A half-round box, also called a mitten bowl, will be the main focus of this class. With five days to study, this will be a great chance to broaden your Valdres repertoire and concentrate on individual improvements and interests. Pam’s Valdres style reflects her studies with rosemalers Eli Sælid and Eldrid Arntzen, as well as her own finely honed color sense. Her designs are free flowing and graceful with subtle color palettes. You will have a chance to look at Valdres pieces in the museum’s collection and find ideas from them. Some time will also be spent on Rococo-related chinoiserie scrolls and scenes that can accompany Valdres designs. Class will be taught in oils. Acrylic painters are also welcome—they must have mastered basic techniques and know their colors and use of mediums. The piece shown is not the class project, but is representative of the style that will be taught.
Pam Rucinski has been rosemaling since 1974. She teaches all over the United States, has taught in Japan, and has traveled to Russia for folk-art studies. Pam received her Vesterheim Gold Medal in 1995, in part for her Gudbrandsdal painting. She has developed her own subtle variations over the 20+ years she has painted this style, looking to Jacob Klukstad and baroque wood carving for her inspiration. Through the Wisconsin Arts Board, Pam has worked with three apprentices concentrating on the Gudbrandsdal style. In 2019 Pam was awarded an American Scandinavian Foundation Fellowship. In June 2019 she and co-fellow, Carol Bender, spent three weeks in Sweden, studying folk arts with artists who are using the traditional techniques and materials of the 1700-1800s.