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Kawishiwi Falls Plant Walk

$20

with Jaime Brennan

Calendar Jul 11, 2019 at 9 am

Thursday, July 11, 2019
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Tuition: $20

Learning about the profusion of plants around us will enrich your life! Join Jaime Brennan, herbalist and health coach, as she brings you into the world of our local plants. During this class, we'll visit Kawishiwi Falls to identify plants, and their uses and benefits while enjoying a walk in a beautiful setting. Meet at the Folk School to carpool.

About the instructor: Jaime Brennan About the instructor: Jaime Brennan can always remember having a special relationship with the plants that grew around her. She began learning how to use them to improve her own health in 2006. Feeling the benefits of herbs, she wanted to share this knowledge with others and began offering classes and products. Her personal passion is to use her knowledge, experience, and different tools to help others create tranquility: a body in balance, a mind at ease, and a satisfied soul. To learn more about Jaime and what she offers, visit www.tranquilitywellness.center

 

Landscape Photography

$50

with Ken Hupila

Calendar Jul 21, 2019 at 10 am

Sunday, July 21, 2019
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Tuition: $50

Ever wondered how some photographers can get such stunning landscape shots that contain a large dynamic range and superb depth of focus in addition to a gorgeous scene? What elements should you be thinking of when planning for your inspirational images? How does light, time of year as well of time of day factor into your work? All questions answered in this workshop!

We will cover lens selection, compositional techniques, hyperfocus, image stacking, useful apps, use of filters, and long exposure photography. 

Workshop will consist of three hours in the classroom and a two-hour field trip to Kawishiwi Falls. That is about a 1/3 mile hike over a hiking trail that is rocky in portions, so wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

This class is intended for the intermediate level photographer and above.

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 Photographing Wild Orchids, Capturing Fall Colors, and Intro to Photoshop.

Learn to Knit!

$20

with Anna Shallman

Calendar Jun 27, 2019 at 6 pm

Thursday, June 27, 2019
6:00 PM- 8:00 PM

Tuition: $20

If you have never knit before or it has been many, many years since you have picked up your needles, this class is for you. We will start with the basics and learn the knit stitch. When you're ready, we will teach you how to purl. You choose your pace. There is no cost for materials.

If you don't like it you can walk away and never do it again. If you love it, you can begin a project and begin to purchase supplies. An additional session is offered August 8 and help is always available when Anna is at Sisu Designs Yarn Shop on Chapman Street.

About the instructor, Anna Shallman: "I moved to Ely in November of 1995 specifically to live upstairs of Sisu Designs Yarn Shop and learn to weave and learn more about knitting. I spent five years knitting and weaving every day. When I moved out, I continued to help the previous owner until I purchased the business five years ago.

If you would have told me when I moved here that I was going to stay and own the shop I would not have believed you. I thought I would move on after a few years but there is something about Ely and this little yarn shop that I love, so I am still here.

I've been teaching beginners for about 20 years and it is one of my very favorite things to do."

 

Learn to Knit!

$20

with Anna Shallman

Calendar Aug 8, 2019 at 6 pm

Thursday, August 8, 2019
6:00 PM- 8:00 PM

Tuition: $20

If you have never knit before or it has been many, many years since you have picked up your needles, this class is for you. We will start with the basics and learn the knit stitch. When you're ready, we will teach you how to purl. You choose your pace. There is no cost for materials.

If you don't like it you can walk away and never do it again. If you love it, you can begin a project and begin to purchase supplies. An additional  session is offered on June 27, and help is always available when Anna is at Sisu Designs Yarn Shop on Chapman St.

About the instructor, Anna Shallman: "I moved to Ely in November of 1995 specifically to live upstairs of Sisu Designs Yarn Shop and learn to weave and learn more about knitting. I spent five years knitting and weaving every day. When I moved out, I continued to help the previous owner until I purchased the business five years ago.

If you would have told me when I moved here that I was going to stay and own the shop I would not have believed you. I thought I would move on after a few years but there is something about Ely and this little yarn shop that I love, so I am still here.

I've been teaching beginners for about 20 years and it is one of my very favorite things to do."

 

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 2 payments of $27.50, paid every four weeks.

Learn to Weave

$45

with Diane Thomson

Calendar Jun 29, 2019 at 12 pm

Saturday, June 29, 2019
12:00 PM - 4:00 pm

Tuition: $40 Materials: $5

Learn the basics of weaving on a rigid heddle loom. We will discuss the different types of weaving materials, types of looms available, and the language of weaving. Students will learn how to prepare a warp, dress the loom, and do the actual weaving. You will leave class with a set of handwoven mug rugs of your own.

All materials are included in the class cost. Students should bring scissors, a pen or pencil and a ruler. Looms will be available to rent for a modest fee if you are unable to complete your mug rugs during the class time. 

About the instructor: Diane Thomson has taught previously at several yarn shops in the Twin Cities and at the Ely Folk School. She also currently offers knitting classes at Sisu DesignsYarn Shop in Ely.

Diane enjoys many of the fiber arts and learned to weave in high school. She rediscovered weaving in 1985 when she purchased her first loom. She spent most of her weaving time on rag rugs until the 90’s when she focused on spinning and knitting. She has taught classes in spinning and intricate Latvian and Norwegian knitting at the Folk School. Diane says, “Since retiring to Ely, I am hoping to spend more time weaving.”

 

 

Will run

Living Arts - A Cultural Presentation

$10

with Dani Pieratos & Chaz Wagner

Calendar Aug 12, 2019 at 5 pm

Monday, August 12, 2019 (Rescheduled from June 26)

5:00 PM - Potluck Dinner - Bring your favorite dish to share and greet new and old friends
6:15 PM - Living Arts Presentation

Come witness resiliency of the Anishaanabe people through the continuance of traditional crafting, singing, drumming, and dancing.

Chaz Wagner, a Traditional Men’s Dancer, Singer, and Drummer, and Dani Pieratos, Jingle Dress Dancer, will present on their dance styles, their Native American regalia, and the accompanying cultural and spiritual teachings of their traditional outfits.

The presentation is intended to demonstrate the Indigenous worldview of art as a means of survival and revival, a holistic perspective that works on both the individual and community levels for healing and growth.

We hope that through the sharing process our audience will rediscover a bit of their own sacred truths in themselves. 

 

Will run

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.





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