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Learn to Spin


with Diane Thomson

Calendar Oct 25, 2019 at 4 pm

This is a two-day class. Note that each day has different times.

Friday, October 25, 2019       4:00pm - 9:00pm
Saturday, October 26, 2019   9:00am - 5:00pm

Tuition: $130  Materials: $25

Here's a chance to try spinning on a wheel before buying your own. Many people, including Gandhi, found spinning to be a very meditative activity. You will learn how to turn wool fiber into yarn with the use of a spinning wheel. We will even play with hand spindles, wool prep and yarn finishing.

There will be several wheels available for spinning, and if you have a working wheel bring it along. You will leave class with your own hand spindle, wool fiber, and your own newly spun yarn.

About the instructor: Diane Thomson has been spinning since 1985 and enjoys teaching others. She has taught knitting classes at several yarn shops in the Twin Cities and currently teaches at Sisu Designs Yarn Shop in Ely.


Payment plan available: $100 deposit plus 2 payments of $27.50, paid every four weeks.

Night Sky Photography: The Aurora & Star Trails


with Les Conrad

Calendar Oct 5, 2019 at 6 pm

This is a two-day class. (Please note the different times on each day.)
Saturday, October 5, 2019 6:00 PM-10:00 PM
Sunday, October 6, 2019 12:30 PM-2:30 PM

Tuition: $60  Materials: $10  

This class is for any photographer who looks up at the night sky in amazement and wants to capture its beauty. Whether you are a beginner or advanced photographer, this class will teach you how to photograph the Northern Lights, the night sky and star trails images. 

This is a hands-on class. We will review equipment needed, photography procedures as well as post production techniques. Weather permitting, we'll go out in the field and photograph the night sky and the aurora (if she graces us with her presence). 

On day 2 we’ll work with the files from the night before to create our own night sky images. I’ll provide everyone in the class a jump drive of files from my night photography sessions in case the weather is cloudy or rainy.

What is needed? A DSLR or mirrorless camera with wide angle lens, sturdy tripod, and headlamp with red light option. If you want to photograph star trails, an “in-camera” or external intervalometer is required. If you have a laptop, bring it along for the day 2 post-production editing. Adobe Lightroom Classic CC is recommended. StarStax is recommended for star trails.

About the instructor: Les Conrad 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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