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Intro to Rosemaling: Strokework, Linework & More!

$25

with Kim Garrett

Calendar Mar 6, 2021 at 10 am

Saturday, March 6, 2021
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Tuition: $25  

Would you like to learn the art of rosemaling or continue to improve your rosemaling skills? In this class we will review the basic painting strokes used in Norwegian rosemaling and continue to practice and add to our skill set. Whether you have never rosemaled before or are looking to continue your rosemaling journey, this class is for you!

This class will be taught traditional oil paints but those painting with acrylics are welcome.

About the Instructor: Kim Garrett has been rosemaling since 2007 and has studied with several American rosemalers who are Gold Medal winners, an honor given for accomplishment. She has traveled to Norway three times to study traditional 18th century rosemaling design with Norwegian rosemaling instructors. She has also taken lessons in Sweden in Dalmaining, the Swedish folk art painting style. She has won several blue ribbons at the MN state fair for her rosemaling and received the Best in Show twice.

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Intro to Rosemaling: Strokework, Linework & More!

$25

with Kim Garrett

Calendar Mar 6, 2021 at 1 pm

Saturday, March 6, 2021
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Tuition: $25  

Would you like to learn the art of rosemaling or continue to improve your rosemaling skills? In this class we will review the basic painting strokes used in Norwegian rosemaling and continue to practice and add to our skill set. Whether you have never rosemaled before or are looking to continue your rosemaling journey, this class is for you!

This class will be taught traditional oil paints but those painting with acrylics are welcome.

About the Instructor: Kim Garrett has been rosemaling since 2007 and has studied with several American rosemalers who are Gold Medal winners, an honor given for accomplishment. She has traveled to Norway three times to study traditional 18th century rosemaling design with Norwegian rosemaling instructors. She has also taken lessons in Sweden in Dalmaining, the Swedish folk art painting style. She has won several blue ribbons at the MN state fair for her rosemaling and received the Best in Show twice.

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Make a Beaver Hat
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Make a Beaver Hat

$195

with Bert Hyde & Mark Olson

Calendar Mar 13, 2021 at 11 am

This is a two-day class with a live online demonstration followed by a live online Q & A session.

Demonstration:
Saturday, March 13, 2021     11:00 AM - 1:00 PM  Live online 

Question & Answer session:
Tuesday, March 16, 2021        5:30 PM - 6:30 PM   Live online 

Tuition: $80 Materials: $100  Postage: $15

The registration deadline is March 1 so you can receive your materials in time. Don’t wait too long to register! This is a popular class and is limited to a maximum of 12 people.

Ely folks know there is no bad weather, only bad clothing. A lot of body heat can escape through the top of our heads, so soft, beautiful beaver hats are just the answer for those deep wind chills, which Bert and Mark can attest to. You will learn how to measure, cut and sew pattern pieces from beaver hide. You will receive instructions for adding a liner.

You will receive the materials you need to make the hat, including patterns, needles, and thread. You will receive instructions for stretching the hide, construction of the hat, and adding the liner, where needed, using glue and hand stitching the material of your choice.

On Saturday, March 13, you will meet with the instructors in a live online session. They will give you a step-by-step demonstration of the making of the hats, from cutting through the final stitching, sprinkled with fascinating facts about beavers and some lively stories, which may or may not be true. Then you will have three days to work on your hat, then return to ask Bert and Mark any questions you have about the process. The ending time on the sessions will be flexible if more time is needed.

When you receive your materials, it would be a good idea to lay out the pattern pieces on the hide to familiarize yourself with the process and be ready with questions. However, it might be better to hold off on cutting the pieces until you have seen the demonstration and heard the tips on doing it correctly.

About the instructors: Bert Hyde and Mark Olson are skilled woodsmen who have experienced a lot of cold weather, undaunted. They are long-time friends, do-it-yourselfers, and Ely Folk School instructors and supporters, who get a kick out of showing other people how to do cool things.

 

Needle Felt a Chickadee: Live Online

$70

with Laura Berlage

Calendar Mar 13, 2021 at 2 pm

Saturday, March 13, 2021
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $30   Materials: $25  Shipping: $15

Register before March 3rd in order to receive supplies prior to the class. 

Needle felting is fun! Learn to transform hand-dyed wool from the instructor’s flock of sheep into your very own adorable little chickadee. We will mail you the materials ahead of time, then Laura will take you step-by-step through the process via Zoom. No previous experience is necessary.

The materials kit comes with enough wool to make two chickadees, so you can perfect your technique on the second one after class. All you need to complete the project is a work surface like a sturdy table, good light, and a pair of scissors. Everything else is included! Experience the magic of needle felting or learn some new tips to add to your growing skillset.

During these trying times, needle felting can feel especially therapeutic, as we repeatedly stab the wool with our barbed needles while creating a cute, wooly friend in the process. Join us for this welcoming online class!

A full kit will be mailed to each student, complete with the wool, foam work surface, needle, eye beads, and other necessary pieces. Students will also receive in the kit a welcome letter with notes on using Zoom as well as a link and password to a pre-recorded version of the class if they find this resource additionally helpful.

