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Rosemaling: Os Style   

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. Some rosemaling experience recommended; see Telemark or Hallingdal courses for beginning levels. This course is open to students ages 12+ if accompanied by an adult, or 16+ without. This Class will be taught in oils but acrylic painters are welcome.  Acrylic painters will have to bring their own paints as they will not be available from the instructors.


Depending on materials needed, students should expect to pay $5 - $65 in class to instructors. 

  • There is a $10.00 cost for basic materials. This will be adjusted for those that bring most of the optional tools listed below.
  • If you use the instructors’ oil paints, there is a $15.00 palette fee. The instructors recommend that you use their paints if you have not painted in the Os style as the colors are very different and can be expensive.
  • The cost for purchasing a wooden project from the instructors will run between $25-$40.
  • Brushes will be available for purchase from the instructors (additional $20-$45).

Optional Tools

All 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. If you bring your own supplies the materials fee will be adjusted accordingly.

  • Tracing paper
  • Transfer paper
  • Palette paper (for mixing paints)
  • Palette knife
  • Paper towels (lint free)
  • Walnut alkyd medium by M Graham - available from Amazom or Vesterheim Museum (
  • Odorless paint thinner or brush cleaner – available at local craft stores (Mona Lisa or Masterpiece brands)
  • Oil Paints (The :Instructors recommend Rembrandt brand unless another is specified)  Again, If you have not painted in this style you are welcome to buy a palette of paints from the instructors for 15.00. These paints are not typical Rosemaling colors and can be expensive.

1.         Cadmium Yellow Light
2.         Cadmium Yellow Deep
3.         Thalo Blue (Grumbacher brand)
4.         Crimson Lake or Alizarin Crimson (Crimson lake is by Holbein)
5.         Cadmium Red Light
6.         Titanium White
7.         Zinc White
8.         Ivory black

NOTE: If you are going to be painting in acrylics, please bring your own paints as they will not be available from the instructors.

  • Brushes (see notes on brushes) #1 liner # 2, 4 and 6 filbert (# 8 optional)

A note on brushes:  It makes Rosemaling easier if you have good brushes. We recommend Princeton Velvet Touch or Heritage, or Blick Masterstroke Filberts. You can bring your own, borrow ours or purchase them from the instructors (additional $20-$45). If this is your first class, we will have brushes you can borrow at no cost. If you plan to continue painting, you'll want to buy your own brushes.

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