Høstfest University

 

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. 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-REGISTER!

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). 

 

OTHER DETAILS

Høstfest University is located in Oslo Hall. Please stop by our booth or ticket office during the festival to find out what classes  may still have openings as often classes are sold out prior to the event. Classrooms are located on an upper level of Oslo Hall. 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 15 and older are welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian.

 

 

2019 COURSES 

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY 

A Swedish Love Token • $75

 

Time: 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm, Wednesday, Sept 25

Instructor: Sidonka Wadina

Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall

 

This sweet little Love Token is an unspoken symbol of your love. An easy, fun project to make for a wedding or special gift when words are not enough to show how much you care. Come share the love with Sidonka as you create this magical little token.

 

Materials Fee: $10; students will pay materials fee to instructor upon arrival at class. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

 

 

Trichonopoly • $75

 

Time: 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm, Wednesday, Sept 25

Instructor: Ashlyn Nobel

Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall

 

Students will make an trichonopoly bracelet using a 9th century Viking wire weaving teachnique.

 

Materials Fee: $15; students will pay materials fee to instructor upon arrival at class. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

 

THURSDAY 

A Norwegian Harvest Favor • $75

 

Time: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, Thursday, Sept 26

Instructor: Sidonka Wadina

Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall

 

Sidonka will talk about the tradition and history of Harvest Favors. The three straw catfoot and six straw fill-the-gap plaits will be taught using wheat straws with seed heads. The energy rays added to the symbol add power and strength to finish this pretty harvest piece.

 

Materials Fee: $10; students will pay materials fee to instructor upon arrival at class. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

 

 

Introduction To Spoon Carving • $75

 

Time: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, Thursday, Sept 26

Instructor: Erik Vevang

Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall

 

Learn to create a spoon in the scandinavian tradition of greenwood carving. This workshop is for participants with no or limited carving experience. All tools and supplies provided. Ages 15+ unless accompanied by an adult.

 

Materials Fee: $15; students will pay materials fee to instructor upon arrival at class. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

 

 

Beginning Nålbinding: Finnish Stitch • $75

 

Time: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, Thursday, Sept 26

Instructor: Kelsey Patton

Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall

 

Learn to nålbind a small mug rug in the Finnish stitch, which can later be expanded into a pouch or hat. Class will cover the round start and increases.

 

Materials Fee: $15; students will pay materials fee to instructor upon arrival at class. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

 

 

Norwegian Dream Catcher • $75

 

Time: 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, Thursday, Sept 26 (2 hour class)

Instructor: Robin Baird Carlson

Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall

 

The Mare Kost. A polymer clay is wrapped around a head base, using hand manipulations and pottery tools. Students will be guided in modeling the facial features. After baking, pants/chalks will be provided to enhance the facial features, before a wool wig is placed in position. The folk lore accompanies the dream catcher. No experience in sculpting or drawing is required. A cover up or apron is suggested. 

 

Materials Fee: $33; students will pay materials fee to instructor upon arrival at class. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

 

 

Make  Your Own Glass Beads • $75

 

Time: 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm, Thursday, Sept 26

Instructor: Ashlyn Nobel

Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall

 

Students will learn how to safely melt glass and form it into beads as well as how to decorate them in Viking patterns. Each student will make several beads to take home

 

Materials Fee: $30; students will pay materials fee to instructor upon arrival at class. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

 

 

Glass Enameling • $75

 

Time: 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm, Thursday, Sept 26

Instructor: Alysa Harron

Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall

 

Students will create personalized pendants or tokens using fine wires and powdered glass. Flame is involved with this project so please wear natural fibers and long hair must be tied back.

 

Materials Fee: $30; students will pay materials fee to instructor upon arrival at class. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

 

 

 

Telemark Rosemaling For Beginners • $100

 

Time: 6 to 8 pm, Thursday, Sept 26

Instructor: Teresa McCue Thompson

Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall

 

TBA

 

Materials Fee: $20; students will pay materials fee to instructor upon arrival at class. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

 

 

 

Viking Navigation • $50

 

Time: 6 to 8 pm, Thursday, Sept 26

Instructor: Dwayne G Haines

Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall

 

Learn about Viking Navigation pre-sunstone, which includes the understanding of the natural, astrological resources that helped navigate Vikings to their destination. Students will also be introduced to the use of the sunstone and shadow board, with hands-on practices. 

 

Materials Fee: $5; students will pay materials fee to instructor upon arrival at class. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

 

 

FRIDAY 

Plaited Bracelets in Colored Straw • $75

 

Time: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, Friday, Sept 27

Instructor: Sidonka Wadina

Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall

 

Come learn the vintage Tyrolean plait, popular in the late 1800s, to create these unusual bracelets. You will learn how to create various patterns by the placement of colored straws as you weave & plait your bracelets using some of these unique designs; experimentation is happily encouraged.

 

Materials Fee: $15; students will pay materials fee to instructor upon arrival at class. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

 

 

Trichonopoly • $75

 

Time: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, Friday, Sept 27

Instructor: Ashlyn Nobel

Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall

 

Students will make an trichonopoly bracelet using a 9th century Viking wire weaving teachnique

 

Materials Fee: $15; students will pay materials fee to instructor upon arrival at class. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

 

 

 

Introduction To Spoon Carving • $75

 

Time: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, Friday, Sept 27

Instructor: Erik Vevang

Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall

 

Learn to create a spoon in the scandinavian tradition of greenwood carving. This workshop is for participants with no or limited carving experience. All tools and supplies provided. Ages 15+ unless accompanied by an adult.

