Class Calendar

Mar
1
Mon
2021
Needle Felt a Loon: Live Online
Mar 1 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Monday, March 1, 20212:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Tuition: $30 Materials: $25 Shipping: $15

Register by February 19th in order to receive supplies prior to class.

Back by popular demand! Here’s another chance to needle-felt your own little loon.

Needle felting is fun! Learn to transform hand-dyed wool from the instructor’s flock of sheep into your very own adorable little loon. We will mail you the materials ahead of time, then Laura will take you step-by-step through the process via Zoom. No previous experience is necessary.

The materials kit comes with enough wool to make two loons, so you can perfect your technique on the second one after class. All you need to complete the project is a work surface like a sturdy table, good light, and a pair of scissors. Everything else is included! Experience the magic of needle felting or learn some new tips to add to your growing skillset.

During these trying times, needle felting can feel especially therapeutic, as we repeatedly stab the wool with our barbed needles while creating a cute, wooly friend in the process. Join us for this welcoming online class!

A full kit will be mailed to each student, complete with the wool, foam work surface, needle, eye beads, and other necessary pieces. Students will also receive in the kit a welcome letter with notes on using Zoom as well as a link and password to a pre-recorded version of the class if they find this resource additionally helpful.

About the Instructor: Laura Berlage is a contemporary Renaissance woman living and working on her family’s century-old homestead farm outside Hayward, WI. From fiber arts to creative writing, music to storytelling, she never tires of the magic of transforming ideas into form and overlapping narrative and visual.

Laura also loves working with the many and beautiful natural materials from her farm–especially the wool from her sheep. Completing her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College in 2011, Laura continues her lifelong passion for learning with engaged, hands-on teaching for small groups to encourage creativity, imagination, and expression.

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Mar
2
Tue
2021
Fight With Every Bite: Live Online Presentation
Mar 2 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Tuesday, March 2, 202112:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Tuition: $10

Join us for a lunch hour presentation on tribal food sovereignty in Northern Minnesota from Dani Pieratos of Harvest Nation, an Indigenous-led aeroponic farm start-up on the Iron Range.

Tribal sovereignty is realized when our people experience personal liberation of our beautiful Indigenous bodies, which have been so politically dominated by Western society. Your fight begins with your food. Our resiliency as a people is our tradition of adapting and finding ways for innovative survival. Join us to learn how Harvest Nation is transcending colonialism with an alternative to a broken food system.

This presentation will explore everything from Harvest Nation Inc.’s aeroponic farm start-up business to different technologies for growing and cultivating healthy Indigenous foods. We will also discuss the importance of investing in food, food sovereignty, their farm-to-table model, transcending colonialism through alternatives to a broken food system, and their revolutionary business design that delivers to communities challenged by their location, climate and economic challenges.

About the Presenter: Dani Pieratos is deeply rooted with food and body sovereignty and food access. She’s a born dynamic leader and brings compassion with her in public sector work. Dani’s education and work experience has been in tribal program administration – specifically as a former Office Manager for Bois Forte’s tribal housing program and a B.A. With honors from Stanford University. These have provided Dani with unique skills and perspectives. As of June 1, 2018, she resigned from the tribal government to focus on community building around the development of local food initiatives. She has been interested in a host of social issues, including tribal sovereignty and sustainability. Above anything, Dani is motivated to make this world more livable, which is why she is so excited to contribute her passions and talents to food justice work. She’s now so very grateful to be employed as the Food Access Coordinator for the Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency to support the rising momentum of the Rutabaga Project.

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Mar
6
Sat
2021
Intro to Rosemaling: Strokework, Linework & More!
Mar 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Saturday, March 6, 202110:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Tuition: $25

Would you like to learn the art of rosemaling or continue to improve your rosemaling skills? In this class we will review the basic painting strokes used in Norwegian rosemaling and continue to practice and add to our skill set. Whether you have never rosemaled before or are looking to continue your rosemaling journey, this class is for you!

This class will be taught traditional oil paints but those painting with acrylics are welcome.

