sugar. Discussion will include setting up a banquet, and the dishes served, including the basics of sugarwork and candy making. Cost of $5 because there will be samples of the food.Read more
Analysing two of the most common furry forms to discuss their form and structure for drawing.Read more
Learn the basics of fingerloop braiding. For purse strings, hose ties, lacings, and more.
No experience and only basic coordination requiredRead more
The 5% inspiration that goes into songwriting can't be taught, But the remaining 95% involves a lot of techniques that can be! This class explores some of the basics of rhythm, rhyme, structure, and making words fit a tune.Read more
If you've ever wanted to give calligraphy a go, this is the class for you! This will be a practical session that introduces some basic pen-strokes, and lets you try out some of the most commonly-used Medieval and Renaissance scripts.Read more
An easy 16th century Itallian dance: the baletto "La Villanella", from Caroso's Il Ballarino....Read more
So, you're after a basic, easy to make alcoholic drink to take to medieval events, and dont want to invest in home brewing gear? Try Hyppocras, a perfectly suitable wine.Read more
Come learn some simple period songs and rounds. Suitable for everyone wanting to learn some basic early songs.Read more
An introduction to medieval woodworking toolsRead more
Crested combat and heavy equestrian combat authorisations may be offered.Read more
How to store leftover food in a safe, period manner and re-prepare them in a medieval camp kitchenRead more
For this class, I will walk people through everything that happens from the point where you have worn out your chemise and decide to sell it to the rag-pickers, to the point where it comes back to you as a book of prayers.Read more
Sipping and quaffing do you taste the same thing? We are looking to give you tools to help with practical feedback on sampling.
There will be multiple samples and a few experiments so please bring a cup.Read more
Italian can be easy and these dances will be! Steps will be taught and no prior dance experience is necessary. Dances are (or can be made) low impact and if you are only fit enough to walk to the hall, you are likely fit enough to do this class.Read more
Patterning and construction for simple late-period men's drawers.
Primarily a theory / show and tell class, though pattern handouts will be provided.Read more
In this class we will be exploring how the armour concept is unwarranted, and we should instead be making period appropriate clothing that meets the Rapier Combat requirements.Read more
OK so I like the thought of a medieval herb garden, where do I start? What is easy to grow? What can I use that won’t freak out my family? Start them gently and work up to the full monastic garden later.Read more
If you're getting bored with the basics, get some more advanced fingerloop techniques to make intricate and decorative braids.
If there is time and interest, we may even try some two person braids.
This class is limited to 10 studentsRead more
How have our food plants changed? Things we ate that are now weeds, things we have changed beyond recognition – hint Paleo-Pete probably wouldn’t recognise medieval food, let alone paleo-foodRead more
Learn the do’s and don’ts of documentation, how/what to write for competitions, and answers to all the questions you didn’t know you had.Read more
Learn how to carve a spoon from green woodRead more
Think rice is nice, have a rye sense of humour? Join me to discover when and where different grains were grown and used during the SCA time period.Read more
Third of a five part series in patterning a variation on a sixteenth century men's shirt: this session focuses on insetting gores into slits (A generally applicable technique; especially those insetting gores into cote fronts).Read more
Basic introduction to Mongolian clothing during the 12th Century.Read more
Preparing thread and bristles/needles and some useful period leatherworking stitchesRead more
Fourth of a five part series in patterning a variation on a sixteenth century men's shirt: this session focuses on gathering (and attaching collars and cuffs).Read more
An introduction to what linguistics involves, what many of the concepts are (what's a dative, a pluperfect, a bilabial stop, or an iamb?), how we know how ancient languages sounded, and historical linguisticsRead more
A look at the pictorial and achaeological evidence for supportive underwear in central Europe 1450-1510 and an examination of the ones I've made. What works, what doesn't.Read more
How to set up a canvas tent, live happily in it and care for it.Read more
How to make mittens, socks and hats using the stitches you already know.
Warning: no stitches will be taught in this class!Read more
Discussion and walk through of what you really need equipment-wise to make cheese.Read more
Quick, easy, and economical; how to make self-stuffed fabric buttons.
Tools and materials will be provided for demos, but if people have a sewing kit with them, that would help.Read more
Tips and hints for laid /couched metal thread work. The focus of the class is on ways to improve the look of your couched work, both padded and unpadded. Basic couching experience may be helpful, but not required.Read more
his class is an introduction to the art of storytelling, and specifically the skill of turning period text into a performance suitable for an SCA bardic circle.Read more
Join in an attempt at the passages of the Bouffons, a 16th century sword dance that was choreographed to be part of a Masque.
This dance will require a moderate level of fitness and concentration, but does not need to involve jumps, and definitely does not involve actually being hit by...Read more
Formed leather cases were a practical way to store your pens, cards, instruments, glasses and precious objects in period. Look at examples across time, learn how to make cases using period techniques, plus a ‘quick and dirty’ method requiring no leather skills.Read more
Practical workshop on how to use your smallest brushes to your best advantageRead more
Advanced Wire Weaving -- or What do I do with this?
See how to finish the wire weaving to make a necklace. Look at examples of single, double and triple stitches, variations in the number of petals, wire gauge and use of multiple wires.Read more
How to layout, cut, sew and finish fur for use on garb, without tears.
Tools, techniques and tips for machine and hand work.
This is a hands-on class.Read more
Introductory Concepts and Practice of Tent FoldingRead more
Join Lady Elizabeth la Chatte, as she teaches you how to use simple massage techniques to alleviate many of the aches and pains associated with combat, sports, or just a very hard Festival.
You and your partner will put these methods into practice during a practical class; guided by Lady...Read more
Fifth of a five part series in patterning a variation on a sixteenth century men's shirt: this session focuses on detailing and decoration.Read more