Animals in Norwegian Rosemaling with Old Style Telemark



Thursday, July 14 - Sunday, July 17, 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.


Louise Bath


In this class, you will explore the many animals used in Norwegian rosemaling, such as horses (some with riders), lions, birds, stags, bears, and goats. You will also see fanciful animals, like unicorns, dragons, and mermaids. Animals are featured in many styles of rosemaling, including Hallingdal, Os, Hardanger, Vest Agder, and Telemark. In this class, lions and unicorns will be surrounded by transparent Telemark scrolls and flowers.

In this early style of Telemark, the linework is prominent and dances across the painting like calligraphy. It is exemplified by the painting of Thomas Lurass and his contemporaries. Although red or dark backgrounds were commonly used, the transparent technique is especially beautiful on a light background. There is little shading on the scrolls because the parallel veins (or nerve lines), with fine details and end knobs, take the place of shading. You will learn how to incorporate your favorite animal (Louise's is a lion!) on plates, boards, baskets, and boxes as a great focal point. They do not have to be realistic as the best examples are charmingly naïve! Louise will give you photos to use on your projects, including many fanciful painted animals that she saw on a 2016 Vesterheim Folk Art Tour to Norway, as well as those she has found online. You will be working on 12-inch plates but Louise will bring examples on other surfaces she has painted.

Level of Instruction:

Intermediate. Students should have knowledge of rosemaling strokes and linework and be comfortable working with oils or acrylic paints.


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Enrollment Deadline: 

June 23, 2022

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