Kolrosing is a traditional Scandinavian art form in which incising and stippling wooden objects, then filling them with natural pigment, results in beautiful surface decoration. Try your hand at this historical handcraft to create one-of-a-kind greetings to send to friends—wooden postcards! Beloved folk artist and master woodcarver, Harley Refsal, will inspire you to be creative in unexpected ways during this online workshop, both through the sharing of some kolrosed examples from the Vesterheim Collection and through his own storytelling on the topic. Your registration provides you with a kit that includes everything you need to complete this online folk art experience.
The listed class time includes two Zoom sessions (9:00-10:30AM and 3:00-4:00PM CDT) as well as time on your own, spent working on the kolrosing technique.
Supplies: A complete kit of supplies (a $30 value) is included in the cost of enrollment. You'll also need a computer, laptop, or tablet with a camera and mic as well as a fast, reliable internet connection.
Special Instructions: When registering for the class, please make sure to use the address you'd like the kit shipped to, and the email address you'd like the Zoom meeting invitation sent to. You will receive links to the Zoom sessions by email sometime during the week prior to the class.
Enrollment Deadline: October 7, 2020
Harley Refsal is a Vesterheim Gold Medalist who has taught Scandinavian figure carving throughout the United States and Norway. He was honored by H. M. Harald V, King of Norway, with the St. Olav Medal of Honor for his efforts in reinvigorating Scandinavian figure carving in both the United States and Norway. A retired professor of Scandinavian folk art at Luther College in Decorah, he also regularly demonstrates and gives many presentations about Norwegian folk art and traditions. He is the author of several books. Harley was named the 2012 Woodcarver of the Year by the magazine Wood Carving Illustrated.