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Make a Wallet from Fish Leather

$55

with Joe Manthei

Calendar Sep 6, 2019 at 1 pm

Friday, Sept. 6, 2019
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Tuition: $30  Materials: $25

Learn to make a small minimalist wallet out of fish leather. The wallet can be used for credit cards, cash, or business cards. Students will use a pattern to cut out the fish leather pieces and hand-stitch them into a functional, durable minimalist wallet using Tiger thread from Germany. The wallet measures 3" x 4" and contains two card slots.

No experience necessary. Class instruction will include different hand-stitching techniques and how to choose which method will work the best. Students will practice hand-stitching techniques before working on their wallet. Joe will also present a brief history and status of fish skin tanning in the world.

About the instructor: Joe Manthei started working with fish leather during a life-changing vacation to Iceland and turned it into a business, Fiskur Leather. Starting with bookmarks, he moved on to creating quilt-block artwork, cell phone cases, wallets, tote bags, laptop bags, briefcases, toiletry kits, and more.

Joe’s career path started as a chiropractor, specializing in clinical nutrition, in which he offered post-graduate seminars. He  later earned an RN degree, and built medical software and trained personnel to use it. He has taught students of all ages from elementary students to adults. Joe and his wife, Pam, live in Mora Minnesota. Although retired from nursing in 2015, he currently works in the Mora school district as a substitute teacher/substitute school nurse when not creating with fish leather.

Minnesota Medicinal Herbs

$45

with Allie Austin

Calendar Aug 27, 2019 at 1 pm

Tuesday, August 27, 2019
 PM 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Tuition: $20 Materials $25

Join us as we learn the basics of identifying, harvesting, and utilizing some of the most common medicinal herbs in Northern Minnesota. In this hands-on class, students will learn how to identify, harvest, dry, store, and use some of the most common medicinal herbs native to Northern Minnesota. This will be an in-classroom discussion as well as hands-on class- students will work with some freshly harvested herbs and will also learn to prepare some common remedies with them such as tincturing, teas, and infusions. Each student will take home their own herbal remedy made in class, and a Minnesota Medicinals handbook with photos, step-by-step instructions, and recipes!

 About the Instructor: Allison Austin has been practicing herbalism for over 13 years. Her passion for plants and herbal medicine began in middle school, and has continued to play a central role in her life ever since. She has studied under herbalists in Minnesota, California, Texas, and with Mayan elders in Guatemala.

Allison is passionate about bringing the traditional practices of herbalism to people in a practical and accessible way, and encouraging people to utilize herbs in their local area to become more self-sustainable and take charge of their own health.

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Nature Writing: Autumn in the North

$60

with DyAnne Korda

Calendar Oct 5, 2019 at 9 am

Saturday, October 5, 2019
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Tuition: $60 

As autumn’s colorful landscapes peak, we pause to appreciate summer’s bounty and prepare for the season to come. Set aside a day at the Ely Folk School on the edge of the Boundary Waters Wilderness to discover the richness of your inner harvest through nature writing. In a supportive group circle, you will generate written pieces through reading, discussion and free-flow, nature writing exercises. The class will focus primarily on the early stages of the writing process and include time to reflect on our work and share. Weather pending, we may take a short walk

About the instructor: DyAnne Korda is a poet and experienced writing instructor. She’s been published in many journals including The Wisconsin Academy Review and is author of Path of Belonging and Finding the Lost Woman. She was awarded Individual Artist Grants through The Donald G. Gardener Humanities Trust to complete her book This Earth Woman and her forthcoming poetry collection, The Shore’s Absolute Edge. Two of her poems were broadcast on KAXE radio’s Wordish program.

 

Night Sky Photography: The Aurora & Star Trails

$70

with Les Conrad

Calendar Oct 5, 2019 at 6 pm

This is a two-day class. (Please note the different times on each day.)
Saturday, October 5, 2019 6:00 PM-10:00 PM
Sunday, October 6, 2019 12:30 PM-2:30 PM

Tuition: $60  Materials: $10  

This class is for any photographer who looks up at the night sky in amazement and wants to capture its beauty. Whether you are a beginner or advanced photographer, this class will teach you how to photograph the Northern Lights, the night sky and star trails images. 

