Fanciful Fraktur Bird Workshop by Emily Smucker-Beidler
Emily will supply projector for powerpoint presentation, as well as iPad and stand to project demonstrations, all supplies relevant to the class, as well as books and resources for participants to use.
Description of class:
Where did Fraktur artists find their inspiration for the fanciful birds we see in their art of the 1700’s? In this workshop, participants will learn what birds were prevalent here in southeastern Pennsylvania and find connections through Fraktur images. Learn where the polka-dot, checkerboard and various striped patterns came from that we now enjoy in Fraktur.
Then, participants will be shown some “tricks” to drawing their own fanciful birds in the Fraktur style, as well as adapting patterns from original, historic works using light boards. They will then complete a small, 5×7 Fraktur bird. All materials are included, with enough to take home with you and continue creating once the workshop is over.
All demonstrations will be projected on the screen so that participants can watch from their seats or come closer, depending on their comfort level. Sharing supplies will be at a bare minimum, with hand sanitizer available for use.
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.
Ever since sixth grade, Emily Smucker-Beidler has been creating Fraktur after learning from Roma Ruth. After receiving an Art Education degree and Master’s degree in Art Education, Emily has made her 29 year career in teaching art her passion, while continuing to create custom Fraktur for hundreds of clients. She brings her experience and enthusiasm for teaching to her Fraktur workshops and welcomes artists of all ages and ability levels.
Enjoy learning this traditional craft in this one day workshop. Preregistration is required and class size is limited. No refunds are given unless a workshop is canceled for insufficient enrollment.
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