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Making Watercolor Notecards

$35

with Holly Meeker Rom

Calendar Aug 17, 2019 at 1:30 pm

Saturday, August 18, 2019
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Tuition: $20  Materials: $15

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. 

Needle Felting with Flair

$28

with Val Wagner

Calendar Jul 13, 2019 at 10 am

Saturday, July 13, 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Tuition: $20  Materials: $8

Have you wondered how someone is able to make those clever or beautiful, soft designs with a delicious array of colored yarn? You can learn how through the fascinating art of flat needle felting. You will use wool roving and a special needle to push it into wool fabric to create a picture. (Roving is a slightly twisted roll or strand of fibers.) You will create a small sampler to learn the technique, and there’s a good chance you’ll get hooked! You’ll be able to use this skill to create designs and personalize wool hats, coats, mittens, pillows, and blankets. Your imagination is the only limit..

About the instructor: Val Wagner is a craft enthusiast and has explored and experimented with different mediums over the years. She has been doing needle felting for seven years and enjoys sharing the fun with others. Val says, “Needle felting has been a great medium, and I have sold many of my creations.”

 

Night Sky Photography: The Aurora & Star Trails

$70

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.

 

Photographing Orchids

$95

with Ken Hupila

Calendar Jun 22, 2019 at 1 pm

Saturday, June 22, 2019 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday, June 23, 2019 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM

PLEASE NOTE: You will be given the option to select the first day only, second day only or both days upon checkout.

Tuition: First Day Only: $40 Materials: $5
Second Day Only: Tuition: $60
Both Days: Tuition: $90 Materials: $5

Within just a few miles of Ely, approximately 31 species of wild orchids can be found. Join us on a two-day journey exploring how to photograph these beauties. Day one will start with a three-hour session, covering general information on photographing theses wildflowers. This will include tips on tool selection and use, how to get the sharpest image, depth of field, where and when to find desirable orchids, and how to establish a personal workflow. The class will end shooting flowers at Whiteside Park to practice skills. 

The second day will include a five and a half-hour field trip to productive orchid areas. Bring a camera (DSLR preferred), the manual, all lenses, tripod, and a bagged lunch.

Every season is a bit different, due to weather, but during the chosen weekend (in various years), I have photographed stemless ladyslippers, ramshead ladyslippers, large yellow ladyslippers, showy ladyslippers, hooker’s orchid, early coralroot, spotted coralroot, arethusa (dragon’s mouth), northern green orchid, large round-leaved orchid, and small purple-fringed orchid.

About the instructor: Ken 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 has also taught other digital photography classes at the Ely Folk School and has more to come July, September, and November. 

Full Course

Photographing Orchids

$60

with Ken Hupila

Calendar Jun 25, 2019 at 8 am

Tuesday, June 25, 2019
8:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Tuition: $60

Within just a few miles of Ely, approximately 31 species of wild orchids can be found, and Ken knows where to find them. This class will give the weekend's students more time in the field, as well as others who have a good understanding of their camera and want to join in the fun.  Bring a camera (DSLR preferred), the manual, all lenses, tripod, and a bagged lunch.

Every season is a bit different, due to weather, but during the chosen weekend (in various years), I have photographed stemless ladyslippers, ramshead ladyslippers, large yellow ladyslippers, showy ladyslippers, hooker’s orchid, early coralroot, spotted coralroot, arethusa (dragon’s mouth), northern green orchid, large round-leaved orchid, and small purple-fringed orchid.

About the instructor: Ken 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 has also taught other digital photography classes at the Ely Folk School and has more to come in July, September, and November. 

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Pine Needle Basketry-Clipped Needles

$65

with Carolyn Quick

Calendar Jul 12, 2019 at 12 pm

Friday, July 12, 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.

Pine Needle Basketry-Clipped Needles

$65

with Carolyn Quick

Calendar Aug 9, 2019 at 12 pm

Friday, August 9, 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.

Pine Needle Basketry-Whole Needle

$70

with Carolyn Quick

Calendar Jul 13, 2019 at 12 pm

Saturday, July 13, 2019
12:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Tuition: $45 Materials: $25

This class is a beginner level pine needle basketry class with an advanced twist. Using the entire pine needle, this technique keeps the sheath of the pine needles intact and uses them as an enhancement and part of the design.Each student will be given everything necessary to complete a 4-5" basket, including a pre-drilled wooden basket center. It is a fun, low-key class. You'll leave with the skills to let your imagination run wild and create beautiful baskets using many different things as your basket center. 

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. 

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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