Folk Art School

Vesterheim Folk Art School

Find YOUR way to create!

Registration for online and in-person classes through 2021 is now open and you can find full information and sign up here.

We’re excited to announce that Vesterheim Folk Art School is reopening September 1, 2021, for on site classes!  Details about our COVID-19 responses and policies have been updated as of August 25, 2021, and can be found here. We look forward to seeing you on campus.

Online classes are available from anywhere and offer a whole new opportunity to connect people to folk art. Vesterheim is dedicated to continuing the growth of programs in an online format.

For More Information:

Onsite Programs:
Josh Torkelson, Onsite Program Coordinator, 563-382-9681,

Online Programs:
Andrew Ellingsen, Online Program Coordinator, 563-382-9681,

Enrollment, Cancellation, and Refund Policy for Online Programs

Vesterheim Folk Art School offers many different online experiences. These experiences can be divided into two types: those that involve a kit of tools and materials shipped from Vesterheim and those that do not.

To cancel an enrollment in a class involving a kit, email with your request to cancel. If we have not already sent you an email to inform you your kit has shipped, you will receive a full refund. If we have sent you the email confirming kit shipment, no refund will be given.

To cancel an enrollment in an online experience with no kit involved, email with your request to cancel. If you email us up to 24 hours before the scheduled beginning of the experience, you will receive a full refund.

We do not give refunds after you have participated in an online experience or class. Refunds are also not given if you don’t participate and haven’t informed us in advance of the class/experience of your intention not to participate.

Enrollment, Cancellation, and Refund Policy for Onsite Programs

Students may reserve an enrollment in any class with a $50 deposit made at least one month before the class begins. Full tuition is due 21 days before the class starting date. A minimum number of registered students is required for a class to be held. We must meet our minimum number 21 days prior to the class starting date, or the class will be cancelled. If a student wishes to cancel enrollment, a notice in writing (e-mail is acceptable) is required. Students who cancel their enrollment more than 21 days prior to the first day of the course will receive a refund less a $25 processing fee to cover administrative costs. In recognition of the time and energy instructors invest in preparing for courses, students withdrawing 20 days or less prior to the start date of a class will receive no refund. We are unable to transfer payments from one class to another.

If Vesterheim cancels a class, students will receive a full refund of any payments made for that course.

There will be no refunds or prorated tuition for late arrivals, early departures, or missed class once class has started (non-COVID-19 related).

These policies are related to COVID-19 protocols and procedures – Full refunds will be provided to sick students up until class starts. If any student is asked to leave because of a health concern once class has started, Vesterheim will issue a class credit voucher to the student. The other students and instructor can choose whether to continue the course or end it at that time. Prorated tuition refunds for other students will also be issued as class credit vouchers. Materials fee refunds will be on a case-by-case basis.