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Design a Fabulous Fabric Wall Hanging

$48

with Cecilia Rolando

Calendar Jun 24, 2021 at 1 pm

June 24, 2021
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Tuition: $36  Materials: $12

Under Cecilia Rolando’s guidance, attendees will design a fabric hanging from a selection of materials, piece it together during class, and then finish it with machine stitching or hand sewing or even iron-on bonding material like Stitch Witchery. There will probably be time in class to work on the stitching, and if you wish to do machine stitching, the folk school does have some sewing machines available, but  it's best if you bring your own machine, since you're familiar with it.

The class is open to beginners or experienced sewers and quilters. The focus will be on design and how to piece together fabric, threads, yard, buttons, trims, etc. without the formality of quilting. 

Students are invited (but not required) to bring favorite scissors and other tools, large needles and pins.

Covid19 safety restrictions will be observed. Please bring a mask or use one we provide. Students are encouraged to come vaccinated.

About the Instructor: Cecilia Rolando is a local artist who loves experimenting with new materials, techniques, and ideas. Her fabric wall hangings are explosions of color, texture, and creativity.

Cecilia has taught at the Ely Folk School, Greenstone Public Arts summer art camp for kids, community education classes, many workshops for NLAA and private students. She led the NLAA monthly NLAA Visual Arts Group for over 20 years. 

She has her work at Art and Soul Gallery, where she'll have a solo show in July, at Cook's Northern Friends of the Arts gallery, and in many private collections.

 

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Painting Watercolor Notecards

$50

with Holly Meeker Rom

Calendar Jul 15, 2021 at 1 pm

Thursday, July 15, 2021
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM 

Tuition: $36  Materials: $14

Have you ever wanted to create your own cards for that special occasion? You will learn about color mixing and watercolor techniques with brush, paint, and paper and will explore a variety of subject ideas. You will create individual, original notecards on paper and envelopes supplied in class.

Materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your favorite brushes or other watercolor supplies if you have them.

About the instructor: Holly Meeker Rom has worked in the watercolor medium professionally since 1980, and has taught drawing, watercolor and color theory for 40 years. Holly enjoys teaching and guiding students at all levels in the adventure of watercolor painting. She is inspired by the landscape of the lakes and forests of Ely, MN.

She has taught locally at the Ely Folk School, the Miner's Dry and the Art Corner. Holly's work can be viewed on her website, www.hollymeekerrom.com.

She has an MFA in painting from American University in Washington, DC, and an MA in Art Education from California State Univ. in Sacramento. She is a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society and The Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club. She led art historical tours at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC for 17 years in School programs. She has been a part-time resident of Ely, MN for 20 years. 

Create Your Own Nature-Inspired Switch Plate Cover

$45

with Kay Vandervort

Calendar Jul 16, 2021 at 1 pm

Friday, July 16, 2021
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Tuition: $30  Materials: $15

This fun project allows students to play with polymer clay and add a pop of color to their homes! 

Students will stack, roll, cut and restack layers of polymer clay to create a variegated color palate to use for creating the switch plate cover. The block of clay is then stamped or drawn on to further enhance the design. Charms or small trinkets can be added if desired. 

Students will work primarily with a combination of green tones, but other colors will be available for those who want to move beyond a nature theme. Once completed, the switch plates can also be distressed with paint to give them an antiqued look. No previous experience is needed. 

This class is a great way to experiment with polymer clay before investing in supplies of your own. Decorative switch plate covers also make great gifts!

This class will be held in person with limited seats available. Masks should be worn and social distancing observed. In addition to adhering to CDC and Minnesota State guidelines, the Ely Folk School is monitoring local public health.

 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.

 

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Peck Basket with Wooden Base

$136

with Martha Buche

Calendar Jul 20, 2021 at 9 am

Tuesday, July 20, 2021
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $96  Materials: $40

Registration closes one week prior to class, on July 13. 

Come make a round, twill woven peck-sized basket with blue and indigo striped accents, two side handles and a wooden base. Learn to twine and twill weave, plus leave class with your own hand-crafted beautiful basket! The perfect accessory for fall harvesting and foraging in the Northwoods. 

While scheduled as a full day class to ensure everyone has time to finish and doesn’t feel hurried, perhaps not everyone will need the full time to finish.

All materials are made and provided by the instructor. This class is acceptable for a beginner to basketry or someone more advanced.

About the Instructor Martha Buche. I have lived in the Driftless region of Western Wisconsin, in rural Vernon County with my family for more than 20 years. Before that I bopped around the world, working and "Arting" in Europe and Asia. I came back to North America with a husband and daughter, then added a son to our family when we were settled back here in the Midwest. 

From September to June, I am an Early Childhood Educator working with young parents and their children and also a high school fine and practical arts teacher. For decades I have taught all sorts of skills to every age group from babies to grandparents.I have a studio art bachelor's degree and a masters in education.

I have been an artist for 45 years and I work in many, many media, much of it inspired by the natural environment and materials of my indigenous ancestors. (Potawatomi)

I love fiber arts & textile design, copper and metal forging, drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, jewelry, recycled art, basketry of all sorts, stone carving & sculpture, mosaics, land art, art history, and helping people find a way to express their innate creativity.

