In this class we will trace the history of Rogaland style in Norway. Early painters created it by taking elements of Hallingdal, Telemark, and Vest Agder. Later, in 1931, Knut Hovden started teaching at the Sand Craft School and revived the Rogaland style with four folios illustrating designs from early sources. One of his students, Bergljot Lunde, continued teaching at this school, passing on the Rogaland tradition to modern Norwegian rosemalers. We will use Bergljot Lunde’s oil palette to paint elements taken from early examples as shown on Hovden’s folios. The class project is a tray similar to the front of an old trunk. This class will be taught in oils but acrylic painters are welcome. After class, take a drive to the mountains. The aspen leaves will be turning the mountain slopes bright gold! There will be a tray 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.