For over 50 years, Vesterheim has nurtured folk artists and encouraged excellence in Norwegian-American folk art by providing classes with master instructors from Norway and America, by organizing study tours to Norway, and by offering an annual judged exhibition in which artists can present and sell their work.
The Norwegian folk-art tradition reaches back to the days of the Vikings and continues to be vibrant and active today. Our programming efforts are aimed at promoting inclusivity, offering varied opportunities for diverse ages and abilities. We offer classes that reflect both history and traditions embodied in our collections, as well as embrace how these folk-art traditions are being carried forward in modern Scandinavia.
This year we invite you to explore class offerings in weaving, needlework, woodworking, rosemaling, blacksmithing, knifemaking, genealogy, language, writing, jewelry, design, and Nordic cooking. Also, look for offerings in a new category called Friluftsliv, the Norwegian concept loosely translated “open air life,” embracing nature and outdoor activities. Additionally, a number of new classes fit into two different folk-art categories, so look for Folk Art Fusion classes as well! We strive to serve both accomplished folk artists working toward their gold-medal status and new makers seeking hands-on experiences to translate their inspiration into craft. We are a place to create, connect, share stories, and have fun! We hope you find YOUR way to create at Vesterheim Folk Art School in 2020!