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Make Rope & Twine from Tree Bark

$10

with John Zasada

Calendar Jul 20, 2019 at 9 am

Saturday, July 20, 2019
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Event fee: $10

This is a workshop for the whole family. Students will learn how to make rope with a rope machine from various materials like yarn, jute fiber, and the inner bark from the basswood tree. They will also have an opportunity to turn basswood bark into twine and braid. Bring your curiosity!

About the instructor: John Zasada worked for 40 years as a research forester for the USDA Forest Service in Alaska, Oregon, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota. He learned to weave after retiring from the Forest Service. John believes in the importance of folk schools and has taught a number of classes at the North House Folk School and here in Ely.

 

Making Natural Facial Products

$50

with Jaime Brennan

Calendar Jun 27, 2019 at 12:30 pm

Thursday, June 27, 2019
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Tuition: $20  Materials: $30

There are so many products available to keep your skin healthy and looking young, but it's fun and economical to make your own. It's also really important to know what all the ingredients are since your skin digests everything that goes on it.

We'll make a product to scrub and nourish the skin, an herbal blend to open and cleanse the pores, and a rich cream that will sooth and moisturize. You'll bring home a beautiful kit with directions. Stay for the herbal facial class that follows this one and learn how to best use the products you have created.

About the instructor: Jaime Brennan can always remember having a special relationship with the plants that grew around her. She began learning how to use them to improve her own health in 2006. Feeling the benefits of herbs, she wanted to share this knowledge with others and began offering classes and products. Her personal passion is to use her knowledge, experience, and different tools to help others create tranquility: a body in balance, a mind at ease, and a satisfied soul. To learn more about Jaime and what she offers, visit www.tranquilitywellness.center.

Making Watercolor Notecards

$35

with Holly Meeker Rom

Calendar Jul 19, 2019 at 1:30 pm

Friday, July 19, 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. 

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. 

Minnesota Foraging - Common Medicinal Herbs

$45

with Allie Austin

Calendar Jun 21, 2019 at 3 pm

Friday, June 21, 2019
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $20  Materials: $25

Join us as we learn the basics of identifying, harvesting, and utilizing some of the most common medicinal herbs in Northern Minnesota. In this hands-on class, students will learn the basics of foraging local herbs- how to identify, harvest, dry, store, and use some of the most common medicinal herbs native to Northern Minnesota. This will be an in-classroom discussion as well as hands-on class- students will work with some freshly harvested herbs and will also learn to prepare some common remedies with them such as tincturing, teas, and infusions. Each student will take home their own herbal remedy made in class, and Minnesota Foraging Manual with photos, step-by-step instructions, and recipes!

About the Instructor: Allison Austin has been practicing herbalism for over 13 years. Her passion for plants and herbal medicine began in middle school, and has continued to play a central role in her life ever since. She has studied under herbalists in Minnesota, California, Texas, and with Mayan elders in Guatemala.

Allison is passionate about bringing the traditional practices of herbalism to people in a practical and accessible way, and encouraging people to utilize herbs in their local area to become more self-sustainable and take charge of their own health. 

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. 

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