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Printing with Gelli Plates

with Cecilia Rolando

December 9th, 2021

$45 More Info

Thursday, December 9, 2021
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Tuition: $30 Materials: $15

This exciting class involves use of Gelli printing plates to createprints on a variety of papers. These can be used as they are or for collage purposes. Gelli printing involves using a reusable gelatin plate to press textured patterns onto fabric and paper. The opportunities for exploration and creativity are endless! 

Please bring your own Gelli plate, if you have one. If you have specific stampers and a brayer you like to use, you're welcome to bring that as well.

About the Instructor: Area artist Cecilia Rolando returns to the Ely Folk School to teach a series of classes of art techniques that interest her.

She will focus on Gelli plate printing for this class, with the emphasis, as always, on allowing the students to use their own creativity in applying the information she provides regarding the techniques involved.

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Learn to Make Leiden: Live Online

with Gary Colles

December 9th, 2021

$40 More Info

Thursday, December 9, 2021
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $40

December's Cheese of the Month is Leiden! 

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

Leiden is a uniquely rich cheese, that is both buttery and fragrant. 

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 with ample time prior to class. 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.  

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Origami Ornaments

with Alexia Springer

December 9th, 2021

$24 More Info

Thursday, December 9, 2021 5:00-7:00pm
Tuition: $24
Open to students ages 12+
In this class, you will learn how to make your own origami ornaments. We will go through at least 4 different designs that will give you the basic understanding of folds and how to read instructions. You will have the opportunity to experiment with other designs from books during the last 30 minutes of class.
About the instructor: Alexia Springer has been teaching origami to her friends (and even class mates) since grade school. Part of her Christmas tradition growing up was making origami ornaments as a family. They used old wrapping paper that was well intact and kept pieces year to year for the Christmas tree. Throughout the years, her family created some difficult pieces but also adopted some classic ornaments that were used most.

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Needle Felt a Snowy Owl: Live Online

with Laura Berlage

December 10th, 2021

$76 More Info

Friday, December 10, 2021
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $36   Materials: $25  Shipping: $15

Register before December 1st in order to receive supplies prior to the class. The snowy owl is the cute guy in the center of the photo.

Needle felting is fun! Learn to transform hand-dyed wool from the instructor’s flock of sheep into your very own adorable little snowy owl. 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 owls, 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.

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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Slovenian Walnut Potica

with Lacey Squier

December 10th, 2021

$52 More Info

Friday, December 10, 2021
5:00pm - 8:30pm

Tuition: $42  Materials: $10

Walnut potica (pronounced “po-teet-zah”) is a Slovenian sweet dough pastry. Potica is a celebratory treat served at Easter, Christmas, and other festive occasions. It is one of many traditional Easter dishes (┼żegen) which receives a blessing on Holy Saturday. Potica is so beloved, so emblematic of Slovenia, that it was featured on some of the first stamps produced by the newly independent Slovenian government after being the first province to break away from Yugoslavia in 1991 -- or so that’s how Mary Louise tells it. 

Mary Louise is a second generation (100%) Slovenian, a born and raised Elyite. She grew up eating Slovenian ethnic foods made by her mother, Rose Mavetz. The recipe featured in this class was given to Mary Louise by Rose, who used it to teach walnut potica community education classes at the Vermilion Community College in the 70s and 80s. 

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 serves as Chair of the Ely Folk School Board.

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Ely Folk School Holiday Party

December 11th, 2021

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Join the Ely Folk School for a free outdoor community gathering featuring dog sled rides, a bonfire, Ojibwe snow snakes (game) demonstrations, and more. Skis and snowshoes will be availble courtesty of Piragis Northwoods Company.

Glögg, hot cocoa, and snacks will be provided. Donations encouraged. 

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Makers Morning

December 16th, 2021

Free More Info

Thursday Mornings
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Note: This is the last makers morning of 2021. See you in the new year! 

Join other makers and crafters weekly at the Ely Folk School for a relaxed morning of creativity and sharing. Whether you crochet, quilt, solder, write, or weave, any project is welcome. This space is also excellent for students who did not finish a project during their class.

All are welcome, no matter skill level or (reasonable) project type. As we enter the darker months of winter, a space to share projects and work in a community setting are important! Drop in whenever as you like, for as long as you like. 

Our equipment is available for you to use and select materials are available for purchase. You must clean and return any equipmemnt used. Registration is not required, but welcomed. 

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Homemade Beeswax Wraps

with Sarah Elkins

December 16th, 2021

$34 More Info

Thursday, December 16, 2021
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Tuition: $24  Materials: $10

Learn how to make homemade beeswax wraps. Beeswax wraps are not only an environmentally conscious choice compared to plastic wrap but will also save you money on single use plastics. Students will leave class with 8-10 wraps (depending on size) and a recipe to make more wraps at home. Not only are beeswax wraps a great addition to your kitchen, but they make great gifts.

Students must also bring 1 yard of 100% cotton fabric of their choice. Fabric must be washed.

About the Instructor, Sarah Elkins: I have been crafting for as long as I can remember. I have always had a fascination in handmade goods and enjoy learning and experimenting with different techniques and media. I am primarily self taught and through my creative journey I have learned that the aspect of crafting and creating I love the most is seeing the unique individuality different people bring to a project. Because of this I emphasize individuality and creativity in my classes.

Although I dabble in many areas, I focus my time on crochet, embroidery, and papermaking. I am the owner and primary creator of Corduroy Cat Studios, a home goods and stationery business.

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Animal Tracking

with Steve Engel

December 18th, 2021

$24 More Info

Saturday, December 18, 2021
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Tuition: $24

Join the group enjoying the winter season with animal tracks literacy. We’ll meet outdoors and study the stories told by animal tracks in the snow. You’ll learn how to identify evidence of your wild neighbors and gain insight into their lives. All you need to bring is curiosity and warm clothing. And maybe snowshoes! We’ll meet between 10 am and 12 pm at locations near Ely. Group size limited to 10. 

You'll be notified several days prior to class as to where you'll be meeting.

About the Instructor: Steve Engel has looked at animal tracks as a window into nature for over forty years. He believes an awareness of animal tracks and sign is very helpful for seeing more of the life going on around us and leads to greater enjoyment and appreciation of the natural world. Getting outdoors to find and explore tracks and sign with an experienced tracker is a great way to improve your animal tracks literacy. Steve has earned a level III Track and Sign Certification from Tracker Certification of Cybertracker North America.   

Steve has a B.S. in Natural History from Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA. and has worked as an environmental educator, field biologist, shipboard naturalist, natural history trip leader, education director, artist, and writer. He enjoys helping others explore the outdoors and discover answers to their natural history questions.