Family Handcraft at Home: Try Rosemaling! (SOLD OUT)

Folk Art School

Vesterheim Folk Art School

Family Handcraft at Home: Try Rosemaling! (SOLD OUT)

Join anytime before February 22 with Jill Willems

Level of Instruction
Designed for youth ages 8 and up with adult supervision.
$20.00 Members
$20.00 Non-members

Rosemaling or rose painting is a decorative painting technique characterized by scrolls, leaves, and flowers and has been traditionally applied to woodenware. Several distinctive styles developed throughout Norway. We invite you to try your hand at this historical handcraft. You'll learn how to try different brushstrokes, resulting in beautiful decorative painting. Beloved Vesterheim folk-art apprentice and elementary art educator, Jill Willems, will inspire you to be creative in unexpected ways through a warm video demonstration. The best thing about this class is that you can watch the video and open your kit materials to explore rosemaling 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 rosemaling. Kit includes all folk-art materials needed, 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, 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 will be able to begin your project on March 1. Only one adult should register for the intergenerational family duo.

Note: This program has been designed for families to experience on their own schedules.  There is no live Zoom event and no scheduled class time – your family can participate anytime during the month when it works for your schedule!

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.

Enrollment Deadline: February 22, 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.

Registration for this class has closed.

About the Instructor

Jill Willems

Jill Willems

Jill can’t remember a time in her life that art wasn’t important to her. Loving everything art-related since she was just a toddler, she’s now been an elementary art teacher in her hometown, Iola, Wisconsin, for 31 years. Her personal history as an artist has been scattered with dabbling in many media and techniques. Until four years ago when she found the art form that struck such an immediate passion within her that it seemed almost foretold. Jill has studied with several Gold Medalists and accomplished rosemalers. Researching the old and gleaning small influences from contemporary rosemalers, Jill is striving to develop her own voice and style in this traditional art. She’s thrilled to be part of the Vesterheim Folk Art Apprenticeship to grow herself as a rosemaling artist and to be part of the continuance of this beautiful art into the future.