Class Calendar

Aug
12
Wed
2020
Writing a Children’s Book with Your Child
Aug 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Wednesday, August 12 10:00 am – 12:00 NoonFriday, August 14 10:00 am – 12:00 NoonWednesday, August 19 10:00 am – 12:00 NoonFriday, August 21 10:00 am – 12:00 Noon

Tuition: $80 per adult/child pair Materials: $20 per adult/child pair

This class provides you with an opportunity to write and illustrate an 8- to 32-page children’s book in partnership with your child. The class process supports developing a story line which reflects values your family holds dear. You’ll have time to talk about what’s important to your family and why. The story’s characters are developed based on characters of interest to your child. You do not have to have experience writing or making books, but if you do, that’s great.

The class was developed with eight-year-olds in mind, but is applicable to children a couple years younger or older, depending on their skills and interests. By the end of the class, you will have a book to treasure, and copies make great gifts from your child to other adults important in your child’s life.

Parents and children will work in pairs with a maximum of six pairs, but we will all be learning from one another. We will meet for four two-hour sessions. John will share a book he has written and guide discussion as you develop your stories with character selection, action, and theme.

All materials will be provided.

Participants will be asked to wash their hands on entering and wear masks when moving around the school. Social distancing will be observed at all times. Hand sanitizer and hand-washing stations will be available.

About the instructor: John Kopp has had a career working with children of all abilities and their families. After graduating from North Dakota State University with a master’s degree in psychology, he spent the next 37 years working with families and caregivers in the development and implementation of positive ways to work with challenging behavior.

He knows firsthand the importance of families connecting around important values and having fun in the process. While living in Eastern North Dakota he and his wife regularly brought their children to Minnesota to camp, hike, and canoe. Some of his favorite memories with his family were visits to Ely, and now he has moved here to enjoy it every day. He likes to boast that his kids are jealous that he gets to live up here in the Northwoods.

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Create Your Own Amber Beaded Necklace
Aug 12 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Wednesday, August 12, 20201:00 PM – 3:00 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 and valued as a gemstone since Neolithic times. Amber is said to have healing powers when worn in a bracelet or necklace and is sometimes used in medicinal creams.

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.

Kay will be wearing a mask while teaching and all participants will be asked to do so also. Additional COVID safety precautions will be in place including hand-washing and appropriate social distancing.

About the instructor: Kay Vandervort retired to Ely in 2014 and has become very involved in the community. She participates in AAUW (American Association of University Women,) works part-time at the Dorothy Molter Museum, and is involved in a book club, writing group, and a number of local discussion groups.

Kay enjoys experimenting with many types of craft media, is a wizard with color and jewelry design, and has taught a variety of creative jewelry classes at the Ely Folk School.

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Aug
14
Fri
2020
Writing a Children’s Book with Your Child
Aug 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Wednesday, August 12 10:00 am – 12:00 NoonFriday, August 14 10:00 am – 12:00 NoonWednesday, August 19 10:00 am – 12:00 NoonFriday, August 21 10:00 am – 12:00 Noon

Tuition: $80 per adult/child pair Materials: $20 per adult/child pair

This class provides you with an opportunity to write and illustrate an 8- to 32-page children’s book in partnership with your child. The class process supports developing a story line which reflects values your family holds dear. You’ll have time to talk about what’s important to your family and why. The story’s characters are developed based on characters of interest to your child. You do not have to have experience writing or making books, but if you do, that’s great.

The class was developed with eight-year-olds in mind, but is applicable to children a couple years younger or older, depending on their skills and interests. By the end of the class, you will have a book to treasure, and copies make great gifts from your child to other adults important in your child’s life.

Parents and children will work in pairs with a maximum of six pairs, but we will all be learning from one another. We will meet for four two-hour sessions. John will share a book he has written and guide discussion as you develop your stories with character selection, action, and theme.

All materials will be provided.

Participants will be asked to wash their hands on entering and wear masks when moving around the school. Social distancing will be observed at all times. Hand sanitizer and hand-washing stations will be available.

About the instructor: John Kopp has had a career working with children of all abilities and their families. After graduating from North Dakota State University with a master’s degree in psychology, he spent the next 37 years working with families and caregivers in the development and implementation of positive ways to work with challenging behavior.

He knows firsthand the importance of families connecting around important values and having fun in the process. While living in Eastern North Dakota he and his wife regularly brought their children to Minnesota to camp, hike, and canoe. Some of his favorite memories with his family were visits to Ely, and now he has moved here to enjoy it every day. He likes to boast that his kids are jealous that he gets to live up here in the Northwoods.

