Høstfest University offers a unique hands-on learning opportunity. Accomplished instructors well recognized in their areas of expertise teach Scandinavian folk art classes such as rosemaling, wood carving, jewelry design, fiber arts and more. Instructors share their skills in a small group classroom setting where you receive personalized assistance and complete a project to take home.
Master Instructors teach more unique, complex classes but with projects suitable for beginners. These instructors are highly qualified and the teacher-student ratio is lower to allow for more individual assistance. All classes are limited in size by the instructor to maintain a supportive teaching environment but class sizes and feesvary based on complexity of the art form and costs of materials and tools. Check out our Instructors page to learn more about our teachers this year!
All classes are open to beginners and many instructors supply necessary tools. That way, participants have opportunity to try a craft before making an investment in tools. Choose from more than 20 classes offered Wednesday through Saturday.
REMINDER - ADMISSION: General admission is required for admission into the festival and to get to any HU class, but you will be able to enjoy all day at Norsk Høstfest. If you have a concert ticket for the day of your HU class, remember that you will get complimentary general admission with your concert ticket.
Pre-registration guarantees you a spot and saves you money! Also, the majority of classes last year were sold out by the time the festival opened. So pre-registration is the best way to take advantage of this opportunity! When you pre-register, you also will need to purchase general admission for the day, or have a concert ticket (that comes with complimentary general admission).
Høstfest University Store is located in Oslo Hall. You can register here during the festival for classes that may still have openings. Master Instructors Harley and Norma Refsal demonstrate basic carving and Sami embroidery when they aren’t teaching.
Classrooms are located on an upper level. Escort access will be arranged for participants with mobility issues. If stairs are a barrier for you, please indicate that need when you register.
Høstfest University is designed for adult participants, but we encourage families learning together. Young people 12 and older are welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian.