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Rosemaling in the Gudbrandsdal Style

July 21-25, 2018 with Andrea Herkert

Level of Instruction
All levels with some experience handling a brush and mixing paint.
  • $335.00 Members
  • $385.00 Non-members

In this class we will study the beautifully flowing style of Gudbrandsdal rosemaling. We will work from patterns prepared by Andrea as our point of departure, with much discussion about the process that goes into designing and how we find our own style. We will spend time in the museum with our sketchbooks studying the acanthus carving on which Gudbrandsdal rosemaling is based. With this motivating inspiration, we will focus on individual characteristics of the style, painting two smaller designs—one with an emphasis on the scrolls and fold-over leaves, the hallmark of the Gudbrandsdal rosemaling, and another smaller design featuring the classic tulip and daisy shapes found in the acanthus carving. After painting these, we will work on a more involved piece that combines these elements as they work together to create a flowing design with the quiet elegance found in the Gudbrandsdal rosemaling. The pictured piece is not a class project, but an example of Andrea’s interpretation using the Gudbrandsdal characteristics. You are also encouraged to bring your own woodenware and Andrea will help adapt the designs to those pieces. Please join us as we immerse ourselves in this beautiful style! This class will be taught in oils, but acrylic painters who are proficient in the medium are most welcome!

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About the Instructor

Andrea Herkert
Andrea Herkert

Andrea Herkert graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, majoring in art and art history. She began rosemaling in 2006 and received her Vesterheim Gold Medal in 2013. After receiving a Folk Art Grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board to study with rosemaler Nancy Schmidt in 2010, she has gone on to mentor several students and is currently working with her fourth apprentice. She travels throughout the United States to teach rosemaling, as well as teaching one-on-one in her home studio. Most recently she was awarded a fellowship from the American Scandinavian Foundation, which will support a month-long study of rosemaling culture and techniques in Norway in June of 2018. She is anxious to share her experiences there with her students! Andrea and her husband Jim live in their country home outside of Madison, Wisconsin, where they enjoy gardening, raising bees, and long walks in the nature that surrounds them.