Class Calendar

May
30
Thu
2019
Pine Needle Basketry-Whole Needle
May 30 @ 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Thursday, May 30, 201912:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Tuition: $45 Materials: $25

This class is a beginner level pine needle basketry class with an advanced twist. Using the entire pine needle, this technique keeps the sheath of the pine needles intact and uses them as an enhancement and part of the design.Each student will be given everything necessary to complete a 4-5″ basket, including a pre-drilled wooden basket center. It is a fun, low-key class. You’ll leave with the skills to let your imagination run wild and create beautiful baskets using many different things as your basket center.

Pine needle art is among the oldest crafts known and pre-dates pottery. For over 9,000 years, Native Americans have made such baskets for storing food and supplies. Although baskets can be made from a variety of materials, including sweet grass and raffia, among the most beautiful are from pine needles.

About the Instructor: Carolyn Quick has taught a variety of topics including high school English, music, several courses for the DNR, and has also been a field training officer for police officers. She is now retired with a background in law enforcement, finance and project management, and is most happy when in the woods.

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Making Natural Facial Products
May 30 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Thursday, May 30, 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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Herbal Facials
May 30 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Thursday, May 30, 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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May
31
Fri
2019
Create a Free Form Bracelet
May 31 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Friday, May 31, 20191:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Tuition: $35 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 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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Rosemaling in the Os Style
May 31 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Two Day Class: PLEASE NOTE the different times for each day.

Friday, May 31, 2019 2:00 PM – 5:00 PMSaturday, June 1, 2019 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Tuition: $110 Materials: $35

Rosemaling means “rose or flower painting” in Norwegian. The Norwegian Folk-art of Rosemaling began around 1750. This class will focus on the Os style, which originated in the Os region in western coastal Norway, known for its fanciful flowers and bright colors, making it quite different from many of the other styles of rosemaling.

We will start by learning the basic strokes of rosemaling, progress through color mixing and working with oil paints, and finally paint your own design to bring home or give as a gift.

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 study 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, received the Best in Show twice, and gets rave reviews from Ely Folk School students.

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Make a Bent Willow Chair
May 31 @ 6:00 pm – May 31 @ 8:00 pm

Friday, May 31, 2019 6:00 pm – 8:00 pmSaturday, June 1, 2019 9:00 AM – 4:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE the different class times on Friday and Saturday!

Tuition: $90, Materials $25

On Friday, John will demonstrate making a chair from start to finish, laying the groundwork for everyone to make their own chairs on Saturday. You will be amazed that you can make your one-of-a-kind, beautiful, functional, and comfortable chair in such a short time.

This furniture has long been made by country people, using the beautiful variety of materials collected in the forest. The bending quality and flexible strength of willow makes for easy construction of a comfortable, strong chair, with minimal tools. You’ll be able to use your chair for years if you keep it under a roof, or keep it in your yard and make a new one every few years. Because the willow is very flexible and springy, it is best to have a partner working with you to hold the willow as you nail the sticks in place. The partner does not need to pay unless they also make their own chair.

Please bring gloves, pruning shears, and safety glasses if you have them. The folk school will provide safety glasses and earplugs if you don’t have any. If you have an 18g air nailer that you can bring, please call the office to let us know. 218-235-0138.

About the instructor: John Badja is a retired high school teacher and has been teaching rustic furniture building though his local community ed program for the past 15 years.

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Jun
1
Sat
2019
Rosemaling in the Os Style
Jun 1 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Two Day Class: PLEASE NOTE the different times for each day.

Friday, May 31, 2019 2:00 PM – 5:00 PMSaturday, June 1, 2019 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Tuition: $110 Materials: $35

Rosemaling means “rose or flower painting” in Norwegian. The Norwegian Folk-art of Rosemaling began around 1750. This class will focus on the Os style, which originated in the Os region in western coastal Norway, known for its fanciful flowers and bright colors, making it quite different from many of the other styles of rosemaling.

We will start by learning the basic strokes of rosemaling, progress through color mixing and working with oil paints, and finally paint your own design to bring home or give as a gift.

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 study 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, received the Best in Show twice, and gets rave reviews from Ely Folk School students.

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Make a Bent Willow Chair
Jun 1 @ 6:00 pm – Jun 1 @ 8:00 pm

Friday, May 31, 2019 6:00 pm – 8:00 pmSaturday, June 1, 2019 9:00 AM – 4:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE the different class times on Friday and Saturday!

Tuition: $90, Materials $25

On Friday, John will demonstrate making a chair from start to finish, laying the groundwork for everyone to make their own chairs on Saturday. You will be amazed that you can make your one-of-a-kind, beautiful, functional, and comfortable chair in such a short time.

This furniture has long been made by country people, using the beautiful variety of materials collected in the forest. The bending quality and flexible strength of willow makes for easy construction of a comfortable, strong chair, with minimal tools. You’ll be able to use your chair for years if you keep it under a roof, or keep it in your yard and make a new one every few years. Because the willow is very flexible and springy, it is best to have a partner working with you to hold the willow as you nail the sticks in place. The partner does not need to pay unless they also make their own chair.

Please bring gloves, pruning shears, and safety glasses if you have them. The folk school will provide safety glasses and earplugs if you don’t have any. If you have an 18g air nailer that you can bring, please call the office to let us know. 218-235-0138.

About the instructor: John Badja is a retired high school teacher and has been teaching rustic furniture building though his local community ed program for the past 15 years.

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Jun
6
Thu
2019
Bass Lake Trail Plant Walk
Jun 6 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Thursday, June 6, 20199:00 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 Bass Lake Trail 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 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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Hawthorne Cordial
Jun 6 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Thursday, June 6, 20191:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Tuition: $15 Materials: $30

Come join in and have some fun making some healthy and delicious cordials. We’ll spend a little time reviewing the benefits of Hawthorn, and then you’ll create your own cordial. Hawthorn is one of the best herbs for the heart, and the aromatic herbs aid digestion. It can be used as an after-dinner treat by mixing with sparkling water.

All ingredients will be supplied, plus a jar to bottle your finished product in with a beautiful label. This would make a perfect gift or delicious treat for yourself!

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. Tranquility Wellness Center was opened in Ely in 2017 with a focus on providing a space to learn and explore the world of herbs and health. The center has over 100 bulk herbs, many herbal tea blends and handmade products to help you create Tranquility, a body in balance, a mind at ease and a satisfied soul.

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