Swedish Drickamålning



Thursday, October 20 - Sunday, October 23, 2022 (9:00 am-12:00 pm, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm)


Carol Bender


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


Drickamålning is a Swedish folk-art painting from the province of Dalarna painted on boxes, cupboards, chests, and clocks. As a rule, these paintings did not have scenes but were done in an earlier style of kurbits that filled up the whole space and used techniques to create a wood graining type of effect. The first day of class we will prepare the surfaces using these products. The next day we should be able to start the decorating painting using the oil paints.

This class is also open to intermediate or advanced acrylic painters. Drickamålning does not require knowledge of strokes, just creativity! Confident beginners may be able to paint an easier design in class if they would like to participate.

The class project will be a small courier cabinet as painted in Dalarna in the early 19th century in Sweden with the Drickamålning faux finish technique. This is a great class for learning the differences between Swedish and Norwegian folk-art painting typically done on cabinets. My inspiration for this cupboard was a brännvinskåp (brandy cupboard) or hängskåp (hanging cupboard). Cabinets such as these would contain small drinking glasses, a bottle of spirits, and silver spoons. When someone came to visit, you would be given a glass and offered a drink. It was simply an old fashioned way of politeness. In most cabinets like these, there was a spot for silver spoons. The more silver spoons you had, the finer you are considered to be!


Level of Instruction:

This class is intended for intermediate to advanced oil painters.


The full supply list is available here.  

Enrollment Deadline: 

September 30, 2022


Learn more about instructor Carol Bender here.


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.

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