Curriculum

2017 Curriculum

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.  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, Candlemaking, Leatherworking, Woodworking, Chainmaille

Path of the Artist       
Focuses: Art and theatrics
Classes: Theatre, Music, Herbalism, Magic, Calligraphy & Illumination

Path of the Super Hero
Focus: Action and movement
Classes: Poi, Archery, Swordplay, Falconry, Blacksmithing

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 five classes, and take each class every day; thus, they will receive five 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 assigned to advanced sections of the courses they choose whenever possible.

There are three classes that are only available to campers who have attended in a prior year and to new campers attending multiple weeks in 2017.  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
Fairies and Mythical Creatures
Dragons: Not available
Knights and Druids: Available to returning campers as an elective. Counts as two classes.
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.
Knights, Ladies and ChivalryDragons: Not available
Knights and Druids: Available to returning campers as an elective. Counts as two classes.
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.
Little John and the Merry FolkDragons: Not available
Knights and Druids: Available to returning campers as an elective. Counts as two classes.
Join up with Robin Hood's Merry Folk! You will spend a week with Little John (and other special guests) learning what it takes to be a member of Robin's band. This class teaches about creating and developing characters for use on stage, in film, or in other role-playing environments.  
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 Brandi Farber.
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 Charles Adams, purveyor  of Shadowhawk Blades during Sherwood Forest Faire.
Calligraphy and IlluminationDragons: 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 Zane Carroll.
CandlemakingDragons: Path of the Scholar
Knights and Druids: Available to all as an elective
Campers will learn the history of candlemaking and create beautiful  projects of their own. Campers have also been known to spend a bit of  time making wax hands and other treasures.  This class will be taught by  Dave Balough, owner of The Fat Friar, Lettuce Inn, Highland Cafe,  Little John's Meat Market, Wax Hands and flower delivery business during  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 jump 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 Nicole Pape.
FalconryDragons: Path of the Superhero
Knights and Druids: Available to all as an elective
Learn about birds of prey, how to handle them and the various roles they played in the middle ages.  This class will be taught by Kevin Gaines,  who also performs / demonstrates with the raptors during Sherwood Forest Faire.
HerbalismDragons: Path of the Artist
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.
LeatherworkingDragons: Path of the Scholar
Knights and Druids: Available to all as 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 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.
Medieval GamesDragons: Available during rest hour and as an alternative to swimming
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.
MusicDragons: Path of the Artist
Knights and Druids: Available to all as an elective
Share your enjoyment and desire to make music with others! The class  will cover the fundamentals of music - (melody, rhythm, and chords) as  we study, sing, play and even create simple songs, utilizing guitar,  rhythm instruments, and voice.  You will also learn time saving approaches to better understanding and learning to create music.  You  may bring your own guitar/drum or use a provided instrument.  This class will be taught by Mark Wilson, known as Merlin the Wise during Sherwood Forest Faire.
PoiDragons: Path of the Superhero
Knights and Druids: Available to all as an elective
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 Sage Jacote, member of the acclaimed Solar Rain fire troupe at 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.
SwordplayDragons: 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.
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.
WoodworkingDragons: 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.  This class will be taught by Graham Warwick, owner of Sherwood Forest Faire's dried garlands booth, Garlands Faire.

Grown Ups (age 21+)

ArcheryArchery will focus primarily on 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 Brandi Nicole.
The Art of The Crook (new!)
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.
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, purveyor of Shadowhawk Blades during Sherwood Forest Faire.
Calligraphy and Illumination (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 Zane Carroll.
Candlemaking
Campers will learn the history of candlemaking and create beautiful projects of their own. Campers have also been known to spend a bit of time making wax hands and other treasures. This class will be taught by Dave Balough, owner of The Fat Friar, Lettuce Inn, Highland Cafe, Little John's Meat Market, Wax Hands and flower delivery business during Sherwood Forest Faire.
Carving and Whittling (new!)Learn to pick up a stick from the ground and make something useful out of it! Everything from sundials to treenware 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 Sherwood Forest Faire's dried garlands booth, Garlands Faire.
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 jump 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 Nicole Pape.
Character Development (new!)
Learn about creating believable characters by giving them depth and personality, and the importance of using these skills in everyday life. This class will be taught by Snicker Furfoot, known as The Sheriff of Nottingham during Sherwood Forest Faire.
Courtly Dance (new!)
Learn several of the popular court dances with Urial Gwydian, known as King of the Fae during Sherwood Forest Faire.
The Discoverie Of Witchcraft (new!)
In 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.
Divination (new!)
Learn 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 tarot reader at Sherwood Forest Faire.
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, basic Egyptian belly 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 poisitions 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.
Falconry
Learn about birds of prey, how to handle them and the various roles they played in the middle ages. This class will be taught by Kevin Gaines, who also performs / demonstrates with the raptors during Sherwood Forest Faire.
Herbalism
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.
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.
Medieval Games (new!)
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.
Music
Share your enjoyment and desire to make music with others! The class will cover the fundamentals of music - (melody, rhythm, and chords) as we study, sing, play and even create simple songs, utilizing guitar, rhythm instruments, and voice. You will also learn time saving approaches to better understanding and learning to create music. You may bring your own guitar/drum or use a provided instrument. This class will be taught by Mark Wilson, known as Merlin the Wise during Sherwood Forest Faire.
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 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.
Pyrography (new!)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 Sherwood Forest Faire's dried garlands booth, Garlands Faire.
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 (new!)
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!
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.
Theatre
In Theatre Performance campers will first learn how to shed their ambitions, 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.
Wheel Thrown Pottery (new!)
Experience pottery by throwing your own pot on the wheel! This class will cover the history of medieval clay tools and pot throwing techniques by using a uniquely built period wheel to create their own beautiful vessel. After a low fire, we will learn period finishing techniques to include waxing and burnishing. This class will be taught by Zane Carroll.
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 (new!)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 Sherwood Forest Faire's dried garlands booth, Garlands Faire.