Johann Neudörffer: The Father of Fraktur — Julian Waters

Julian Waters
2.5 days
Intermediate to Advanced
No materials fee

Instructor Bio
Julian Waters is an internationally renowned lettering designer whose work has been widely published. He has received many awards including Type Directors Club, Print, LAR, and Graphis. His parents are calligrapher, Sheila, and the late bookbinder and library conservator, Peter Waters. Starting in 1979, Julian studied with the legendary calligrapher and type designer Hermann Zapf who became a longtime friend and mentor. When Julian was still in his 20s, Zapf asked him to succeed him at RIT, teaching the annual 2-week summer masterclasses. Waters’ typefaces include Adobe Waters Titling Pro family and Jefferson for Monticello. In the 1990s, Waters taught typography at Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC. In 2001, he was part of the Zapfest exhibition, San Francisco. In 1997, he was The Rubenstein Resident Artist at Sidwell Friends School, Washington, DC. In 2003, his publication, From Rough Sketch to Final Art, was issued, and in 2013, he edited and designed the retrospective, Sheila Waters at 80, about Sheila’s life and work. In 2016, Sheila and Julian completed work on Waters Rising, Letters from Florence, a 500-page book about the devastating 1966 Florence Flood and its aftermath, how Peter Waters led an international team in saving the countless damaged rare books at the National Library. The book was published in 2016, 50 years after the great flood. Waters has taught over 100 workshops for lettering professionals across the USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, Hong Kong, and Japan. Julian has taught several times at Cooper Union, NY, and Wells College, NY, including digital font design. He has taught multi-weekend courses on various lettering subjects, most recently a year-long course for a group of NY graphic designers who came to study with him eight weekends through the year.

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Class Description
Fraktur is hot right now. Where does it come from? Johann Neudörffer the Elder (1497-1563) is considered the father of German Renaissance calligraphy and a prime originator of Fraktur as a lettering style and printing type. His work and teachings influenced generations of famous german writing masters and continues to today. Julian Waters owns a very rare set of Neudörffer pages from the 1500s and has done extensive research on his work and groundbreaking teaching methods, many of which are not known to most calligraphers. Through photos of Neudörffer’s original calligraphy teaching pages written on vellum in 1538, students will learn from Neudörffer’s methods how to write his early forms of Fraktur. His teaching included specific ductus directions and the concept of variation as well as consistency. Through this historical study and practice we will develop personal variations of our own. Julian will provide many modern Fraktur variations by 20th century masters and his own.

Supply List
Typical calligraphy supplies including Mitchell, Brause, Speedball, etc. dip pens. Specific materials list will be provided later.

Julian Waters

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Julian Waters