2023-09-27 – Exploring Telemark and Gudbrandsdal Rosemaling



Wednesday, September 27 - Sunday, October 1, 2023 (9:00 am-Noon, 1:00-5:00 pm)


Andrea Herkert


This is an in-person class held at Vesterheim Folk Art School.


Rosemaling has its foundational roots in the traditional motifs of the Rococo and Baroque art movements and, while the classic and flowing C and S strokes are integral to all rosemaling, different areas of Norway embraced the characteristics of the traditions in unique ways. While there are many similarities between the interpretations, there are also distinctive differences. 

We will explore these characteristics by studying rosemaling from Telemark and Gudbrandsdal. As our point of departure, we will use provided designs to create two unique pieces. Working with a comparable palette and woodenware, we will paint two 16-inch double-bordered plates, new woodenware by master woodworker Tim Montzkan (Vesterheim Gold Medalist), made especially for our class! 

In creating the two pieces, we will evaluate the strong similarities inherent in all rosemaling while developing an understanding of the differences between styles and why they might be. 

This will be an exciting opportunity to delve deeply into the structure of rosemaling design, color use, and history of the art as we immerse ourselves for five days painting rosemaling together. We will visit the permanent Vesterheim collection in the Bauder-Landsgard Collection Study Center, which houses behind-the-scenes archives.


Level of Instruction:

While rosemalers of all levels are welcome, the class is geared towards painters with some experience.  


Supply list will be announced soon.

Enrollment Deadline: 

 September 13, 2023


Learn more about instructor Andrea Herkert here.


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