Class Calendar

Jun
22
Tue
2021
Photographing Orchids Field Trip
Jun 22 @ 8:00 am – 1:30 pm

Tuesday, June 22, 20218:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Tuition: $60 Materials: $5

Within just a few miles of Ely, approximately 31 species of wild orchids can be found, and Ken knows where to find them. This field trip is open to students who have taken Ken’s class previously, 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. Students are also welcome using a simpler camera or smartphone or if your interest is identification more than photography, as long as you understand the pace will be set that allows everyone to take photographs with correct settings, positioning, etc.

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.

This class will be held in person with limited seats available. Masks should be worn and social distancing observed. In addition to adhering to CDC and Minnesota State guidelines, the Ely Folk School is monitoring local public health.

Some students may be carpooling, and you’re also welcome to drive your own car. The route will cover approximately 50 miles.

This class will be held in person with limited seats available. Masks should be worn and social distancing observed. In addition to adhering to CDC and Minnesota State guidelines, the Ely Folk School is monitoring local public health.

About the Instructor: Ken Hupila grew up and lived in Northern Minnesota for most of his life. He moved to the Ely area in 1978 and has been a resident here since. Ken is an educator, having taught in the Ely School System for 33 years. He is an outdoor adventurer who has canoed, camped, hunted and fished from Alaska to Minnesota, including a 500-mile, 27-day paddle on the Albany River to Hudson Bay in 2006. He has been a wilderness guide for over 40 years in the BWCA and Superior National Forest.

He became a professional photographer in 2001, specializing the past five years in outdoor photography. Recently he entered the writing world as an outdoor author covering topics such as his guiding experiences, his trip to Hudson Bay as well as personal wilderness trips that he has taken into the backcountry. Ken has taught photography classes through Community Education and the Ely Folk School for the past several years.

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Jun
24
Thu
2021
Design a Fabulous Fabric Wall Hanging
Jun 24 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

June 24, 20211:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Tuition: $36 Materials: $12

Under Cecilia Rolando’s guidance, attendees will design a fabric hanging from a selection of materials, piece it together during class, and then finish it with machine stitching or hand sewing or even iron-on bonding material like Stitch Witchery. There will probably be time in class to work on the stitching, and if you wish to do machine stitching, the folk school does have some sewing machines available, but it’s best if you bring your own machine, since you’re familiar with it.

The class is open to beginners or experienced sewers and quilters. The focus will be on design and how to piece together fabric, threads, yard, buttons, trims, etc. without the formality of quilting.

Students are invited (but not required) to bring favorite scissors and other tools, large needles and pins.

Covid19 safety restrictions will be observed. Please bring a mask or use one we provide. Students are encouraged to come vaccinated.

About the Instructor: Cecilia Rolando is a local artist who loves experimenting with new materials, techniques, and ideas. Her fabric wall hangings are explosions of color, texture, and creativity.

Cecilia has taught at the Ely Folk School, Greenstone Public Arts summer art camp for kids, community education classes, many workshops for NLAA and private students. She led the NLAA monthly NLAA Visual Arts Group for over 20 years.

She has her work at Art and Soul Gallery, where she’ll have a solo show in July, at Cook’s Northern Friends of the Arts gallery, and in many private collections.

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Jun
25
Fri
2021
Morning Reflection Paddle @ Miners Lake Landing
Jun 25 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 am

Friday, June 25, 20217:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Tuition: $25 Materials: $10

In this class we will canoe in silence as a group on Miners Lake. The goal is to be present, silently communicative with your boat partner, and reflective – whatever the morning brings you. The peace, stillness, and magic of the early morning hours speaks for itself.

You will also learn canoe terminology and basic strokes for maneuvering around a lake. As John Hayes and Alex Wilson write in their book Quiet Water: New Hampshire and Vermont, “The peaceful solitude of out-of-the-way lakes and ponds lures us to quiet-water paddling. … With quiet-water paddling, you can focus on being there instead of getting there.”

Students should meet at the boat landing for Miners Lake at 7:00 AM, ready to go with a bag of necessities: snack, water, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, etc. We will do a brief hello and introduction to each other and about the canoe before launching. Once in our canoes, we will huddle for a poetry reading and proceed to paddle around the lake silently. At some point, we will stop for brief reflections, followed by practicing and/or learning basic canoe strokes.

EFS Volunteers are donating clean canoes, paddles, and PFDs for this class. If you have your own gear, please bring it to ensure proper fit and comfort. You are welcome to bring your own canoe or kayak, so long as it is properly licensed.

This class is being held outdoors. The Ely Folk School encourages students to receive a vaccine for the coronavirus prior to attending class, but it is not required.

About the Instructor: Alexia Springer has a degree in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism from Radford University and has worked as an outdoor educator at various camps and universities, most notably Earlham College as the Outdoor Education Coordinator.

