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Painting & Photography

Rosemaling Plants from the Boreal Forest

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Course Overview

In this class students will work in oil paint to create gorgeous leaves and flowers from the boreal ecosystem using the techniques of rosemaling. We are fortunate at the North House campus to share a very similar boreal forest with Scandinavia and the homeland of rosemaling in Norway. During class we will talk about some historical aspects of rosemaling while creating modern forms using traditional brushstrokes. These boreal plant designs reminiscent of botanical illustration will be painted on heavy paper, perfect for framing. If students prefer to bring an unfinished wood piece to paint on, they are welcome. Students signing up for this class should have a solid foundation in rosemaling. Materials: $10 paid at registration covers the patterns for class, and an additional fee of up to $30 can be paid in class depending on materials needed. If a student needs all materials supplied, the total including patterns comes to $40.

Required Tools

Students may pay instructor for use of the following materials (total $30 including paper) OR bring:

  • Filbert brush in 2,4,6 (one or all) 
  • Liner brush in 0
  • Walnut oil or linseed oil
  • Tracing paper
  • Cleaner of choice
  • Rags 

Oil Paint colors

  • Titanium white
  • Prussian blue
  • Raw umber 
  • Yellow ochre 
  • Red of choice, English red, venetian red etc
  • Cadmium red light
  • Cadmium green

Optional Tools

  • Ruler
  • Chalk
  • Painting tape


Fri, Sep 27th, 2024  –  Sun, Sep 29th, 2024

Course Details

Hours: 9am-5pm each day
Tuition: $285.00
Materials fee: $10.00
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Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Tara Austin
Tara Austin
Grand Marais, MN

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Rosemaling Plants from the Boreal Forest