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Capturing Fall Colors

$70

with Ken Hupila

Calendar Sep 29, 2019 at 9 am

Sunday, September 29, 2019
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Tuition: $70

Be a part of an autumn tradition in the North Country – observing and photographing fall color! This class will provide a one hour orientation on techniques and equipment utilization while in the field. We’ll then take our gear into the Superior National Forest and look for numerous vistas, unique perspectives, cozy vignettes and macro work. With luck we may come across some forest critters as a bonus!   

Bring lunch, camera and gear; manual, all lenses, tripod, remote release, circular polarizer (if you have it), and rubber boots. Dress for the weather.

About the Instructor: Ken Hupila has been chasing wildlife around and enjoying the outdoors in northern Minnesota for over 60 years. He took his first wildlife image in 1964 and has been working on his craft ever since.

Craft a Custom Fit Moccasin

$110

with Donna Mienk

Calendar Aug 24, 2019 at 9 am

Saturday, August 24, 2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tuition: $80 Materials: $35

Moccasins are the best natural footwear ever devised. Warm, light & lithe, they're said to give you "magic feet" that can be rolled up and taken with you to parties, and worn inside your own home. 

You will learn to create a pattern for deerskin moccasins, customized to fit your feet. This style of moccasins is a two-piece style, all hand-sewn. YAt the end of the class, you will either have a pair of completed moccasins or possibly have some work left to do at home. 

Students should bring pliers and scissors. Feel free to bring any beads you may have to decorate the top with one special bead or a simple design. 

About the Instructor: Donna Mienk has her own moccasin-making business and has taught the process for many years. View her craft at her Mienko's Moccasins facebook site.

Create a Free Form Bracelet

$36

with Kay Vandervort

Calendar Jun 20, 2019 at 10 am

Thursday, June 20, 2019
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Tuition: $20  Materials: $16

Free form bracelets use multiple cords and a variety of beads to create a casual bracelet. These bracelets are simple to make and the perfect gift for any age. Students will learn about appropriate cord and beads for this type project as well as the process involved in completing bracelets. Each student will create one or two bracelets that can be worn together or separately. Additional bracelet kits will be available to purchase at a reduced rate.

Bracelets of this type are a good way to recycle broken jewelry, or to use up random beads left from other projects.

About the instructor: Kay Vandervort says, “As children we could get out of doing dishes if we read. We read a lot. And, we could watch television if we had a project we were working on while we watched. Hence, all my life I have gotten into the habit of having a lap project---jewelry making, embroidery, sewing, or experimenting with a variety of artistic medium.”

Kay has a degree in secondary education and taught both in high school and technical college before moving to a career in not-for-profit management. She has facilitated trainings at both regional and statewide conferences on topics related to non-profit marketing, volunteer management, and volunteer recruitment and screening. She has taught several jewelry and polymer clay classes in the past at the Ely Folk School.

 

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Create a One-of-a-Kind Embroidered Bracelet

$70

with Kay Vandervort

Calendar Jun 29, 2019 at 12 pm

Saturday, June 29, 2019
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $50 Materials: $20

Learn the technique of bead embroidery while creating a one-of-a-kind bracelet. It is a fun and easy way to create interesting texture and color combinations for unique pieces of jewelry. It does not require following a specific pattern or counting beads or stitches, allowing for total creativity, combining color and texture in unique patterns. This technique is adaptable to other applications such as an embellishing clothing and making necklaces, book covers, or wall hangings. Participants will end up with one completed bracelet and ideas for other projects.

 About the instructor, Kay Vandervort: "Although I've never really thought of myself as an artist, I've had both visual art and one-of-a-kind jewelry items accepted in galleries in both Wisconsin and Michigan. My love of art began in my youth with a mother who did not believe idle hands were a good thing. Our choices were to create something, read, study, garden, or clean. I threw myself into everything except the cleaning part and found I love to experiment with color, texture, and random lines. I make jewelry because I like to wear it and would prefer to wear something of my own design."

Kay retired to Ely three years ago after a career as a freelance writer followed by thirty years as a nonprofit executive director. She is experienced in teaching both high school and adult education courses in communication. She has taught several jewelry and polymer clay classes in the past at the Ely Folk School.

Create Your Own Amber Beaded Necklace

$40

with Kay Vandervort

Calendar Jun 27, 2019 at 1:30 pm

Thursday, June 27, 2019
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Tuition: $20 Materials: $20

In this class you will create your own 18 to 24 inch natural Amber necklace. Amber is fossilized tree resin which possesses the look of hardened honey. It has been appreciated for its color and natural beauty since Neolithic time. It also is valued from antiquity to the present as a gemstone. Amber has been used as a power in medicinal creams and is said to have healing powers when worn in a bracelet or necklace.

As a student, you will learn basic beading techniques as you select from a variety of amber beads, cultured pearls, stone beads and glass beads to create a beautiful, natural looking necklace that will compliment almost any outfit. In addition to learning basic beading techniques, students will learn about what cords and findings work best for various jewelry projects.

About the Instructor: Kay Vandervort has a degree in secondary education and taught both in high school and technical college before moving to a career in not for profit management. She has facilitated workshops at both regional and statewide conferences on topics related to non-profit marketing, volunteer management, and volunteer recruitment and screening. She has taught several jewelry and polymer clay classes in the past at the Ely Folk School.

