From about 1800, depictions of bridal processions are seen on beautiful large ale bowls in Norway, especially from the areas of Vest Agder and Setesdal. These pictorial scenes represent a rural wedding, one of most important events in a lifetime. These bowls have a central painted motif, above which is shown the bridal party riding to the church, followed by friends and family, some of whom already are celebrating the day! There is usually a witty saying above that or on the outer band, perhaps reflecting a humorous description of the occasion. The rosemaling will incorporate motifs from Vest Agder and Setesdal. You will go home with an authentic example of your Norwegian heritage! The class will be taught in oils with some acrylic details. There will be a large bowl for this project, available through Vesterheim’s Museum Store. There is a small materials fee, payable to the instructor.
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.