Online - Introduction to Flat Plane Figure Carving: Tomte

Folk Art School

Vesterheim Folk Art School

Online - Introduction to Flat Plane Figure Carving: Tomte

Wednesdays, November 10 and 17 and December 1 and 8 (6:00-7:30pm CT) with Charles Banks

Level of Instruction
All levels – beginners welcome!
$160.00 Members
$175.00 Non-members

Interested in carving a “Scandi Classic” to help spruce up your home for the holidays? Join carver Charles Banks as together we carve a tomte, the Swedish cousin to Norway's beloved nisse that is often associated with the winter solstice and Christmas! Students will experience the history, traditions, and steps involved in the creation of this folk-art classic. Emphasis will be placed on the introduction and skillful use of traditional cuts, stylized shapes, and painting techniques to bring your tomte to life. 

Your registration fee includes a complete kit of materials shipped to your home with two character blanks, one practice stick, an OCC 1 7/8 inch straight knife, carving gloves, acrylic paint, brushes, and a special treat from Vesterheim (a $70 value). Kits will have everything you need to continue carving, long after class. Tools are required for this class and included in the class fee.

This class includes four Zoom sessions on Wednesdays, November 10 and 17 and December 1 and 8 (6:00-7:30pm CT) as well as time on your own spent working on the class project. Don't hesitate to contact Andrew Ellingsen, Folk Art Coordinator, with any questions you may have (

Supplies: Please wear long pants and closed-toed shoes. Students will also need a computer, laptop, or tablet with a camera and mic as well as a fast, reliable internet connection.

Special Instructions: 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 the Zoom meeting invitations sent to. You will receive links to the Zoom 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.

Upon registration, please also fill out your glove size. To find your glove size, measure all the way around your hand with a tape measure across your palm and above your thumb joint. Available sizes are Small (7-8 in), Medium (8-9 in), and Large (9-10.5 in).

If you are registering for this class in a location outside the United States, you will need to provide your own supplies. Please contact when you register for more information about what materials are required for this class.

Enrollment Deadline: October 27, 2021

Registration for this class has closed.

About the Instructor

Charles Banks

Charles Banks

Charles Banks is an intermediate and secondary arts education instructor with a passion for Nordic arts. His love of figure carving in the traditional flat-plane style has merged with his interest in advancing the style of characters in more personal and unique poses.