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Stained Glass: Next Steps

with Betty Firth

$184 More Info

Mondays, October 25, November 1, 8, 15 2021
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Tuition: $144  Materials: $40

This class has four sessions over four weeks.

Thanks to a generous grant from Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, half the seats in this class will be offered at no charge to area youth (16-22). If this describes you, please call the Ely Folk School to inquire about a potential seat.

The age-old craft of stained glass continues to fascinate and delight us today. This class is open to students who have taken the Intro to Stained Glass class or have had previous experience working with stained glass. You can choose projects from design options or bring your own design and learn how to turn it into a pattern that will work. You will have an opportunity to practice and improve basic skills and learn techniques to improve your glass cutting, copper foiling, soldering, and assembling. Basic techniques of using lead or zinc came with your designs will be introduced. Came is the channel used to form the framework for your piece. Instruction will be individualized based on students’ experience and skills.

The materials fee will cover one piece approximately 12” x 12” or two smaller pieces. Additional glass and materials are available for purchase for more or larger pieces.

About the instructor: Betty Firth loves an abundance of colors and light and surrounds herself with as much of each whenever she can. Stained glass combines the beauty of both with unending, delightful possibilities. Betty has also indulged her love of color and craft working with pottery, fabric collages, weaving, beading, and watercolor painting.

Betty has taught many subjects to students from six years old to 90 and always enjoys the opportunity to open up new worlds to students.

This activity is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to appropriations from the Minnesota State Legislature's general and arts and cultural heritage funds.

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Needle Felt a Cardinal: Live Online

with Laura Berlage

November 12th, 2021

$76 More Info

Friday, November 12, 2021
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

Register before November 2nd 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 cardinal. Cardinals are a common sight around the Northwoods in November! 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 cardinals, 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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Scandinavian Christmas Hearts: Live Online

with Kim Garrett

November 6th, 2021

$42 More Info

Saturday, November 6, 2021
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Tuition: $42

Learn how to paint Traditional Scandinavian Heart Ornaments. In this class we will learn how to make the heart designs, prepare the wooden ornaments for painting and paint our heart ornaments. This class will be taught using acrylic paints but oil painters are welcome.

Make it a day of painting fun and join the afternoon's Scandinavian Heart Dala Horse Ornament class with Kim! 

Students will receive a list of supplies needed upon registration.

About the Instructor: Kim Garrett has been painting Scandinavian folk art in the Norwegian Rosemaling and Swedish Dalmålning styles for about 14 years. Kim has traveled to Scandinavia several times to learn her craft from expert folk artists there. She has been teaching for 8 years throughout the Midwest. 

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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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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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Using Your Smart Phone for Art

with Cecilia Rolando

November 18th, 2021

$25 More Info

Thursday, November 18, 2021
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Tuition: $25
You must bring a smart phone with the ability to download apps.

Have you ever seen digital art and wondered how it is made? Come learn how! This class involves use of a smart phone and various apps to create art. There is a whole world of apps out there that facilitate creativity and beautiful artwork. 

Cecilia will also show you a variety of methods to import your artwork and use it in conjunction with the phone or your computer.

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 digitial art 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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Linoleum Print Patches

with Nora Rickey

December 2nd, 2021

$73 More Info

Thursday, December 2, 2021
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $48  Materials: $25

Students will learn how to carve a 4”x6” linoleum block to create prints and patches. Students will learn which fabric and inks are best for printing on fabric versus on paper. If you’ve ever wanted to create multiple works of wearble art, this is a good place to begin! 

Linoleum printing is a long practiced art form, in which you cut a design into the linoleum before printing it with ink. We will explore working with both fabric and paper. We encourage you to use the prints you make on fabric for mending your worn clothes! 

About the Instructor, Nora Rickey: I am a self taught visual artist and educator living in Minnesota. Raised in an artistic household and trained in NYC, I came into my visual arts practice when I moved back to the sweet Midwest. Here, I began exploring and teaching myself different fiber arts skills and incorporating them into my work. Whether a hidden secret or on full display, I love to create pieces that transform the wearer into art. 

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Writing from a Sense of Time and Place

with Linda LeGarde Grover

November 22nd, 2021

$20 More Info

Monday, November 22, 2021
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Tuition: $20

A light meal will be provided. 

In this interactive writing workshop, participants will begin a creative writing project in the form of essay, poetry, fiction or memoir (or a combination of any of these). Prompts will be suggested, and the concepts of time and place will be examined from diverse individual and community worldviews.

There will be discussions within very small groups as well as among the entire group of participants; these can provide a shared richness of energy and thought. At the end of the workshop, some participants may have a completed piece, some may have the foundation for work that may be developed further.

Participants should bring paper to write upon, paper to jot down notes and ideas, and pens or pencils, or a laptop. 

This event is sponsored by Ely's chapter of American Association of University Women and the Ely Folk School. Find a full schedule of Linda's workshops and book reading from AAUW. Every dollar of the tuition fee is paid to Ms. Grover. 

About the Instructor: Linda LeGarde Grover, professor emeritus of American Indian Studies at UMD, is a member of the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe and author fiction, poetry, research articles, newspaper columns and essays.

She is a recipient of the UMD Albert Tezla Teaching and Research Award for her work in integrating her research into her courses and of the UMD College of Liberal Arts Lifetime Achievement Award. Linda’s book publications include The Dance Boots (University of George Press 2010); The Road Back to Sweetgrass (University of Minnesota Press 2014); The Sky Watched: Poems of Ojibwe Lives (Red Mountain Press 2016); Onigamiising: Seasons of an Ojibwe Year (University of Minnesota Press 2017) and In the Night of Memory (University of Minnesota Press 2019), and the forthcoming collection of essays Gichigami Hearts: Stories and Histories from Misaabekong (University of Minnsota Press 2021). Her work has received the Flannery O’Connor Award, Janet Heidingerr Kafka Prize, Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers & Storytellers Fiction Award, Red Mountain Press Editor’s Award, Northeastern Minnesota Book Award and Minnesota Book Award. Linda lives in Duluth, where she was born.

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Scandinavian Heart Dala Horse Ornament: Live Online

with Kim Garrett

November 6th, 2021

$42 More Info

Saturday, November 6, 2021
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $42

Come and paint a Scandinavian Heart Ornament with a Dala Horse added for extra fun. In this class we'll learn how to make the design, prepare the ornament for painting and use acrylic paint to make our ornaments.

Make it a day of painting fun and join the morning's Scandinavian Heart Ornament class with Kim! 

Students will receive a list of supplies needed upon registration.

About the Instructor: Kim Garrett has been painting Scandinavian folk art in the Norwegian Rosemaling and Swedish Dalmålning styles for about 14 years. Kim has traveled to Scandinavia several times to learn her craft from expert folk artists there. She has been teaching for 8 years throughout the Midwest. 

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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.