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Arts & Sciences

SCA Arts & Sciences (A&S) are the crafts, skills, and technologies practiced in the time period and cultures that our studies cover. Arts & Sciences is embedded into everything we do in the SCA—the garb we wear, the armour used in combat, the illuminated scrolls presented in Court, and the recipes used for a feast.

 

A&S is non-exhaustive and limitless. It is Crafting, Performance, and even Service. Entire events are dedicated to teaching, showcasing, and encouragement of A&S within Ealdormere.

Ben Dunfirth's Scribal Nights are currently being hosted virtually by Marioun Golightly and Evander Maclachlan. More information can be found on the Scribal Night page.

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Calligraphy & Illumination

SCA Scribes study the period manuscripts, scrolls, and books of the pre-17th Century and maintain this art through Calligraphy, the writing style, and Illuminating, the painting and inking artwork that accompanies it.

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Bardic Arts

Bardic Arts is a Performance Art that encompasses song, story, prose, ballads, and poetry in and inspired by the pre-17th Century style. It may include vocal and musical instruments or simply be a telling of stories, histories, and legends.

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Heraldry

Heraldry is the art of "personal branding" within the SCA. It is on every shield, tabard, and banner and it helps to identify and distinguish you from the crowd.

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Cooking & Brewing

The art of SCA cooking and brewing aims to recreate period meals, feasts, drinks, and preserves using period ingredients and methods such as fermentation.

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Service

The SCA is built upon the idea of chivalry, courtesy, and service. Whether you're teaching a class or helping to organize an event, Service presents the opportunity to contribute directly to your local Kingdom or Baronial community.

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Pottery

SCA Pottery or Ceramic Arts studies and recreates the incredibly important art form that helped cultures to cook, store, and preserve for thousands of years.

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Fibre Arts

Fibre Arts is an immensely diverse category of A&S that includes but is not limited to, sewing, costuming, embroidery, and weaving using both modern and period techniques and materials.

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Dancing

Dance is a Performance Art that maintains the incredibly varied historical and cultural movements across the globe. From belly dancing to carola, both solo and group forms of dance are studied and recreated.

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Leatherworking

SCA Leatherworking or Leathercrafting uses leather to create function and beautiful items such as armour, pouches, belts, and shoes.