Let springtime tulips be the tonic for the cold dark winter. In this 3-hour workshop with Emily Smucker-Beidler, you’ll explore how Fraktur artists used pattern and color to create colorful tulips. Participants will start with their choice of a tulip template and then be shown how to create a small, finished piece in their own individual style.
The cost of the workshop is $65 for nonmembers ($60 members). Students can bring their own watercolors, or buy a fraktur watercolor set from Emily for $20 at the workshop. Space is limited, so sign up today!
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, 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 31 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.