Baroque, Rococo, Regency—we hear these terms in relation to rosemaling, but what exactly do they mean and what role do they play in understanding the traditions? We often focus on “styles,” characteristics of which we associate with different areas of Norway, but the foundation for all rosemaling is based on the traditions of Baroque, Rococo, and Regency. This explains why, when looking to the old, we find an overlapping of many stylistic characteristics while the regional styles are defined more by individual interpretation. In this class, Gudbrandsdal will be our point of departure as we explore how the design characteristics of Baroque and Rococo play their role. We will paint two pieces to understand the unique Gudbrandsdal style and how it embraces the design traditions. Come join us as we learn rosemaling from this unique perspective! The class will be taught in oils. Acrylic painters are 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.