About the Instructor: Kim Garrett has been rosemaling since 2007 and has studied with several American rosemalers who are Gold Medal winners, an honor given for accomplishment. She 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 Dalmaining, the Swedish folk art painting style. 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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Intro to Rosemaling: Strokework, Linework & More!
Mar 6 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Saturday, March 6, 20211:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Tuition: $25

Would you like to learn the art of rosemaling or continue to improve your rosemaling skills? In this class we will review the basic painting strokes used in Norwegian rosemaling and continue to practice and add to our skill set. Whether you have never rosemaled before or are looking to continue your rosemaling journey, this class is for you!

This class will be taught traditional oil paints but those painting with acrylics are welcome.

About the Instructor: Kim Garrett has been rosemaling since 2007 and has studied with several American rosemalers who are Gold Medal winners, an honor given for accomplishment. She 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 Dalmaining, the Swedish folk art painting style. 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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Mar
13
Sat
2021
Make a Beaver Hat
Mar 13 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

This is a two-day class with a live online demonstration followed by a live online Q & A session.

Demonstration:Saturday, March 13, 2021 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Live online Question & Answer session:Tuesday, March 16, 2021 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM Live online

Tuition: $80 Materials: $100 Postage: $15

The registration deadline is March 1 so you can receive your materials in time. Don’t wait too long to register! This is a popular class and is limited to a maximum of 12 people.

Ely folks know there is no bad weather, only bad clothing. A lot of body heat can escape through the top of our heads, so soft, beautiful beaver hats are just the answer for those deep wind chills, which Bert and Mark can attest to. You will learn how to measure, cut and sew pattern pieces from beaver hide. You will receive instructions for adding a liner.

You will receive the materials you need to make the hat, including patterns, needles, and thread. You will receive instructions for stretching the hide, construction of the hat, and adding the liner, where needed, using glue and hand stitching the material of your choice.

On Saturday, March 13, you will meet with the instructors in a live online session. They will give you a step-by-step demonstration of the making of the hats, from cutting through the final stitching, sprinkled with fascinating facts about beavers and some lively stories, which may or may not be true. Then you will have three days to work on your hat, then return to ask Bert and Mark any questions you have about the process. The ending time on the sessions will be flexible if more time is needed.

When you receive your materials, it would be a good idea to lay out the pattern pieces on the hide to familiarize yourself with the process and be ready with questions. However, it might be better to hold off on cutting the pieces until you have seen the demonstration and heard the tips on doing it correctly.

About the instructors: Bert Hyde and Mark Olson are skilled woodsmen who have experienced a lot of cold weather, undaunted. They are long-time friends, do-it-yourselfers, and Ely Folk School instructors and supporters, who get a kick out of showing other people how to do cool things.

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Needle Felt a Chickadee: Live Online
Mar 13 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Saturday, March 13, 20212:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Tuition: $30 Materials: $25 Shipping: $15

Register before March 3rd in order to receive supplies prior to the class.

Needle felting is fun! Learn to transform hand-dyed wool from the instructor’s flock of sheep into your very own adorable little chickadee. We will mail you the materials ahead of time, then Laura will take you step-by-step through the process via Zoom. No previous experience is necessary.

The materials kit comes with enough wool to make two chickadees, so you can perfect your technique on the second one after class. All you need to complete the project is a work surface like a sturdy table, good light, and a pair of scissors. Everything else is included! Experience the magic of needle felting or learn some new tips to add to your growing skillset.

During these trying times, needle felting can feel especially therapeutic, as we repeatedly stab the wool with our barbed needles while creating a cute, wooly friend in the process. Join us for this welcoming online class!

A full kit will be mailed to each student, complete with the wool, foam work surface, needle, eye beads, and other necessary pieces. Students will also receive in the kit a welcome letter with notes on using Zoom as well as a link and password to a pre-recorded version of the class if they find this resource additionally helpful.

About the Instructor: Laura Berlage is a contemporary Renaissance woman living and working on her family’s century-old homestead farm outside Hayward, WI. From fiber arts to creative writing, music to storytelling, she never tires of the magic of transforming ideas into form and overlapping narrative and visual.

Laura also loves working with the many and beautiful natural materials from her farm–especially the wool from her sheep. Completing her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College in 2011, Laura continues her lifelong passion for learning with engaged, hands-on teaching for small groups to encourage creativity, imagination, and expression.

Register Here

Mar
29
Mon
2021
Needle Felt a Red Fox: Live Online
Mar 29 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Monday, March 29, 20212:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Tuition: $30 Materials: $25 Shipping: $15

Register before March 19th in order to receive supplies prior to the class.

