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Learn to Make Monterey Jack: Live Online

$40

with Gary Colles

Calendar Aug 12, 2021 at 2 pm

Thursday, August 12, 2021
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $40

August's Cheese of the Month is Monterey Jack! 

Join Master Cheesemaker Gary Colles and the Ely Folk School as we make a new cheese from scratch each month. 

Monterey Jack is truly a classic cheese. The finest for melty or creamy dishes, jack is a staple for many cult-favorite American dishes. According to the California Milk Advisory Board, monterey jack is the most popular cheese originating from the United States! 

Join us in the rewarding practice of making cheese from scratch under excellent tutelage with fine company. You will certainly learn something new and although you will not leave the Zoom class with a final product, the end results will wow you! 

You will receive the recipe and the supplies list two - three weeks prior to class. Please be sure to fully read the ingredients list and reach out with questions on where to find any lesser-known ingredients. After class, your cheese will require additional care prior to consumption. 

About the Instructor: Gary Colles has been making artisan cheese for nineteen years. Beginning with teaching in Michigan where he and his wife live, he has added North Carolina, Alabama, Iowa, Florida and Minnesota. He has worked and trained with Glengarry Cheese Company in Canada, New England Cheese Making Company, and Farmstead Cheese Making. He is always reading more on cheese making, and his reference library now has fifty books on cheese.  

Please register for each person attending in your household to support both the instructors and the Ely Folk School. Thank you!

Pupusas with Slaw and Salsa: Live Online

$24

with Lacey Squier

Calendar Aug 20, 2021 at 4 pm

Friday, August 20, 2021
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM 

Tuition: $24 

Participants are welcomed to stay on Zoom and eat pupusas while in community with classmates at 6:00, after the class officially ends. 

Pupusas are a filled masa griddle cake that originate in El Salvador. We'll make a bulk batch of vegetarian pupusas -- some to freeze for a rainy day, and some to eat with homemade salsa and slaw.

Ingredient lists will be sent to registrants via email two weeks prior to class. 

About the Instructor: Lacey Squier loves cooking food of all kinds. She is an amateur cook who spends much of her free time learning how to recreate dishes from her favorite restaurant and travel experiences. It is liberating to realize you can have anything you want for dinner ... as long as you're willing to make it yourself!

When not experimenting with food at home (and making a huge mess of her kitchen), Lacey likes to take walks or go on a hike with her spouse, Eric, and their dog Wendell. Lacey works at Ely Family Dental and serves as Chair of the Ely Folk School Board.  

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Coiled Basket Workshop: Live Online

$77

with Teresa Audet

Calendar Aug 21, 2021 at 9 am

Saturday, August 21, 2021
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

Tuition: $50   Materials: $20   Shipping: $7

Registration closes on August 11, to ensure timely shipment of material kits. 

In this class, students will learn the technique of coiled basketry and will create a small basket of their own. The baskets we will create in this class are made with sisal rope, although in Indigenous traditions, coiled baskets are usually made with pine needles, sweetgrass, oatstraw, or other natural materials. After class, use the instructional booklet to create more baskets using materials of your choice!

This class uses a provided basket making kit which includes a handmade wooden basket bottom, an instructional booklet, rope, linen thread, and a large sewing needle.

Students should have a pair of scissors handy during class.

About the Instructor: Teresa Audet is an artist and educator from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her work lives at the intersection of sculpture, craft, and social practice. She uses handcraft as a way to calm the mind, evoke conversation, and connect with community. Audet holds a BFA in Furniture Design from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and has studied at the Mount Fuji School of Fine Woodworking in Yamanashi, Japan. Audet teaches furniture making and art nationwide, including the Women’s Woodshop of Minneapolis, the North House Folk School, and Arrowmont School of Crafts. Audet is currently an MFA candidate in Sculpture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Introduction to Lightroom Classic

$90

with Les Conrad

Calendar Aug 25, 2021 at 9 am, runs for 2 weeks

Wednesdays, August 25 and September 1, 2021
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Tuition: $80  Materials: $10

This class is for all of you photographers who want to improve your photographs...and who doesn't? Whether you are just beginning or deeply experienced, this class will help you to better understand Adobe’s popular photography editing program, Lightroom Classic.

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 needed. Learning will be enhanced if you are able to use your computer with Lightroom Classic installed. There will be plenty of time for your questions. Les will provide sample images to work on.

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.

Learn to Make Butter Cheese: Live Online

$40

with Gary Colles

Calendar Sep 9, 2021 at 2 pm

Thursday, September 9, 2021
2:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Tuition: $40

September's Cheese of the Month is Butter Cheese! 

Join Master Cheesemaker Gary Colles and the Ely Folk School as we make a new cheese from scratch each month. 

Butter cheese or butterkäse, is "the best cheese you've never tried," according to Bon Appetit. It's creamy, with a fat content nearing 50% which rivals triple-cream cheeses. Expand your cheese repotoire by embarking on a journey to make your own butterkäse with us! 

Join us in the rewarding practice of making cheese from scratch under excellent tutelage with fine company. You will certainly learn something new and although you will not leave the Zoom class with a final product, the end results will wow you! 

You will receive the recipe and the supplies list with ample time prior to class. Please be sure to fully read the ingredients list and reach out with questions on where to find any lesser-known ingredients. After class, your cheese will require additional care prior to consumption. 