Shibori Dyeing with Indigo

$126

with Martha Buche

Calendar Jul 22, 2021 at 9 am

Thursday, July 22, 2021
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM 

Tuiton: $96   Materials: $30

Registration closes one week prior to class, on July 15. 

The traditional Japanese technique of shibori involves fabric folding and binding to make repetitive patterns on fabric, dyed with indigo. We will use clips, tubes, bands and other items to make resists on our fabric for dyeing. This fun and kind of addictive activity gives instant results and makes you want to try many more. It is magical to observe the oxygen in the air react with the Indigo, creating all shades of ‘blue jeans’ blue.

Students will want to bring a lot of 100% cotton items to dye: t-shirts, pillow cases, dish towels, handkerchiefs, etc. Please launder all items in hot water before bringing them.You will have plenty of time to explore the wonders of shibori and indigo, so bring plenty! Students will need to bring a very large plastic zip or trash bag to transport wet and dyed items. Also bring a pair of long cuff household chore gloves, a bag lunch and a water bottle.

About the Instructor Martha Buche. I have lived in the Driftless region of Western Wisconsin, in rural Vernon County with my family for more than 20 years. Before that I bopped around the world, working and "Arting" in Europe and Asia. I came back to North America with a husband and daughter, then added a son to our family when we were settled back here in the Midwest.

From September to June, I am an Early Childhood Educator working with young parents and their children and also a high school fine and practical arts teacher. For decades I have taught all sorts of skills to every age group from babies to grandparents. I have a studio art bachelor's degree and a master’s in education.

I have been an artist for 45 years and I work in many, many media, much of it inspired by the natural environment and materials of my indigenous ancestors. (Potawatomi)

I love fiber arts & textile design, copper and metal forging, drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, jewelry, recycled art, basketry of all sorts, stone carving & sculpture, mosaics, land art, art history, and helping people find a way to express their innate creativity.

Create a Memory Wire Bracelet

$40

with Kay Vandervort

Calendar Jul 24, 2021 at 1 pm

Saturday, July 24, 2021
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Tuition: $25  Materials: $15

Memory wire bracelets are fun to make and classy to wear. They utilize a wire that holds its shape when worn so that no closure is needed on this bracelet. Unleash your creativity and select from a variety of glass and stone beads. Personalize your bracelet to your color and style preferences. 

Students will learn how to finish off the ends of the bracelet and design the finished look so that it is pleasing to the eye. Bead selections from casual to dressy will be available. With Kay’s coaching, you can be an expert in beading in just a few hours!

This class will be held in person with limited seats available. Masks should be worn and social distancing observed. In addition to adhering to CDC and Minnesota State guidelines, the Ely Folk School is monitoring local public health.

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.

 

 

Traditional Swedish Folk Painting

$230

with Kim Garrett

Calendar Jul 30, 2021 at 12 pm

Friday, July 30, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday, July 31, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM 
Sunday, August 1, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM 

Please note this is a three day workshop with varying start and end times each day. 

Tuition: $200   Materials: $30

Are you interested in learning about Swedish Folk Art? In this class we will explore the folk painting styles of northern & southern Sweden commonly called dalmalning & bonadsmaling. There are many regional styles, of which we will discuss their similarities and differences based on origins, cultural significance and materials used back in the 17th & 18th centuries. We will then mix our own paints to complete an individual project, based on the styles we have just learned.

All materials for this class will be provided. The student should wear clothing suitable to paint in and bring a notepad for taking notes and for planning their project.

 About the Instructor: Kim Garrett has been painting Scandinavian folk art for about 15 years. She has traveled to Norway and Sweden several times to study with folk artists there. Kim has won many blue ribbons at the Minnesota State Fair, including twice winning Best in Show. She has been teaching around the midwest for several years and started teaching via Zoom in 2020.

 

Coiled Basket Workshop: Live Online

$77

with Teresa Audet

Calendar Aug 21, 2021 at 9 am

Saturday, August 21, 2021
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

Tuition: $50   Materials: $20   Shipping: $7

Registration closes on August 11, to ensure timely shipment of material kits. 

In this class, students will learn the technique of coiled basketry and will create a small basket of their own. The baskets we will create in this class are made with sisal rope, although in Indigenous traditions, coiled baskets are usually made with pine needles, sweetgrass, oatstraw, or other natural materials. After class, use the instructional booklet to create more baskets using materials of your choice!

This class uses a provided basket making kit which includes a handmade wooden basket bottom, an instructional booklet, rope, linen thread, and a large sewing needle.

Students should have a pair of scissors handy during class.

About the Instructor: Teresa Audet is an artist and educator from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her work lives at the intersection of sculpture, craft, and social practice. She uses handcraft as a way to calm the mind, evoke conversation, and connect with community. Audet holds a BFA in Furniture Design from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and has studied at the Mount Fuji School of Fine Woodworking in Yamanashi, Japan. Audet teaches furniture making and art nationwide, including the Women’s Woodshop of Minneapolis, the North House Folk School, and Arrowmont School of Crafts. Audet is currently an MFA candidate in Sculpture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.





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