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Rosemaling: Os Style

Course Overview

Rosemaling means "rose painting" in Norwegian, and is done in many styles reflective of specific regions in Norway. The Os region in western coastal Norway is known for its fanciful flowers and bright colors, making it quite different from many of the other styles of rosemaling. In this course you’ll study and practice basic techniques of this traditional decorative painting style. Plenty of one-on-one instruction is provided. Students interested in building an even more solid base of skills are encouraged to pre-register for the optional fourth day of instruction for $50 by selecting the option during registration or by calling North House at 218-387-9762. Some rosemaling experience recommended; see Telemark or Valdres courses for beginning levels. 

Required Tools: 

The instructor will contact you after registration with a specific materials list.

Optional Tools:

All of the supplies below are provided as part of the materials fee (which will be collected by the instructor during class), but you are welcome to bring your own, as these are supplies you would need to purchase to pursue painting on your own. 

  • Palette paper (for mixing paints)
  • Palette knife
  • Paper towels (lint free)
  • Walnut alkyd medium- available from Vesterheim Museum (
  • Odorless paint thinner or brush cleaner – available at local hardware store
  • Tracing paper (also available at Vesterhiem or at Micheal’s or Hobby Lobby)(for tracing designs)
  • Transfer paper (available at Vesterheim)( for transferring designs onto woodenware)
  • Liquid Dawn dishwashing soap and vaseline OR pink soap for cleaning brushes
  • Jar with cover for paint thinner
  • Saran wrap (for paint brushes and covering paints)

For information on oil paints, please contact the instructor after registration; info will be provided.

Course Details

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