Rosemaling or "rose painting" is flower painting that originated in Norway and traveled with the immigrants to the U.S. This artform has been used to decorate rooms and wooden items of all sizes. Kids and parents are invited to learn this painting tradition together. Each participant will be rosemaling a 4-inch wooden circle using oil paint and artist brushes to nurture your creative spirit.
Children must be accompanied by a participating adult. One to two children per adult.
Support for this workshop is provided by The American-Scandinavian Foundation.
Sally Stromseth was first introduced to rosemaling at Nordic Fest in 1981, when Bergljot Lunde was the demonstrating artist from Norway. Sally says that everything about her painting fulfilled a need she had for artistic expression. Sally took her first rosemaling class in adult education from Betty Dowe in Decorah. Since then, she has studied under Ruth Green, Gary Albrecht, Bergljot Lunde, and Nancy Schmidt. She has taught rosemaling in adult education, Elderhostel, Saturday morning mini-classes at Vesterheim, and occasional private lessons in her home. The most recent adventure has been teaching after-school kids at Vesterheim. Sally lives on a farm north of Decorah. She retired from Decorah Public Library after having served 20 years as children’s librarian.