Instructor:   Emily Smucker-Beidler

Skill Level: Beginner

Let springtime tulips be the tonic for the cold dark winter! In this 3 hour workshop, we’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 shown how to create a small finished piece in their own individual style.

All materials are included in the tuition except for watercolors. Students are welcome to bring their own watercolors or fraktur watercolor sets will be available for purchase from the instructor for $20.

Emily will have books and resources available for students to use.

About Fraktur:

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.

About the Instructor:  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.

Cancellation/Refund Policy: 

The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen does not provide cash refunds for the cancellation of classes unless the class is canceled by the instructor or the Guild.

In order to request a withdrawal from a workshop, students must contact the Guild by phone at 717-431-8706 or contact us here at least 7 days prior to the class. Students who request a withdrawal at least 7 days prior to the class will receive a credit that can be used toward another workshop. No refunds or transfers will be given to cancellation requests made with less than 24 hours’ notice of the class.

Please note that we are unable to provide refunds for missed classes due to personal scheduling conflicts. If you are sick with Covid-19 or believe that you may have been recently exposed, please email

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  • Tulips in Winter Fraktur
     1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Venue Phone: 717-431-8706

Venue Website:

335 N Queen St, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17603, United States

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