Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society


Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society
(717) 393-9745


Jan 23 2021


12:30 pm - 4:30 pm



Winter Workshop: Fraktur and Grain-Painted Frame


Are you fascinated with the Pennsylvanian German folk art of fraktur? Have you always wanted to try it for yourself? Attend our online workshop on Saturday, January 23, 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm. Paint a fraktur with traditional colors & designs and create a grain-painted frame to display your work.

Follow the presentation exclusively online via Zoom. Paint your fraktur in the first half of the class, then prepare your frame and have a finished piece by the end. No experience necessary.

Cost is $75, plus the cost of a short list of supplies you will purchase on your own before the class.

Lynn Janelle Sommer guides the fraktur painting segment. Fraktur is a form of storytelling using watercolor and ink that celebrates life events and usually incorporates treasured spiritual mottos, verses, or poetry.

Jim King demonstrates the grain painting process. King learned the process by restoring antique blanket chests using traditional oil or vinegar glazes.

You will receive a Zoom link and a list of recommended supplies to gather before the workshop. We will mail you the design on watercolor paper as well as the frame. Find a comfortable, well-lit space and connect with other participants online. As you paint, relaxing music guides the meditative experience.

Any questions can be directed to Michael Bodner at or 717.393.9745.