- Level of Instruction
- Designed for youth ages 8 and up with adult supervision.
Kolrosing is a traditional Scandinavian art form of wooden surface decoration that uses natural pigment rubbed into incised lines to create beautiful patterns, shading, and sketches. We invite you to try your hand at this historical handcraft and personalizing your own wooden spoon in the process. Beloved folk artist and master woodcarver, Harley Refsal, will inspire you to be creative in unexpected ways through a warm video demonstration. The best thing about this event is that you can watch the video and open your kit materials to explore kolrosing whenever it is most convenient to you and your family members! Your registration provides you with a kit that includes everything you need to do family handcraft at home!
Supplies: The $20-per-family price covers the cost of a special folk-art class kit designed for two participants to explore kolrosing spoons. Kit includes all folk-art materials needed, a fun Norwegian recipe to try, some images as inspiration from the Vesterheim collection, and a treat.
Special Instructions: This series has been designed to facilitate an intergenerational folk-art experience for an adult and child duo to do together. Because of the specialized folk-art materials in each kit (knives for kolrosing), we recommend this activity for children over the age of eight with adult supervision. When registering for the class, please make sure to use the address you'd like the kit shipped to. Kits are mailed out as registration and payment are completed so that you can begin your projects on February 1. Only one adult should register for the intergenerational family duo.
This is a youth and family-oriented program designed for adults and children ages 8-18. We offer online adult folk art classes on our website here.
Note: To ensure that as many families as possible are able to participate, we have designed this program to be completed by families when it works best for them. When the kit is mailed to your family, you will also receive a link to the teaching video. No live Zoom events will be scheduled as a part of this experience.
Enrollment Deadline: January 21, 2021
Supported by the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund Phase 1, an initiative of Arts Midwest and its peer United States Regional Arts Organizations made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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About the Instructor
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.