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Aug
15
Sat
2020
A Taste of Blacksmithing
Aug 15 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Saturday, August 15, 20209:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Tuition: $40 Materials: $10

This class is the most basic with the objective of creating a classic ‘S’ hook using basic blacksmithing techniques. Students will learn the proper color (temperature) to start forging, basic hammering techniques for elongating, bending and twisting metal and go home with a functional ‘S’ hook. Basic forge safety and management will be discussed.

The classes will be limited to four students. Students must bring protective, fire-resistant gloves, available at local hardware stores for under $10. Safety glasses and aprons will be provided but students should bring their own if they have them. Wear clothing appropriate for working with coals and intense heat.

Social distancing and appropriate COVID restrictions will be in force. Students will be asked to wear masks when appropriate.

About the instructor: Phil Leino is intrigued by the process of taking a static material like iron and dynamically transforming it into something beautiful and useful. He has been instrumental in getting the Folk School blacksmith shop up and running.

Phil grew up in Ely hearing stories about his blacksmith grandfather and working with his Dad fabricating metal tools. After graduating with a Masters in botany and PhD in plant sciences, he picked up more metalworking skills along the way, which he has put to use making equipment needed in his research, creating a functional forge at a high school in Idaho, and demonstrating blacksmithing at Living History Farms in Iowa. He donated the first forge for the Ely Folk School, which was the first step of our blacksmith program.

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Aug
19
Wed
2020
Writing a Children’s Book with Your Child
Aug 19 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Wednesday, August 12 10:00 am – 12:00 NoonFriday, August 14 10:00 am – 12:00 NoonWednesday, August 19 10:00 am – 12:00 NoonFriday, August 21 10:00 am – 12:00 Noon

Tuition: $80 per adult/child pair Materials: $20 per adult/child pair

This class provides you with an opportunity to write and illustrate an 8- to 32-page children’s book in partnership with your child. The class process supports developing a story line which reflects values your family holds dear. You’ll have time to talk about what’s important to your family and why. The story’s characters are developed based on characters of interest to your child. You do not have to have experience writing or making books, but if you do, that’s great.

The class was developed with eight-year-olds in mind, but is applicable to children a couple years younger or older, depending on their skills and interests. By the end of the class, you will have a book to treasure, and copies make great gifts from your child to other adults important in your child’s life.

Parents and children will work in pairs with a maximum of six pairs, but we will all be learning from one another. We will meet for four two-hour sessions. John will share a book he has written and guide discussion as you develop your stories with character selection, action, and theme.

All materials will be provided.

Participants will be asked to wash their hands on entering and wear masks when moving around the school. Social distancing will be observed at all times. Hand sanitizer and hand-washing stations will be available.

About the instructor: John Kopp has had a career working with children of all abilities and their families. After graduating from North Dakota State University with a master’s degree in psychology, he spent the next 37 years working with families and caregivers in the development and implementation of positive ways to work with challenging behavior.

He knows firsthand the importance of families connecting around important values and having fun in the process. While living in Eastern North Dakota he and his wife regularly brought their children to Minnesota to camp, hike, and canoe. Some of his favorite memories with his family were visits to Ely, and now he has moved here to enjoy it every day. He likes to boast that his kids are jealous that he gets to live up here in the Northwoods.

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Create a One-of-a-Kind Red Garnet Necklace
Aug 19 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Wednesday, August 19, 20201:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Tuitions: $20 Materials: $15

Legend states that Hades gifted a pomegranate to Persephone before she left his domain in order to ensure a speedy and safe return. When she did return, the fruit transformed into a handful of garnet gemstones.

Although garnets are the primary bead used in these necklaces, students may select a focal bead that is dragon blood jasper, red glass with a delicate swirled design added, or a garnet. Garnets are a deep glossy red color and were taken into battle by both Vikings and Anglo-Saxons to improve their fighting prowess and ensure a safe return.

Kay will be wearing a mask while teaching and all participants will be asked to do so also. Additional COVID safety precautions will be in place including hand-washing and appropriate social distancing.

About the instructor: Kay Vandervort retired to Ely in 2014 and has become very involved in the community. She participates in AAUW (American Association of University Women,) works part-time at the Dorothy Molter Museum, and is involved in a book club, writing group, and a number of local discussion groups.

Kay enjoys experimenting with many types of craft media, is a wizard with color and jewelry design, and has taught a variety of creative jewelry classes at the Ely Folk School.

