• Make Your Own Fraktur Heirloom - Day 1
    March 14, 2020
    10:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Make Your Own Fraktur Heirloom - Day 2
    March 15, 2020
    10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Details Price Qty
Non Membershow details + $135.00 (USD)  
Guild Membershow details + $121.00 (USD)  

Instructor: Emily Smucker-Beidler

Skill Level: Beginner

Fraktur was created by Pennsylvania Germans during the eighteenth through the mid-nineteenth centuries and features calligraphic text decorated with colorful birds, hearts and flowers.  The tradition has its roots in the illuminated manuscripts of medieval Europe but evolved into a distinctive part of the local Pennsylvania German culture. Today, those who appreciate this colorful folk art enjoy drawing their own fraktur designs based on the work of the early fraktur artists.

This two-part workshop will focus on the legacy of schoolmaster Christopher Dock who “sowed the seeds” of imagination for future generations of skilled fraktur artists. Schoolmasters drew much of the fraktur, often creating rewards for good students.

Workshop participants will create their own one-of-a-kind fraktur, using Emily’s “teaching fraktur” as the springboard. Various patterns will be available as well as help to design something of your own for the center, such as a birth or marriage certificate, or favorite saying. The finished piece will fit into a standard sized frame.

Some prior fraktur drawing experience is helpful but not essential.  Accomplished fraktur artist Emily Smucker-Beidler will lead the class. All supplies will be included with a $15 material fee.

**** Please note **** A materials fee of $15 is due to the instructor at the time of the class.

About the Instructor:

Emily Smucker-Beidler first learned Fraktur at 13 from Roma Ruth.  She’s been creating Fraktur ever since, creating hundreds of commissioned and original pieces for collectors and non-profit organizations.   Emily holds a BA in Art Education from Goshen College and an MA in Art Education from Millersville University and has been a career Art Teacher in Lancaster for 28 years.  Teaching Fraktur workshops combines her two passions as she strives to help every student, no matter what their skill level, to be successful.


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