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Beautiful Beaded Serving Spoon


with Autumn Cole

Calendar Jul 26, 2019 at 1:30 pm

Friday, July 26, 2019
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Tuition: $25  Materials: $9

Students will learn how to use beaded wire to wrap serving spoons to make a unique server for yourself or to give as a gift. They are fun to make and perfect to pop into a bowl of fruit salad or a casserole, adding a bit of color and whimsey. It’s the perfect spoon to take to a potluck since no one will confuse it with their own, and you’re not likely to leave it behind. What could be a better gift for a wedding shower, holiday gift, or to show appreciation to a wonderful hostess?

About the instructor: Autumn Cole has taught various classes at the Ely Folk School and elsewhere in creating jewelry and other items with beads and wire, as well as sewing and quilting. Autumn is retired from a career in psychology, part-time college instructor, and business owner of a consignment boutique. She says she has always enjoyed teaching, and her students give her rave reviews as an enthusiastic, patient, and encouraging instructor.

Her hobbies have included sewing, quilting, creating jewelry, and participating in outdoor sports. She finds creative activities to be a way to relax the mind and bring joy to the heart.She is currently a certified Happiness Coach and likes to focus on being a grateful and uplifting person while also helping other people do so.


Fly Fishing and Fly Tying


with Bob Wagner

Calendar Jul 13, 2019 at 10 am

Saturday, July 13, 2019
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM AND
12:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Tuition: $45  Materials: $10

Fly fishing is a great sport and a wonderful way to enjoy getting outdoors in nature. You may think you have to be standing in a rushing river, but you can fly fish all water for any fish!

This class is open to youth, 10 years and older, from beginners to advanced. You will learn to tie flies that you can use to catch the fish we have in the Northland such as pike, bass, and walleye.

In the afternoon, we’ll head to a park, so you will learn how to cast. You’ll see it is not as hard as you think. All fly tying equipment and materials are provided plus fly rods for casting. Bring a bag lunch or plan on a quick stop somewhere to pick something up.

About the Instructor: Bob Wagner is a career teacher who has taught fly fishing in community ed for years and previous classes at the Ely Folk School. Bob has also been a park naturalist and is chair of Headwaters Trout Unlimited. 

About the Instructor: Bob Wagner is a career teacher who has taught fly fishing in community ed for years and previous classes here. Bob has also been a park naturalist and is chair of Headwaters Trout Unlimited. 

Forest Bathing


with Jaime Brennan

Calendar Jul 18, 2019 at 9 am

Thursday, July 18, 2019
9:00 AM- 11:00 PM

Tuition: $20

When we bathe with water, we wash away the dirt. With Forest Bathing we are washing away the stress while keeping our clothes on. Nature has so much to offer us, and most of us would benefit by utilizing it more often. Enjoy this time to come back to your center, feel connected to yourself and the beautiful world around you.

Forest Bathing is a popular practice in Japan and is known for improving mental and physical health. By immersing oneself in a forest or other natural environment, healing and wellness are supported. 

Dress appropriately. You may want bug netting or some other form of bug protection. We will meet at the Ely Folk School and carpool to a nearby location.

About the Instructor: Jaime Brennan has practiced herbalism for over 10 years, studied under master herbalist Rosemary Gladstar, is a Certified Health Coach and is passionate about sharing her knowledge of using herbs that keep her family healthy. 

Kawishiwi Falls Plant Walk


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


Landscape Photography


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.

Making Watercolor Notecards


with Holly Meeker Rom

Calendar Jul 19, 2019 at 1:30 pm

Friday, July 19, 2019
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Tuition: $20  Materials: $15

Have you ever wanted to create your own cards for that special occasion? You will learn about color mixing and watercolor techniques with brush, paint, and paper and will explore a variety of subject ideas. You will create individual, original notecards on paper and envelopes supplied in class.

Materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your favorite brushes or other watercolor supplies if you have them.

About the instructor: Holly Meeker Rom has worked in the watercolor medium professionally since 1980, and has taught drawing, watercolor and color theory for 40 years. Holly enjoys teaching and guiding students at all levels in the adventure of watercolor painting. She is inspired by the landscape of the lakes and forests of Ely, MN.

She has taught locally at the Ely Folk School, the Miner's Dry and the Art Corner. Holly's work can be viewed on her website,

She has an MFA in painting from American University in Washington, DC, and an MA in Art Education from California State Univ. in Sacramento. She is a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society and The Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club. She led art historical tours at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC for 17 years in School programs. She has been a part-time resident of Ely, MN for 20 years. 

Needle Felting with Flair


with Val Wagner

Calendar Jul 13, 2019 at 10 am

Saturday, July 13, 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Tuition: $20  Materials: $8

Have you wondered how someone is able to make those clever or beautiful, soft designs with a delicious array of colored yarn? You can learn how through the fascinating art of flat needle felting. You will use wool roving and a special needle to push it into wool fabric to create a picture. (Roving is a slightly twisted roll or strand of fibers.) You will create a small sampler to learn the technique, and there’s a good chance you’ll get hooked! You’ll be able to use this skill to create designs and personalize wool hats, coats, mittens, pillows, and blankets. Your imagination is the only limit..

About the instructor: Val Wagner is a craft enthusiast and has explored and experimented with different mediums over the years. She has been doing needle felting for seven years and enjoys sharing the fun with others. Val says, “Needle felting has been a great medium, and I have sold many of my creations.”


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