Nordic Dragons in the Round



Monday, August 1 - Thursday, August 4 (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.


Philip Odden


Dragons were used in different ornamental styles by the Viking people of Scandinavia from 800-1050. Dragons were used in the Christian stave church period from roughly 1050-1300. Dragons again became popular during the National Romantic period from roughly 1860-1915. Today there is continued interest in ornamental styles that utilize the Nordic dragon motif. This class will focus on three-dimensional dragons. Bring any tool you have that you think you might use for this project. Phil will share his tools with those who do not have tools. Project options include three-dimensional dragons (either free-standing or on ale bowls) and other possible forms. Projects with patterns will be available for purchase, often with examples to look at. Phil will also help you develop your own ideas based on artifacts from the Vesterheim collection or library. 


Level of Instruction:

All levels. Youth must be self-motivated.


The instructor will provide all gouges and chisels. If you have your own tools that you prefer to use, please bring those too. There is a materials fee of $12-$35, payable to the instructor.

Enrollment Deadline: 

July 11, 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 or call 563-382-9681.


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