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Herringbone Beaded Bracelets

$35

with Kay Vandervort

Calendar Aug 31, 2019 at 1 pm

Saturday. August 31, 2019
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Tuition: $20  Materials: $15

This lovely bracelet, which is also sometimes called a chevron bracelet, is easy to make and elegant to wear with any outfit. It utilizes jump rings to create the unique herringbone design. Once you master the technique, you can whip up a bracelet in less than an hour.

About the instructor: Kay Vandevort remembers, “As children we could get out of doing dishes, but only if we read...so we read a lot. And, we could watch television if we had a project to work on, so I developed the habit of having a lap project---jewelry making, embroidery, sewing, or experimenting with a variety of artistic media. Kay creatively combines media and has exhibited art to wear and three dimensional, mixed media wall hangings in galleries in three states. She shows students the way to explore textures, colors and layers to create unique, wearable pieces of art.

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 trained 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.

 

Intro to Chip Carving

$70

with Bart Dunning

Calendar Sep 14, 2019 at 12 pm

Saturday, September 14, 2019
12:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Tuition: $45  Materials: $25
(Please note: Registration will close on September 7 to allow time to order materials.)

Chip carving is a very old craft practiced by many cultures. The patterns we typically see are based on Northern European tradition. This is an art form that almost anyone can practice. It just requires patience and a steady hand. Chip carving generally consists of a set of triangular cuts layed-out in regular, geometric patterns, but can be more free form, as in lettering and pictures. You will receive a sharp knife, the key to safety and ease of carving, and you will learn how to handle and care for the knife. You will learn to lay out a pattern for cutting, how to make the various cuts and as you develop a feel for the wood, you will learn how to deal with mistakes. You will leave with some new skills and, hopefully, a carved coaster.

About the instructor: Bart Dunning has done various woodworking activities for decades. He has built some furniture, and done some 3D carving as well as relief carving. About 20 years ago he ran across a book about chip carving and decided to give it a try. He has since chip carved numerous items ranging from little coasters to larger trivets and signs. Bart taught physiology for a number of years at several medical schools. He currently teaches skiing at Buck Hill in Burnsville and demonstrates chip carving at the Dakota City Heritage Village at the Dakota County fairgrounds.

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Intro to Digital Photography

$65

with Ken Hupila

Calendar Nov 15, 2019 at 9 am

Friday, November 15, 2019
9:00 AM- 2:00 PM

Tuition: $60 Materials: $5

This class is intended for beginner to intermediate photographers, and it's just in time for you to get ready for the winter season!

  • Equipment selection: camera, lens, tripods, shutter releases, flash and a few other odd and ends
  • Camera and lens use: menu, knobs, buttons, care and manuals
  • Theory: shutter/ aperture / ISO relationships and how to use them to the best advantage of your settings
  • Composition techniques and special situation camera setting to create good photographs

This course will begin in the classroom and then will head outside to try out techniques presented. Bring a digital camera and manual to class, DSLR preferred but not mandatory. Also, bring a tripod and shutter release if you have them, as well as a bagged lunch.

About the instructor: Ken Hupila says, "I live in northern Minnesota and have been interested in photography since I won a box camera at a carnival when I was six. The last couple of years have finally seen an opportunity when finances and free time have allowed me to begin playing with the interest. I have been taking nature shots and sport photos for awhile and am just beginning to play with studio photography."

Ken's photography classes at the Ely Folk School have been very popular. He also offers Advanced Photography, Photographing Wild Orchids, Capturing Fall Colors, and Introduction to Photoshop.

Introduction to Adobe Lightroom Classic CC

$80

with Les Conrad

Calendar Nov 9, 2019 at 9 am

Saturday, November 9, 2019  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday, November 10, 2019  9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Tuition: $70  Materials: $10

This class is for any photographer who wants to improve their photos. Whether you are a beginner or advanced photographer, this class will help you to better understand Adobe’s popular photography editing program Lightroom Classic CC. All photographers need to organize, edit and share their photography. Lightroom can do it all (well almost all). 

This is a hands-on class. We will explore many of the most important tools in Lightroom. Key topics include but are not limited to import, organize and rank photos, basic and intermediate editing tools, Lightroom workflow, adding watermarks and exporting photos, and much much more. No experience with Lightroom Classic CC needed.

Learning will be enhanced if you are able to bring your computer with Lightroom Classic installed. There will be plenty of time for your questions. I’ll provide sample images to work on.

About the instructor: Les is a local artist/photographer who focuses on the beauty of the natural world. Les says, “The night sky never ceases to amaze me. We are very lucky to live with some of the darkest night skies around!” Les spent his working life photographing portraits of people. Once retired, Les turned his lenses and attention toward nature, wildlife and landscapes, with particular attention to the night sky. Les moved from the Twin Cities to Ely when he retired.

Les has many years of experience teaching beginning adult photographers including a two-day session at the International Wolf Center. He also presented an “Editing Your Aurora Images” session at the Aurora Summit 2017 in Two Harbors, MN. He knows how to simplify explanations using real world examples so that all learners understand the content.

 

Learn to Spin

$155

with Diane Thomson

Calendar Oct 25, 2019 at 4 pm

This is a two-day class. Note that each day has different times.

