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08 August 2018
Birch Bark Baskets 101
with Susanna Pershern
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Tuition: $40 Materials: $5
Learn to make a beautiful, simple birch bark basket using spruce roots, birch bark and saplings gathered from the Northwoods. You will walk away with a beautiful basket to remind you of the richness of the forest. After only a few short hours in the classroom, you will also carry with you the skills to make more baskets. All the materials will be provided.
About the instructor: Susanna Pershern is an artist and underwater photographer for the Submerged Resources Center of the United States National Park Service. Pershern trained in the traditional photographic processes and several alternative photographic processes at Rockport College, Rockport, ME, (now, Maine Media College.)
Susanna has experience as a young artist counselor and has taught previously at the Ely Folk School. She’s looking forward to returning to Ely and we’re very happy to welcome her back!
Create a New Jade Necklace
with Kay Vandervort
Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Tuition: $15 Materials: $10
New Jade has the beautiful tones of olive and lime characteristic of Jade without the expense. Students will learn simple stringing techniques including what closures and cords to use for various projects. Students will then create a simple new jade necklace utilizing a at least two different types of the stone along with accent glass and metal beads to create interest.
About the instructor: Kay Vandervort remembers, “As children we could get out of doing dishes, but only if we read, so we read a lot. And, we could watch television if we had a project to work on, so I developed the habit of having a lap project---jewelry making, embroidery, sewing, or experimenting with a variety of artistic medium. Kay creatively combines media and has exhibited art to wear and three dimensional, mixed media wall hangings in galleries in three states. She shows students the way to explore textures, colors and layers to create unique, wearable pieces of art.
Kay has a degree in secondary education and taught both in high school and technical college before moving to a career in not for profit management. She has trained at both regional and statewide conferences on topics related to non-profit marketing, volunteer management, and volunteer recruitment and screening. She has taught several jewelry and polymer clay classes in the past at the Ely Folk School.
Create a Northwoods Switchplate
with Kay Vandervort
Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Tuition: $25 Materials: $10
Create a leaf-themed switch plate using polymer clay for your Northwoods home or cabin. Polymer is an easy-to-use medium that can be stamped, carved, scored, and painted to achieve the desired effect. Participants will have a finished switch plate at the end of the class.
Additionally, it is a chance for students to experiment with the medium before they consider investing in the supplies and clay. Polymer clay, as a medium, has many uses for creating unique jewelry, decorative bowls, art pieces, and figurines. Wear clothes you can get paint on.
About the instructor: Kay Vandervort remembers, “As children we could get out of doing dishes if we read...so we read a lot. And, we could watch television if we had a project to work on, so I developed the habit of having a lap project---jewelry making, embroidery, sewing, or experimenting with a variety of artistic media. It is the exploration of color and texture that excites me about working with polymer. It can be manipulated, stacked, stamped, carved, and scored to create interesting layers and textures
Kay has a degree in secondary education and taught both in high school and technical college before moving to a career in not-for-profit management. She has trained at both regional and statewide conferences on topics related to non-profit marketing, volunteer management, and volunteer recruitment and screening. She has taught several jewelry and polymer clay classes in the past at the Ely Folk School.
Forest Bathing- Ash
with Jaime Brennan
Thursday August 23, 2018
10:00 AM- 12:00 PM
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. 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. During each of these classes we will also be connecting with a local tree species, learning what makes it unique physically and energetically. This week is focused on the family of Ash (Fraxinus).
Dress appropriately, you may want bug netting or some other form of bug protection.
We will meet at Tranquility Wellness Center 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. She has opened the new Tranquility Wellness Center in Ely where this class will be held.
Learn to POLKA!
with LynnAnne Vesper
Learn to Polka!
Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Tuition: $15 Materials: $5
Come learn the classic dance of the Iron Range... the polka! This class will cover detailed instruction on the basic polka step as well as some easy variations. No dance partner is needed for this class; however, students are encouraged to register as pairs. Parent-youth pairs are welcome; minimum age 12.
Pre-requisites: class participants must be able to walk and count to six.
About the instructor: LynnAnne Vesper learned to dance the polka with a folk dance group in Sweden
Pine Needle Basketry
with Carolyn Quick
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
1:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuition: $40 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.