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Adventures in Pen & Ink

$108

with Shaun Chosa

Calendar May 26, 2018 at 12 pm, runs for 4 weeks

This is a series of four classes:
Saturdays: May 26, June 2, June 9, June 16
12:00 Noon - 2:00 PM

Tuition: $80 Materials: $28

Students will explore pen and ink techniques via the human face. You will start with a series of practice exercises, then move on to some micro projects, homework assignments and finalize with a final class project.

Students will receive a three-pen set and a drawing journal and are encouraged to bring any drawing tools of their own: pencils, sharpeners, erasers and a variety of traditional dip pens and technical pens, both ballpoint and felt tip. Shaun prefers fine tip Sharpies and Pigma Microns. Wear comfortable clothing.

About the instructor: Shaun Chosa is a graphic designer and fine artist who has taught art classes for fifteen years and a variety of other classes for thirty. He has been a disk jockey, a wolf handler, a combat infantry Marine, a rural fireman, a search-and-rescue squad member, a dishwasher and a line cook. Shaun says, "I find something to get into, and I do it. More often than not, I will create something like an art show, a concert, or something bigger like the Great Nordic Beardfest. I paint and I know things."

Approaching Poetry

$20

with Peter Stein

Calendar Apr 21, 2018 at 12 pm

April 21, 2018
12:00 PM- 2:00 PM

Tuition: $20

Poetry can often seem intimidating both as a reader and a writer. Wade into poetry with this class and become comfortable with its waters.

In this class, we will discuss poetry as an art form, as well as what makes it different than other art forms, developing a greater appreciation by looking at it from different angles. Whether you are new to poetry or well-versed, this class will give you a new way to experience poetry and make it more approachable.

About the Instructor: Peter Stein is the president of the League of Minnesota Poets. His poems have appeared in Autoanatta, The Talking Stick Vols. 23, 24, and 25, Sleet Magazine, and Poetry City, USA. He has also taken first place in the Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts Chapbook in 2015 and 2016. He published the book of poetry Auto-Bio (Amberskye 2011), and the chapbook Belly Up (Autoanatta 2015). 

 

Barn Quilts for Beginners

$70

with Jill Dalbacka

Calendar Apr 21, 2018 at 10 am

April 21, 2018
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Tuition: $40  Materials Fee: $30

Barn quilts have a relatively recent history in American agricultural communities. A nod to the contributions of women in agriculture, they are also a way to give what is traditionally an "inside" folk art (traditional quilting) a more permanent and public display for people to enjoy.

This class will cover the history of barn quilts and all techniques needed to paint your own barn quilt. In class you will be designing a quilt, graphing it out on a 24" x 24" "quilt square", and then painting it. You will leave class with a quilt square that will be ready to hang. After the initial introduction to barn quilts, most of the class will be hands on with support from the instructor.

About the Instructor: Jill Dalbacka recently retired from a career teaching elementary school and adult education with a prior career as an occupational therapist. In retirement she is pursuing her passions, which includes spending time with grandchildren, working on social justice and racial equality issues, and creating and sharing her craft with others.  She has been interested in barn quilts for several years but only recently started to create her own on her farm where she and her family are the third generation. They are in the process of renovating their barn (also built in 1921) to become a community event space. Jill’s dream is to work with her local communities to create a barn quilt trail along the local highway that will be able to support an annual barn quilt event.

 

Beginning Rug Hooking

$85

with Bonnie Lundorff

Calendar May 5, 2018 at 12 pm

Saturday, May 5, 2018
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $50  Materials: $35

Dating back to the 19th century rug hooking has been a popular way to create beautiful rugs using wool strips. This updated version uses a punch method with the same results as traditional hooking.

Students will make a small project while learning to use the Oxford rug punch tool, which will be supplied for use in class along with a 10" hoop.

About the instructor: Bonnie Lundorff owns the Willow Wood Market, a quiltshop and wool studio, and has been sharing her love of fiber arts for 20 years. She teaches wool appliqué, quilting, needle felting, and rug making at fiber arts events, at her store and throughout the upper Midwest. She designs simple-to-make projects for her students and customers. One of her designs was recently published in a nationally known fiber arts magazine, Wool Works. Bonnie lives in the woods south of Bemidji with her husband Tim and a cranky little 16-year-old dog.

