Celtic and Norse Knotwork for Beginners


This class will explore the historical origins of Celtic and Norse knot patterns, starting in the Neolithic era with maze and labyrinth stone carvings and moving on to later examples of interlacing and zoomorphic knotwork used to adorn
cultural objects over millennia. Symbolism and language embodied in knot and spiral patterns will also be discussed. Participants will learn several ways to draw interlacing knots based on a grid pattern, as well as basic construction of Triskelle spirals and an introduction to zoomorphic (animal) elements in knotwork.

Note: Students should try to have graph paper, a straight edge ruler and preferred drawing materials (pencils, pens, colored pencils, markers, etc.) If available, a compass/protractor and circle template/french curve tools would also be very useful to have. A PDF workbook will be available at the first class.

4 Sessions: 6:30-8:00 p.m. Wednesday. April 8, 15, 22, and 29.

Class fee: $80

  • Online payment is strongly preferred. It automatically notifies the instructor and the director of the Irish College of your registration.
  • By check, make it out to ‘Celtic Junction Arts Center’ and mail to Irish College, Celtic Junction Arts Center, 836 Prior Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55104.  If you pay by check, please send an email to the instructor, Jeanine Malec. at jeaninemalec@gmail.com and copy education@celticjunction.orgWithout an email, we won’t know to expect you or how to communicate with you. 

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