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Intro to Swedish Folk Painting


with Kim Garrett

Calendar Feb 8, 2020 at 9 am

Saturday, February 8, 2020
9:00 am - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $80  Materials: $15

Come learn the basics of Swedish folk painting. Called Dalmalning, this type of folkart originated in Sweden during the middle to late 1800s. You will learn about the history and different styles of Dalmalning and then learn the components of the most common form, "the Kurbit". We will spend the remainder of the day painting our own Dalmalning project in acrylic paints. All materials for the project including paints, brushes, and mediums are included in the materials fee.

Students should wear clothes suitable for painting and bring pen and paper for note taking and a small jar.

About the Instructor: Kim Garrett has been rosemaling since 2007 and has studied extensively with master rosemalers in Norway and the United States. She has also studied Dalmaining, a folkart painting style, in Sweden. She has won several blue ribbons at the MN state fair for her rosemaling, received the Best in Show twice, and get rave reviews from Ely Folk School students.

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Barn Quilts for Beginners


with Jill Dalbacka

Calendar Feb 17, 2020 at 12 pm

Monday, February 17, 2020
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Tuition: $40  Materials Fee: $30

Barn quilts have a relatively recent history in American agricultural communities. A nod to the contributions of women in agriculture, they are also a way to give what is traditionally an "inside" folk art (traditional quilting) a more permanent and public display for people to enjoy.

This class will cover the history of barn quilts and all techniques needed to paint your own barn quilt. In class you will be designing a quilt, graphing it out on a 24" x 24" "quilt square", and then painting it. You will leave class with a quilt square that will be ready to hang. After the initial introduction to barn quilts, students will work on their projects with lots of individual attention and support from Jill.

About the Instructor: Jill Dalbacka recently retired from a career teaching elementary school and adult education with a prior career as an occupational therapist. In retirement she is pursuing her passions, which includes spending time with grandchildren, working on social justice and racial equality issues, and creating and sharing her craft with others.  She has been interested in barn quilts for several years but only recently started to create her own on her farm where she and her family are the third generation. They are in the process of renovating their barn (also built in 1921) to become a community event space. Jill’s dream is to work with her local communities to create a barn quilt trail along the local highway that will be able to support an annual barn quilt event.


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