Class Calendar

Aug
8
Thu
2019
Learn to Knit!
Aug 8 @ 6:00 pm – Aug 8 @ 8:00 pm

Thursday, August 8, 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 on June 27, and help is always available when Anna is at Sisu Designs Yarn Shop on Chapman St.

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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Aug
9
Fri
2019
Pine Needle Basketry-Clipped Needles
Aug 9 @ 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Friday, August 9, 201912:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Tuition: $45 Materials: $20

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. We will discuss how to gather and prepare your own red pine needles from the lakes and woods around Ely. You’ll take home your own woven pine needle basket.

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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Traditional Han Athabascan Beading
Aug 9 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Fridays, August 2, 9, and 16, 20191:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Tuition: $90 Materials: $10

This is a 3-week class series, which will be open to beginners and beaders with some experience, giving them an opportunity to improve their skills and work with more intricate designs.

You will learn how to paint with beads, creating beautiful designs in the traditional style of the Han Athabascan people of Alaska. The beading will be done on a felt background, so you will be able to attach your finished piece to a purse, moccasin, shirt or other article of clothing or frame it for your home.

You will learn all the basics of beading, including the preferred tools and materials, how to choose beads, and various stitches to use. Adeline will provide a number of Han Athabascan designs for you to choose from, and you will have a chance to learn about the Han Athabascan culture as Adeline shares her stories.

Adeline does not live here year-round, so take advantage of this opportunity to learn from a master craftsperson!

About the instructor: Adeline Potts is a Native of Alaska of the Han Athabascan tribe. She has had extensive experience beading professionally, creating intricately-beaded wedding garments and beautiful Moosehide moccasins, and enjoys teaching, passing on the traditional skills to others. She and her husband spent over 30 winters living off the land in the Alaskan wilderness, fishing, hunting and trapping.

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Aug
10
Sat
2019
Pine Needle Basketry-Whole Needle
Aug 10 @ 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Saturday, August 10, 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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Aug
16
Fri
2019
Traditional Han Athabascan Beading
Aug 16 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Fridays, August 2, 9, and 16, 20191:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Tuition: $90 Materials: $10

This is a 3-week class series, which will be open to beginners and beaders with some experience, giving them an opportunity to improve their skills and work with more intricate designs.

You will learn how to paint with beads, creating beautiful designs in the traditional style of the Han Athabascan people of Alaska. The beading will be done on a felt background, so you will be able to attach your finished piece to a purse, moccasin, shirt or other article of clothing or frame it for your home.

You will learn all the basics of beading, including the preferred tools and materials, how to choose beads, and various stitches to use. Adeline will provide a number of Han Athabascan designs for you to choose from, and you will have a chance to learn about the Han Athabascan culture as Adeline shares her stories.

Adeline does not live here year-round, so take advantage of this opportunity to learn from a master craftsperson!

About the instructor: Adeline Potts is a Native of Alaska of the Han Athabascan tribe. She has had extensive experience beading professionally, creating intricately-beaded wedding garments and beautiful Moosehide moccasins, and enjoys teaching, passing on the traditional skills to others. She and her husband spent over 30 winters living off the land in the Alaskan wilderness, fishing, hunting and trapping.

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Weave a Towel – Intermediate Weaving
Aug 16 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This is a two-day class: Notes the different times each day

Friday, August 16, 2019 1:00 PM – 5:00 PMSaturday, August 17, 2019 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Tuition: $120 Materials: $30

Come join this class to expand your skills on the use of rigid heddle looms. You will learn to warp a rigid heddle loom for a kitchen towel. That when woven, can result in two different patterns, stripes or plaid.

The first day we will plan and warp your towel pattern. On the second day, you will spend most of the day weaving your towel and then learning to finish the ends. If you have your own loom, feel free to bring it, the recommended heddle size is 10 epi.

Prerequisites: Prior experience on the use of a rigid heddle loom or completion of the Learn to Weave class.

