Handcraft at Home: Try Kroting!

Folk Art School

Vesterheim Folk Art School

Handcraft at Home: Try Kroting!

Register by May 24! with Rebecca Hanna

Level of Instruction
Supplies are for one adult and one child, age 8 and up.
$30.00 Members
$30.00 Non-members

Kids and parents, learn a simple technique to personalize anything made out of wood! Kroting is a type of decoration that began long ago on the western coast of Norway. The oldest examples are often geometric, but the tradition later evolved to include tulips and vines. In this at-home experience, you’ll be encouraged to be creative and make pictures and designs that are entirely your own!

Supplies: The $30-per-family price covers the cost of a special folk-art class kit designed for two participants to explore kroting. Kit includes all of the specialized folk-art materials needed, some images as inspiration from the Vesterheim Collection, and a treat.  You will also need:

  • a pencil

  • scissors

  • tape (painter's tape works well, but any kind will do!)

  • Optional: a sharp knife (such as an Exacto knife, a boxcutter blade, or a pocket knife)

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. If this class is a gift, please sign up with the recipient's mailing and email addresses or be prepared to forward all communications and/or kit supplies.

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!  Kits are mailed out in time for you to be able to begin your project on June 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.

Don't hesitate to contact Andrew Ellingsen, Folk Art Coordinator, with any questions you may have (aellingsen@vesterheim.org).

Enrollment Deadline: May 24, 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

Rebecca Hanna
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.

Learn more: Watch this video, Collection Connections: Woodworking where Rebecca Hanna highlights collection objects to inspire your 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.