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Create a Unique Dangle Necklace
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Create a Unique Dangle Necklace

$50

with Kay Vandervort

Wednesday, May 19, 2021
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM 

Tuition: $35   Materials: $15

We all need some lovely single or double strand beaded necklaces to liven up an outfit. But, Kay Vandervort believes, we also need a necklace or two that breaks the normal rules and makes a uniquely personal statement. That's what these dangle necklaces do. They combine clay, wire, leather, stones, and random bits of metal off the street, and/or a variety of beads and charms to create an organic look perfect for our Northwoods environment.

Students will experiment with how to combine a variety of different materials into their creations. This is a fun class that encourages students to "think outside the box." Cords, chain and findings will be available as well as a variety of items that can be incorporated into the designs. Necklaces can be simple or elaborate. Individuals are encouraged to bring any broken jewelry they might like to incorporate into their creations, although plenty of materials will be available to students to work with.

This class will be held in person with limited seats available. Masks should be worn and social distancing observed. In addition to adhering to CDC and Minnesota State guidelines, the Ely Folk School is closely monitoring local public health.

About the instructor: Kay Vandervort retired to Ely in 2014 and has become very involved in the community. She participates in AAUW (American Association of University Women,) works part-time at the Dorothy Molter Museum, and is involved in a book club, writing group, and a number of local discussion groups.

Kay enjoys experimenting with many types of craft media, is a wizard with color and jewelry design, and has taught a variety of creative jewelry classes at the Ely Folk School.

Paint a Bouquet of Feeling

$42

with Cecilia Rolando

Calendar May 20, 2021 at 1 pm

Thursday, May 20, 2021
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Tuition: $36  Materials: $6

If you’re not familiar with Cecilia’s beautiful bouquets of bursting color, be prepared to enjoy learning about her fresh, loose style of painting. In this class you will experiment with painting a floral still life using tempera paints on paper. Cecilia will guide you in methods she uses: how to warm up, approach the subject, loosen up, think about color choices, and make the painting uniquely yours.

Using tempera paints with many vibrant colors is a wonderful approach that is more forgiving than transparent watercolors and may bring back memories of grade school painting and experimenting. Feel free to bring your favorite brushes, sponges, or other tools.

Covid19 safety restrictions will be observed. Please bring a mask or use one we provide. Students are encouraged to come vaccinated.

About the instructor: Cecilia Rolando is an Ely artist. She has her work at Art and Soul Gallery, where she'll have a solo show in July, at Cook's Northern Friends of the Arts gallery, and in many private collections.

She loves painting flowers as well as landscapes and faces in watercolor tempura, and acrylics. She also makes fabric pieces, jewelry, mosaics, and computer art and enjoys photographing her own work and the world around her.

Cecilia has taught at the Ely Folk School, Greenstone Public Arts summer art camp for kids, community education classes, many workshops for NLAA and private students. She led the NLAA monthly NLAA Visual Arts Group for over 20 years. 

 

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Birding by Ear

$15

with Steve Engel

Calendar May 22, 2021 at 7 am

Saturday, May 22, 2021
7:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Tuition: $15

Northern Minnesota hosts a colorful variety of nesting songbirds each summer, from chestnut-sided warblers to goldfinches. Each species has a colorful song and this class focuses on learning to match the song with the singer while in the field. The full class is composed of weekly meetings through May 22 which can be signed up for individually. Each class will last 90 minutes, which take place at key local sites within 15 miles of Ely. Please meet at the Ely Visitor Center, junction of Sheridan Street and Highway 1, and be ready to leave by 7 am.

This class will be held outdoors. Some students may choose to carpool, but that is not necessary. CDC and MN Health guidelines will be observed. 

About the Instructor: Steve Engel has been an avid student of birds since 1985. He has conducted birding by ear field research and for six years led weekly birding by ear outings for the public each April and May. This will be his first spring in the Ely area in many years. The best kind of teacher is a highly motivated learner and teacher. That is to say, let's learn the songs together. All we need is focused time in the field and that's what this class provides.

Steve has a B.S. in Natural History from Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA. He said, “I have worked as an environmental educator, field biologist, shipboard naturalist, natural history trip leader, education director, artist, and writer. There are millions of things to learn and teach, and my mission is to keep learning and keep teaching. I enjoy helping others explore and discover answers to their natural history questions”.

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Spring Edibles

$51

with Johnnie Hyde

Calendar May 22, 2021 at 10 am

Saturday, May 22, 2021
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Tuition: $48 Materials: $3

Spring is a great time for wild salads- nutritious and delicious greens and flower parts abound. There are also fiddlehead ferns and marsh marigolds for cooked vegetables. In this class we’ll go hunting for these wild foods, learn about some others that aren’t yet ready for harvesting, and return to the school to cook up a small, deliciousl snack.

Come prepared to go outside with weather-appropriate clothing and footgear.

About the Instructor: Johnnie Hyde worked as an Outward Bound instructor for canoeing, winter dog sledding, camping and has guided private trips into the Boundary Waters. She has also worked as an EMT and a firefighter with the US Forest Service.

