Society for Calligraphy, Southern California

Fraktur, Historical Sources and Modern Variations


Saturday, November 18

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Sunday, November 19

9:00 am - 4:00 pm


While Gothic Textura hands are strong, rectilinear, with many straight strokes, Fraktur can be powerful, but also decorative and playful, with more curved and swelled elements and more hairlines. Fraktur would not exist now in its rich variety without the groundbreaking work of a few early major figures, including Leonhard Wagner, Albrecht Dürer and particularly Johann Neudörffer the Elder (1497-1563), considered the father of German Renaissance calligraphy. Julian owns a rare set of Neudörffer pages and has done extensive research on this influential master. Neudörffer’s teaching methods included the concepts of shape groups, ductus groups, special stroke order and variation as well as consistency of form and spacing. Over the next 500 years, through Neudörffer’s family and generations of students and followers, Fraktur spread and developed into many different wri en, engraved and typographic forms. After studying the history we will explore our own variations, decorative capitals and hybrid forms (eg Fraktur/Italic mixes), while studying 20th century modern masters including Spemann, Zapf, Linz, Eberhardt, Kapr, Korger, Poppl, Schneider, and examples of Julian’s own lettering.

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Julian Waters


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Joan Bechtel


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Cal State University, Long Beach

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Building HS&D, Room 105, Long Beach

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