What is this thing called A&S?

A&S

Picture a verdant field, surrounded by great shady trees,
Heraldic banners fluttering in the wind,
Knights in armour upon a field doing battle,
Ladies in embroidered gowns reclining in the shade,
Picnicing on splendid fare with fine beverages,
The marshals cry “Lay on” and the tournament begins…

Arts & Sciences

There are two main hands-on aspects of the SCA: Martial Activities and Arts & Sciences.

The Arts and Sciences add to the context of all we do, and help bring the recreated Middle Ages alive. For many in the SCA, A&S is about the wonderful period meals or feasts accompanied by delectable brews that reflect particular places and times prior to 1600 CE. For others it is about creating wonderful garb or clothing that reflects their persona (the person that they have chosen to be in period) ranging from a basic T-tunic through to elaborate clothing that would not have been out of place at the Court of Elizabeth I.

Other Arts & Sciences researched and recreated in the SCA include music, dancing, gardening, embroidery, weaving, creating period-style armour, equestrian activities (but no jousting, sorry), pottery, jewellery-making, calligraphy, and many more. Any part of Medieval life can be researched and (if practicable) recreated.

Getting Involved in Arts & Sciences

Those who excel in the Arts & Sciences are known as Laurels and those who are working on developing one or more areas of skill are apprenticed to Laurels. However, not everyone strives for that level of expertise for a whole variety of reasons. Choose the level that suits you and the time you have available.

Not sure where to begin? SCAdians are always happy to share their skills and knowledge, and at any ‘big’ event there will usually be A&S classes being held on a vast range of subjects. Even at smaller local events it’s not uncommon for impromptu A&S skill-sharing sessions to crop up – if you see someone doing something that catches your interest, feel free to ask them about it, you may find yourself going home with a new skill. There are also a number of guilds within the Kingdom of Lochac, which you can join to connect with people interested in specific areas of interest.

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Index

Some of the skills that are encompassed by the Arts & Sciences are listed here. You can also find a great guide for SCA newcomers here.

For other information, the following introductory documents may help:

General A&S

  1. Introduction to Heraldry
  2. Banners, Standards and Heraldic Display (from a previous competition, but still useful)
  3. Knotwork
  4. What is documentation?
  5. Event position descriptions
  6. A&S Competitions – 2010/11

Cooking

View our recipes collection (and maybe try a few!)

Arts & Sciences Location

Albury – A&S at Lady Lowry’s
Dates: Fourth Sunday each month
Venue: 7 Heyington Place, Wodonga, VIC 3690
Times: 1pm – 5pm
Contact: Lowry ferch Gwenwynwyn ap Llewelyn via phone 0417 412 450

What would you like to see, do or learn at A&S?