About the Instructor: Laura Berlage is a contemporary Renaissance woman living and working on her family’s century-old homestead farm outside Hayward, WI. From fiber arts to creative writing, music to storytelling, she never tires of the magic of transforming ideas into form and overlapping narrative and visual.

Laura also loves working with the many and beautiful natural materials from her farm—especially the wool from her sheep. Completing her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College in 2011, Laura continues her lifelong passion for learning with engaged, hands-on teaching for small groups to encourage creativity, imagination, and expression.

 

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Reducing Anxiety with Nutrition: Live Online

$20

with Erika Barnhill

Calendar Mar 18, 2021 at 6:30 pm

Thursday, March 18, 2021
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Tuition: $20

Life is crazy and anxiety is high. This class will teach individuals what causes anxiety, how to reduce anxiety with nutrition, disciplines we might be able to change in our daily lives to reduce anxiety, and some supplements and essential oils that are helpful in reducing anxiety.

About the Instructor: Erika Barnhill 

has a passion to share her knowledge about nutrition and good health with others. She recognizes that we live in a world where people are not experiencing the healthy vibrancy they are meant to. In fact, the opposite is true: people are often sick and over-medicated, yet still unaware how much diet and lifestyle are responsible. 

Erika says, “I worked  in a hospital setting with cardiac and pulmonary patients with many people who needed change and needed answers. A health crisis led me to learn how to take a more holistic approach to healing my own body through research, study, and prayer. I have a Bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and certification as a health and wellness coach. I’m happy to say I am healthy and well today with a busy life as a wife, mother, and health coach while  homeschooling four amazing children.. Finding balance in our busy lives is so important, and it is possible to live every day to the fullest, feeling healthy and well.

Winter Forest Studies for Kids

$10

with SunShine Gardner

Calendar Mar 20, 2021 at 10 am

Saturday, March 20, 2021
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

Tuition: $10

Calling all curious kiddos! Do you want to learn more about Ely’s backyard? This class is full of fascinating fun facts and is guaranteed to be a good time! Winter forest studies focuses on exploring the winter woods. Looking for animal tracks, identifying trees, starting a fire, and sliding down hills are some of the activities this class will include. 

Recommended for kids in 4th grade through 6th grade. 
This class is being offered at a special rate in order to help as many kids get outside as possible. Please contact us if the cost is prohibitive. 

About the Instructor: My name is Benjamin Gardner, but most people call me SunShine. I have spent the past four years working for Karen Pick at Widjiwagan playing outside with kids of all ages. Sliding down snowy hills and stomping up frozen creeks are all part of a great day in my book, and my classes reflect that. Besides teaching, I love Nordic skiing and other endurance sports so much that I have run the portage marathon for the past two years.  

Reducing Anxiety with Nutrition: Live Online

$20

with Erika Barnhill

Calendar Mar 24, 2021 at 12 pm

Wednesday, March 24, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Tuition: $20

Life is crazy and anxiety is high. This class will teach individuals what causes anxiety, how to reduce anxiety with nutrition, disciplines we might be able to change in our daily lives to reduce anxiety, and some supplements and essential oils that are helpful in reducing anxiety.

About the Instructor: Erika Barnhill 

has a passion to share her knowledge about nutrition and good health with others. She recognizes that we live in a world where people are not experiencing the healthy vibrancy they are meant to. In fact, the opposite is true: people are often sick and over-medicated, yet still unaware how much diet and lifestyle are responsible. 

Erika says, “I worked  in a hospital setting with cardiac and pulmonary patients with many people who needed change and needed answers. A health crisis led me to learn how to take a more holistic approach to healing my own body through research, study, and prayer. I have a Bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and certification as a health and wellness coach. I’m happy to say I am healthy and well today with a busy life as a wife, mother, and health coach while  homeschooling four amazing children.. Finding balance in our busy lives is so important, and it is possible to live every day to the fullest, feeling healthy and well.

Winter Forest Studies for Kids

$10

with SunShine Gardner

Calendar Mar 27, 2021 at 10 am

Saturday, March 27, 2021
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

Tuition: $10

Calling all curious kiddos! Do you want to learn more about Ely’s backyard? This class is full of fascinating fun facts and is guaranteed to be a good time! Winter forest studies focuses on exploring the winter woods. Looking for animal tracks, identifying trees, starting a fire, and sliding down hills are some of the activities this class will include. 

Recommended for kids in 4th grade through 6th grade. 
This class is being offered at a special rate in order to help as many kids get outside as possible. Please contact us if the cost is prohibitive. 

About the Instructor: My name is Benjamin Gardner, but most people call me SunShine. I have spent the past four years working for Karen Pick at Widjiwagan playing outside with kids of all ages. Sliding down snowy hills and stomping up frozen creeks are all part of a great day in my book, and my classes reflect that. Besides teaching, I love Nordic skiing and other endurance sports so much that I have run the portage marathon for the past two years.  





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