About the Instructor: Gary Colles has been making artisan cheese for nineteen years. Beginning with teaching in Michigan where he and his wife live, he has added North Carolina, Alabama, Iowa, Florida and Minnesota. He has worked and trained with Glengarry Cheese Company in Canada, New England Cheese Making Company, and Farmstead Cheese Making. He is always reading more on cheese making, and his reference library now has fifty books on cheese.  

Please register for each person attending in your household to support both the instructors and the Ely Folk School. Thank you!

Introduction to Tapestry Weaving: Live Online

$259

with Laura Berlage

Calendar Sep 12, 2021 at 2 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Sundays, September 12 - October 17,  2021
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Tuition: $144   Materials: $95  Shipping: $20

This course takes places over six consecutive Sunday afternoons. 

Curious about how tapestries are made and ready to try your hand at pictorial weaving? This most ancient form of textile creation is rich with history and invitation for creative expression.

Master weaver Laura Berlage will take you on a multi-week journey into the magical world of tapestry, where you will learn to transform warp and weft into a peaceful sunset landscape, measuring approximately 10x10 inches. Starting with a simple frame loom, focus will be given to establishing good tapestry technique and learning the process for horizontal and angled forms—beginning with foundational geometrics and building into more naturalistic forms. Fundamentals of cartoon creation and shading will also be covered. Unlock the mystery of how tapestry is made and add these skills to your expressions in fiber.

Join us for this welcoming online class! This class is beginner friendly, though please note that repetitive beating on the textile with the hand comb may cause aggravation of arthritis. 

The materials kit includes a frame loom plus stick shed dowel, ready to assemble; 2 large eye tatting needles; wool yarn for the project; wand comb/beater; spool of cotton warp; copy of the cartoon; and a handout with links to pre-recorded auxiliary tutorials. The student will need to provide for themselves good light; 2-3 tapestry needles; 2 binder clips; and a pair of sharp scissors. 

About the Instructor: Laura Berlage is a contemporary Renaissance woman living and working on her family’s century-old homestead farm outside Hayward, WI. From fiber arts to creative writing, music to storytelling, she never tires of the magic of transforming idea into form and overlapping narrative and visual. Laura also loves working with the many and beautiful natural materials from her farm—especially the wool from her sheep. Laura began her devotion to tapestry at age 13, studying 5 ½ years with master tapestry weaver Fran Potter before completing her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College in 2011.  She continues her lifelong passion for learning with engaged, hands-on teaching for small groups to encourage creativity, imagination, and expression.

Needle Felt a Chickadee: Live Online

$76

with Laura Berlage

Calendar Sep 18, 2021 at 2 pm

Saturday, September 18, 2021
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $36   Materials: $25  Shipping: $15

Register before September 11th in order to receive supplies prior to the class. 

Needle felting is fun! Learn to transform hand-dyed wool from the instructor’s flock of sheep into your very own adorable little chickadee. We will mail you the materials ahead of time, then Laura will take you step-by-step through the process via Zoom. No previous experience is necessary.

The materials kit comes with enough wool to make two chickadees, so you can perfect your technique on the second one after class. All you need to complete the project is a work surface like a sturdy table, good light, and a pair of scissors. Everything else is included! Experience the magic of needle felting or learn some new tips to add to your growing skillset.

Needle felting can feel especially therapeutic, as we repeatedly stab the wool with our barbed needles while creating a cute, wooly friend in the process. Join us for this welcoming online class!

A full kit will be mailed to each student, complete with the wool, foam work surface, needle, eye beads, and other necessary pieces. Students will also receive in the kit a welcome letter with notes on using Zoom as well as a link and password to a pre-recorded version of the class if they find this resource additionally helpful.

About the Instructor: Laura Berlage is a contemporary Renaissance woman living and working on her family’s century-old homestead farm outside Hayward, WI. From fiber arts to creative writing, music to storytelling, she never tires of the magic of transforming ideas into form and overlapping narrative and visual.

Laura also loves working with the many and beautiful natural materials from her farm—especially the wool from her sheep. Completing her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College in 2011, Laura continues her lifelong passion for learning with engaged, hands-on teaching for small groups to encourage creativity, imagination, and expression.

Nature Writing for Women: Honor Autumn: Live Online

$26

with DyAnne Korda

Calendar Oct 9, 2021 at 10 am

Saturday, October 9, 2021
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

Tuition: $26

As autumn’s colorful landscapes peak, we pause to appreciate summer’s bounty and embrace the season to come. Set aside one Saturday morning to discover the richness of your inner harvest through nature writing. This session is designed to celebrate the strong bond between women and the natural world. You will generate written pieces through free-flowing writing exercises and discussion within a supportive circle of women. Time permitting, you’ll also have the opportunity to share a piece of writing that you find especially inspiring.

About the Instructor: Dyanne Korda is a poet and experienced writing instructor. Her work has been published in many journals including The Wisconsin Academy Review. She is author of several poetry and story collections including This Earth Woman, Path of Belonging, and Finding the Lost Woman.

Korda was awarded her second Individual Artist Grant through the Donald G. Gardener Humanities Trust and an Artist Access Grant through the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council to complete her most recent book, The Shore’s Absolute Edge.





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