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9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Join other makers and crafters weekly at the Ely Folk School for a relaxed morning of creativity and sharing. Whether you crochet, quilt, solder, write, or weave, any project is welcome. This space is also excellent for students who did not finish a project during their class.
All are welcome, no matter skill level or (reasonable) project type. As we enter the darker months of winter, a space to share projects and work in a community setting are important! Drop in whenever as you like, for as long as you like.
Our equipment is available for you to use and select materials are available for purchase. You must clean and return any equipmemnt used. Registration is not required, but welcomed.
Kid's Makers Mornings
Fridays, June 3 through August 26, 2022
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Join other young makers and crafters at the Ely Folk School for a relaxed morning of creativity and sharing. Any project is welcome! The Ely Folk School and Ely Community Resource (ECR) are excited to partner this summer and offer this program.
All are invited, no matter skill level or age! Ages 8-18, or younger children accompanied by a parent or guardian. Drop in whenever as you like, for as long as you like.
A local instructor will be present each week to facillitate a fun, kid-friendly craft project in case you don't have anything to work on and still want to create.
Please register so that we know who to expect and so we may send you emails about the craft and snack for the week.
This activity is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Gyotaku: Fish Printing
with Lyn Reed
Friday, August 12, 2022
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Tuition: $36 Materials: $8
The Art of Gyotaku ( ghio-at’-koo ) is the ancient Japanese art of fish printing. Gyotaku has been used for over a century to record catches of sport fish. The Japanese fish printing technique provides valuable information for ichthyological studies. The process of Gyotaku gives us an appreciation for the beauty and diversity of nature.
In this class you will create your own fish prints using real fish caught locally. The process begins by using a fish to produce a black and white print. You will then be guided in enhancing the print using watercolor paints for a gorgeous piece of fishy wall decor!
About the Instructor: Lyn Reed is a lifelong teacher and learner. She has been an art educator for over 35 years. In her personal work, Lyn specializes in pottery. Lyn’s work also reflects the flora and fauna of her homeland, often carving her vessels with shapes and textures inspired by nature.
Maiolica Glazing Workshop
with Karin Kraemer
Saturday, August 13, 2022
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuition: $60 Materials: $35
Maiolica ceramic wares are exquisitely decorated and vibrantly colored handmade artworks initially made popular during the Italian Renaissance. Maiolica itself refers to the unique glazing process. First, a tin oxide glaze is applied to fired clay that dries to form a white, porous surface. The artist paints a design onto the white glaze with stains made with oxides and carbonates mixed in with a glaze base. The decoration becomes one with the glaze when fired the second time.
In this class, we’ll learn how to use Maiolica techniques on pre-made, ready to decorate raw tiles. Karin will give a little history of the material and talk about how to use it. Everyone will get to decorate with Maiolica and then the tiles will be fired over night to pick up later. We will also try our hand at making our own clay tiles, using several different techniques demonstrated by Karin.
This class is great for both experienced potters and those with no pottery experience.
About the Instructor: Karin Kraemer makes functional pottery with hand-painted maiolica glaze. Her hand-painted pots are great in your hand and colorful for your eye.
The Duluth Pottery is my studio and gallery in the Lincoln Park Crafts District of Duluth, Minnesota. I started as a biologist and glass-blower in college and blew glass for a few years. I wandered into clay around 30 years ago. Now, I make Maiolica functional and decorative pottery and tile.
I draw inspiration from nature, my garden, and scenes around me. I love color, and painting with a loose, expressive brush. I try to capture the energy in that painting to bring beauty to the day and the table. The pots are red earthenware, thrown and built, and fired once. They are dipped in my maiolica base glaze. Stains are brushed on the raw glaze, and fired in an oxidation firing.
with J. Jeffrey Messerole
Saturday, August 13, 2022
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Are you looking to write an original song but have gotten stuck somewhere along the way? Join singer-songwriter J. Jeffrey Messerole for a songwriting workshop. During this creative workshop, J. Jeffrey Messerole will gently guide you through your ideas and process.
J. Jeffrey Messerole released his first EP in 2013 and since then has written more than a hundred original songs and has released six additional full-length albums in those nine years. His songs are compared to John Prine, Jason Isbell, and even Bob Dylan. The motifs of his songs can vary as greatly as the wild flowers in the native tall grass. Messerole does frequently write about that flora, as well as the fauna of the region. Not to mention all of its wildlife. Not one to shy away from subject matter, the songs can frequently meander across the lines between love and loss, success and failure, or life and death.
J. Jeffrey Messerole Live in Concert
with J. Jeffrey Messerole
Saturday, August 13, 2022
Multi-award winning songwriter J. Jeffrey Messerole is an Americana musician from Iowa's capital city. From the depths of his Iowa roots, Messerole masterfully blends the sounds of his guitar with engaging lyrics, and often a harmonica, to tell gritty American tales that are bound to evoke emotion from all of his listeners. The motifs of his songs can vary as greatly as the wild flowers in the native tall grass. Messerole does frequently write about that flora, as well as the fauna of the region. Not to mention all of it's wild life. Not one to shy away from subject matter, the songs can frequently meander across the lines between love and loss, success and failure, or life and death.
J. Jeffrey Messerole has garnered awards and distinctions that have landed him in the same company as John Prine, Jason Isbell, and John Hiatt. Fans of the aforementioned artists will find satisfaction in his songs as well. Messerole is happy to share his original folk, blues, and alternative country music that's cultivated right here in the heart of the Great Plains.
with Alison Bell
Wednesdays, August 17 & 24, 2022
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM each day
Tuition: $40 Materials: $15
Learn how to make a rattle with rawhide, beads or found objects, and a carved wooden handle. In the first class we will be working with wet rawhide, cutting a pattern, hand sewing with sinew, and stuffing with sand to form a shape. The second class will be carving the handle and decorating the rattle. There will be beads, feathers, leather, and assorted objects for rattle adornment.
Help will be given to students not comfortable with carving the wooden handle.
About the Instructor: Alison Bell grew up in the midwest and is most at home in the woods. She has a degree in Experiential Education and taught wilderness skills to adults and children in the 1980's with Medicine Hawk, a wilderness school in Wisconsin, working with the scouts, schools, and camps, and private functions. Her life then took a different direction but she always knew the time would come to teach again. 30 years later and she is raring to go!
Chipping Away: Carving Club
First and Third Wednesdays, June through September
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Open to all wood carvers, whittlers, wood workers, and other artists! All levels of skill and experience are welcome. Everyone from a first time carver to a professional carver can join us, socialize, learn something, and get a little carving in!
We’ll meet every other Wednesday throughout the summer in the Ely Folk School’s Pocket Park on Sheridan Street and should we desire, we can carve around the campfire.
Carvers must bring their own materials and projects. Come make woodchips!