- Youth ages 16-17 receive a 25% discount.
- Level of Instruction
- Intermediate to advanced.
In this class we will explore the elegant style of transparent Telemark as exemplified by the paintings of Thomas Luraas, Bjorn Bjaalid, and their contemporaries. In this early nineteenth-century style of Telemark, linework is prominent and dances across the painting like calligraphy. Although red or dark backgrounds were commonly used, the transparent technique is especially beautiful on a light background. There is little shading on the scrolls as the parallel veins or nerve lines, with fine details and end knobs, take the place of shading. Louise will emphasize the fanciful flowers, which feature intricate interior contours of lines and form elegant borders on cupboards, beams, and beds. For reference, Louise will share many photos taken in Telemark on the 2016 Vesterheim Folk Art Tour. We will use ideas from these photos on a 16-inch plate with two borders, as well as on practice boards or wood of your choice.
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About 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.