As summer’s heat gives way to the chill of autumn and we bundle up against the coming cold… it is time to start thinking about Fall Æcademy. Come brewers and weavers, come fencers and seamstresses, come swordsmen and scribes – come all ye with knowledge to share and a desire to learn to the virtual Fall Æthelmearc Æcademy and War College of AS 56.
The mission of the Æthelmearc Æcademy and the Æthelmearc War College is to serve the populace of the Kingdom of Æthelmearc by providing a forum whereby the populace may teach and learn, maintaining teacher and class lists that local A&S ministers may call upon, and disseminating research through publications, discussions and displays of the gentle arts, sciences, and arts martial.
Due to the ongoing plague, instead of postponing another time, this Fall Æcademy will be virtual. Open to any and all, we shall gather December 11th from 10am to 5pm in the fantastical many-chambered realm of Zoom.
We are now seeking teachers in all disciplines to fill our many virtual classroom slots, as well as zoom moderators. We especially welcome all first-time virtual teachers, as well as pre-recorded classes and classes hosted by out of Kingdom teachers, provided that we have sufficient room. Not sure how to work the Realm of Zoom? The Kingdom will have the Spider Squire Squad TM ready for any needs!
Sign up to serve as a Zoom room moderator (Zoomerator)!
You don’t have a topic, but you like to teach a class and have entered or plan to enter a competition? With Kingdom A&S Champs just past us and Ice Dragon around the corner, I am sure many of you are busy researching, making, and perfecting your entries. So much work goes into an entry… wouldn’t it be nice to have all that work transcend a single event? Why not have your past or future Pent entry do double-duty by using what you’ve done so far as the basis for a class?
The research you are doing for your entry provides you with the historical background and practices needed to understand who, when, where, why and how someone in the Middle Ages would have crafted and used your item. This information would also be of interest to students in a class. Sharing this information will speed your students on their way toward creating their own versions!
In a Historical Background class based on your research, you might include information about
– the item’s time period, culture, or geographical area
– the artifact, illustration or painting, historical document, or website that inspired your work
– how your item would have been produced in the Middle Ages or Renaissance
– additional books, websites, and other sources you used for researching your project
Chances are, as you create your item, you have to make decisions along the way. A class in which you describe, in detail, the decisions you’ve made — about tools, materials, and procedures — would be of immense help to someone who’s always wanted to try doing what you’ve accomplished. Especially helpful — in addition to your finished project, of course — would be any practice pieces or missteps. Sharing problems to avoid or solutions that worked for you would give everybody else confidence that they, too, can be successful!
As is custom, the Æthelmearc Æcademy will also be using a Book of Faces “Event” page to keep folks informed with event info and updates.
Please let us know if you’re “Going” or “Interested”, and please share with your Friends!
Don’t hesitate to contact any of us if you have any questions!
Looking forward to seeing you Saturday December 11th!
Yours in Service,
Elska & Hrolfr
Robert of Ferness,