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Barn Quilts for Beginners

Friday, September 6, 20191:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Tuition: $40 Materials Fee: $30

Barn quilts have a relatively recent history in American agricultural communities. A nod to the contributions of women in agriculture, they are also a way to give what is traditionally an “inside” folk art (traditional quilting) a more permanent and public display for people to enjoy.

This class will cover the history of barn quilts and all techniques needed to paint your own barn quilt. In class you will be designing a quilt, graphing it out on a 24″ x 24″ “quilt square”, and then painting it. You will leave class with a quilt square that will be ready to hang. After the initial introduction to barn quilts, students will work on their projects with lots of individual attention and support from Jill.

About the Instructor: Jill Dalbacka recently retired from a career teaching elementary school and adult education with a prior career as an occupational therapist. In retirement she is pursuing her passions, which includes spending time with grandchildren, working on social justice and racial equality issues, and creating and sharing her craft with others. She has been interested in barn quilts for several years but only recently started to create her own on her farm where she and her family are the third generation. They are in the process of renovating their barn (also built in 1921) to become a community event space. Jill’s dream is to work with her local communities to create a barn quilt trail along the local highway that will be able to support an annual barn quilt event.

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Herringbone Beaded Bracelets

Saturday. August 31, 20191:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Tuition: $20 Materials: $15

This lovely bracelet, which is also sometimes called a chevron bracelet, is easy to make and elegant to wear with any outfit. It utilizes jump rings to create the unique herringbone design. Once you master the technique, you can whip up a bracelet in less than an hour.

About the instructor: Kay Vandevort remembers, “As children we could get out of doing dishes, but only if we read…so we read a lot. And, we could watch television if we had a project to work on, so I developed the habit of having a lap project—jewelry making, embroidery, sewing, or experimenting with a variety of artistic media. Kay creatively combines media and has exhibited art to wear and three dimensional, mixed media wall hangings in galleries in three states. She shows students the way to explore textures, colors and layers to create unique, wearable pieces of art.

Kay has a degree in secondary education and taught both in high school and technical college before moving to a career in not for profit management. She has trained at both regional and statewide conferences on topics related to non-profit marketing, volunteer management, and volunteer recruitment and screening. She has taught several jewelry and polymer clay classes in the past at the Ely Folk School.

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Night Sky Photography: The Aurora & Star Trails

This is a two-day class. (Please note the different times on each day.)Saturday, October 5, 2019 6:00 PM-10:00 PMSunday, October 6, 2019 12:30 PM-2:30 PM

Tuition: $60 Materials: $10

This class is for any photographer who looks up at the night sky in amazement and wants to capture its beauty. Whether you are a beginner or advanced photographer, this class will teach you how to photograph the Northern Lights, the night sky and star trails images.

This is a hands-on class. We will review equipment needed, photography procedures as well as post production techniques. Weather permitting, we’ll go out in the field and photograph the night sky and the aurora (if she graces us with her presence).

On day 2 we’ll work with the files from the night before to create our own night sky images. I’ll provide everyone in the class a jump drive of files from my night photography sessions in case the weather is cloudy or rainy.

What is needed? A DSLR or mirrorless camera with wide angle lens, sturdy tripod, and headlamp with red light option. If you want to photograph star trails, an “in-camera” or external intervalometer is required. If you have a laptop, bring it along for the day 2 post-production editing. Adobe Lightroom Classic CC is recommended. StarStax is recommended for star trails.

About the instructor: Les Conrad 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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Minnesota Medicinal Herbs

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 PM 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Tuition: $20 Materials $25

Join us as we learn the basics of identifying, harvesting, and utilizing some of the most common medicinal herbs in Northern Minnesota. In this hands-on class, students will learn how to identify, harvest, dry, store, and use some of the most common medicinal herbs native to Northern Minnesota. This will be an in-classroom discussion as well as hands-on class- students will work with some freshly harvested herbs and will also learn to prepare some common remedies with them such as tincturing, teas, and infusions. Each student will take home their own herbal remedy made in class, and a Minnesota Medicinals handbook with photos, step-by-step instructions, and recipes!

About the Instructor: Allison Austin has been practicing herbalism for over 13 years. Her passion for plants and herbal medicine began in middle school, and has continued to play a central role in her life ever since. She has studied under herbalists in Minnesota, California, Texas, and with Mayan elders in Guatemala.

Allison is passionate about bringing the traditional practices of herbalism to people in a practical and accessible way, and encouraging people to utilize herbs in their local area to become more self-sustainable and take charge of their own health.

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All Things Chaga

Friday, August 23, 20192:00 PM- 4:00 PM

Tuition: $20 Materials $30

Did you know, growing on our birch trees is one of the most powerfully medicinal mushrooms in the world? Chaga has been highly studied and has been known to kill cancer cells, shrink tumors, and increase the body’s ability to respond and adapt to stress, among it’s multitude of other benefits. In this class, we will learn how to identify, harvest, and utilize this medicinal powerhouse for both internal and external use. We will make some chaga preparations in class, and students will each go home with their own informational chaga handbook, including a recipe booklet with numerous chaga remedies and creative ways to use Minnesota’s most treasured fungi.

About the Instructor: Allison Austin has been practicing herbalism for over 13 years. Her passion for plants and herbal medicine began in middle school, and has continued to play a central role in her life ever since. She has studied under herbalists in Minnesota, California, Texas, and with Mayan elders in Guatemala.

