In-Person - Rogaland: The Integration of Telemark, Hallingdal, and Agder Styles (SOLD OUT - Register to join the waiting list!)

Folk Art School

Vesterheim Folk Art School

In-Person - Rogaland: The Integration of Telemark, Hallingdal, and Agder Styles (SOLD OUT - Register to join the waiting list!)

Thursday, March 31-Sunday, April 3 with Nancy Odalen

Level of Instruction
Advanced beginner (those who have taken a beginner rosemaling class and know basic stroke work and brush handling) through advanced.
$350.00 Members
$400.00 Non-members
Materials Fee
A materials list will be sent out to students about a month before class. Students are responsible for purchasing woodenware and bringing their own paints and brushes. Many materials are available from the Vesterheim Store.

The stylist interpretations of the combined elements from Telemark, Hallingdal, and Agder (Rococo and Baroque) were used to create Rogaland/Ryfylke style. This class will focus on the study of Rogaland/Ryfylke and will include a discussion on how the elements from Telemark, Hallingdal, and Agder integrate within this style. We will review Knut Hovden’s Gammel Rosemaling i Rogaland, Mappes I-V, and study items from the Vesterheim collection. A class project will be available and there will be demonstrations and individual assistance. You will be encouraged to try your hand at creating your own design or sketch from examples found in the Vesterheim collection or the Hovden Mappes. This class will be taught in oils. Acrylic painters are welcome, but they should have an understanding of colors and techniques in this medium. This design was interpreted from a “trunk from Ryfylke decorated in the floral style of Lars Aslaken, probably by this son Lars L. Lauvsnes, or by Nils Sjursen Stølen. The trunk belonged to Henriette Selland (Burreon), who came to America when she was four years old. Her family settled in Fargo, North Dakota. It was later passed on to Henriette’s granddaughter.” This piece is a smaller version of the small trunk that Nancy received a red ribbon for in Vesterheim's National Norwegian-American Folk Art Exhibition in 2019.

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

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Enrollment Deadline: March 10, 2022

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About the Instructor

Nancy Odalen

Nancy Odalen

Nancy is drawn to Rosemaling, Rogaland/Ryfylke, Agder,and Hallingdal. The palette that she uses, in painting these style, echoes the colors found in the shimmering clear coastal light of the west coast of Norway where her ancestors lived. Odalen’s journey in the study of rosemaling began with her first Vesterheim class in 2001. She continues to take classes from Instructors who have given generously of their time and talents. Nancy is an experienced teacher, having taught Rosemaling classes since 2007. Odalen last taught at the Vesterheim Folk Art School in 2018, and most recently she taught at Wisconsin State Rosemaling Association. Odalen loves teaching beginning rosemalers, as well, and each spring she teaches at the Sons of Norway Lodge in Stoughton Wisconsin. This is a popular class that is well attended by new painters from Wisconsin and neighboring states. Nancy currently has 7 points towards her quest to become a Vesterheim Gold Medalist. Her journey continues as she learns from the old, create pieces that come from her soul and shares her knowledge with those she teaches.