FamilieKlubb: Try Kolrosing!

Folk Art School

Vesterheim Folk Art School

FamilieKlubb: Try Kolrosing!

Register by June 16! with Harley Refsal and Evelyn Galstad

Level of Instruction
Supplies are for one adult and one child, age 8 and up.
$20.00 Members
$20.00 Non-members

Looking for a fun way to explore Norwegian culture with your family on your own schedule?  FamilieKlubb is for you!  Learn some Norwegian words and phrases and a new Scandinavian handcraft each month, and do it when it works for your family's schedule!

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, 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 explore this handcraft as a family 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.

Registration and Shipping Instructions: Kits are mailed out in time for you to begin your project on July 1. Only one adult should register for the intergenerational family duo. 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 communications to be sent to. You will receive links to the video sessions by email sometime during the week prior to the class. 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. 

If you are registering for this class in a location outside the contiguous United States, additional shipping charges may apply. Please contact aellingsen@vesterheim.org when you register for more information.

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.

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. On the first of the month, you will receive an email with the links to the teaching video. No live Zoom events will be scheduled as a part of this experience.

Enrollment deadline: June 16, 2021

Support for these programs is provided by The American-Scandinavian Foundation.

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About the Instructors

Harley Refsal
Harley Refsal
Harley Refsal

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.

Evelyn  Galstad

Evelyn Galstad

Evelyn Galstad, or Eddy as she is known to many, is an instructor of Norwegian language with Vesterheim. She is a recent graduate of Luther College, where she studied Vocal Performance and Nordic Studies. Last spring, Eddy worked closely with Professor Maren Johnson in an internship focused on curriculum development for Vesterheim’s after-school program, Norsk Skole. Her interest in Norwegian language and culture started young, beginning with her family ties to Norway and then deepened as she started attending Skogfjorden, the Norwegian village at Concordia Language Villages in Bemidji, Minnesota. For the past four summers, Eddy has taught Norwegian at Skogfjorden and has loved her time there. She is so excited to continue teaching at Vesterheim and cannot wait for the adventures ahead!


Learn a little more about Vesterheim’s Folk Art School Instructors, and meet Evelyn in this video.