Eco-Friendly House Building

$25

with Andy Hill

Calendar Jun 22, 2019 at 9 am

Saturday, June 22, 2019
10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

Tuition: $25

Students can sign up for the 11-week season for $250.
See the seasonal posting to register.

Are you intrigued by how to build sustainably? The Ely Folk School is collaborating with Andy and Paula Hill who are building an affordable, energy-efficient, environmentally-responsible home within the city limits of Ely. They are offering the opportunity for people to come learn about sustainable building practices by getting involved in the process.

Andy and interested participants will be working on the house every Saturday from June through September from 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon. A free overview and orientation to the project will be held on Saturday, June 15, from 10:00 to 12:00 noon.

You can sign up for the whole summer season of eleven Saturdays or choose individual Saturdays for the phases of the construction that interest you. June and July will offer "Learning How to Build the Perfect Wall" first developed by Joe Lstiburek, PHD. Engineer. This technique will also be used in the floor assembly.

August and Sept will give opportunities to learn how to install solar hot water with photovoltaic panels including the appliance information, mechanical installation and water recovery system.

In September we will move outside and build raised garden beds.Watch for details and register online at elyfolkschool.org. The web site blog, will have the overall schedule and the weekly descriptions of classes with any necessary adjustments throughout the project.

Bring work gloves, wear sturdy shoes, safety glasses, rain gear if needed, hat, sunscreen, and insect repellant..

About the instructor: For Andy Hill, this project will be the culmination of 50 years of experience building and remodeling homes. He has implemented creative sustainable practices in the homes he has built as a general contractor along with his previous off-the-grid homestead located outside of Ely. He has taught sustainable living classes and Northwoods gardening at the Ely Folk School. He is a qualified solar installer.

 

Eco-Friendly House Building

$25

with Andy Hill

Calendar Jun 29, 2019 at 9 am

Saturday, June 29, 2019
10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

Tuition: $25

Students can sign up for the 11-week season for $250.
See the seasonal posting to register.

Are you intrigued by how to build sustainably? The Ely Folk School is collaborating with Andy and Paula Hill who are building an affordable, energy-efficient, environmentally-responsible home within the city limits of Ely. They are offering the opportunity for people to come learn about sustainable building practices by getting involved in the process.

Andy and interested participants will be working on the house every Saturday from June through September from 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon. A free overview and orientation to the project will be held on Saturday, June 15, from 10:00 to 12:00 noon.

You can sign up for the whole summer season of eleven Saturdays or choose individual Saturdays for the phases of the construction that interest you. June and July will offer "Learning How to Build the Perfect Wall" first developed by Joe Lstiburek, PHD. Engineer. This technique will also be used in the floor assembly.

August and Sept will give opportunities to learn how to install solar hot water with photovoltaic panels including the appliance information, mechanical installation and water recovery system.

In September we will move outside and build raised garden beds.Watch for details and register online at elyfolkschool.org. The web site blog, will have the overall schedule and the weekly descriptions of classes with any necessary adjustments throughout the project.

Bring work gloves, wear sturdy shoes, safety glasses, rain gear if needed, hat, sunscreen, and insect repellant..

About the instructor: For Andy Hill, this project will be the culmination of 50 years of experience building and remodeling homes. He has implemented creative sustainable practices in the homes he has built as a general contractor along with his previous off-the-grid homestead located outside of Ely. He has taught sustainable living classes and Northwoods gardening at the Ely Folk School. He is a qualified solar installer.

 

Eco-Friendly House Building - Whole Season

$250

with Andy Hill

Calendar Jun 22, 2019 at 9 am, runs for 11 weeks

Summer season - June 22 through August 29
9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

Tuition: $250

Are you intrigued by how to build sustainably? The Ely Folk School is collaborating with Andy and Paula Hill who are building an affordable, energy-efficient, environmentally-responsible home within the city limits of Ely. They are offering the opportunity for people to come learn about sustainable building practices by getting involved in the process.

Andy and interested participants will be working on the house every Saturday from June through September from 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon. A free overview and orientation to the project will be held on Saturday, June 15, from 10:00 to 12:00 noon.

You can sign up for the whole summer season of eleven Saturdays or choose individual Saturdays for the phases of the construction that interest you. June and July will offer "Learning How to Build the Perfect Wall" first developed by Joe Lstiburek, PHD. Engineer. This technique will also be used in the floor assembly.

August and Sept will give opportunities to learn how to install solar hot water with photovoltaic panels including the appliance information, mechanical installation and water recovery system.

In September we will move outside and build raised garden beds.Watch for details and register online at elyfolkschool.org. The web site blog, will have the overall schedule and the weekly descriptions of classes with any necessary adjustments throughout the project.

Bring work gloves, wear sturdy shoes, safety glasses, rain gear if needed, hat, sunscreen, and insect repellant..

About the instructor: For Andy Hill, this project will be the culmination of 50 years of experience building and remodeling homes. He has implemented creative sustainable practices in the homes he has built as a general contractor along with his previous off-the-grid homestead located outside of Ely. He has taught sustainable living classes and Northwoods gardening at the Ely Folk School. He is a qualified solar installer.

 





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