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Thanks to everyone who participated in

 The Civilian Symposium

and

The Ladies & Gentlemen of the 1860's Conference

through all the years!

Website revised November 7, 2018


THE GENTEEL ARTS ACADEMY

- OUR 31st YEAR -

The Genteel Arts Academy was founded in 1988 to encourage interest in the clothing worn during the Civil War era; concentrating on historically accurate sewing techniques. The Academy offers a continuing series of lectures and hands-on seminars on all aspects of Civil War clothing and needlework. Students select from over 100 topics which are offered on a rotating schedule based on popularity.

Classes are held both in the Gettysburg area and locations across the US. Future classes can be scheduled in your area of the country. Please contact the Academy for further details concerning scheduling seminars and classes in your area.

PO Box # 3014
Gettysburg, PA 17325
(717) 624-5694

www.genteelarts.com

For additional information email:  info<at>genteelarts.com

(Please be sure to replace the  <at>  with  @  in email addresses before sending.)

Proprietor: Carolann Schmitt

Business Manager: Don Schmitt

Member of the Costume Society of America & ALHFAM

"The Genteel Arts Academy", "The Civilian Symposium" and "The Ladies & Gentlemen of the 1860's Conference" are subsidiaries of GENTEEL ARTS, LLC

Genteel Arts, LLC does NOT manufacture Civil War period clothing for resale. The company focus is instruction on the history of period clothing and teaching students how to accurately reproduce it via hands-on workshops, seminars and lectures.

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2019 WORKSHOPS & SEMINARS

GENTEEL ARTS ACADEMY is please to announce the 2019 schedule of workshops and seminars on Victorian period clothing. Anyone interested in Victorian fashion, history, sewing, needlework and material culture will find these workshops and seminars very educational.

All hands-on workshops include a review of the history of the garment and a study of specific design characteristics used during the period. Students then sew the garment using period fitting and construction techniques. A workbook including historical information, a suggested reading list and sewing instructions is included with the registration fee.

We suggest registering for workshops and seminars well in advance of the activity date as many fill up quickly.


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2019 GENTEEL ARTS SCHEDULE 

* Check location carefully, the 2019 schedule includes classes both in the Gettysburg area and many other locations around the US *

 

SCHEDULE IN DEVELOPMENT - UPDATED INFORMATION COMING SOON

 

BE SURE TO REGISTER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, MANY CLASSES FILL QUICKLY!

Also check the ĎOn the Roadí section for other events where Genteel Arts will be participating

CLASS & SEMINAR LOCATION

Please review each listing carefully for workshop location. Class and seminar locations are noted via confirmation letter mailed prior to each activity. We recommend making reservations at any hotel, motel or bed & breakfast in advance of the activity. Feel free to contact us for lodging suggestions for those workshops in the Gettysburg area.

Class & Seminar Registration Information

Please contact the Academy via phone or email and request a flyer containing complete class and registration information. Gift certificates are available! Payment can be by check, money order, VISA and MasterCard. Genteel Arts Academy reserves the right to cancel any class due to insufficient enrollment. Registration fees for any class cancelled by the Academy will be refunded in full.

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Canít attend a class in Gettysburg or wish it could be in your area? We can come to you!

Take advantage of GENTEEL ARTS ACADEMY "ON THE ROAD"

Your group or historical site can sponsor a Genteel Arts Academy class, or series of classes, in YOUR area. Contact us at  info<at>genteelarts.com or call 717-624-5694 for details and available dates. (Please be sure to replace the  <at>  with  @  in email addresses before sending.)

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 PARTIAL LISTING OF LECTURES AND SEMINARS PRODUCED BY THE ACADEMY
ON A ROTATING BASIS AND/OR BY POPULAR DEMAND

If you see a topic you would like to see scheduled or have a topic you would like to have added please contact us.