Black Ash Berry Basket

$100

with Zac Fittipaldi

Calendar May 19, 2018 at 9 am

May 19, 2018
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $80 Materials: $20

Archaeologists have found portions of fancy ash splint basketry that predate the arrival of Europeans. The Black Ash tree has a ring-porous quality that allows it to be pounded into splints for use in basketry. You will learn the art of weaving this ancient craft. Choose between a pouch or basket base. First form the foundation, then turn up the splints to weave the main body, and finish with the rim. A must-have for berry pickers.

About the Instructor: Zac Fittipaldi has taught at Wisconsin’s Driftless Folk School and elsewhere (including Mexico) for nearly a decade. His other traditional skill interests include maple sugaring, trapping and ancestral pottery.

Build Your Own Custom Fishing Rod

$405

with Kris Kristufek

Calendar Jul 27, 2018 at 5 pm

Build Your Own Custom Fishing Rod
This is a three-day class:
Friday     7/27/18  5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday 7/28/18  8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday   7/29/18  9:00 am - 12:00 noon

Tuitition: $180  Materials: $225

Build your first custom fishing rod under the guidance of professional rod builder, Kris Kristufek from LakeLady Custom Rods. You will build a rod up to seven feet long, with choice of action and power, thread color choices, handle choices, and more, using American-made component parts. Then add your own inscription and personal touches.  

This is an intensive course in which all necessary tools and equipment and supplies are furnished.  During three days of classroom instruction, you will learn how to build a fishing rod made from carbon fiber, attached the handle and reel seat, learn guide placement techniques, wrap the guides with fine thread, find the spine, apply epoxy finish and learn basic decorative techniques.

Why settle for big box store rods when you can build a much better rod yourself, custom-made to fit your measurements? 

In order to choose your custom materials which the instructor will order for you, you must register by July 2nd. Registrations will be taken after that date, but selection of materials will be from the choices the instructor brings to class. Students must be 13 years old or older.

About the instructor: Kris Kristufek of Breezy Point, MN, builds award-winning custom fishing rods. He uses only premium blanks and components, creating unique fishing rods for the discriminating angler at LakeLady Custom Fishing Rods. A Certified Professional Rod Builder by the Custom Rod Builders Guild, Inc., he is one of only two such Certified Pros in Minnesota and one of only 36 in the United States. He has build over 2,500 custom fishing rods. Kristufek is becoming known as the "Rod Professor" as he shares his skills, teaching others this interesting craft of custom rod building.

 

 

 

Payment plan available: $150 deposit plus 2 payments of $127.50, paid every four weeks

Cedar Field Harvest

$40

with Erik Simula

Calendar May 15, 2018 at 9 am

May 15, 2018
9:00 AM- 1:00 PM

Tuition: $40

Learn how to harvest cedar trees! This course travels onto State forest lands near Ely to sustainably harvest traditional birch bark canoe building materials by permit. Emphasis is on cultural sacredness of the living forest, ethics of resource extraction, permit process and requirements, identification of quality materials, harvest techniques, field processing and transporting materials. Concentration is on Northern White Cedar. 

About the Instructor: Erik Simula is a Finnish-American outdoor educator and master birch bark canoe builder with extensive teaching experience at Voyageur Outward Bound School, Vermilion Community College, North House Folk School, and Ely Folk School where he leads our Birch Bark Canoe Project.

He has experience as a National Park Ranger at Grand Portage National Monument, wilderness mushing guide in Alaska, Lapland, and Minnesota and as a John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon Finisher.

Cedar Field Harvest

$40

with Erik Simula

Calendar May 16, 2018 at 9 am

May 16, 2018
9:00 AM- 1:00 PM

Tuition: $40

Learn how to harvest cedar trees! This course travels onto State forest lands near Ely to sustainably harvest traditional birch bark canoe building materials by permit. Emphasis is on cultural sacredness of the living forest, ethics of resource extraction, permit process and requirements, identification of quality materials, harvest techniques, field processing and transporting materials. Concentration is on Northern White Cedar. 

About the Instructor: Erik Simula is a Finnish-American outdoor educator and master birch bark canoe builder with extensive teaching experience at Voyageur Outward Bound School, Vermilion Community College, Ely Folk School and North House Folk School. He has experience as a National Park Ranger at Grand Portage National Monument, wilderness mushing guide in Alaska, Lapland, and Minnesota and as a John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon Finisher.

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