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Create a One-of-a-Kind Embroidered Bracelet

$70

with Kay Vandervort

Calendar Jun 29, 2019 at 12 pm

Saturday, June 29, 2019
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $50 Materials: $20

Learn the technique of bead embroidery while creating a one-of-a-kind bracelet. It is a fun and easy way to create interesting texture and color combinations for unique pieces of jewelry. It does not require following a specific pattern or counting beads or stitches, allowing for total creativity, combining color and texture in unique patterns. This technique is adaptable to other applications such as an embellishing clothing and making necklaces, book covers, or wall hangings. Participants will end up with one completed bracelet and ideas for other projects.

 About the instructor, Kay Vandervort: "Although I've never really thought of myself as an artist, I've had both visual art and one-of-a-kind jewelry items accepted in galleries in both Wisconsin and Michigan. My love of art began in my youth with a mother who did not believe idle hands were a good thing. Our choices were to create something, read, study, garden, or clean. I threw myself into everything except the cleaning part and found I love to experiment with color, texture, and random lines. I make jewelry because I like to wear it and would prefer to wear something of my own design."

Kay retired to Ely three years ago after a career as a freelance writer followed by thirty years as a nonprofit executive director. She is experienced in teaching both high school and adult education courses in communication. She has taught several jewelry and polymer clay classes in the past at the Ely Folk School.

Create Your Own Amber Beaded Necklace

$40

with Kay Vandervort

Calendar Jun 27, 2019 at 1:30 pm

Thursday, June 27, 2019
1:30 PM - 3:30 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.

Fly Fishing and Fly Tying

$55

with Bob Wagner

Calendar Jul 13, 2019 at 10 am

Saturday, July 13, 2019
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM AND
12:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Tuition: $45  Materials: $10

Fly fishing is a great sport and a wonderful way to enjoy getting outdoors in nature. You may think you have to be standing in a rushing river, but you can fly fish all water for any fish!

This class is open to youth, 10 years and older, from beginners to advanced. You will learn to tie flies that you can use to catch the fish we have in the Northland such as pike, bass, and walleye.

In the afternoon, we’ll head to a park, so you will learn how to cast. You’ll see it is not as hard as you think. All fly tying equipment and materials are provided plus fly rods for casting. Bring a bag lunch or plan on a quick stop somewhere to pick something up.

About the Instructor: Bob Wagner is a career teacher who has taught fly fishing in community ed for years and previous classes at the Ely Folk School. Bob has also been a park naturalist and is chair of Headwaters Trout Unlimited. 

About the Instructor: Bob Wagner is a career teacher who has taught fly fishing in community ed for years and previous classes here. Bob has also been a park naturalist and is chair of Headwaters Trout Unlimited. 

Huichol Beading

$35

with Anna Shallman

Calendar Aug 8, 2019 at 9 am

Thursday, August 8, 2019
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Tuition: $30  Materials: $5

Learn the tips and tricks to this Mexican art form. We will start with a small piece, exploring the basics then move on to a little bit bigger piece to master more skills. We will also go over how to prepare a piece to be beaded.This craft requires patience, precision, good eyesight, and the ability to work with small beads. Each participant will leave with complete written instructions and at least one completed piece.

About the instructor:  Anna Shallman has taught this beautiful beading technique successfully, creating her own designs. She has years of experience knitting and weaving beautiful articles with speed and precision, many of them her own design. She says, “I've been teaching beginners for about 20 years and it is one of my very favorite things to do."

 

Intro to Chip Carving

$70

with Bart Dunning

Calendar Sep 14, 2019 at 12 pm

Saturday, September 14, 2019
12:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Tuition: $45  Materials: $25
(Please note: Registration will close on September 7 to allow time to order materials.)

