On Monday, Rich Hall will educate up to ten painters about a style of painting which ranks among the earliest American folk art.
The 6 p.m. seminar Nov. 19 in the Carnegie Heritage and Arts Center, located at 110 E. Vincennes St., will teach participants a basic style of painting, allowing them to take home a finished work at seminar's end.
The style, called rosemaling or tole painting, is a form of Norwegian and Dutch decorative art which originated with immigrants, who often used the distinctive style to paint on utensils and dinnerware.
"They'd paint on tin cups, and paint on tin plates," explained Hall, a Bicknell resident who is the sales manager for Linton's Western-Southern Life Insurance.
Hall's also taught art classes throughout south central Indiana for 27 years, instructing at JoAnn's Fabrics, Michael's and Hobby Lobby stores throughout Indianapolis, Terre Haute and Bloomington.
He said the style's easy, once a few basic brush strokes are mastered.
"What people always like about it, once they learn the basic steps, is that everyone can do it," Hall explained. "You can use it to put a border around your kitchen's walls, for example...it's just a minimal amount of supplies, and once you learn how to put the brush strokes together, you can really do a lot."
Hall's prepared 10 kits for Monday's seminar, and will charge $10 per participant.
"All supplies will be included, and also included will be the completed piece of art, which participants can take home with them," Hall explained. He's unsure at present whether the project will be a frameable watercolor work, or art painted on wood.
Hall also requested no participants under 12 attend.
"I hate to put an age limit on it," he said, but added the skills involved in the painting are generally geared towards a more mature crowd.
"Some 10-year-olds, if you teach them the steps, can handle it," said the veteran art teacher, who's instructed over a thousand students in a career which began in 1983.