Friday, August 20, 2010

FREE Fractur Art Classes for Kids at the New Sigal Museum

Fractur is an old German art form that is a part of Pennsylvania's cultural history

Posted by: Noel Jones

I bumped into West Ward neighbor and art teacher, Lindsay Woodruff, on opening day of the new Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society last week, and she told me that she is going to be teaching fractur art classes to kids there--apparently this is an old German
form of artwork that used to be prevalent in the Easton area (a sample is pictured above). Pretty cool. Below is info on Lindsay's classes--the August classes are already over, but there is one class left in September--sign your kids up now!
FREE art workshops at the new Sigal Museum. Children ages 8-12 yrs. old will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Pennsylvania German culture by creating their own version of fraktur, the familiar art form seen on birth certificates, hex signs, book marks, and many other traditional pieces.

Art teacher Lindsay Woodruff will lead the children in activities that let the children learn about
the culture that evolved the art forms; she will coach the children in completing an art form to take home to their families. 

One class remaining: Sunday, September 12, 2010 – 12:30-3:30 pm

This free program, supported by a grant from Crayola LLC, will be held at the Sigal Museum,
342 Northampton St., Easton.

Parents may call the Society at 610-253-1222 for registration and program release forms.
By the way, if you haven't been to the new museum yet, it's really cool--they have some great old film clips of Easton at its peak--there's a really old clip of a firemen's parade in the lobby that shows just how populated Easton once was--not just a lot of people on the streets, but hanging out of every window of every building to watch the parade--no vacant buildings back then! The second floor is my favorite though--where the have the native exhibit--I wish I had had more time--I'll be going back soon, and taking David along...

If you've had a chance to go (or if you know anything about fractur art), post your impressions here!

1 comment:

noel jones said...

Linday, I talked to a friend of mine, and she is signing her 8 year old up for your class--she is a sweetheart.