Chip carving is a very old craft practiced by many cultures. The patterns we typically see are based on Northern European tradition. This is an art form that almost anyone can practice. It just requires patience and a steady hand. Chip carving generally consists of a set of triangular cuts layed-out in regular, geometric patterns, but can be more free form, as in lettering and pictures. You will receive a sharp knife, the key to safety and ease of carving, and you will learn how to handle and care for the knife. You will learn to lay out a pattern for cutting, how to make the various cuts and as you develop a feel for the wood, you will learn how to deal with mistakes. You will leave with some new skills and, hopefully, a carved coaster.

About the instructor: Bart Dunning has done various woodworking activities for decades. He has built some furniture, and done some 3D carving as well as relief carving. About 20 years ago he ran across a book about chip carving and decided to give it a try. He has since chip carved numerous items ranging from little coasters to larger trivets and signs. Bart taught physiology for a number of years at several medical schools. He currently teaches skiing at Buck Hill in Burnsville and demonstrates chip carving at the Dakota City Heritage Village at the Dakota County fairgrounds.

Intro to Digital Photography

$65

with Ken Hupila

Calendar Nov 15, 2019 at 9 am

Friday, November 15, 2019
9:00 AM- 2:00 PM

Tuition: $60 Materials: $5

This class is intended for beginner to intermediate photographers, and it's just in time for you to get ready for the winter season!

  • Equipment selection: camera, lens, tripods, shutter releases, flash and a few other odd and ends
  • Camera and lens use: menu, knobs, buttons, care and manuals
  • Theory: shutter/ aperture / ISO relationships and how to use them to the best advantage of your settings
  • Composition techniques and special situation camera setting to create good photographs

This course will begin in the classroom and then will head outside to try out techniques presented. Bring a digital camera and manual to class, DSLR preferred but not mandatory. Also, bring a tripod and shutter release if you have them, as well as a bagged lunch.

About the instructor: Ken Hupila says, "I live in northern Minnesota and have been interested in photography since I won a box camera at a carnival when I was six. The last couple of years have finally seen an opportunity when finances and free time have allowed me to begin playing with the interest. I have been taking nature shots and sport photos for awhile and am just beginning to play with studio photography."

Ken's photography classes at the Ely Folk School have been very popular. He also offers Advanced Photography, Photographing Wild Orchids, Capturing Fall Colors, and Introduction to Photoshop.

Introduction to Adobe Lightroom Classic CC

$80

with Les Conrad

Calendar Jul 13, 2019 at 9 am

Saturday, July 13, 2019  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday, July 14, 2019  9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Tuition: $70  Materials: $10

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

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 and intermediate editing tools, Lightroom workflow, adding watermarks and exporting photos, and much much more. No experience with Lightroom Classic CC needed.

Learning will be enhanced if you are able to bring your computer with Lightroom Classic installed. There will be plenty of time for your questions. I’ll provide sample 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.

 

Landscape Photography

$50

with Ken Hupila

Calendar Jul 21, 2019 at 10 am

Sunday, July 21, 2019
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Tuition: $50

Ever wondered how some photographers can get such stunning landscape shots that contain a large dynamic range and superb depth of focus in addition to a gorgeous scene? What elements should you be thinking of when planning for your inspirational images? How does light, time of year as well of time of day factor into your work? All questions answered in this workshop!

We will cover lens selection, compositional techniques, hyperfocus, image stacking, useful apps, use of filters, and long exposure photography. 

Workshop will consist of three hours in the classroom and a two-hour field trip to Kawishiwi Falls. That is about a 1/3 mile hike over a hiking trail that is rocky in portions, so wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

This class is intended for the intermediate level photographer and above.

About the instructor: Ken Hupila says, "I live in northern Minnesota and have been interested in photography since I won a box camera at a carnival when I was six. The last couple of years have finally seen an opportunity when finances and free time have allowed me to begin playing with the interest. I have been taking nature shots and sport photos for awhile and am just beginning to play with studio photography."

Ken's photography classes at the Ely Folk School have been very popular. He also offers Photographing Wild Orchids, Capturing Fall Colors, and Intro to Photoshop.





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