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Ely Folk School



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Advanced Adobe Lightroom Classic CC

$50

with Les Conrad

Calendar Aug 17, 2019 at 9 am

Saturday, August 17, 2019
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Tuition: $40  Materials: $10

This class is for any photographer who uses Adobe Lightroom Classic CC and wants to learn more. This is not an introductory class, this is a class for individuals who are familiar with basic adjustments in Lightroom Classic and want to learn advanced techniques.

This is a hands on class. We will explore many advanced techniques in Lightroom Classic CC. Key topics include Adjustment Brushes, Radial Filter, Graduated Filter, Presets (both off-the-shelf and custom), Custom Default Styles, Tone Curves, Retouching and more.

Basic familiarity with Lightroom Classic is a prerequisite. Learning will be greatly enhanced if you are able to bring your computer with Lightroom Classic installed. There will be plenty of time for your questions. I’ll supply all students with a handout and a jump drive with 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.

Capturing Fall Colors

$70

with Ken Hupila

Calendar Sep 29, 2019 at 9 am

Sunday, September 29, 2019
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Tuition: $70

Be a part of an autumn tradition in the North Country – observing and photographing fall color! This class will provide a one hour orientation on techniques and equipment utilization while in the field. We’ll then take our gear into the Superior National Forest and look for numerous vistas, unique perspectives, cozy vignettes and macro work. With luck we may come across some forest critters as a bonus!   

Bring lunch, camera and gear; manual, all lenses, tripod, remote release, circular polarizer (if you have it), and rubber boots. Dress for the weather.

About the Instructor: Ken Hupila has been chasing wildlife around and enjoying the outdoors in northern Minnesota for over 60 years. He took his first wildlife image in 1964 and has been working on his craft ever since.

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. 

Forest Bathing

$20

with Jaime Brennan

Calendar Jul 18, 2019 at 9 am

Thursday, July 18, 2019
9:00 AM- 11:00 PM

Tuition: $20

When we bathe with water, we wash away the dirt. With Forest Bathing we are washing away the stress while keeping our clothes on. Nature has so much to offer us, and most of us would benefit by utilizing it more often. Enjoy this time to come back to your center, feel connected to yourself and the beautiful world around you.

Forest Bathing is a popular practice in Japan and is known for improving mental and physical health. By immersing oneself in a forest or other natural environment, healing and wellness are supported. 

Dress appropriately. You may want bug netting or some other form of bug protection. We will meet at the Ely Folk School and carpool to a nearby location.

About the Instructor: Jaime Brennan has practiced herbalism for over 10 years, studied under master herbalist Rosemary Gladstar, is a Certified Health Coach and is passionate about sharing her knowledge of using herbs that keep her family healthy. 

Herbal Facials

$35

with Jaime Brennan

Calendar Jun 27, 2019 at 3 pm

Thursday, June 27, 2019
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Tuition: $15  Materials: $20

Help combat the effects that exposure, weather, and so many other factors have on your skin with this relaxing and nourishing treatment. Your facial will begin with a handmade scrub, so natural you could eat it, followed by cleansing and opening your pores with an infused herbal tea, then a relaxing honey mask with chamomile tea bags for your eyes. A refreshing toner will close those pores, and you'll finish with the best facial cream made right here in Ely. You'll leave feeling like a new person, and you will know how to give yourself this treat anytime you want.

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.

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.

 

Kawishiwi Falls Plant Walk

$20

with Jaime Brennan

Calendar Jul 11, 2019 at 9 am

Thursday, July 11, 2019
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Tuition: $20

Learning about the profusion of plants around us will enrich your life! Join Jaime Brennan, herbalist and health coach, as she brings you into the world of our local plants. During this class, we'll visit Kawishiwi Falls to identify plants, and their uses and benefits while enjoying a walk in a beautiful setting. Meet at the Folk School to carpool.

About the instructor: Jaime Brennan 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

 

Make Rope & Twine from Tree Bark

$40

with John Zasada

Calendar Jul 20, 2019 at 1 am

Saturday, July 20, 2019
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $40 

In this class you’ll learn all about the basswood tree and what can be harvested from it—honey, flowers for tea, wood for carving, inner and outer bark etc. Then you’ll “dive into” how to harvest, process, and use the bark.  You will work with the rope machine, and make basswood twine and braid by hand.

If you’d like to continue the exploration, you can sign up for Sunday’s class and learn how to weave your twine and braid into a small mat, hot pad, or small basket, or use the whole bark layer to make a folded berry basket.

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.

 





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