• Fraktur Imagery
    October 23, 2021
    10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Details Price Qty
Non Membershow details +$85.00 (USD)  
Guild Membershow details +$76.00 (USD)  

Instructor:   Emily Smucker-Beidler

Skill Level: Beginner

Fraktur is a distinctly American folk art dating back to the mid-1700s. The traditional motifs of birds, flowers, and hearts are rendered in ink, accompanied by ornate calligraphy, then painted in watercolor.

This class will begin with a presentation on fraktur, its history and three distinctly different styles from southeastern Pennsylvania.  Then Emily will demonstrate the use of the ink and watercolor that are specific to the craft. During the latter portion of the class, students will spend time creating their own small fraktur piece. Bring a sketchbook and a pencil to help capture your favorite fraktur motifs from the presentation and translate them into your finished piece. The class will focus on the imagery of fraktur, rather than calligraphy.

A materials fee of $20 is included in the tuition. Students will leave with a watercolor palette specific to fraktur, as well as all other supplies to complete a 5×7 piece.

About the Instructor: Emily Smucker-Beidler has been teaching art in public schools for 22 years. She currently teaches in the Hempfield schools.  Her artistic education began at her grandmother’s knee, who once confided in her that she’d “rather quilt than eat.” She also provided Emily’s first color theory lesson. “In braiding rugs,” she said, “you should always start with two dulls and one bright.” Then she leaned a little closer and added, “But my mother liked bright colors. Sometimes she would use two brights and one dull.”  Since then Emily’s knowledge of color theory has been broadened by a degree in art education from Goshen College and a master’s in art education from Millersville University.

Cancellation/Refund Policy: 

The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen does not provide cash refunds for cancellation of classes unless the class is canceled by the instructor or the Guild. In order to request a withdrawal from a workshop, students must contact the Guild by phone 717-431-8706 or email handmade@pacrafts.org at least 7 days before the class. Students who request a withdrawal at least 7 days prior to the class will receive a 100% tuition class credit.

Please note that we are unable to provide refunds for missed classes due to personal scheduling conflicts. If you are sick with Covid-19 or believe that you may have been recently exposed, please email kelly@pacrafts.org to request a refund or workshop credit.


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