Expand your Hallingdal painting repertoire. We will work on several projects and spend time with lesser-known Hallingdal flowers and techniques. The initial class project will be on woodenware, while subsequent projects and individual work can be done on either prepared mat board or woodenware, per your preference. We will work on the class design, then learn how to paint a scroll design in wet krilling or stippling by “wiping out,” a technique sometimes called “frottage.” This process was often used on less important areas of large pieces, like the sides of cupboards or clocks, and designed to be a subtle complement to frame the main design. Time will be spent on the evolution of a design and on looking for inspiration in the museum’s Hallingdal collection. Elaborate calligraphy is one of the hallmark features of rosemaling, so we will also work with both flat and round brushes to study several Black Letter alphabets. This class will be taught in oils but acrylic painters who are proficient in their medium are welcome.
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.