Lectures & Presentations

  • Introduction to Textiles

  • Textiles for Menís Clothing

  • Fundamentals of Clothing for Women

  • Fundamentals of Clothing for Children

  • Fundamentals of Clothing for Men

  • Underpinnings

  • Outerwear

  • Accessories

  • More Than a Fashion Magazine

  • Altering a Pattern for Fit

  • Altering a Pattern for Style

  • Skirt Supports

  • Fur Garments and Accessories

  • The Artifice of Dressing Well

  • Sheer Accessories

  • Menís Dressing Gowns, Caps and Slippers

  • Menís Vests

  • Dressing for Inclement Weather

  • Sleuthing at the Seams

  • The Difference is in the Details

Hands-on Seminars

Period Construction Techniques

  • Essential Stitches and Seams I

  • Essential Stitches and Seams II

  • Essential Stitches and Seams III

  • Nitty-Gritty Details of Dress Construction

  • Gauging and Pleating

  • Trimmings and Embellishments

  • Introduction to Sewing for Children

Hands-on Workshops

Undergarments

  • Chemise-Yoke

  • Chemise-Band

  • Corset

  • Drawers

  • Petticoats

  • Quilted Petticoat

  • Corded Petticoat

  • Wool Petticoat

  • Cage Crinoline

  • Covered Crinoline

  • Nightgown

  • Stockings

  • Garters

Garments

  • Altering a Bodice for Fit

  • Altering a Bodice for Style

  • Darted Bodice

  • Gathered/Tucked Bodice

  • Sheer Bodice

  • Yoked Bodice

  • Semi-Formal Bodice

  • Ball Gown Bodice

  • Basque Bodice - Two Versions

  • Fan-Front Bodice

  • Sleeves

  • Skirts

  • Make-a-Dress Series

  • Wrapper

  • Garibaldi Shirt

  • Sheer Overbodice

  • Bloomer/Gymnastics/Bathing  Costume

Accessories

  • Fichus and Pelerines

  • Collar and Cuffs

  • Undersleeves

  • Chemisettes

  • Belts and Sashes

  • Medici and Other Shaped Waists

  • Pinner/Work Aprons

  • Fancy Aprons

  • Muffs

  • Mittens

  • Purses and Reticules

  • Covering a Fan

  • Quilted Sontag

  • Slippers

  • Ladyís Neckties and Cravats

 

Outerwear

  • Summer Mantles

  • Silk and Net Mantle

  • Winter Mantles

  • Paletot

  • Ladyís Sack Jacket

  • Spanish/Zouave Jacket

  • Fold-over Shawl

Millinery

  • Drawn Bonnet

  • Quilted Bonnet

  • Marie Stuart Hood

  • Quilted Hood

  • Glengarry Cap

  • Day Caps

  • Dinner/Tea Caps

  • Headdresses

  • Decorative Nets

Needlework

  • Broderie Anglaise

  • Berlin Work

Novelties

  • Housewife

  • Sewing Basket

  • Needle Case

  • Scissors Sheath

  • Sewing Chatelaine

  • Thread Trolley

 

Digital Media Series

  • From Wetplates to Megapixels: Digital Photography for the Historian

  • Microsoft Powerpoint for Historians

 

Men's Clothing

  • Square-Cut Shirt

  • French-Cut Shirt with Bib

  • Vest

  • Unlined Summer Vest

  • Trousers

  • Sack Coat

  • Unlined Linen Sack Coat

  • Summer Paletot

  • Drawers

  • Dressing Gown

  • Smoking Cap

  • Cravats

 

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Profile of the Senior Staff

Clothing historian Carolann Schmitt has been studying the clothing and needlework of Civil War era since 1968. She is a featured lecturer at conferences, living history events and historic sites throughout the country. Carolann is a board member and past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Shippensburg University Fashion Archives and Museum (SUFAM) and has been a continuing education instructor for Harrisburg Area Community College. She is an active participant in many living history activities and is the past Chairperson of the Costume Committee of the North-South Skirmish Association. An accomplished seamstress and needlewoman, she and her students have won numerous awards for their authentic reproduction clothing in national and regional period costume competitions. Genteel Arts, LLC is a member of the Costume Society of America.  Carolann is the President of Genteel Arts, LLC. Her email address is: cschmitt<at>genteelarts.com (Please be sure to replace the  <at>  with  @  in email addresses before sending.)

Don Schmitt has been actively involved in 19th century living history since 1968. In 1970 he was one of the three founding members of the 11th Pennsylvania Vol. Inf Regt. This unit remains active today in the Gettysburg area as a fife and drum corps and color guard. Prior to retirement at the end of 2013 Don was in the business information technology field for 30 years. Today he is active in the Gettysburg National Military Park volunteer program and also coordinates the auxiliary communications program at the Adams County Department of Emergency Services & 911 Center. Don provides marketing, business management and technical solutions for Genteel Arts, LLC. His email address is: dschmitt<at>genteelarts.com  (Please be sure to replace the  <at>  with  @  in email addresses before sending.)

Carolann and Don participated in North-South Skirmish Association (N-SSA) events for over 40 years. Their member organization, Knap's Independent Battery E, Pa. Light Artillery, participates in live fire small arms, artillery and period costume competitions. They have also participated in Single Action Shooting Society (SASS) events which portrays Old West living history and competitive shooting of the period 1860-1898.

Carolann and Don are both fifth generation natives of Gettysburg and reside in the Gettysburg area.

Carolann Schmitt, President - Genteel Arts, LLC

Genteel Arts recommends these links:

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Gettysburg National Military Park

Adams County Historical Society

Shippensburg University Fashion Archives & Museum

National Civil War Museum - Harrisburg, PA

North-South Skirmish Association
 

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