This is a hands-on class. We will review equipment needed, photography procedures as well as post production techniques. Weather permitting, we'll go out in the field and photograph the night sky and the aurora (if she graces us with her presence). 

On day 2 we’ll work with the files from the night before to create our own night sky images. I’ll provide everyone in the class a jump drive of files from my night photography sessions in case the weather is cloudy or rainy.

What is needed? A DSLR or mirrorless camera with wide angle lens, sturdy tripod, and headlamp with red light option. If you want to photograph star trails, an “in-camera” or external intervalometer is required. If you have a laptop, bring it along for the day 2 post-production editing. Adobe Lightroom Classic CC is recommended. StarStax is recommended for star trails.

About the instructor: Les Conrad 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.

 

Pine Needle Basketry-Clipped Needles

$65

with Carolyn Quick

Calendar Sep 13, 2019 at 12 pm

Friday, September 13, 2019
12:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Tuition: $45 Materials: $20

Pine needle art is among the oldest crafts known and pre-dates pottery. For over 9,000 years, Native Americans have made such baskets for storing food and supplies. Although baskets can be made from a variety of materials, including sweet grass and raffia, among the most beautiful are from pine needles. We will discuss how to gather and prepare your own red pine needles from the lakes and woods around Ely. You'll take home your own woven pine needle basket.

About the Instructor:  Carolyn Quick has taught a variety of topics including high school English, music, several courses for the DNR, and has also been a field training officer for police officers. She is now retired with a background in law enforcement, finance and project management, and is most happy when in the woods.

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Pine Needle Basketry-Whole Needle

$70

with Carolyn Quick

Calendar Sep 14, 2019 at 12 pm

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

Tuition: $45 Materials: $25

This class is a beginner level pine needle basketry class with an advanced twist. Using the entire pine needle, this technique keeps the sheath of the pine needles intact and uses them as an enhancement and part of the design.Each student will be given everything necessary to complete a 4-5" basket, including a pre-drilled wooden basket center. It is a fun, low-key class. You'll leave with the skills to let your imagination run wild and create beautiful baskets using many different things as your basket center. 

Pine needle art is among the oldest crafts known and pre-dates pottery. For over 9,000 years, Native Americans have made such baskets for storing food and supplies. Although baskets can be made from a variety of materials, including sweet grass and raffia, among the most beautiful are from pine needles. 

About the Instructor:  Carolyn Quick has taught a variety of topics including high school English, music, several courses for the DNR, and has also been a field training officer for police officers. She is now retired with a background in law enforcement, finance and project management, and is most happy when in the woods.

Rosemaling in the Telemark Style

$145

with Kim Garrett

Calendar Sep 13, 2019 at 2 pm

Two Day Class: PLEASE NOTE the different times for each day. 
Friday, September 13, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday, September 14, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $110 Materials: $35

Rosemaling means “rose or flower painting” in Norwegian, a folk art that began around 1750.

This class will focus on the Telemark style, known for its graceful scrolls and fantasy flowers. You will start by learning the basic strokes of rosemaling, progress through color mixing and working with oil paints, then painting your own design to bring home or give as a gift.

About the Instructor: Kim Garrett has been rosemaling since 2007 and has studied extensively with master rosemalers in Norway and the United States. She has also studied Dalmaining, a folkart painting style, in Sweden. She has won several blue ribbons at the MN state fair for her rosemaling, received the Best in Show twice, and get rave reviews from Ely Folk School students.

Payment plan available: $50 deposit plus 1 payment of $95.00, paid every two weeks.

Upscale Dream Necklace

$40

with Kay Vandervort

Calendar Aug 30, 2019 at 1 pm

Friday, August 30, 2019
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Tuition: $20 Materials: $15

Students will create a one-of-a-kind necklace loosely based on the style of a Native American dream catcher. Recycled jewelry and natural materials will be used to create these necklaces. Students should bring any broken earrings or necklaces they'd like to incorporate into their pieces. Students can also consider picking up materials they find outdoors such as bark, feathers, or pieces of rusted metal to bring to add to the finished pieces.

 About the instructor, Kay Vandervort: 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.

Kay retired to Ely three years ago after a career as a freelance writer followed by thirty years as a nonprofit executive director. She has taught several jewelry and polymer clay classes in the past at the Ely Folk School, sharing her beautiful creations, her skills, and her playfulness exploring color and creativity.





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