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Ely Folk School

Winter Festival

Intro to Digital Photography


with Ken Hupila

Calendar Feb 17, 2019 at 9 am

Sunday, February 17, 2018
9:00 AM- 3:00 PM
Tuition: $60 Materials: $5

This class is intended for beginner to intermediate photographers, and it's just in time for you to get great shots at Ely's Winter Festival! Topics covered include

  • Equipment selection: camera, lens, tripods, shutter releases, flash and a few other odd and ends
  • Camera and lens use: menu, knobs, buttons, care of and manuals
  • Theory: shutter/ aperture / ISO relationships and how to use them to the best advantage of your settings
  • Composition techniques and special situation camera setting to create good photographs

This course will begin in the classroom and then will head outside to try out techniques presented. Bring a digital camera and manual to class, DSLR preferred but not mandatory. Also, bring a tripod and shutter release if you have them, and a bagged lunch.

About the instructor: Ken Hupila 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's photography classes at the Ely Folk School have been very popular. He also offers Advanced Photography, Photographing Wild Orchids, Capturing Fall Colors, and Introduction to Photoshop.

Learn to Make Zlikrofi


with Mary Louise Icenhour

Calendar Feb 16, 2019 at 10 am

Saturday, February 16, 2019
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Tuition: $30  Materials: $5

Zlikrofi is a Slovene version of the more well-known Italian ravioli, meat- or cheese-filled pasta formed into triangles or squares. Zlikrofi can either be boiled or fried before serving.  Learn how to make the pasta dough and two fillings: meat and a spinach/cheese.  You will take home at least a dozen which will be ready for the pan or pot of boiling water.

About the Instructor: Mary Louise Icenhour is an Ely native and retired teacher who loves to share her passion for traditional skills and teaches our Pine Needle Basketry, Apple Strudel, Pasty and Canning classes  and serves on our Board of Directors.

Make Your Own Pasties


with Mary Louise Icenhour

Calendar Feb 8, 2019 at 9 am

Friday, February 8, 2019
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuition: $40  Materials: $5

Perhaps no traditional food is more closely associated with the Iron Range than pasties (pronounced “past-tees”). Brought here by Cornish miners, these hearty and healthy lunch pies are created from chopped fresh veggies (carrots, potatoes, onions, rutabagas), and meat (beef and pork), sealed and baked in delectable pastry shells.

Ely’s mining families appreciated how well they transported and held their heat in a lunch bucket and you’ll enjoy their great taste! In this class, you will learn how to prepare the filling, and how to roll and crimp the dough. You’ll take home a freshly-made pasty to bake and the skills to make more on your own!

About the Instructor: Mary Louise Icenhour is an Ely native and retired teacher who loves to share her passion for traditional skills. She also teaches our Pine Needle Basketry, Apple Strudel, Walnut Potica and Canning classes and serves on our Board of Directors.

Nature Writing: Winter in the North


with DyAnne Korda

Calendar Feb 16, 2019 at 9 am

Saturday, February 16, 2019
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Tuition: $60

During the season of reflection, set aside a day at The Ely Folk School on the edge of the Boundary Water wilderness to receive winter’s gift of inner nourishment through nature writing. You will generate written pieces in a supportive group through reading, discussion, contemplation and free-flowing nature writing exercises

About the instructor: DyAnne Korda is a poet, artist, 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.

Rosemaling in the Valdres Style


with Kim Garrett

Calendar Feb 22, 2019 at 2 pm

Two Day Class:
Friday, February 22, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday, February 23, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $110 Materials: $35

Participants will learn the basic strokes of rosemaling, progress through color mixing and working with oil paints, and then use those skills to complete a small bentwood box or decorative plate.

Rosemaling means “rose or flower painting” in Norwegian. The Norwegian Folk-art of Rosemaling began around 1750. This class will focus on the Valdres style, which originated in the Valdres valley and is known for its strong floral motif.

PLEASE NOTE the different times for each day. 

About the Instructor: Kim Garrett has been rosemaling since 2007 and has studied with several "Gold Medal" winning American rosemalers as has traveled to Norway three times to stud traditional 18th century rosemaling design with Norwegian rosemaling instructors. She has also taken lessons in Sweden in the Swedish folkart painting style, Dalmaining. She has won several blue ribbons at the MN state fair for her rosemaling and received the Best in Show twice.

Payment plan available: $50 deposit plus 1 payments of $95.00, paid every four weeks
Full Course

Sewing with Beaver Hides


with Bert Hyde & Mark Olson

Calendar Feb 9, 2019 at 9 am

Choice of Project: Hat or mittens
Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tuition: $80 Materials: $100

This class is limited to a maximum of 12 people.

Ely folks know there is no bad weather, only bad clothing. Beaver hats and mittens are just the answer for those deep wind chills, which Bert and Mark can attest to. You choose whether to make a hat or mittens and will learn how to measure, cut and sew pattern pieces from beaver hide. You will receive instructions for adding the liner, where needed, at home using glue and hand stitching. Students should bring the material of their choice for the liner.

About the instructors: Bert Hyde and Mark Olson are experienced woodsmen, do-it-yourselfers and folk school instructors who get a kick out of showing other people how to do cool things.

Payment plan available: $100 deposit plus 1 payments of $80.00, paid every two weeks

Stained Glass


with Rosemary Shepherd

Calendar Feb 2, 2019 at 1 pm

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019
1:00 PM- 5:00 PM

Tuition $40 Materials: $20

Have you ever admired the beautiful stained glass designs in churches and historic buildings and wondered if you could ever create one yourself? In this introductory class you will have the opportunity to learn about stained glass techniques: copper foil method, soldering and finishing, in addition to glass cutting. You can choose one of the pictured designs to make in class.

About the instructor: Rosemary Shepherd has been a stained glass crafts person for 30 years and has worked on projects nationwide with her husband, John.  Rosemary and John have a stained glass shop, Kekekabic Studios, at 118 E Chapman St., right here in Ely, where this class will be held.

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