Barn signs or ‘hex signs’ are mostly known today for their decorative purposes, but some believe they were painted by Pennsylvania Dutch farmers to ward off evil spirits or storms, or to bestow blessings and protections on the farm family. Using bright colors and often incorporating a star pattern, these beautiful designs were originally found primarily in southern Pennsylvania, a region settled by farmers from the Rhineland area of Germany.
Create a unique handmade gift for friend or family, or a beautiful decoration for your own barn or home. Participants will design and paint their own barn art in the folk tradition of the Pennsylvania Dutch. The class will include examples, tips, techniques, materials and encouragement to produce two signs. Each sign will be about 2 feet in diameter and will weigh about two pounds, and will be durable for outdoor mounting or suitable for use indoors.
Students to bring: work apron, snacks and/or bag lunch
Marine Mills Folk School, 550 Pine St. Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota, 55047
Materials Fee: $20
Total Cost: $75