Vesterheim Folk-Art Family Camp

Folk Art School

Vesterheim Folk Art School

Vesterheim Folk-Art Family Camp

August 7-9, 2020 with Rebecca Hanna and Kate Martinson and Sally Stromseth

Level of Instruction
All levels. Adult/child duos. For chidren 8-17 years old.
  • $450.00 Members
  • $500.00 Non-members

The single tuition fee for the camp covers both the child's and adult's enrollments.

This intergenerational camp is designed for adult/child duos to come together for screen-free, hands-on experiences as they explore the wonderful folk-art collections and community of Vesterheim. Adults and youths will experience the art of making while enjoying time together as they sample classes in woodcarving, weaving, rosemaling, and Scandinavian cooking. Other optional activities during the day and evening include Norwegian language lessons, a Kubb tournament, a scavenger hunt through the museum, and some Scandinavian folk dancing with the popular Foot-Notes band! You will embark on a weekend full of unique experiences and make memories to last a lifetime!

The single enrollment cost covers most meals, evening activities, all necessary supplies and materials for both adult and child, and limited free double occupancy housing on Luther College's campus on a first come, first serve basis. A list of other accommodation options is available upon request.

Learn more about the schedule of activities and mini-classes here.

A limited number of rooms at the Luther College guest house (Norby House) is available to participants at no cost and on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please contact Aaron Burmeister at or 563-382-9681 for more information or to reserve a room.

When enrolling online, enter the child's name first in the class page's "Sign Up" box. Enter the adult's name in the "Contact Info" form, three screens later in the enrollment process. 

Support for Folk-Art Family Camp is provided by The American-Scandinavian Foundation.

Registration for this class has closed.

About the Instructors

Rebecca Hanna
Rebecca Hanna

Rebecca Hanna of Decorah, Iowa, is passionate about many Norwegian folk arts, especially woodworking. A graduate of Luther College in elementary education and museum studies, she is a retired elementary school teacher. Rebecca is a Vesterheim Gold Medalist and was instrumental in the creation of Vesterheim magazine, Vol. 3, No. 2, dedicated to woodworking.

Check out this article to learn more about Rebecca's studio and recent projects! In the series Folk Art In Place, explore and learn with folk artists as they take us through their workspaces and demonstrate their craft.

Kate Martinson
Kate Martinson

Kate Martinson is Professor Emerita of Art at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. She received her B.A. from St. Lawrence University, followed by a M.F.A. at University of Alabama. She began her teaching career at Luther in 1977 and taught classes in weaving, bookmaking, and art education. Kate is an enthusiastic supporter of Vesterheim. She has served on the Vesterheim Board of Trustees and has been a Board officer. She has taught spinning and other textile-related classes throughout the United States and in Norway at Rauland Academy. Kate is known for introducing nålbinding to many American fiber artists.

Sally Stromseth

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.