“One of my favorite activities on canoe expeditions is taking what we would call a “voyageur start” which meant waking up early, breaking down camp, and setting out into our canoes for the day in the early morning hours. Somewhere along the way I started incorporating a poem reading followed by silent paddling,” Alexia says.

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Jul
8
Thu
2021
Learn to Make Asiago Cheese: Live Online
Jul 8 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Thursday, July 8, 20212:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Tuition: $40

July’s Cheese of the Month is Asiago!

Join Master Cheesemaker Gary Colles and the Ely Folk School as we make a new cheese from scratch each month.

Fresh asiago is a fantastic cheese to have in your fridge. Asiago can be used to enhance almost any sandwich or pasta.

Join us in the rewarding practice of making cheese from scratch under excellent tutelage with fine company. You will certainly learn something new and although you will not leave the Zoom class with a final product, the end results will wow you!

You will receive the recipe and the supplies list in early July. Please be sure to fully read the ingredients list and reach out with questions on where to find any lesser-known ingredients. After class, your cheese will require additional care prior to consumption.

About the Instructor: Gary Colles has been making artisan cheese for nineteen years. Beginning with teaching in Michigan where he and his wife live, he has added North Carolina, Alabama, Iowa, Florida and Minnesota. He has worked and trained with Glengarry Cheese Company in Canada, New England Cheese Making Company, and Farmstead Cheese Making. He is always reading more on cheese making, and his reference library now has fifty books on cheese.

Please register for each person attending in your household to support both the instructors and the Ely Folk School. Thank you!

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Jul
15
Thu
2021
Painting Watercolor Notecards
Jul 15 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Thursday, July 15, 20211:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Tuition: $36 Materials: $14

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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Jul
16
Fri
2021
Create Your Own Nature-Inspired Switch Plate Cover
Jul 16 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Friday, July 16, 20211:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Tuition: $30 Materials: $15

This fun project allows students to play with polymer clay and add a pop of color to their homes!

Students will stack, roll, cut and restack layers of polymer clay to create a variegated color palate to use for creating the switch plate cover. The block of clay is then stamped or drawn on to further enhance the design. Charms or small trinkets can be added if desired.

Students will work primarily with a combination of green tones, but other colors will be available for those who want to move beyond a nature theme. Once completed, the switch plates can also be distressed with paint to give them an antiqued look. No previous experience is needed.

This class is a great way to experiment with polymer clay before investing in supplies of your own. Decorative switch plate covers also make great gifts!

This class will be held in person with limited seats available. Masks should be worn and social distancing observed. In addition to adhering to CDC and Minnesota State guidelines, the Ely Folk School is monitoring local public health.

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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Jul
20
Tue
2021
Peck Basket with Wooden Base
Jul 20 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Tuesday, July 20, 20219:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Tuition: $96 Materials: $40

Registration closes one week prior to class, on July 13.

Come make a round, twill woven peck-sized basket with blue and indigo striped accents, two side handles and a wooden base. Learn to twine and twill weave, plus leave class with your own hand-crafted beautiful basket! The perfect accessory for fall harvesting and foraging in the Northwoods.

While scheduled as a full day class to ensure everyone has time to finish and doesn’t feel hurried, perhaps not everyone will need the full time to finish.

All materials are made and provided by the instructor. This class is acceptable for a beginner to basketry or someone more advanced.

About the Instructor Martha Buche. I have lived in the Driftless region of Western Wisconsin, in rural Vernon County with my family for more than 20 years. Before that I bopped around the world, working and “Arting” in Europe and Asia. I came back to North America with a husband and daughter, then added a son to our family when we were settled back here in the Midwest.

From September to June, I am an Early Childhood Educator working with young parents and their children and also a high school fine and practical arts teacher. For decades I have taught all sorts of skills to every age group from babies to grandparents.I have a studio art bachelor’s degree and a masters in education.

I have been an artist for 45 years and I work in many, many media, much of it inspired by the natural environment and materials of my indigenous ancestors. (Potawatomi)

I love fiber arts & textile design, copper and metal forging, drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, jewelry, recycled art, basketry of all sorts, stone carving & sculpture, mosaics, land art, art history, and helping people find a way to express their innate creativity.

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Jul
21
Wed
2021
Writing With Your Child, For Your Child
Jul 21 @ 6:30 pm – Jul 21 @ 8:00 pm

Wednesdays, July 21 & 28, August 4, 11, 18, & 25, 20216:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Tuition: $60 Materials: $20

This class takes place over the course of 6 Wednesdays. By the end of class, you and your elementary schooler will have written and illustrated your own book!

This 6 week class (one session per week) was designed for parent & child pairs. The intention is for each pair to write their own personalized children’s book. There are no prerequisites or level of skill necessary. In recognition that attending all 6 consecutive sessions can be challenging, the class is designed to accommodate the occasional missing of a session.

The story line for your book will reflect values you identify as those your family hold dear. This allows your child to learn more about what is important in your family. The main characters will be identified/selected by your child because they are looked up to, superheroes or other popular characters. The writing and illustrating will occur during class sessions and at home between classes.