Needle felting is fun! Learn to transform hand-dyed wool from the instructor’s flock of sheep into your very own adorable little fox. We will mail you the materials ahead of time, then Laura will take you step-by-step through the process via Zoom. No previous experience is necessary.

The materials kit comes with enough wool to make two foxes, so you can perfect your technique on the second one after class. All you need to complete the project is a work surface like a sturdy table, good light, and a pair of scissors. Everything else is included! Experience the magic of needle felting or learn some new tips to add to your growing skillset.

During these trying times, needle felting can feel especially therapeutic, as we repeatedly stab the wool with our barbed needles while creating a cute, wooly friend in the process. Join us for this welcoming online class!

A full kit will be mailed to each student, complete with the wool, foam work surface, needle, eye beads, and other necessary pieces. Students will also receive in the kit a welcome letter with notes on using Zoom as well as a link and password to a pre-recorded version of the class if they find this resource additionally helpful.

About the Instructor: Laura Berlage is a contemporary Renaissance woman living and working on her family’s century-old homestead farm outside Hayward, WI. From fiber arts to creative writing, music to storytelling, she never tires of the magic of transforming ideas into form and overlapping narrative and visual.

Laura also loves working with the many and beautiful natural materials from her farm–especially the wool from her sheep. Completing her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College in 2011, Laura continues her lifelong passion for learning with engaged, hands-on teaching for small groups to encourage creativity, imagination, and expression.

Register Here

Apr
8
Thu
2021
Needle Felt a Loon: Live Online
Apr 8 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Thursday, April 8, 20212:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Tuition: $30 Materials: $25 Shipping: $15

Register by Wednesday, March 31st in order to receive supplies prior to class.

Back by popular demand! Here’s another chance to needle-felt your own little loon.

Needle felting is fun! Learn to transform hand-dyed wool from the instructor’s flock of sheep into your very own adorable little loon. We will mail you the materials ahead of time, then Laura will take you step-by-step through the process via Zoom. No previous experience is necessary.

The materials kit comes with enough wool to make two loons, so you can perfect your technique on the second one after class. All you need to complete the project is a work surface like a sturdy table, good light, and a pair of scissors. Everything else is included! Experience the magic of needle felting or learn some new tips to add to your growing skillset.

During these trying times, needle felting can feel especially therapeutic, as we repeatedly stab the wool with our barbed needles while creating a cute, wooly friend in the process. Join us for this welcoming online class!

A full kit will be mailed to each student, complete with the wool, foam work surface, needle, eye beads, and other necessary pieces. Students will also receive in the kit a welcome letter with notes on using Zoom as well as a link and password to a pre-recorded version of the class if they find this resource additionally helpful.

About the Instructor: Laura Berlage is a contemporary Renaissance woman living and working on her family’s century-old homestead farm outside Hayward, WI. From fiber arts to creative writing, music to storytelling, she never tires of the magic of transforming ideas into form and overlapping narrative and visual.

Laura also loves working with the many and beautiful natural materials from her farm–especially the wool from her sheep. Completing her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College in 2011, Laura continues her lifelong passion for learning with engaged, hands-on teaching for small groups to encourage creativity, imagination, and expression.

Register Here

Apr
10
Sat
2021
Nature Writing for Women: Welcome Spring: Live Online
Apr 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Saturday, April 10, 202110:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Tuition: $25

Of all seasons, spring is the one that honors life’s regenerating power. Set aside one Saturday morning to spur your imagination and awaken creativity from winter slumber. This session is designed to celebrate the strong bond between women and the natural world. You will generate written pieces through free-flowing writing exercises and discussion within a supportive circle of women. Time permitting, you’ll also have the opportunity to share a piece of writing that you find especially inspiring.

About the Instructor: DyAnne Korda is a poet and experienced writing instructor. Her work has been published in many journals including The Wisconsin Academy Review. She is author of several poetry and story collections including This Earth Woman, Path of Belonging, and Finding the Lost Woman. Korda was awarded her second Individual Artist Grant through the Donald G. Gardener Humanities Trust and an Artist Access Grant through the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council to complete her most recent book, The Shore’s Absolute Edge.

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