Illuminated Letter Fraktur 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.
Creating a covid-safe environment: room set up with 2 people per 6 or 8 foot
table, ensuring that each person has a 3 foot bubble around them (as per CDC
guidelines for classrooms.) An additional table at the front for demonstrations
and presentations, 6 feet away from students. Emily will remain masked unless
presenting from table, (as per CDC. guidelines.) 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.
Description of class:
This calligraphy class will focus on the elaborate capital letters used in
traditional Fraktur of the 1700’s. Participants will learn how to use pen and ink
to create their own capital letter and will leave with an 8×10 piece .
Participants may draw their own illuminated letter in the Fraktur style, or adapt
patterns from historic works using light boards. They will then learn how to
control the pen and ink to complete an 8×10 capital letter of their own.
Watercolors will be provided if additional color is desired. All materials are
included, with a complete C -type pen nib set to take home with you and
continue creating once the workshop is over.
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
Ever since sixth grade, Emily Smucker-Beidler has been creating Fraktur after
learning from Roma Ruth, a well respected Fraktur Artist from Montgomery
County, PA. 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.
Please wear a mask over your nose and mouth and observe social distancing.
Thank you for helping us all stay safe.