A tangible outcome is intended to be a 16 to 32 page illustrated children’s book. The instructor will use one he has written, “Asking Willow”, as a model for teaching, but individual creativity will be encouraged. The original version of you and your child’s book (manuscript) will make a great family keep sake. A photocopy of the manuscript can be easily bound and made into a wonderfully personalized gift for someone important in your child’s life, such as a grandparent.

The class was developed for children 8 years of age, but it is applicable for a couple years either younger or older. It was also developed from the idea that by working in a group setting, learning can occur that is well beyond what any of us can anticipate. It leads us on a journey in the experience and development of community, a sense we are there for each other.

A small group allows from participation and support from the instructor. The selected class size is eight parent-child pairs. So, while still a small group, it is large enough to generate a wealth of creative energy.

The class presentations and activities are designed to be individualized for each parent child pair. While specific techniques are demonstrated, and specific activities are set up, you are the expert on your child’s preferred modes of learning.

During the first session, parents receive a handout that serves as a reference to important points covered during the class and why various activities are selected. Materials for writing and illustrating will also be handed out. They are presented as a gift addressed to your child and you. It is a way to help your child understand just how much their involvement in the class is appreciated.

The class philosophy comes from an understanding that if it is made enjoyable, your creativity will flourish. The criteria for determining if the class was worthwhile are intangible. Did you and your child enjoy the class? Does your child know more about values your family hold dear? Do you feel you and your child learned to create at a higher level? Do your feel your child has had some seeds planted that will help in making good choices? Did you and your child feel inspired and supported by the group?

Contact information is listed below. Please feel free to reach out if you have questions you would like to discuss before deciding whether or not to sign up.

Questions on the class can be directed to:John Kopp, class

Only one registration per parent-child pair is necessary.

About the Instructor: John Kopp has had a career of experiences working withparents and children of all abilities. After graduating from NDSU 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. John is a member of the local Writers Group and you can see his and other group members writings in a collection entitled Just Breathe in the Ely Summer Times 2021.

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Jul
22
Thu
2021
Shibori Dyeing with Indigo
Jul 22 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Thursday, July 22, 20219:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Tuiton: $96 Materials: $30

Registration closes one week prior to class, on July 15.

The traditional Japanese technique of shibori involves fabric folding and binding to make repetitive patterns on fabric, dyed with indigo. We will use clips, tubes, bands and other items to make resists on our fabric for dyeing. This fun and kind of addictive activity gives instant results and makes you want to try many more. It is magical to observe the oxygen in the air react with the Indigo, creating all shades of ‘blue jeans’ blue.

Students will want to bring a lot of 100% cotton items to dye: t-shirts, pillow cases, dish towels, handkerchiefs, etc. Please launder all items in hot water before bringing them.You will have plenty of time to explore the wonders of shibori and indigo, so bring plenty! Students will need to bring a very large plastic zip or trash bag to transport wet and dyed items. Also bring a pair of long cuff household chore gloves, a bag lunch and a water bottle.

About the Instructor Martha Buche. I have lived in the Driftless region of Western Wisconsin, in rural Vernon County with my family for more than 20 years. Before that I bopped around the world, working and “Arting” in Europe and Asia. I came back to North America with a husband and daughter, then added a son to our family when we were settled back here in the Midwest.

From September to June, I am an Early Childhood Educator working with young parents and their children and also a high school fine and practical arts teacher. For decades I have taught all sorts of skills to every age group from babies to grandparents. I have a studio art bachelor’s degree and a master’s in education.

I have been an artist for 45 years and I work in many, many media, much of it inspired by the natural environment and materials of my indigenous ancestors. (Potawatomi)

I love fiber arts & textile design, copper and metal forging, drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, jewelry, recycled art, basketry of all sorts, stone carving & sculpture, mosaics, land art, art history, and helping people find a way to express their innate creativity.

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Blueberry Hand Pies: Live Online
Jul 22 @ 6:00 pm – Jul 22 @ 8:00 pm

Thursday, July 22, 20216:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Tuition: $20 per household

These butter-crust hand pies can be made in bulk and frozen either before they’ve been baked or after. Prep ahead to have at the ready to bring as a shareable treat when you’re called to an impromptu summer bonfire with friends. Join us in community via Zoom no matter how ripe the blueberries are in your hometown.

The ingredient and supplies list will be sent to registrants two weeks prior to class.

About the Instructor: Lacey Squier loves cooking food of all kinds. She is an amateur cook who spends much of her free time learning how to recreate dishes from her favorite restaurant and travel experiences. It is liberating to realize you can have anything you want for dinner … as long as you’re willing to make it yourself!

When not experimenting with food at home (and making a huge mess of her kitchen), Lacey likes to take walks or go on a hike with her spouse, Eric, and their dog Wendell. Lacey works at Ely Family Dental and serves as Chair of the Ely Folk School Board.

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