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Advanced Adobe Lightroom Classic CC


with Les Conrad

Calendar Aug 17, 2019 at 9 am

Saturday, August 17, 2019
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Tuition: $40  Materials: $10

This class is for any photographer who uses Adobe Lightroom Classic CC and wants to learn more. This is not an introductory class, this is a class for individuals who are familiar with basic adjustments in Lightroom Classic and want to learn advanced techniques.

This is a hands on class. We will explore many advanced techniques in Lightroom Classic CC. Key topics include Adjustment Brushes, Radial Filter, Graduated Filter, Presets (both off-the-shelf and custom), Custom Default Styles, Tone Curves, Retouching and more.

Basic familiarity with Lightroom Classic is a prerequisite. Learning will be greatly enhanced if you are able to bring your computer with Lightroom Classic installed. There will be plenty of time for your questions. I’ll supply all students with a handout and a jump drive with images to work on.

About the instructor: Les 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.

All Things Chaga


with Allie Austin

Calendar Aug 23, 2019 at 2 pm

Friday, August 23, 2019
2:00 PM- 4:00 PM

Tuition: $20 Materials $30

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.  

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

Capture Nature in Resin


with Carolyn Quick

Calendar Aug 8, 2019 at 1 pm

Thursday, August 8, 2019
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Tuition: $20 Materials: $30

Create your own nature masterpiece! Using a two-part resin and your choice of inclusions, we will be creating a 3-1/4" round piece of art. Pine cones, pine needles, catkins, birch bark, and other natural items will be supplied. You are also welcome to bring your own inclusions such as charms, beads, photos, anything!

Your final creation will set in 24 hours and can be picked up at the Folk School the next day. (Special arrangements can be made during class to take it with you and/or ship it.) It can be be drilled in class for use as a basket center for either of the pine needle basketry classes, as an ornament, or even a suncatcher! 

You will leave with a new skill that can be used to capture your adventures and memories in a new and unique way.

About the instructor: Carolyn is the instructor of the Pine Needle Basketry classes and has been creating the resin centers for her classes. So many students wanted to learn, that she has added this class!

Carolyn 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.



Craft a Custom Fit Moccasin


with Donna Mienk

Calendar Aug 24, 2019 at 9 am

Saturday, August 24, 2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tuition: $80 Materials: $35

Moccasins are the best natural footwear ever devised. Warm, light & lithe, they're said to give you "magic feet" that can be rolled up and taken with you to parties, and worn inside your own home. 

You will learn to create a pattern for deerskin moccasins, customized to fit your feet. This style of moccasins is a two-piece style, all hand-sewn. YAt the end of the class, you will either have a pair of completed moccasins or possibly have some work left to do at home. 

Students should bring pliers and scissors. Feel free to bring any beads you may have to decorate the top with one special bead or a simple design. 

About the Instructor: Donna Mienk has her own moccasin-making business and has taught the process for many years. View her craft at her Mienko's Moccasins facebook site.

Create a Button Necklace


with Kay Vandervort

Calendar Aug 3, 2019 at 1 pm

Saturday, August 3, 2019
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Tuition: $30 Materials: $20

Have you ever wondered what to do with your mom’s or grandmother's button jar? The button necklace is the perfect solution. This bead embroidered necklace uses buttons to create a focal point and incorporates a variety of glass and stone beads sewn into a design that complements the buttons.

Students will choose a kit with the colors they like. If you have some favorite, special buttons you’d like to incorporate into the color scheme you choose, bring them along!

 About the instructor: Kay says, “As children we could get out of doing dishes if we read. We read a lot. And, we could watch television if we had a project we were working on while we watched. Hence, all my life I have gotten into the habit of having a lap project---jewelry making, embroidery, sewing, or experimenting with a variety of artistic medium.”

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 facilitated trainings 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.


Huichol Beading


with Anna Shallman

Calendar Aug 8, 2019 at 9 am

Thursday, August 8, 2019
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Tuition: $30  Materials: $5

Learn the tips and tricks to this Mexican art form. We will start with a small piece, exploring the basics then move on to a little bit bigger piece to master more skills. We will also go over how to prepare a piece to be beaded.This craft requires patience, precision, good eyesight, and the ability to work with small beads. Each participant will leave with complete written instructions and at least one completed piece.

About the instructor:  Anna Shallman has taught this beautiful beading technique successfully, creating her own designs. She has years of experience knitting and weaving beautiful articles with speed and precision, many of them her own design. She says, “I've been teaching beginners for about 20 years and it is one of my very favorite things to do."


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Intro to Wet Plate Photography


with Chris Olsen

Calendar Aug 1, 2019 at 1 pm

Thursday, August 1, 2019
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Tuition: $20  Materials: $12

Come join us as we travel back in time 150 years to the early days of photography. This process was introduced in the 1850s, and was at its heyday during the Civil War. It is capable of making both negative and positive images. The collodion process, also known as wet plate, is enjoying a resurgence, and here is your chance to try it without the overhead of getting your own equipment.

Chris suggests bringing an apron or smock since silver nitrate used in the process stains clothes and hands.

About the instructor: Chris Olsen has a degree in history and works as a particle accelerator operator at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Il. He has combined his interest in history and photography by practicing 19th century photography, both tintypes and daguerreotypes, for about 14 years. For the past nine years, Chris has been taking his photography to Civil War reenactments and given demonstrations at schools and living history museums and fairs.

Chris recently started using the wet plate process for backstage photos at concerts as well as astrophotography, is acting as historical consultant for a pitch film, and is writing for the Vatican Astronomy Foundation Blog. Chris has three daughters, and the two older girls are learning the collodion process


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Learn to Knit!


with Anna Shallman

Calendar Aug 8, 2019 at 6 pm

Thursday, August 8, 2019
6:00 PM- 8:00 PM

Tuition: $20

If you have never knit before or it has been many, many years since you have picked up your needles, this class is for you. We will start with the basics and learn the knit stitch. When you're ready, we will teach you how to purl. You choose your pace. There is no cost for materials.

If you don't like it you can walk away and never do it again. If you love it, you can begin a project and begin to purchase supplies. An additional  session is offered on June 27, and help is always available when Anna is at Sisu Designs Yarn Shop on Chapman St.

About the instructor, Anna Shallman: "I moved to Ely in November of 1995 specifically to live upstairs of Sisu Designs Yarn Shop and learn to weave and learn more about knitting. I spent five years knitting and weaving every day. When I moved out, I continued to help the previous owner until I purchased the business five years ago.

If you would have told me when I moved here that I was going to stay and own the shop I would not have believed you. I thought I would move on after a few years but there is something about Ely and this little yarn shop that I love, so I am still here.

I've been teaching beginners for about 20 years and it is one of my very favorite things to do."


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