 

Materials Fee: $15; students will pay materials fee to instructor upon arrival at class. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

 

 

 

Norwegian Hand Felting • $75

 

Time: 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, Friday, Sept 27 (2 hour class)

Instructor: Robin Baird Carlson

Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall

 

Instruction will be given and demonstrated to manipulate wool fibers until they form a thick felted material. When the project is dried in the classroom, an antler button and a tapestry needle will be provided. Sewing skills are not required. A cover up or apron are suggested.

 

Materials Fee: $26; students will pay materials fee to instructor upon arrival at class. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

 

 

Beginning Nålbinding: Oslo Stitch • $75

 

Time: 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm, Friday, Sept 27

Instructor: Kelsey Patton

Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall

 

Learn to nålbind a small mug rug which can be continued into a pouch or hat. Class will cover the round start and increases.

 

Materials Fee: $15; students will pay materials fee to instructor upon arrival at class. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

 

Viking Glass Bead Making • $75

 

Time: 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm, Friday, Sept 27

Instructor: Alysa Harron

Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall

 

With a focus on safety, students will learn how to make glass beads in the style of the Vikings. All safety equipment, tools, and materials will be provided. Please wear natural fibre clothing and long hair should be tied back. Students will get to take home everything they create!

 

Materials Fee: $30; students will pay materials fee to instructor upon arrival at class. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

 

 

 

SATURDAY 

 

Advanced Nålbinding: Two Color Oslo Stitch • $75

 

Time: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, Saturday, Sept 28

Instructor: Kelsey Patton

Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall

 

Learn to nålbind the Oslo stitch in two colors spiraling around each other.  We will begin, but not complete, a two color hat.  Students are encouraged to already know the Oslo stitch or other nålbinding stitch, and round start.  

 

Materials Fee: $25; students will pay materials fee to instructor upon arrival at class. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

 

 

 

 

Make Your Own Glass Beads • $75

 

Time: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, Saturday, Sept 28

Instructor: Ashlyn Nobel

Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall

 

Students will learn how to safely melt glass and form it into beads as well as how to decorate them in Viking patterns. Each student will make several beads to take home.

 

Materials Fee: $30; students will pay materials fee to instructor upon arrival at class. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

 

 

Kolrosing • $75

 

Time: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, Saturday, Sept 28

Instructor: Darlene Fossum-Martin

Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall

 

Looking for something Nordic to take home with you. Take home not only a Nordic craft but one that you made yourself along with the knowledge and skills that you can use for years to come. Kolrosing (coal-rose-ing), the techniques and designs I will be teaching are centuries old and has its roots in Viking tradition. Kolrosing, fine line decorating, consists of one cut with the tip of a sharp tool, rubbed with a ground bark or coffee, then oiled to enhance the design. You will learn incised designs, such as simple borders; Celtic motifs; geometric lines of the Saami; or flower, leaf, and vine forms like those in rosemaling. You will start out with the basics of knife control, move from cutting straight lines to curved lines and techniques of shading to give your design depth.


Kolrosing was often used on wooden utilitarian objects, like spoons, cups, bowls and boxes. If you have any small wooden objects such as spoons, bowls or plates, (unfinished wood) you would like to decorate feel free to bring them.
 

 

Materials Fee: Kolrosing knives will be available for use or you may purchase your own for $32.00, which is payable to the instructor. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

 

 

 

Norwegian Dream Catcher • $75

 

Time: 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, Saturday, Sept 28 (2 hour class)

Instructor: Robin Baird Carlson

Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall

 

A polymer clay is wrapped around a head base, using hand manipulations and pottery tools. Students will be guided in modeling the facial features. After baking, pants/chalks will be provided to enhance the facial features, before a wool wig is placed in position. The folk lore accompanies the dream catcher. No experience in sculpting or drawing is required. A cover up or apron is suggested. 

 

Materials Fee: $33; students will pay materials fee to instructor upon arrival at class. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

 
 
 

 

 

Kolrosing • $75

 

Time: 1:30 am to 4:30 pm, Saturday, Sept 28

Instructor: Darlene Fossum-Martin

Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall

 

Looking for something Nordic to take home with you. Take home not only a Nordic craft but one that you made yourself along with the knowledge and skills that you can use for years to come. Kolrosing (coal-rose-ing), the techniques and designs I will be teaching are centuries old and has its roots in Viking tradition. Kolrosing, fine line decorating, consists of one cut with the tip of a sharp tool, rubbed with a ground bark or coffee, then oiled to enhance the design. You will learn incised designs, such as simple borders; Celtic motifs; geometric lines of the Saami; or flower, leaf, and vine forms like those in rosemaling. You will start out with the basics of knife control, move from cutting straight lines to curved lines and techniques of shading to give your design depth. 


Kolrosing was often used on wooden utilitarian objects, like spoons, cups, bowls and boxes. If you have any small wooden objects such as spoons, bowls or plates, (unfinished wood) you would like to decorate feel free to bring them.
 

 

Materials Fee: Kolrosing knives will be available for use or you may purchase your own for $32.00, which is payable to the instructor. Please arrive 15 minutes early.