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Create Your Own Amber Beaded Necklace

$40

with Kay Vandervort

Calendar Aug 12, 2020 at 1 pm

Wednesday, August 12, 2020
1:00 PM - 3:00 pm

Tuition: $20 Materials: $20

In this class you will create your own 18 to 24-inch natural Amber necklace. Amber is fossilized tree resin which possesses the look of hardened honey. It has been appreciated for its color and natural beauty and valued as a gemstone since Neolithic times. Amber is said to have healing powers when worn in a bracelet or necklace and is sometimes used in medicinal creams.

As a student, you will learn basic beading techniques as you select from a variety of amber beads, cultured pearls, stone beads and glass beads to create a beautiful, natural looking necklace that will compliment almost any outfit. In addition to learning basic beading techniques, students will learn about what cords and findings work best for various jewelry projects.

Kay will be wearing a mask while teaching and all participants will be asked to do so also. Additional COVID safety precautions will be in place including hand-washing and appropriate social distancing. 

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.

Creating Polymer Clay Jewelry

$55

with Kay Vandervort

Calendar Aug 26, 2020 at 1 am

Wednesday, August 26, 2020
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Tuition: $35  Materials: $20

Polymer clay can be used to create decorative pottery, wall decor, jewelry, and figurines. It is easy to work with and does not require any equipment other than what you would find in your kitchen. You will learn how to prepare the clay and blend layers and colors to create your own unique color combinations and designs. You will make jewelry components such as pendants, matching beads, and shapes limited only by the imagination.

You will complete a polymer clay necklace, choosing materials that Kay has organized by color theme. Additional polymer clay necklace kits will be available for purchase at a special student rate.

Kay will be wearing a mask while teaching and all participants will be asked to do so also. Additional COVID safety precautions will be in place including hand-washing and appropriate social distancing.

About the instructor: Kay Vandervort 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. 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.

Online: Advanced Adobe Lightroom Classic

$40

with Les Conrad

Calendar Aug 27, 2020 at 10 am

Thursday, August 27, 2020
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Tuition: $40

This class is for any photographer who uses Adobe Lightroom Classic and wants to learn more. This is not an introductory class, but is 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. 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 work on your own computer with Lightroom Classic installed while following along with Les on Zoom. There will be plenty of time for your questions. Les will supply all students with a handout and some 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.





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