In-Person – Hallingdal: Rosemaling Rich in Tradition (SOLD OUT)

Folk Art School

Vesterheim Folk Art School

In-Person – Hallingdal: Rosemaling Rich in Tradition (SOLD OUT)

Wednesday, October 20 - Sunday, October 24 (9am-5pm) with Andrea Herkert

Level of Instruction
Intermediate to Advanced. This class is not intended for beginning students but beginners would be considered on an individual basis. Please get in touch with with questions.
$350.00 Members
$400.00 Non-members
Materials Fee
Class materials will be available for purchase in the Museum Store. A detailed supply and tool list will be provided by email (after registration) in the weeks leading up to the class. 

In this class, we will focus on the characteristics and techniques of painting in the Hallingdal tradition. Hallingdal, along with Telemark, is considered one of the oldest, most defined of the rosemaling styles. With its rich, deep color palette, flowing "C" and "S" curves, distinctive line work, and highly developed use of pattern within the elements, Hallingdal Rosemaling grew from the traditions of the floral baroque design motif.

Two design projects will be our point of departure as we study the rosemaling traditions from the Hallingdal Valley. We’ll begin with a small piece to focus on the brushwork, use of color, and
classic line work that are hallmarks of this style. A second, larger piece will offer a more in-depth look at the color and pattern use found in the flowers and scrolls, which flow together so
distinctively in this style. While patterns will be offered for the designs, there will also be guidance given for those who wish to paint this style free hand in the traditional way. If you’ve not painted Hallingdal, this is a great chance to learn and if you have, this is an opportunity to get re-acquainted!


***This class is an in-person class at the Vesterheim Folk Art School in Decorah, Iowa***

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The Folk Art greatly values the health and safety of its learners, teachers, and staff and is continuously monitoring local and national COVID-19 statistics, government recommendations, and peer institution guidelines. As with any activity in a public place, there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms related to COVID-19 infection, please stay home. By registering for a class, attending a program, or visiting the Folk Art School, you voluntarily assume all risks related to COVID-19 exposure and assume them willingly and you agree to follow Vesterheim's COVID-19 policies. Thank you for your continued patience, understanding, and respect for the safety of our community as we navigate these difficult times. If you have additional questions, please contact Josh Torkelson, On-Site Program Coordinator, at or call 563-382-9681.


Enrollment Deadline: September 29, 2021

Registration for this class has closed.

About the Instructor

Andrea Herkert
Andrea Herkert
Andrea Herkert

Andrea Herkert holds degrees in Art and Art History from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. After a freelance career as a calligrapher and watercolorist, she took her first Rosemaling class
in 2006, fulfilling a life long dream. That first class touched her soul and she never looked back, earning her Vesterheim Gold Medal in 2013. She has been teaching Rosemaling since 2010 and has had the honor of teaching at the Vesterheim for many years. Most recently Andrea traveled to Norway on an individual study of Rosemaling, it’s history, technique and the culture
from which it grew. This was inspiring and life changing as she came to understand the importance of upholding the traditions of Rosemaling while also allowing it to evolve though contemporary interpretation. Andrea lives with her husband Jim in the country outside of Madison, Wisconsin where she is inspired by the solitude and beauty of the woods and gardens surrounding her home.

Learn more: Watch this video, Collection Connections: Rosemaling where rosemaling instructor Andrea Herkert highlights two trunks from the Vesterheim collection – one by Thomas Luraas and one by Hans Glittenberg – to inspire your painting practice.