Allison is passionate about bringing the traditional practices of herbalism to people in a practical and accessible way, and encouraging people to utilize herbs in their local area to become more self-sustainable and take charge of their own health.

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Intro to Digital Photography

Friday, November 15, 20199:00 AM- 2:00 PM

Tuition: $60 Materials: $5

This class is intended for beginner to intermediate photographers, and it’s just in time for you to get ready for the winter season! Equipment selection: camera, lens, tripods, shutter releases, flash and a few other odd and ends Camera and lens use: menu, knobs, buttons, care and manuals Theory: shutter/ aperture / ISO relationships and how to use them to the best advantage of your settings Composition techniques and special situation camera setting to create good photographs

This course will begin in the classroom and then will head outside to try out techniques presented. Bring a digital camera and manual to class, DSLR preferred but not mandatory. Also, bring a tripod and shutter release if you have them, as well as a bagged lunch.

About the instructor: Ken Hupila says, “I live in northern Minnesota and have been interested in photography since I won a box camera at a carnival when I was six. The last couple of years have finally seen an opportunity when finances and free time have allowed me to begin playing with the interest. I have been taking nature shots and sport photos for awhile and am just beginning to play with studio photography.”

Ken’s photography classes at the Ely Folk School have been very popular. He also offers Advanced Photography, Photographing Wild Orchids, Capturing Fall Colors, and Introduction to Photoshop.

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Wild Rice Harvesting

Wednesday, September 4, 20188:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Tuition: $80 Materials: $35

This class is also offered on Thursday, September 5th.

We will spend a day harvesting wild rice from a local lake. Identification of the native plant, tips on how to recognize when it is ripe to harvest, and harvest methods will all be covered. Participants will receive a proportional share of the wild rice harvested by the class, and you will gain enough knowledge to be able to continue harvesting wild rice on your own.

Materials fee includes canoes, paddles, life vests, and harvesting tools, which will be provided by the instructor, as well as wild rice processing. Participants will need to purchase a DNR wild rice harvesting license, which is available wherever fishing licenses are sold.

About the instructor: LynnAnne Vesper has guided canoe and dogsled trips for over two decades, teaching all the skills needed to participants. She has taught with Elderhostel programs, the Swedish and French Voyageur summer youth programs, Corcordia Language Villages and Vermilion Community College.

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Intro to Chip Carving

Saturday, September 14, 201912:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Tuition: $45 Materials: $25 (Please note: Registration will close on September 7 to allow time to order materials.)

Chip carving is a very old craft practiced by many cultures. The patterns we typically see are based on Northern European tradition. This is an art form that almost anyone can practice. It just requires patience and a steady hand. Chip carving generally consists of a set of triangular cuts layed-out in regular, geometric patterns, but can be more free form, as in lettering and pictures. You will receive a sharp knife, the key to safety and ease of carving, and you will learn how to handle and care for the knife. You will learn to lay out a pattern for cutting, how to make the various cuts and as you develop a feel for the wood, you will learn how to deal with mistakes. You will leave with some new skills and, hopefully, a carved coaster.

About the instructor: Bart Dunning has done various woodworking activities for decades. He has built some furniture, and done some 3D carving as well as relief carving. About 20 years ago he ran across a book about chip carving and decided to give it a try. He has since chip carved numerous items ranging from little coasters to larger trivets and signs. Bart taught physiology for a number of years at several medical schools. He currently teaches skiing at Buck Hill in Burnsville and demonstrates chip carving at the Dakota City Heritage Village at the Dakota County fairgrounds.

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Creating Polymer Clay Jewelry

Tuesday, August 27, 20191:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Tuition: $35 Materials: $20

Polymer clay can be used to create decorative pottery, wall decor, jewelry, and figurines. It is easy to work with and does not require any equipment other than what you would find in your kitchen. In this class basic processes to work with clay will be demonstrated. Then students will complete a polymer clay necklace from a prepared kit. Time will be available for students to then work with the clay and create jewelry components of their own. Additional polymer clay necklace kits will be available for purchase at a reduced rate.

About the instructor: Kay Vandervort says, “As children we could get out of doing dishes if we read. We read a lot. And, we could watch television if we had a project we were working on while we watched. Hence, all my life I have gotten into the habit of having a lap project—jewelry making, embroidery, sewing, or experimenting with a variety of artistic medium.”

Kay has a degree in secondary education and taught both in high school and technical college before moving to a career in not-for-profit management. She has facilitated trainings at both regional and statewide conferences on topics related to non-profit marketing, volunteer management, and volunteer recruitment and screening. She has taught several jewelry and polymer clay classes in the past at the Ely Folk School.

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Introduction to Adobe Lightroom Classic CC

Saturday, November 9, 2019 9:00 AM – 12:00 PMSunday, November 10, 2019 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Tuition: $70 Materials: $10

This class is for any photographer who wants to improve their photos. Whether you are a beginner or advanced photographer, this class will help you to better understand Adobe’s popular photography editing program Lightroom Classic CC. All photographers need to organize, edit and share their photography. Lightroom can do it all (well almost all).

This is a hands-on class. We will explore many of the most important tools in Lightroom. Key topics include but are not limited to import, organize and rank photos, basic and intermediate editing tools, Lightroom workflow, adding watermarks and exporting photos, and much much more. No experience with Lightroom Classic CC needed.

Learning will be enhanced if you are able to bring your computer with Lightroom Classic installed. There will be plenty of time for your questions. I’ll provide sample 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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