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Adventures in Pen & Ink
with Shaun Chosa
This is a series of four classes:
Saturdays: May 26, June 2, June 9, June 16
12:00 Noon - 2:00 PM
Tuition: $80 Materials: $28
Students will explore pen and ink techniques via the human face. You will start with a series of practice exercises, then move on to some micro projects, homework assignments and finalize with a final class project.
Students will receive a three-pen set and a drawing journal and are encouraged to bring any drawing tools of their own: pencils, sharpeners, erasers and a variety of traditional dip pens and technical pens, both ballpoint and felt tip. Shaun prefers fine tip Sharpies and Pigma Microns. Wear comfortable clothing.
About the instructor: Shaun Chosa is a graphic designer and fine artist who has taught art classes for fifteen years and a variety of other classes for thirty. He has been a disk jockey, a wolf handler, a combat infantry Marine, a rural fireman, a search-and-rescue squad member, a dishwasher and a line cook. Shaun says, "I find something to get into, and I do it. More often than not, I will create something like an art show, a concert, or something bigger like the Great Nordic Beardfest. I paint and I know things."
Build Your Own Custom Fishing Rod
with Kris Kristufek
Build Your Own Custom Fishing Rod
This is a three-day class:
Friday 7/27/18 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday 7/28/18 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday 7/29/18 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Tuitition: $180 Materials: $225
Build your first custom fishing rod under the guidance of professional rod builder, Kris Kristufek from LakeLady Custom Rods. You will build a rod up to seven feet long, with choice of action and power, thread color choices, handle choices, and more, using American-made component parts. Then add your own inscription and personal touches.
This is an intensive course in which all necessary tools and equipment and supplies are furnished. During three days of classroom instruction, you will learn how to build a fishing rod made from carbon fiber, attached the handle and reel seat, learn guide placement techniques, wrap the guides with fine thread, find the spine, apply epoxy finish and learn basic decorative techniques.
Why settle for big box store rods when you can build a much better rod yourself, custom-made to fit your measurements?
In order to choose your custom materials which the instructor will order for you, you must register by July 2nd. Registrations will be taken after that date, but selection of materials will be from the choices the instructor brings to class. Students must be 13 years old or older.
About the instructor: Kris Kristufek of Breezy Point, MN, builds award-winning custom fishing rods. He uses only premium blanks and components, creating unique fishing rods for the discriminating angler at LakeLady Custom Fishing Rods. A Certified Professional Rod Builder by the Custom Rod Builders Guild, Inc., he is one of only two such Certified Pros in Minnesota and one of only 36 in the United States. He has build over 2,500 custom fishing rods. Kristufek is becoming known as the "Rod Professor" as he shares his skills, teaching others this interesting craft of custom rod building.
Create a Northwoods Switchplate
with Kay Vandervort
Saturday, May 12, 2018
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Tuition: $25 Materials: $10
Create a leaf-themed switch plate using polymer clay for your Northwoods home or cabin. Polymer is an easy-to-use medium that can be stamped, carved, scored, and painted to achieve the desired effect. Participants will have a finished switch plate at the end of the class.
Additionally, it is a chance for students to experiment with the medium before they consider investing in the supplies and clay. Polymer clay, as a medium, has many uses for creating unique jewelry, decorative bowls, art pieces, and figurines. Wear clothes you can get paint on.
About the instructor: Kay Vandervort remembers, “As children we could get out of doing dishes if we read...so we read a lot. And, we could watch television if we had a project to work on, so I developed the habit of having a lap project---jewelry making, embroidery, sewing, or experimenting with a variety of artistic media. It is the exploration of color and texture that excites me about working with polymer. It can be manipulated, stacked, stamped, carved, and scored to create interesting layers and textures
Kay 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 trained 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.
Create a One-of-a-Kind Embroidered Bracelet
with Kay Vandervort
Saturday, May 5, 2018
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuition: $65 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.
Herringbone Beaded Bracelets
with Kay Vandervort
Friday, May 18, 2018
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tuition: $20 Materials: $15
This lovely bracelet, which is also sometimes called a chevron bracelet, is easy to make and elegant to wear with any outfit. It utilizes jump rings to create the unique herringbone design. Once you master the technique, you can whip up a bracelet in less than an hour.
About the instructor: Kay Vandevort remembers, “As children we could get out of doing dishes, but only if we read...so we read a lot. And, we could watch television if we had a project to work on, so I developed the habit of having a lap project---jewelry making, embroidery, sewing, or experimenting with a variety of artistic media. Kay creatively combines media and has exhibited art to wear and three dimensional, mixed media wall hangings in galleries in three states. She shows students the way to explore textures, colors and layers to create unique, wearable pieces of art.
Kay 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 trained 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.
Marvelous Mathematical Models
with Barb Jones
This is a two-session class:
Sunday, May 13, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday, May 20, 2018 11:00 - 12:00
Tuition: $30 Materials: $20
What do you get when you combine art, craft and math? Some amazing shapes and 3D solids!
You don't need to know any math to build and appreciate these beauties, so don't be scared. All it takes is card stock, scissors, glue, and, of course, a little patience. During the first two-hour session, you will learn the tricks of creating a simple 3-dimensional project by assembling some basic solids and will start on a more complicated model to complete at home.
During the second session, you can bring your questions and your project for show and tell. You will also receive a kit and instructions for a more advanced project to do on your own. Once you learn the techniques, you can have fun creating a variety of colorful models to fill your world with flamboyant, mathematically-correct beauty, impressing your friends with interesting structures and fascinating symmetries.
About the instructor: Barb Jones started making drawings, designs and models in high school. She taught physics for 40 years in London, Minnesota and California, grade school to grad school. Since retiring to Ely in 2008, she has had fun making log furniture, wooden clocks and kinetic sculptures.
Nature Writing: Spring in the North
with DyAnne Korda
Nature Writing: Spring in the North
Saturday, May 19, 2018
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Of all the seasons, spring is the one that honors life’s power of regeneration. Set aside a day at The Ely Folk School on the edge of the Boundary Waters wilderness to stir your imagination and awaken dormant creativity. You will generate written pieces in a supportive group through reading, discussion, contemplation, hiking, and free-flowing nature writing exercises.
About the Instructor: DyAnne Korda is a poet and experienced writing instructor. She has been published in many journals including The Wisconsin Academy Review, and is author of Path of Belonging, Between Moon & Creek and Finding the Lost Woman. She was awarded an Individual Artist Grant through The Donald G. Gardener Humanities Trust to complete her most recent book, This Earth Woman.
with Andy Hill
Five two-hour classes, available individually or as a series:
Mondays: May 28, June 25, July 30, August 20, September 24
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Tuition: $20 per class or $90 for all five.
Learn how to make the most out of our short Northern gardening season while implementing sustainable living practices. The classes will be held at Andy Hill's property where he will demonstrate organic procedures, drip irrigation, weed suppression, protection from critters, and methods of fertilizing without using pesticides or herbicides.
You will see a grow house constructed from salvage material and using no green treated lumber. Come prepared to get your hands dirty as you learn how to prepare, develop and harvest your garden. Bring a notebook and/or camera as well as your own ideas and enthusiasm to share with others. Students signing up for all five classes will also receive a 50' row to plant with seeds of their choice and will be able to harvest their bounty. This will require a commitment of giving some intermediate care.
About the instructor: Andy Hill has been implementing creative sustainable living practices in his off-the-grid homestead and loves to share ideas and knowledge with others. He promises there will be no secrets! Andy has taught Sustainable Living classes and Northwoods Gardening at the folk school since its inception, and students appreciate his deep knowledge as a gardener and his positive and helpful teaching style.