Taught by Gayle Oram

Rosemaling is Norway's traditional decorative folk painting that was used to decorate wooden items commonly used in daily life, such as ale bowls, stools, and chairs. Using stylized techniques developed in specific areas in the country.

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Rosemaling from Oppdal

February 26, 2022, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Nordia House




In this class you will learn the characteristics of the style from Oppdal. We will practice the basic strokes used in rosemaling and then paint the ornament. You will paint on two sides of an ornament to make a beautiful keepsake.

In this beginner level class, you will learn about materials, how to use them, and how to make a wet palette. You will practice brush loading and how to make the basic rosemaling strokes. After you are familiar with the strokes and feel comfortable, the class will paint an ornament using your newly learned skills! This class includes two brushes, palette knife, paper to practice on, and an ornament. Paint, mediums and palette paper will be provided for use in the class.

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Rosemaling from Sør Trøndelag

March 14, 2022, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Nordia House




You will practice strokes and concentrate on using a liner brush which will be included for this class. Different styles from Sør Trøndelag will be painted on the ornament, one on each side. While this is a beginner class, we recommend it for those who have taken previous Rosemaling classes or already have experience. We recommend that everyone bring any brushes included in previous Rosemaling classes.

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Meet your instructor, Gayle Oram

Gayle’s painting career covers more than forty years. She says it’s unbelievable, and is so thankful that she has been able to make a living with her passion to paint. Gayle first encountered Rosemaling in 1977 when her family moved to Petersburg, Alaska. It was a Norwegian fishing settlement and there was Rosemaling painted on store fronts. Over the years Gayle has conducted seminars, local classes and written eight books.

Refunds: There are no refunds for missed classes


Parking: We encourage guests to use public transportation or ride-sharing services. Our 50-space parking lot is open on a first come, first-served, basis and limited street parking is available on SW 89th & 90th Avenues.


Accessibility: Nordia House has two accessible parking spots in our main lot facing SW Oleson Rd. Both the main entrance facing SW Oleson Rd. and our side entrance facing SW Taylors Ferry Rd. are wheelchair accessible. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. We will do our best to accommodate your needs upon arrival. Please call 503-977-0275 or email to arrange further assistance.