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Create a Beautiful Amethyst Necklace

$35

with Kay Vandervort

Calendar Sep 2, 2020 at 1 pm

Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Tuition: $20  Materials: $15

Amethyst is the most popular variety of quartz crystals and is considered the most powerful and protective stone, as well. It is a semiprecious violet stone that is often used in jewelry and for healing purposes. It has been sought after throughout the ages for its stunning colors and ability to stimulate the mind and emotions.

In today’s world, Amethyst is viewed as a semi-precious crystal but in traditional times, it was a very precious stone. The beauty of amethyst is evident whether the stone is in its natural state, cut, or polished into jewels. Students will combine amethyst stones with a variety of beads to create a necklace unique to their style. A variety of focal stones will be available

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.

Make a Bent Willow Chair

$115

with John Bajda

Calendar Sep 9, 2020 at 6 pm

Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020   6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020     9:00 AM - 4:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE the different class times on Wednesday and Thursday.

Tuition: $90, Materials $25

On Wednesday, John will demonstrate making a chair from start to finish, laying the groundwork for everyone to make their own chairs on Thursday. You will be amazed that you can make your one-of-a-kind, beautiful, functional, and comfortable chair in such a short time. 

This furniture has long been made by country people, using the beautiful variety of materials collected in the forest. The bending quality and flexible strength of willow makes for easy construction of a comfortable, strong chair, with minimal tools. You'll be able to use your chair for years if you keep it under a roof, or keep it in your yard and make a new one every few years. Because the willow is very flexible and springy, it is best to have a partner working with you to hold the willow as you nail the sticks in place. The partner does not need to pay unless they also make their own chair.

Please bring gloves, pruning shears, and safety glasses if you have them. The folk school will provide safety glasses and earplugs if you don't have any. If you have an 18g air nailer that you can bring, please call the office to let us know. 218-235-0138. COVID precautions will be observed.

About the instructor: John Badja is a retired high school teacher and has been teaching rustic furniture building though his local community ed program for the past 15 years.

Wild Rice Harvesting

$115

with LynnAnne Vesper

Calendar Sep 11, 2020 at 8 am

Friday, September 11, 2020
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Tuition: $80  Materials: $35

This class is also offered on Saturday, Sept. 12 and Sunday, Sept. 13.

We will spend a day harvesting wild rice from a local lake. Identification of the native plant, tips on how to recognize when it is ripe to harvest, and harvest methods will all be covered.  Participants will receive a proportional share of the wild rice harvested by the class, and you will gain enough knowledge to be able to continue harvesting wild rice on your own. 

Materials fee includes canoes, paddles, life vests, and harvesting tools, which will be provided by the instructor, as well as wild rice processing.  Participants will need to purchase a DNR wild rice harvesting license, which is available wherever fishing licenses are sold.  

About the instructor: LynnAnne Vesper has guided canoe and dogsled trips for over two decades, teaching all the skills needed to participants, and has taken Ely Folk School participants out ricing for several years. She has taught with Elderhostel programs, the Swedish and French Voyageur summer youth programs, Corcordia Language Villages and Vermilion Community College.

 

Full Course

Wild Rice Harvesting

$115

with LynnAnne Vesper

Calendar Sep 12, 2020 at 8 am

Saturday, September 12, 2020
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Tuition: $80  Materials: $35

This class is also offered on Friday, Sept. 11 and Sunday, Sept. 13.

We will spend a day harvesting wild rice from a local lake. Identification of the native plant, tips on how to recognize when it is ripe to harvest, and harvest methods will all be covered.  Participants will receive a proportional share of the wild rice harvested by the class, and you will gain enough knowledge to be able to continue harvesting wild rice on your own. 

Materials fee includes canoes, paddles, life vests, and harvesting tools, which will be provided by the instructor, as well as wild rice processing.  Participants will need to purchase a DNR wild rice harvesting license, which is available wherever fishing licenses are sold.  

About the instructor: LynnAnne Vesper has guided canoe and dogsled trips for over two decades, teaching all the skills needed to participants, and has taken Ely Folk School participants out ricing for several years. She has taught with Elderhostel programs, the Swedish and French Voyageur summer youth programs, Corcordia Language Villages and Vermilion Community College.

 

Full Course

Live Online: Rosemaling in the Raudsaumsmaling Style

$30

with Kim Garrett

Calendar Sep 12, 2020 at 9 am

Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Tuition: $30  

This class is also being offered in person at the Folk School on August 29.

In this Zoom class students will learn about the Telemark style of Raudsaumsmåling, based on the bunad of that region of Norway. The instructor will discuss the color palette, examine different designs of the region and demonstrate the process of painting in this style as students follow along and practice at home. A design and supply list will be provided upon registration to provide the student opportunity to get supplies and background the project before class.

This class will be taught in oils, but acrylic painters are welcome and an acrylic palette will be provided.

Some basic experience with rosemaling is preferred as the instructor will not be covering basic technique.

Just an FYI...September 12th is National Rosemaling Day so come celebrate with a little painting!!

About the Instructor: Kim Garrett has been rosemaling since 2007 and has studied with several "Gold Medal" winning American rosemalers as has traveled to Norway three times to stud traditional 18th century rosemaling design with Norwegian rosemaling instructors. She has also taken lessons in Sweden in the Swedish folkart painting style, Dalmaining. She has won several blue ribbons at the MN state fair for her rosemaling and received the Best in Show twice.

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Wild Rice Harvesting

$115

with LynnAnne Vesper

Calendar Sep 13, 2020 at 8 am

Sunday, September 13, 2020
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Tuition: $80  Materials: $35

This class is also offered on Friday, Sept. 11 and Saturday, Sept. 12.

We will spend a day harvesting wild rice from a local lake. Identification of the native plant, tips on how to recognize when it is ripe to harvest, and harvest methods will all be covered.  Participants will receive a proportional share of the wild rice harvested by the class, and you will gain enough knowledge to be able to continue harvesting wild rice on your own. 

Materials fee includes canoes, paddles, life vests, and harvesting tools, which will be provided by the instructor, as well as wild rice processing.  Participants will need to purchase a DNR wild rice harvesting license, which is available wherever fishing licenses are sold.  

About the instructor: LynnAnne Vesper has guided canoe and dogsled trips for over two decades, teaching all the skills needed to participants, and has taken Ely Folk School participants out ricing for several years. She has taught with Elderhostel programs, the Swedish and French Voyageur summer youth programs, Corcordia Language Villages and Vermilion Community College.

 

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Capturing Fall Colors

$70

with Ken Hupila

Calendar Sep 27, 2020 at 9 am

Sunday, September 27, 2020
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Tuition: $70

Be a part of an autumn tradition in the North Country – observing and photographing fall color! This class will provide a one hour orientation on techniques and equipment utilization while in the field. We’ll then take our gear into the Superior National Forest and look for numerous vistas, unique perspectives, cozy vignettes and macro work. With luck we may come across some forest critters as a bonus!   

Bring lunch, camera and gear; manual, all lenses, tripod, remote release, circular polarizer (if you have it), and rubber boots. Dress for the weather. COVID precautions will be observed.

About the Instructor: Ken Hupila has been chasing wildlife around and enjoying the outdoors in northern Minnesota for over 60 years. He took his first wildlife image in 1964 and has been working on his craft ever since.





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