Class Calendar

Jun
20
Thu
2019
Create a Free Form Bracelet
Jun 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Thursday, June 20, 20191:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Tuition: $20 Materials: $16

Free form bracelets use multiple cords and a variety of beads to create a casual bracelet. These bracelets are simple to make and the perfect gift for any age. Students will learn about appropriate cord and beads for this type project as well as the process involved in completing bracelets. Each student will create one or two bracelets that can be worn together or separately. Additional bracelet kits will be available to purchase at a reduced rate.

Bracelets of this type are a good way to recycle broken jewelry, or to use up random beads left from other projects.

About the instructor: Kay Vandervort says, “As children we could get out of doing dishes if we read. We read a lot. And, we could watch television if we had a project we were working on while we watched. Hence, all my life I have gotten into the habit of having a lap project—jewelry making, embroidery, sewing, or experimenting with a variety of artistic medium.”

Kay has a degree in secondary education and taught both in high school and technical college before moving to a career in not-for-profit management. She has facilitated trainings at both regional and statewide conferences on topics related to non-profit marketing, volunteer management, and volunteer recruitment and screening. She has taught several jewelry and polymer clay classes in the past at the Ely Folk School.

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Jun
21
Fri
2019
Minnesota Foraging – Common Medicinal Herbs
Jun 21 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Friday, June 21, 20193:00 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.

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Jun
22
Sat
2019
Eco-Friendly House Building
Jun 22 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Saturday, June 22, 201910:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Tuition: $25

Students can sign up for the 11-week season for $250.See the seasonal posting to register.

Are you intrigued by how to build sustainably? The Ely Folk School is collaborating with Andy and Paula Hill who are building an affordable, energy-efficient, environmentally-responsible home within the city limits of Ely. They are offering the opportunity for people to come learn about sustainable building practices by getting involved in the process.

Andy and interested participants will be working on the house every Saturday from June through September from 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon. A free overview and orientation to the project will be held on Saturday, June 15, from 10:00 to 12:00 noon.

You can sign up for the whole summer season of eleven Saturdays or choose individual Saturdays for the phases of the construction that interest you. June and July will offer “Learning How to Build the Perfect Wall” first developed by Joe Lstiburek, PHD. Engineer. This technique will also be used in the floor assembly.

August and Sept will give opportunities to learn how to install solar hot water with photovoltaic panels including the appliance information, mechanical installation and water recovery system.

In September we will move outside and build raised garden beds.Watch for details and register online at elyfolkschool.org. The web site blog, will have the overall schedule and the weekly descriptions of classes with any necessary adjustments throughout the project.

Bring work gloves, wear sturdy shoes, safety glasses, rain gear if needed, hat, sunscreen, and insect repellant..

About the instructor: For Andy Hill, this project will be the culmination of 50 years of experience building and remodeling homes. He has implemented creative sustainable practices in the homes he has built as a general contractor along with his previous off-the-grid homestead located outside of Ely. He has taught sustainable living classes and Northwoods gardening at the Ely Folk School. He is a qualified solar installer.

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Eco-Friendly House Building – Whole Season
Jun 22 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Summer season – June 22 through August 299:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Tuition: $250

Are you intrigued by how to build sustainably? The Ely Folk School is collaborating with Andy and Paula Hill who are building an affordable, energy-efficient, environmentally-responsible home within the city limits of Ely. They are offering the opportunity for people to come learn about sustainable building practices by getting involved in the process.

Andy and interested participants will be working on the house every Saturday from June through September from 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon. A free overview and orientation to the project will be held on Saturday, June 15, from 10:00 to 12:00 noon.

You can sign up for the whole summer season of eleven Saturdays or choose individual Saturdays for the phases of the construction that interest you. June and July will offer “Learning How to Build the Perfect Wall” first developed by Joe Lstiburek, PHD. Engineer. This technique will also be used in the floor assembly.

August and Sept will give opportunities to learn how to install solar hot water with photovoltaic panels including the appliance information, mechanical installation and water recovery system.

In September we will move outside and build raised garden beds.Watch for details and register online at elyfolkschool.org. The web site blog, will have the overall schedule and the weekly descriptions of classes with any necessary adjustments throughout the project.

Bring work gloves, wear sturdy shoes, safety glasses, rain gear if needed, hat, sunscreen, and insect repellant..

About the instructor: For Andy Hill, this project will be the culmination of 50 years of experience building and remodeling homes. He has implemented creative sustainable practices in the homes he has built as a general contractor along with his previous off-the-grid homestead located outside of Ely. He has taught sustainable living classes and Northwoods gardening at the Ely Folk School. He is a qualified solar installer.

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Photographing Orchids
Jun 22 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Saturday, June 22, 2019 1:00 PM – 4:00 PMSunday, 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: $5Second Day Only: Tuition: $60Both 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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Jun
25
Tue
2019
Photographing Orchids
Jun 25 @ 8:00 am – 1:30 pm

Tuesday, June 25, 20198:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Tuition: $60

Within just a few miles of Ely, approximately 31 species of wild orchids can be found, and Ken knows where to find them. This class will give the weekend’s students more time in the field, as well as others who have a good understanding of their camera and want to join in the fun. 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 in July, September, and November.

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Jun
27
Thu
2019
Making Natural Facial Products
Jun 27 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Thursday, June 27, 201912:30 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.

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Create Your Own Amber Beaded Necklace
Jun 27 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Thursday, June 27, 20191:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Tuition: $20 Materials: $20

In this class you will create your own 18 to 24 inch natural Amber necklace. Amber is fossilized tree resin which possesses the look of hardened honey. It has been appreciated for its color and natural beauty since Neolithic time. It also is valued from antiquity to the present as a gemstone. Amber has been used as a power in medicinal creams and is said to have healing powers when worn in a bracelet or necklace.

As a student, you will learn basic beading techniques as you select from a variety of amber beads, cultured pearls, stone beads and glass beads to create a beautiful, natural looking necklace that will compliment almost any outfit. In addition to learning basic beading techniques, students will learn about what cords and findings work best for various jewelry projects.

About the Instructor: Kay Vandervort has a degree in secondary education and taught both in high school and technical college before moving to a career in not for profit management. She has facilitated workshops at both regional and statewide conferences on topics related to non-profit marketing, volunteer management, and volunteer recruitment and screening. She has taught several jewelry and polymer clay classes in the past at the Ely Folk School.

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Herbal Facials
Jun 27 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Thursday, June 27, 20193:00 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.

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Learn to Knit!
Jun 27 @ 6:00 pm – Jun 27 @ 8:00 pm

Thursday, June 27, 20196:00 PM- 8:00 PM

Tuition: $20

If you have never knit before or it has been many, many years since you have picked up your needles, this class is for you. We will start with the basics and learn the knit stitch. When you’re ready, we will teach you how to purl. You choose your pace. There is no cost for materials.

If you don’t like it you can walk away and never do it again. If you love it, you can begin a project and begin to purchase supplies. An additional session is offered August 8 and help is always available when Anna is at Sisu Designs Yarn Shop on Chapman Street.

About the instructor, Anna Shallman: “I moved to Ely in November of 1995 specifically to live upstairs of Sisu Designs Yarn Shop and learn to weave and learn more about knitting. I spent five years knitting and weaving every day. When I moved out, I continued to help the previous owner until I purchased the business five years ago.

If you would have told me when I moved here that I was going to stay and own the shop I would not have believed you. I thought I would move on after a few years but there is something about Ely and this little yarn shop that I love, so I am still here.

I’ve been teaching beginners for about 20 years and it is one of my very favorite things to do.”

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