Swedish Bonadsmålning



Wednesday, September 7 – Sunday, September 11, 2022 (9:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm)


This is an in-person class hosted at the Vesterheim Folk Art School in Decorah, Iowa.


Pam Rucinski


This class is inspired by instructor Pam Rucinski’s study during a 2019 American Scandinavian Fellowhip in Unnaryd, Sweden, at the Bonadsmuseet. We are privileged to offer this class for the very first time. Bonads means “tapestry,” so we will create colorful tapestry-like burlap canvases, celebrating everyday country life or the stories of our own families. We will use egg tempera paints with natural earth powdered pigments, grinding and mixing them ourselves. We will also prime our own burlap canvases. All materials are water-soluble and non-toxic. No solvents will be used. The old bonads painters used cut-out figures to paint people and animals. We will use cut-outs as well to create our own folk-like tapestry. Old museum designs will be provided, or you can create your own story. There is a materials fee, payable to the instructor.


Level of Instruction:

All levels. Students should be comfortable painting and have confidence with linework and strokework. 


There will be a materials fee of $70 payable to the instructor for the specialized materials for this unique class. Please view the complete supply list for all the details – the full supply list is available here

Enrollment Deadline: 

August 17, 2022

Please read our COVID-19 Policies here.

The Folk Art School greatly values the health and safety of its learners, teachers, and staff and is continuously monitoring local and national COVID-19 statistics, government recommendations, and peer institution guidelines. As with any activity in a public place, there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms related to COVID-19 infection, please stay home. By registering for a class, attending a program, or visiting the Folk Art School, you voluntarily assume all risks related to COVID-19 exposure and assume them willingly and you agree to follow Vesterheim's COVID-19 policies. Thank you for your continued patience, understanding, and respect for the safety of our community as we navigate these difficult times. If you have additional questions, please contact the Folk Art School, at folkartschool@vesterheim.org or call 563-382-9681.


Click Here to learn more about Pam Rucinski 


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