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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.

 

Needle Felt a Great Horned Owl: Live Online

$70

with Laura Berlage

Calendar Jun 3, 2021 at 2 pm

Thursday, June 3, 2021
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $30  Materials and Shipping: $40

This class is for continuing beginners. Some felting experience recommended. 

Needle felting is fun! Learn to transform hand-dyed wool from the instructor’s flock of sheep into your very own adorable little owl. We will mail you the materials ahead of time, then Laura will take you step-by-step through the process via Zoom. Some previous experience is recommended. 

The materials kit comes with enough wool to make two owls, so you can perfect your technique on the second one after class. All you need to complete the project is a work surface like a sturdy table, good light, and a pair of scissors. Everything else is included! Experience the magic of needle felting and learn some new tips to add to your growing skillset.

During these trying times, needle felting can feel especially therapeutic, as we repeatedly stab the wool with our barbed needles while creating a cute, wooly friend in the process. Join us for this welcoming online class!

A full kit will be mailed to each student, complete with the wool, foam work surface, needle, eye beads, and other necessary pieces. Students will also receive in the kit a welcome letter with notes on using Zoom as well as a link and password to a pre-recorded version of the class if they find this resource additionally helpful.

About the Instructor: Laura Berlage is a contemporary Renaissance woman living and working on her family’s century-old homestead farm outside Hayward, WI. From fiber arts to creative writing, music to storytelling, she never tires of the magic of transforming ideas into form and overlapping narrative and visual.

Laura also loves working with the many and beautiful natural materials from her farm—especially the wool from her sheep. Completing her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College in 2011, Laura continues her lifelong passion for learning with engaged, hands-on teaching for small groups to encourage creativity, imagination, and expression.

 

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Learn to Make Caerphilly Cheese: Live Online

$40

with Gary Colles

Calendar Jun 10, 2021 at 2 pm

Thursday, June 10, 2021
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM 

Tuition: $40

June's Cheese of the Month is Caerphilly! 

Join Master Cheesemaker Gary Colles and the Ely Folk School as we make a new cheese from scratch each month. 

Caerphilly is an aged, crumbly white cheese with a natural moist and bright flavor. Your friends will be amazed when you pair seasonal fruits with homemade cheese!

Join us in the rewarding practice of making cheese from scratch under excellent tutelage with fine company. You will certainly learn something new and although you will not leave the Zoom class with a final product, the end results will wow you! 

You will receive the recipe and the supplies list in early June. Please be sure to fully read the ingredients list and reach out with questions on where to find any lesser-known ingredients. After class, your cheese may require additional care. 

About the Instructor: Gary Colles has been making artisan cheese for nineteen years. Beginning with teaching in Michigan where he and his wife live, he has added North Carolina, Alabama, Iowa, Florida and Minnesota. He has worked and trained with Glengarry Cheese Company in Canada, New England Cheese Making Company, and Farmstead Cheese Making. He is always reading more on cheese making, and his reference library now has fifty books on cheese.  

Please register for each person attending in your household to support both the instructors and the Ely Folk School. Thank you!

Homemade Frozen Pizza: Live Online

$30

with Lacey Squier

Calendar Jun 10, 2021 at 6 pm

Thursday, June 10, 2021
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM 

Tuition: $30

Summer evenings are precious! Prep tasty homemade pizzas in advance to have on hand for busy nights spent outdoors. Learn how to make four freezer-friendly pizza crusts with a variety of toppings.

Ingredient and supplies lists will be sent to registrants via email two weeks prior to class. 

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.  

Night Sky Photography

$70

with Les Conrad

Calendar Jun 11, 2021 at 1 pm

Friday, June 11, 2021   1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday, June 12, 2021  1:00 PM - 3:00 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. We'll go out in the field on Friday afternoon and discuss composition and planning of a night sky photography session.  

I’ll provide everyone in the class a jump drive of files from some of my night photography sessions. On Saturday, we’ll work with these files to create our own edited night sky images. 

This class will provide you everything you need to plan, photograph and edit your own night sky images at your location of choice.

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 is recommended. StarStax is recommended for star trails.

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

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.

 

Backcountry Baking

$55

with Alexia Springer

Calendar Jun 11, 2021 at 4 pm

Friday, June 11, 2021
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Tuition: $30  Materials: $25

Baking with Chef Boy-Aren't-You-Hungry!

Nothing is quite as satisfying after a long day of paddling than eating a great tasting meal by the campfire. Don't get into the trap of bring pre-packaged meals - backcountry cooking doesn't have to be complicated!

In this class you will learn about different types of bread and baked goods you can make with basic bulk ingredients you travel with when camping. After an introduction to backcountry baking, we will proceed to making individual pizzas!

Each student will receive the supplies and expert tips necessary to create and consume their own individual pizza. Students need only bring a notebook for ideas, recipes, and tips learned during class.

This class will take place in person, with limited capacity at the Ely Folk School. In addition to adhering to CDC and Minnesota State guidelines, the Ely Folk School is monitoring local public health.

About the Instructor: Alexia Springer says, "I've been on all sides of wilderness trips- a student, an instructor, a program coordinator, and on my own personal expeditions. I often tire of the same old mac and cheese or dehydrated food that is often easily prepared and rapidly consumed. Making fresh baked products is an amazing tool for boosting group morale!"

Homemade Frozen Pizza

$48

with Lacey Squier

Calendar Jun 12, 2021 at 9 am

Saturday, June 12, 2021
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

Tuition: $30  Materials: $18

Summer evenings are precious! Prep tasty homemade pizzas in advance to have on hand for busy nights spent outdoors. Learn how to make 4 freezer-friendly pizza crusts with a variety of toppings. You will leave class with two pizzas to take home. 

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 monitoring local public health.

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.  

All Things Chaga

$60

with Allie Austin

Calendar Jun 16, 2021 at 4 pm

Wednesday, June 16, 2021
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Tuition: $25  Materials: $35

Did you know, growing on our birch trees is one of the most powerfully medicinal mushrooms in the world? Chaga has been highly studied and has been known to kill cancer cells, shrink tumors, and increase the body's ability to respond and adapt to stress, among it's multitude of other benefits.

In this class, we will learn how to identify, harvest, and utilize this medicinal powerhouse for both internal and external use. We will make some chaga preparations in class, and students will each go home with their own informational chaga handbook, including a recipe booklet with numerous chaga remedies and creative ways to use Minnesota's most treasured fungi.

The class fee includes a chaga kit assembled by Instructor Allison Austin of Birch Botanicals. The kit consists of chaga mushroom, materials for chaga tea, materials for a chaga tincture, a chaga identification guide, and recipes.

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 monitoring local public health.

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, encouraging people to utilize herbs in their local area in order to become more self-sustainable, taking charge of their own health.

 





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