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Morning Reflection Paddle

$35

with Alexia Springer

Calendar May 23, 2021 at 6 am

Sunday, May 23, 2021
6:00 AM - 8:00 AM 

Tuition: $25  Materials: $10

In this class we will canoe in silence as a group on Miners Lake. The goal is to be present, silently communicative with your boat partner, and reflective - whatever the morning brings you. The peace, stillness, and magic of the early morning hours speaks for itself.

You will also learn canoe terminology and basic strokes for maneuvering around a lake. As John Hayes and Alex Wilson write in their book Quiet Water: New Hampshire and Vermont, “The peaceful solitude of out-of-the-way lakes and ponds lures us to quiet-water paddling. … With quiet-water paddling, you can focus on being there instead of getting there."

Students should meet at the boat landing for Miners Lake at 6:00 AM, ready to go with a bag of necessities: snack, water, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, etc. We will do a brief hello and introduction to each other and about the canoe before launching. Once in our canoes, we will huddle for a poetry reading and proceed to paddle around the lake silently. At some point, we will stop for brief reflections, followed by practicing and/or learning basic canoe strokes.

EFS Volunteers are donating clean canoes, paddles, and PFDs for this class. If you have your own gear, please bring it to ensure proper fit and comfort. You are welcome to bring your own canoe or kayak, so long as it is properly licensed. 

This class is being held outdoors. The Ely Folk School encourages students to receive a vaccine for the Coronavirus prior to attending class, but it is not required. 

About the Instructor: Alexia Springer has a degree in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism from Radford University and has worked as an outdoor educator at various camps and universities, most notably Earlham College as the Outdoor Education Coordinator.

"One of my favorite activities on canoe expeditions is taking what we would call a "voyageur start" which meant waking up early, breaking down camp, and setting out into our canoes for the day in the early morning hours. Somewhere along the way I started incorporating a poem reading followed by silent paddling," Alexia says. 

Create a Leather and Stone Bracelet

$50

with Kay Vandervort

Calendar May 27, 2021 at 1 pm

Thursday, May 27, 2021
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM 

Tuition: $35  Materials: $15

These leather framed bracelets of stone and glass beads are fun to wear and great for any occasion. They fit casual and more dressy occasions alike. Students will work from a kit that includes the leather cord, coordinated beads and the button closure. Additional beads and charms will be available for students interested in adding more variety to their finished product.

Some beading experience is helpful but not required. This is a fun project because when the student begins to work in the beads, it may seem that it will never turn out. But then, suddenly, it comes together to make a creatively unique bracelet. Students will be able to complete their projects within the three hours available for the class.

This class will be held in person with limited seats available. Masks should be worn and social distancing observed. In addition to adhering to CDC and Minnesota State guidelines, the Ely Folk School is closely monitoring local public health.

About the Instructor: Kay Vandervort retired to Ely in 2014 and has become very involved in the community. She participates in AAUW (American Association of University Women,) works part-time at the Dorothy Molter Museum, and is involved in a book club, writing group, and a number of local discussion groups.

Kay enjoys experimenting with many types of craft media, is a wizard with color and jewelry design, and has taught a variety of creative jewelry classes at the Ely Folk School.

Intro to Wheel Throwing - Part 2

$120

with Betty Firth

Calendar May 27, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Thursdays, May 27, June 3, and June 10
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Tuition: $90  Materials: $30

This class is a continuation of Introduction to Wheel Throwing (Part 1), but also available to students who have had some experience and would like to get into the studo and build on their skills.

We will cover wedging, centering, pulling, trimming, glazing, firing, and studio etiquette. You will be introduced to throwing basic forms like mugs, bowls, and cylinders used for glasses, vases, and other pieces.

Included in the materials fee are 12 pounds of clay, glazes, and firing for up to six small to medium-xized pieces. Additional clay may be purchased. Tool kits with the essential basic tools are available for $15, payable to the instructor at the time of class.

Some additional studio time for practice will be available between classes. Wear clothes that can get dirty, an apron, if desired, a towel for your lap, and a hand towel.

Covid-19 safety precautions will be observed, and we encourage everyone to come vaccinated. Bring a mask or one will be provided. 

About the instructor: Betty Firth can’t remember when she didn’t love pottery, and she learned how to throw pots herself when she moved to Ely. After twenty years, she still thinks it’s magical to see a lump of clay transformed into a piece of sculpture or dishes you can use every day. She enjoys combining sculptural elements with functional and decorative pieces and experimenting with many kinds of surface decoration.

 

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie: Live Online

$25

with Lacey Squier

Calendar May 27, 2021 at 7 pm

Thursday, May 27, 2021
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM 

Tuition: $25 per household

Celebrate the spring season with a traditional lard-crust strawberry rhubarb pie. Participants will be provided alternative ingredient list and instructions if they eat a vegetarian diet requiring a butter crust. 

The class tuition is per household. You can have as many cooks as your kitchen can hold. Ingredients and supplies lists will be sent upon registration. 

About the Instructor: Lacey Squier loves cooking food of all kinds. She is an amateur cook who spends much of her free time learning how to recreate dishes from her favorite restaurant and travel experiences. It is liberating to realize you can have anything you want for dinner ... as long as you're willing to make it yourself!

When not experimenting with food at home (and making a huge mess of her kitchen), Lacey likes to take walks or go on a hike with her spouse, Eric, and their dog Wendell. Lacey works at Ely Family Dental and serves as Chair of the Ely Folk School Board.  

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