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Photographing Orchids

$95

with Ken Hupila

Calendar Jun 22, 2019 at 1 pm

Saturday, June 22, 2019 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday, June 23, 2019 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM

PLEASE NOTE: You will be given the option to select the first day only, second day only or both days upon checkout.

Tuition: First Day Only: $40 Materials: $5
Second Day Only: Tuition: $60
Both Days: Tuition: $90 Materials: $5

Within just a few miles of Ely, approximately 31 species of wild orchids can be found. Join us on a two-day journey exploring how to photograph these beauties. Day one will start with a three-hour session, covering general information on photographing theses wildflowers. This will include tips on tool selection and use, how to get the sharpest image, depth of field, where and when to find desirable orchids, and how to establish a personal workflow. The class will end shooting flowers at Whiteside Park to practice skills. 

The second day will include a five and a half-hour field trip to productive orchid areas. Bring a camera (DSLR preferred), the manual, all lenses, tripod, and a bagged lunch.

Every season is a bit different, due to weather, but during the chosen weekend (in various years), I have photographed stemless ladyslippers, ramshead ladyslippers, large yellow ladyslippers, showy ladyslippers, hooker’s orchid, early coralroot, spotted coralroot, arethusa (dragon’s mouth), northern green orchid, large round-leaved orchid, and small purple-fringed orchid.

About the instructor: Ken 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 has also taught other digital photography classes at the Ely Folk School and has more to come July, September, and November. 

Full Course

Photographing Orchids

$60

with Ken Hupila

Calendar Jun 25, 2019 at 8 am

Tuesday, June 25, 2019
8:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Tuition: $60

Within just a few miles of Ely, approximately 31 species of wild orchids can be found, and Ken knows where to find them. This class will give the weekend's students more time in the field, as well as others who have a good understanding of their camera and want to join in the fun.  Bring a camera (DSLR preferred), the manual, all lenses, tripod, and a bagged lunch.

Every season is a bit different, due to weather, but during the chosen weekend (in various years), I have photographed stemless ladyslippers, ramshead ladyslippers, large yellow ladyslippers, showy ladyslippers, hooker’s orchid, early coralroot, spotted coralroot, arethusa (dragon’s mouth), northern green orchid, large round-leaved orchid, and small purple-fringed orchid.

About the instructor: Ken 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 has also taught other digital photography classes at the Ely Folk School and has more to come in July, September, and November. 

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Pine Needle Basketry-Clipped Needles

$65

with Carolyn Quick

Calendar Jul 12, 2019 at 12 pm

Friday, July 12, 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.

Pine Needle Basketry-Clipped Needles

$65

with Carolyn Quick

Calendar Aug 9, 2019 at 12 pm

Friday, August 9, 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.

Pine Needle Basketry-Whole Needle

$70

with Carolyn Quick

Calendar Jul 13, 2019 at 12 pm

Saturday, July 13, 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.

Pine Needle Basketry-Whole Needle

$70

with Carolyn Quick

Calendar Aug 10, 2019 at 12 pm

Saturday, August 10, 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 3 payments of $31.66, paid every four weeks.

Swedish Woven Wire Work

$70

with Faith Clover

Calendar Jul 20, 2019 at 9 am

Saturday, July 20, 2019
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Tuition: $60  Materials: $10

Wire work, or Luffarslojd, is a humble craft where we use simple tools and materials to make useful and beautiful things. In this class you will learn the basic techniques used to create hooks, candlesticks or bowls. From these beginnings you can make other objects from your imagination. Throughout the day we will talk about the important role of crafts in Scandinavian life.

About the instructor: Faith Clover was born in Minnesota, the granddaughter of Swedish immigrants. After college we moved west where I taught art in elementary and middle schools, became the district art coordinator, and taught art education classes at Lewis and Clark College in Portland OR.

After receiving my PhD at the University of Arizona, I returned to teach at the University of Minnesota until retirement. I am a student of a student of all things Swedish, have worked with the American Swedish Institute's educational programs, and taken groups of graduate students to study crafts at Saterglanan in Sweden.





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