Lancaster Roots 2017
Pennsylvania German fraktur has an instantly recognizable style. The fractured calligraphy, surrounded by birds, swirls, and flowers, evolved to become a distinctly American folk art. Learn how to make fraktur of your own this spring with two classes offered this February by the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, both taught by local artist Emily Smucker-Beidler. The first class is an introduction to the imagery of fraktur, and the second focuses on the calligraphy of fraktur. For advanced students, there will be an advanced fraktur workshop the same days.
The first class, “A Taste for Fraktur,” will be held on Saturday, March 4 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Participants will learn how to create the recognizable imagery of fraktur, rendering traditional motifs in ink before painting them in watercolor. By the end of the class, each participant will have their own small fraktur piece to take home. Smucker-Beidler will also give a presentation on the history of fraktur, looking at the three distinct styles from southeastern Pennsylvania. A starter kit containing the basic supplies needed to explore the world of fraktur is included with the class. The deadline for registration is February 25; the class costs $70 for Society members, $80 for nonmembers.
Participants can register for classes by calling the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society at (717) 393-9745 or online at lmhs.org.