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Advanced Carving with Diamond Willow

$40

with Ken Baasi

Calendar Apr 6, 2019 at 1:30 pm

Saturday, April 6, 2019
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Tuition: $20  Materials: $20 
(There is no charge for materials if you bring your own.)

This is an opportunity for students in the introductory carving class to deepen their skills and their carving! Students are also welcome who have been carving on their own and would like to improve their skills. Instructor Ken Baasi will show you how to create three-dimensional carvings highlighting the diamonds in the willow like fine sculptures. 

Bring cut-resistant gloves and any tools you may have such as knives, gouges, riffler rasps and sandpaper.

About the instructor: Ken Baasi has been studying and practicing carving for years and loves revealing diamond willow's beauty. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and skills and wishes to inspire people who are genuinely interested.

Ask the Photography Experts

$15

with Les Conrad & Ken Hupila

Calendar May 5, 2019 at 3 pm

Drop-in Photography Studio (Please register ahead of time)
Sunday, May 5, 2019
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Tuition: $15

This is your chance to ask all those niggling questions you haven’t quite figured out. Les Conrad and Ken Hupila will be on hand to help you with your camera and the mysteries of photographic software. Les works primarily with Adobe Lightroom and Ken with Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. Do bring your questions along with your camera and learn from other people’s questions, as well...and do register.

About the Instructors: Les Conrad spent much of his working career teaching photography to adult non-photographers. He knows how to simplify explanations, using real world examples so that all learners understand the content. He currently focuses his lenses and attention toward nature, wildlife, and landscapes with particular attention to the night sky which never ceases to amaze.

Ken Hupila has been fascinated with photography since receiving his first box camera as a kid, and in retirement has been able to devote much more time to exploring photography and nature. His photography classes at the Ely Folk School have been very popular including Photographing Wild Orchids, Capturing Fall Colors, Landscape Photography, Advanced Photography, and Introduction to Photoshop.

 

 

Carving a Diamond Willow Walking Stick: Intro

$50

with Ken Baasi

Calendar Apr 6, 2019 at 9 am

Saturday, April 6, 2019
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Tuition: $30  Materials: $20

Learn how to carve correctly and bring out the elusive beauty of diamond willow while making a beautiful walking stick. Instruction will including information about the best tools to use, tool maintenance, safety techniques and finishing methods.

You will not be charged a materials fee if you provide your own diamond willow.

Ken is also offering an advanced class from 1:30 to 3:30 on Saturday for students to deepen their skills and their carving. Students are also welcome who have been carving on their own and would like to improve their skills.

About the instructor: Ken Baasi has been studying and practicing carving for years and loves revealing diamond willow's beauty. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and skills and wishes to inspire people who are genuinely interested.

Chasing Northern Lights

$25

with Greg Ash

Calendar Apr 27, 2019 at 1:30 pm

Saturday, April 27, 2019
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Tuition: $20  Materials: $5

Have you asked yourself, “How can I shoot those cool Northern Lights photos I see on Facebook? What setting should I use on my DSLR? How do I know when and where I should go?” In this classroom setting, you will learn those answers with many tips and tricks to the trade as we explore this beautiful phenomenon. Students should bring a DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) camera with a 24 mm or smaller lens.

About the instructor: Greg Ash is a self-taught Aurora chaser and enjoys the chase! He has also taught at the Duluth Folk School.

 

Create Your Own Amber Beaded Necklace

$40

with Kay Vandervort

Calendar Mar 31, 2019 at 10 am

Sunday, March 31, 2019
10:00 AM- 12:00 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 since Neolithic time. It also is valued from antiquity to the present as a gemstone. Amber has been used as a power in medicinal creams and is said to have healing powers when worn in a bracelet or necklace.

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.

About the Instructor: Kay Vandervort 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 workshops 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.

Introduction to Adobe Lightroom

$70

with Les Conrad

Calendar Apr 27, 2019 at 9 am

Tuition: $60  Materials: $10
Saturday, April 27, 2019  9:00 - 12:00
Sunday, April 28,2019  9:00 - 12:00

This class is for any photographer who wants to make their photos look better. Whether you are a beginner or advanced photographer, this class will help you to better understand Adobe’s popular photography editing program Lightroom. All photographers need to organize, edit and share their photography. Lightroom can do it all...well, almost all.

Whether you photograph your family and pets, close ups, landscapes, flowers, animals, or lakes and rivers, Lightroom can be used to manage and improve your images.

This is a hands-on class. We will explore many of the most important tools in Lightroom. Key topics include but are not limited to Import, Organize and Rank photos, Basic Editing Tools, Advanced Editing Tools, Lightroom Workflow, Adding Watermarks, Exporting Photos, and much, much more.

No experience with Lightroom is needed. Learning will be enhanced if you are able to bring your computer with Lightroom installed. There will be plenty of time for your questions. I’ll provide sample images to work on

About the instructor: Les spent much of his working career teaching photography to adult non-photographers. He has taught photography seminars from 1 hour long to 5 days long. He has taught a 2 day session at the International Wolf Center as well as presented an “Editing Your Aurora Images” session at the Aurora Summit 2017 in Two Harbors. He knows how to simplify explanations, using real world examples so that all learners understand the content.

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 is a local artist/photographer who focuses on the beauty of the natural world around us. Les spent his working life photographing portraits of people. Once retired, Les moved north to the Echo Trail. He currently focuses his lenses and attention toward nature, wildlife and landscapes with particular attention to the night sky.

 

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Macro Photography and Bees

$10

with Ken Hupila

Calendar Mar 30, 2019 at 9 am

Saturday, March 30, 2019
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

 Tuition: $10

We'll take a quick look at the use of macro photography and shooting bees. First, a definition of what macro photography is, how and where it’s used and implications for shooting insects. Next we’ll look at dedicated macro lenses and what to expect from those. We’ll go on to using other lenses (pros and cons) and the use of extension tubes. From there we’ll dive into technique, use of light, depth of field problems and weather considerations. We’ll finish with bee photography in particular – particularly how to get them from being “busy bees”!"

 

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Pine Needle Basketry

$65

with Carolyn Quick

Calendar Apr 5, 2019 at 12 pm

Friday, April 5, 2019
12:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Tuition: $45 Materials: $20

Pine needle art is among the oldest crafts known and pre-dates pottery. For over 9,000 years, Native Americans have made such baskets for storing food and supplies. Although baskets can be made from a variety of materials, including sweet grass and raffia, among the most beautiful are from pine needles. We will discuss how to gather and prepare your own red pine needles from the lakes and woods around Ely. You'll take home your own woven pine needle basket.

About the Instructor:  Carolyn Quick 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.





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