The Setesdal Valley is between Aust-Agder and Vest-Agder and south of the Telemark area, so the rosemaling has influences from these areas. Characteristics of this style are fan flowers, stacked flowers, flame motifs, split leaves, flowers and elegant rows of teardrops called ferns or feathers. There will be two projects for the class—a plate and a sending basket. You are welcome to paint on wood or tag board. Louise will give you information on the history of Setesdal rosemaling, including typical forms, backgrounds, painting colors, and examples of trunks in Norway. She will also show how she designs projects from early Setesdal rosemaling. The picture here is from the sending basket that will be painted in class. There will be time for late spring skiing in Colorado, so come early, visit the mountains, and then enjoy four days of rosemaling!
Louise Bath first took rosemaling classes in Denver over 25 years ago, but it was her first class at Vesterheim in 2005 that started her on the journey to a Vesterheim Gold Medal, which she was awarded in 2017. She has been teaching rosemaling at the Trollheim Sons of Norway Lodge in Lakewood, Colorado since 2012 and for Vesterheim since 2017. Three trips to Norway (2013, 2016, and 2018) have given her a wealth of rosemaling knowledge and ideas. Completing a certificate in botanical art and illustration from the Denver Botanic Gardens in 2017 has added to her knowledge of technique and composition. She strives to give her rosemaling students not only a grounding in painting techniques, but also a review of the history and examples of the regional style.