About the instructor: Diane Thomson enjoys many of the fiber arts and learned to weave in high school. She rediscovered weaving in 1985 when she purchased her first loom. She spent most of her weaving time on rag rugs until the 90’s, when she focused on spinning and knitting, which she has since taught at several yarn shops in the Twin Cities and at the Ely Folk School. She currently is offering knitting classes at Sisu Designs Yarn Shop in Ely.

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Aug
17
Sat
2019
Advanced Adobe Lightroom Classic CC
Aug 17 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Saturday, August 17, 20199:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Tuition: $40 Materials: $10

This class is for any photographer who uses Adobe Lightroom Classic CC and wants to learn more. This is not an introductory class, this is a class 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 CC. 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 bring your computer with Lightroom Classic installed. There will be plenty of time for your questions. I’ll supply all students with a handout and a jump drive with 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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Weave a Towel – Intermediate Weaving
Aug 17 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This is a two-day class: Notes the different times each day

Friday, August 16, 2019 1:00 PM – 5:00 PMSaturday, August 17, 2019 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Tuition: $120 Materials: $30

Come join this class to expand your skills on the use of rigid heddle looms. You will learn to warp a rigid heddle loom for a kitchen towel. That when woven, can result in two different patterns, stripes or plaid.

The first day we will plan and warp your towel pattern. On the second day, you will spend most of the day weaving your towel and then learning to finish the ends. If you have your own loom, feel free to bring it, the recommended heddle size is 10 epi.

Prerequisites: Prior experience on the use of a rigid heddle loom or completion of the Learn to Weave class.

About the instructor: Diane Thomson enjoys many of the fiber arts and learned to weave in high school. She rediscovered weaving in 1985 when she purchased her first loom. She spent most of her weaving time on rag rugs until the 90’s, when she focused on spinning and knitting, which she has since taught at several yarn shops in the Twin Cities and at the Ely Folk School. She currently is offering knitting classes at Sisu Designs Yarn Shop in Ely.

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Making Watercolor Notecards
Aug 17 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Saturday, August 18, 20191:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Tuition: $20 Materials: $15

Have you ever wanted to create your own cards for that special occasion? You will learn about color mixing and watercolor techniques with brush, paint, and paper and will explore a variety of subject ideas. You will create individual, original notecards on paper and envelopes supplied in class.

Materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your favorite brushes or other watercolor supplies if you have them.

About the instructor: Holly Meeker Rom has worked in the watercolor medium professionally since 1980, and has taught drawing, watercolor and color theory for 40 years. Holly enjoys teaching and guiding students at all levels in the adventure of watercolor painting. She is inspired by the landscape of the lakes and forests of Ely, MN.

She has taught locally at the Ely Folk School, the Miner’s Dry and the Art Corner. Holly’s work can be viewed on her website, www.hollymeekerrom.com.

She has an MFA in painting from American University in Washington, DC, and an MA in Art Education from California State Univ. in Sacramento. She is a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society and The Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club. She led art historical tours at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC for 17 years in School programs. She has been a part-time resident of Ely, MN for 20 years.

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Aug
19
Mon
2019
Living Arts – A Cultural Presentation
Aug 19 @ 5:00 pm – Aug 19 @ 7:30 pm

Monday, August 19, 2019 (Rescheduled from August 12th)

5:00 PM – Potluck Dinner – Bring your favorite dish to share and greet new and old friends6:15 PM – Living Arts Presentation

Come witness resiliency of the Anishaanabe people through the continuance of traditional crafting, singing, drumming, and dancing.

Chaz Wagner, a Traditional Men’s Dancer, Singer, and Drummer, and Dani Pieratos, Jingle Dress Dancer, will present on their dance styles, their Native American regalia, and the accompanying cultural and spiritual teachings of their traditional outfits.

The presentation is intended to demonstrate the Indigenous worldview of art as a means of survival and revival, a holistic perspective that works on both the individual and community levels for healing and growth.

We hope that through the sharing process our audience will rediscover a bit of their own sacred truths in themselves.

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