Register Here

Aug
21
Fri
2020
Writing a Children’s Book with Your Child
Aug 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Wednesday, August 12 10:00 am – 12:00 NoonFriday, August 14 10:00 am – 12:00 NoonWednesday, August 19 10:00 am – 12:00 NoonFriday, August 21 10:00 am – 12:00 Noon

Tuition: $80 per adult/child pair Materials: $20 per adult/child pair

This class provides you with an opportunity to write and illustrate an 8- to 32-page children’s book in partnership with your child. The class process supports developing a story line which reflects values your family holds dear. You’ll have time to talk about what’s important to your family and why. The story’s characters are developed based on characters of interest to your child. You do not have to have experience writing or making books, but if you do, that’s great.

The class was developed with eight-year-olds in mind, but is applicable to children a couple years younger or older, depending on their skills and interests. By the end of the class, you will have a book to treasure, and copies make great gifts from your child to other adults important in your child’s life.

Parents and children will work in pairs with a maximum of six pairs, but we will all be learning from one another. We will meet for four two-hour sessions. John will share a book he has written and guide discussion as you develop your stories with character selection, action, and theme.

All materials will be provided.

Participants will be asked to wash their hands on entering and wear masks when moving around the school. Social distancing will be observed at all times. Hand sanitizer and hand-washing stations will be available.

About the instructor: John Kopp has had a career working with children of all abilities and their families. After graduating from North Dakota State University with a master’s degree in psychology, he spent the next 37 years working with families and caregivers in the development and implementation of positive ways to work with challenging behavior.

He knows firsthand the importance of families connecting around important values and having fun in the process. While living in Eastern North Dakota he and his wife regularly brought their children to Minnesota to camp, hike, and canoe. Some of his favorite memories with his family were visits to Ely, and now he has moved here to enjoy it every day. He likes to boast that his kids are jealous that he gets to live up here in the Northwoods.

Register Here

Aug
26
Wed
2020
Creating Polymer Clay Jewelry
Aug 26 @ 1:00 am – 4:30 pm

Wednesday, August 26, 20201:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Tuition: $35 Materials: $20

Polymer clay can be used to create decorative pottery, wall decor, jewelry, and figurines. It is easy to work with and does not require any equipment other than what you would find in your kitchen. You will learn how to prepare the clay and blend layers and colors to create your own unique color combinations and designs. You will make jewelry components such as pendants, matching beads, and shapes limited only by the imagination.

You will complete a polymer clay necklace, choosing materials that Kay has organized by color theme. Additional polymer clay necklace kits will be available for purchase at a special student rate.

Kay will be wearing a mask while teaching and all participants will be asked to do so also. Additional COVID safety precautions will be in place including hand-washing and appropriate social distancing.

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. Kay enjoys experimenting with many types of craft media, is a wizard with color and jewelry design, and has taught a variety of creative jewelry classes at the Ely Folk School.

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Aug
27
Thu
2020
Online: Advanced Adobe Lightroom Classic
Aug 27 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Thursday, August 27, 202010:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Tuition: $40

This class is for any photographer who uses Adobe Lightroom Classic and wants to learn more. This is not an introductory class, but is for individuals who are familiar with basic adjustments in Lightroom Classic and want to learn advanced techniques.

This is a hands-on class. We will explore many advanced techniques in Lightroom Classic. Key topics include Adjustment Brushes, Radial Filter, Graduated Filter, Presets (both off-the-shelf and custom), Custom Default Styles, Tone Curves, Retouching and more.

Basic familiarity with Lightroom Classic is a prerequisite. Learning will be greatly enhanced if you are able to work on your own computer with Lightroom Classic installed while following along with Les on Zoom. There will be plenty of time for your questions. Les will supply all students with a handout and some images to work on.

About the instructor: Les 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.

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Aug
29
Sat
2020
Rosemaling in the Raudsaumsmaling Style
Aug 29 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday, August 29, 20209:00 am – 5:00 pm

Tuition: $80 Materials: $15 Register by Thursday, Aug. 27.

This class is also being offered online on Sept 12.

In this class students will learn about the Telemark style of Raudsaumsmåling, inspired by the red bunad designs of that region of Norway. We will background as small project, apply the design and complete the project using the red color palette of raudsaumsmåling.

This class will be taught in oils, acrylic painters are welcome and there will be an acrylic color palette available. The instructor will provide necessary materials and oil paint, but your are welcome to bring your own painting supplies as well. Acrylic painters, please bring your own paint and any special supplies.

Bring a small jar and pen and paper for note taking, and wear old clothes. Some basic experience in rosemaling is preferred but beginners are welcome.

Students are asked to wear a mask on entering and when moving around the school. COVID safety precautions will be in place including social distancing.

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.

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