• Intro to Fraktur
    November 16, 2019
    9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Instructor:   Emily Smucker-Beidler

Skill Level: No previous experience required. 

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 starter kit is included in the tuition fee.  It contains the basic supplies so students can continue to explore the world of fraktur once the class is over.

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.


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