Rosemaling Classes

Rosemaling is the beautiful and unique art form from Norway, literally meaning rose or flower painting.

The WSRA is a not-for-profit organization established to teach and celebrate the artistic heritage of Norway. Our members are students, teachers, and friends of rosemaling. We host classes to help our community learn and grow this art. These classes focus on learning specific styles of rosemaling. They are offered by members and friends of the organization.

2018 WSRA Classes

Beginner Rosemaling with Nancy Odalen

In partnership with the Sons of Norway - Mandt Lodge

Date: April 6, 7 & 8, 2018 9:00 - 4:00

Cost: $125 (Sons of Norway Members), $140 (Non-Members)

Registration: Closed

Takk Takk, Nancy for the fantastic Beginner Rosemaling class! Learning the strokes, thinking about design and understanding the subtle nuances of C-strokes and S-strokes was incredible! We appreciate the time, talent and smile that you bring to each class. ~WSRA

2018Spring-Rosemaling.3_day.pdf

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Adult Rosemaling Class with Andrea Herkert

In partnership with the Sons of Norway - Mandt Lodge

Date: April 6, 7 & 8, 2018 9:00 - 4:00

Cost: $140 (Sons of Norway Members), $165 (Non-Members)

Registration: Closed

Tusen Takk, Andrea! We learned so much about Gudbrandsdal and Telemark from you in this class. The designs and elements of each style were fun to dive into during our time together. The understanding of the characteristics we walked away with... priceless. ~WSRA

2018-Spring-Adult Rosemaling.3_day.pdf

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Sample of Zhostovo painting, not of project

Sample of Zhostovo painting - not of project

Russian Zhostovo with Pam Rucinski

Date: April 13, 14, & 15, 2018 9:00 - 4:00

Cost: $120 (Sons of Norway Members), $145 (Non-Members)

Registration: Closed

Mange Takk, Pam!! What a fun and exciting class this was! Even though our class was small, learning about the stunning Zhostovo art was amazing. The similarities with rosemaling, and how we can apply techniques to our craft was beyond helpful! We love Pam!! ~WSRA

Class Reservation Form

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Sample of Os plate & scene - not of project

Norway Scene with Os Border with Jan Norsetter

Date: August 17, 18 & 19, 2018 9:00 - 4:00

Cost: $110 (Sons of Norway Members), $135 (Non-Members)

Registration: Class Full - waiting list only

Jan is a skilled and talented scenery artist. With travels around the world, Jan brings a unique style to her rosemaling. Join Jan as she helps her class bring a Norse scene to life with a brilliant border, in the Os style.

Class Reservation Form

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Painting Stories thru Nisse & Trolls with June Nyberg

Date: August 24, 25 & 26, 2018 9:00 - 4:00

Cost: $140 (Sons of Norway Members), $165 (Non-Members)

Registration: Registration forms due by March 15 with a $30 deposit

June is a skilled artist and storyteller through her illustrations of nisse & trolls. Her published work with Jujoimaginings Book Publisher is heartwarming and fantastic. Join June as she shows you how to bring a story to life with these mischievous and iconic norse characters.

Class Reservation Form

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Sample of Rogaland plate - not of project

Rogaland with Ruth Green

Date: October 12, 13 & 14, 2018 9:00 - 4:00

Cost: $115 (Sons of Norway Members), $140 (Non-Members)

Registration: Registration forms due by March 15 with a $25 deposit

Ruth took a class from Vi Thode at Vesterheim in 1977. She found that Rogaland suited her painting style, both in design construction and colors used, and has continued in that style since. Ruth was awarded the Vesterheim Gold Medal in 2012.

This class will be a project painting class. The designs are at an intermediate level, but Ruth will provide a beginning level design and information if it is known ahead of time that it is needed. The class will be taught in oil, but acrylic painters are most welcome.

Class Reservation Form

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More 2018 WSRA Classes Coming Soon!

Curious about the different styles of rosemaling?

Check out the Illinois Norsk Rosemalers' Association's web page!

WAB Folk Arts Apprenticeship

From: Lin Schoenleben & Carol Bender


The Wisconsin Arts Board through its Folk Arts Apprenticeship program strengthens and preserves “Wisconsin's cultural heritage by supporting direct passage of knowledge and skills embedded in traditional arts. The Wisconsin Arts Board provides awards to enable respected master traditional folk artists to teach their skills to committed and talented apprentices. “

For the past year and a half Carol Bender and I have had the pleasure of studying Gudbrandsdal rosemaling with Pam Rucinski, VGM, through this apprenticeship program supported by the Wisconsin Arts Board. Our second year of apprenticeship will be completed in June and what an amazing and exciting two years it has been. We had heard about the program from other rosemalers who participated and raved about what an incredible experience it was so we decided to apply and see what happened. We discovered a fantastic resource that is open to all of us rosemalers.

The Arts Board website is website is https://artsboard.wisconsin.gov. Go to the website and search Grant Programs to find the application and guidelines. The application looks long and involved but I found it rather illuminating to complete. You are asked to answer questions about your interest in and experience with rosemaling. It provides an opportunity for you to really think about where you have come from both culturally and artistically and where you are going. I actually appreciated how having to think about this to answer the questions made me more aware of both my visceral and cerebral connection to my painting.

Carol and I each completed our sections of the application and Pam completed a section as the mentor. We discussed our goals and aspirations which Pam then turned into lesson plans. The program provides for seventy-five hours of one-on-one instruction. That is an amazing number of hours of individual teaching. Students and mentors can work together for a maximum of three years but must reapply each year. Students and mentors must then take a year off before being eligible to apply again. There is the freedom to work with any artist in Wisconsin who meets the guidelines set by the WAB for one, two or three years.

Over the months we have worked with Pam we have studied:

  • the artistic elements found in Gudbrandsdal
  • its relationship to carving
  • translating carving to painting
  • movement in the design
  • palettes and color mixing
  • using contrast to create depth
  • creating original designs
  • reading the shape of an object to create a design
  • borders
  • faux finishes
  • history and the foremost artists
  • relationship to other styles of rosemaling
  • details and line work
  • brush technique

We made trips to the Vesterheim to spend time in the archives and the museum exhibits. We conducted research in the library at the Vesterheim and what a treasure trove of information that is! We visited a church near Osseo to study the carved altar and sanctuary pieces created in the late 1800’s.

Last June we ended our first year of apprenticeship by demonstrating at the District 5 Sons of Norway Convention in Marshfield. This May we will be at the Portage County Cultural Fair in Stevens Point and then at Syttende Mai in Stoughton.

We worked hard together; laughed hard together and have developed a friendship that will last a lifetime – a wonderful and cherished benefit of our time together. I encourage each of you to check out and seriously consider applying for the WAB apprenticeship. Not only will you grow as an artist beyond your expectations, you will be preserving and promoting the gift of rosemaling for those coming after us.