Mona Stenseth Erlandsen will teach two sessions of “Re-thinking Rosemaling” at Vesterheim 
this summer. (Submitted photo)
Mona Stenseth Erlandsen will teach two sessions of “Re-thinking Rosemaling” at Vesterheim this summer. (Submitted photo)
Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, has announced the Folk Art School schedule for 2020 and registration is open at

Classes include painting and rosemaling, fiber arts, woodworking, knifemaking, metalworking, Nordic cooking, jewelry making, Norwegian language and more.

There also are special workshops and programs for youth and families.
Instructors come from all over the country, and two teachers are coming this year from Norway.

Mona Stenseth Erlandsen will teach two sessions of “Re-thinking Rosemaling” July 18-22 and July 27-31.

In this class, Erlandsen will create a rosemaling experience that respects the history and tradition of the Telemark style, while giving inspiration to explore new directions. By “breaking down” old rosemaling examples into the different style elements, students will discover ways to create fresh, individual expressions.
Erlandsen is a Norwegian fine artist based in Telemark. Her passion for Scandinavian heritage and folklore helps set her apart in the Norwegian art/design/retail industry.

Her trademark slogan is “bringing new life to old traditions.” Hundreds of shops retail her art cards and art prints with Norwegian motifs inspired by Nordic traditions, pop culture and nostalgia. In her studio, she also creates large, rosemaling-inspired oil paintings of dream-like worlds.

Also teaching two sessions July 18-22 and July 27-31, Kristi Nilsen will offer “Knitted Sjonaleist.”

A sjonaleist is an ankle sock belonging to the historical folk costume of Hardanger and Voss in Norway. In this advanced knitting class students will learn all the different techniques needed to make their own pair.

Nilsen lives in Bergen, Norway. She has a master’s degree from the University of Bergen, and is educated as a craft teacher from Bergen College of Education. She is an advanced knitter and handspinner, and she also enjoys embroidery and tablet weaving.

Vesterheim offers a 50 percent discount for class tuition on a space-available, stand-by basis to any year-round resident of Winneshiek County and full-time Luther College students. Stand-by students will be notified about availability of class openings one week before the starting date of the class.

Find more information, a complete list of classes, and registration options at