Vesterheim's Folk Art School is announcing the schedule of its classes through March. Registration is now open at folkartschool.vesterheim.org.
There are over 50 class options in the first quarter including woodworking, rosemaling, fiber arts, metalworking, jewelry, and language, but there is a special emphasis on Nordic foods in connection with the traveling exhibit, "New Nordic Cuisine." Cooking classes include a family heritage cooking series, featuring classics like kringle and lefse. There are a number of craft cocktail classes, including instruction on how to make gløgg with Emily Vikre from Vikre Distillery in Duluth, Minnesota. And there will be a free exclusive conversation with Nevada Berg, celebrated chef from Norway and author of "North Wild Kitchen," to discuss the meaning of Nordic cooking.
Another focus this year at Vesterheim Folk Art School is family programs. Monthly "Family Book Adventures" and "Family Norwegian Language Adventures" are continuing into the New Year. The book adventures include family-fun activities focused on a Scandinavian-inspired story. The language adventures offer hands-on activities, fun crafts, light-hearted games, and short videos for families to learn and practice their new Norwegian skills. A special kit with activities, crafts, and snacks is mailed to each participating family.
Vesterheim is also offering a new program, "Family Handcraft at Home." This series has been designed to facilitate an inter-generational folk-art experience for an adult and child duo to do together. Together parents and kids can explore a new skill and learn about Scandinavian folk art traditions from a master artist.
Sign up at folkartschool.vesterheim.org. Class costs are listed on the website and include paid, low-cost, and free. Pre-registration is required for all programs and space is limited.