Friday, October 25, 2019       4:00pm - 9:00pm
Saturday, October 26, 2019   9:00am - 5:00pm

Tuition: $130  Materials: $25

Here's a chance to try spinning on a wheel before buying your own. Many people, including Gandhi, found spinning to be a very meditative activity. You will learn how to turn wool fiber into yarn with the use of a spinning wheel. We will even play with hand spindles, wool prep and yarn finishing.

There will be several wheels available for spinning, and if you have a working wheel bring it along. You will leave class with your own hand spindle, wool fiber, and your own newly spun yarn.

About the instructor: Diane Thomson has been spinning since 1985 and enjoys teaching others. She has taught knitting classes at several yarn shops in the Twin Cities and currently teaches at Sisu Designs Yarn Shop in Ely.

 

Payment plan available: $100 deposit plus 1 payment of $55.00, paid every four weeks.

Made to Fit: Custom-fitted Blouse

$40

with Candace Bischoff

Calendar Sep 20, 2019 at 12 pm

Friday, September 20, 2019
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Tuition: $40  

Do you find shopping for a blouse that works for you is just about impossible? The styles are just not right or the fabrics are all wrong, the cost is exorbitant or they just don't fit right. Well, this class will give you the information and skills to take just a very basic blouse pattern and create a wide variety of blouses. What style of collar do you want? Sleeve length? Cuffed? Fitted or not? Long tails or tuck-in length? Hem straight or scalloped? Your imagination is the only limit you have to having a closet full of fun blouses that fit your style, budget and size.

Students need to purchase before the class: 2-1/2 yards of fabric of choice, 1/3 yard light-weight interfacing [I prefer iron on], matching thread, 6-8 buttons [Can purchase locally at Mary's Spinning Wheel]. Also bring pins and a sewing needle for some hand stitching.

About the instructor: Candace Bischoff has been called a crafting fanatic. She sews, knits, crochets, embroiders, and does cross stitch, needlepoint, and smocking. She's game to try almost any craft at least once, often combining crafts such as sewing and embroidery. Candace says, "My grandmother introduced me to the sewing machine when I was 10, and I have sewn Barbie Doll clothes, prom dresses, my wardrobe from junior high school to the present, as well as many garments for friends and family. I get frustrated with the clothing available today in the stores and make most of my own garments or alter the style or fit of store-bought items. I love making things unique to my need and styling.

I love helping people learn a new craft and see how much fun they have with the new knowledge and skill.

Made to Fit: Custom-fitted Blouse

$40

with Candace Bischoff

Calendar Nov 7, 2019 at 11:30 am

Thursday, November 7, 2019
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Tuition: $40  

Do you find shopping for a blouse that works for you is just about impossible? The styles are just not right or the fabrics are all wrong, the cost is exorbitant or they just don't fit right. Well, this class will give you the information and skills to take just a very basic blouse pattern and create a wide variety of blouses. What style of collar do you want? Sleeve length? Cuffed? Fitted or not? Long tails or tuck-in length? Hem straight or scalloped? Your imagination is the only limit you have to having a closet full of fun blouses that fit your style, budget and size.

Students need to purchase before the class: 2-1/2 yards of fabric of choice, 1/3 yard light-weight interfacing [I prefer iron on], matching thread, 6-8 buttons [Can purchase locally at Mary's Spinning Wheel]. Also bring pins and a sewing needle for some hand stitching.

About the instructor: Candace Bischoff has been called a crafting fanatic. She sews, knits, crochets, embroiders, and does cross stitch, needlepoint, and smocking. She's game to try almost any craft at least once, often combining crafts such as sewing and embroidery. Candace says, "My grandmother introduced me to the sewing machine when I was 10, and I have sewn Barbie Doll clothes, prom dresses, my wardrobe from junior high school to the present, as well as many garments for friends and family. I get frustrated with the clothing available today in the stores and make most of my own garments or alter the style or fit of store-bought items. I love making things unique to my need and styling.

I love helping people learn a new craft and see how much fun they have with the new knowledge and skill.

Make a Bent Willow Chair

$105

with John Bajda

Calendar Sep 20, 2019 at 6 pm

Friday, September 20, 2019       6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday, September 21, 2019   9:00 AM - 4:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE the different class times on Friday and Saturday!

Tuition: $90, Materials $25

On Friday, John will demonstrate making a chair from start to finish, laying the groundwork for everyone to make their own chairs on Saturday. You will be amazed that you can make your one-of-a-kind, beautiful, functional, and comfortable chair in such a short time.

This furniture has long been made by country people, using the beautiful variety of materials collected in the forest. The bending quality and flexible strength of willow makes for easy construction of a comfortable, strong chair, with minimal tools. You'll be able to use your chair for years if you keep it under a roof, or keep it in your yard and make a new one every few years. Because the willow is very flexible and springy, it is best to have a partner working with you to hold the willow as you nail the sticks in place. The partner does not need to pay unless they also make their own chair.

Please bring gloves, pruning shears, and safety glasses if you have them. The folk school will provide safety glasses and earplugs if you don't have any. If you have an 18g air nailer that you can bring, please call the office to let us know. 218-235-0138.

About the instructor: John Badja is a retired high school teacher and has been teaching rustic furniture building though his local community ed program for the past 15 years.





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