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!
Andrea Herkert graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with majors in Art and Art History. After a career in free-lance watercolor illustration and calligraphy, she began rosemaling in 2006 and never looked back, earning her Vesterheim Gold Medal in 2013. Andrea has been teaching rosemaling since 2010, both privately and in seminars throughout the United States. Through grants from the Wisconsin Arts Board she is currently mentoring her fifth apprenticeship. In June of 2018, Andrea spent time in Norway in intense study of the traditions of rosemaling: the history, techniques and culture from which it grew. This eye-opening individual study was supported through a Fellowship from the American Scandinavian Foundation. Andrea and her husband, Jim, live in the country outside of Madison, Wisconsin, enjoying the beauty and inspiration of nature.