Class Calendar

Jun
22
Sat
2019
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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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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Jun
28
Fri
2019
Autumn’s Awesome Go-Anywhere Tote
Jun 28 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Friday, June 28, 20198:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Tuition: $80 Materials: $5.00

This attractive and practical tote can be used as a purse or a carryall for work or projects. It has two large pockets in the inside, is lightweight, washable, and stands upright. It is a great introduction to quilting, as one will learn about rotary cutting, piecing, batting, quilting, and finishing touches. You’ll have fun making it and will receive so many compliments on your unique Go Anywhere Tote, you’ll be glad you did.

You’ll need to buy your choice of fabric ahead of time, which with supplies will cost about $30. This total includes the 10% discount at Mary’s Spinning Wheel (located in Ely) that Ely Folk School class participants receive. She will have the list of supplies on hand and can also help you choose appropriate fabric. The shop hours vary, so check before you go!

Your supply list for this 11″ X 14″ X 4″ tote: 4 fat quarters of different fabric or 36 five-inch squares (charm pack) 1 yard of complementary fabric for lining and handles 1-1/2 yards of Pellon 987F fusible fleece 1 one-inch button 2 spools of 110 yds of Gutermann thread to match the lining fabric.

The Folk School has sewing machines, but bring your own sewing machine with its manual, if possible, so you can work with a familiar machine. Other sewing supplies will be provided.

About the instructor: Autumn Cole enjoys creating unique and colourful quilts, purses and bags, aprons, and more. She has taught sewing classes for many years, including at the Ely Folk School where some of her quilts and other sewn items are offered for sale.

Autumn says, “As a psychologist, I have enjoyed teaching psychology classes at various colleges, and as a certified Happiness Coach, I teach classes on the keys to happiness. I enjoy teaching!”

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Intricate Springerle Cookies
Jun 28 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Friday, June 28, 20191:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Tuition: $20 Materials: $5

Students will learn how to make intricate German Springerle cookies and take home a delicious batch. These 14th century cookies, traditionally flavored with anise, were baked for religious and secular holidays.

The cookies must dry for 24 hours before baking, so if you don’t live locally or don’t have access to an oven, other arrangements can be made. Students will need to bring two baking sheets or a large food storage container

About the instruction: Jessica was originally from Ely, but grew up in Arizona before joining the Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer. She currently lives in Ely with her family while completing dual Master’s degrees.

“Springerle cookies are one of my favorites, but they can be hard to find, so I purchased the molds necessary to make them myself. I also teach the chainmaille jewelry classes at the Ely Folk School.”

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Jun
29
Sat
2019
Eco-Friendly House Building
Jun 29 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Saturday, June 29, 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.

Register Here

Eco-Friendly House Building – Whole Season
Jun 29 @ 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.

Register Here

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