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Online: Let’s Os Up a Dala Horse

Saturday, July 11, 2020 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Tuition: Free – Suggested Donation of $20 if you are able.

In this ZOOM class we will paint a decorative wooden Swedish Dala Horse in the Os style of Norwegian rosemaling. We will be using oil paints to complete this project. It is preferred that students have some experience with basic rosemaling skills as we will not be teaching basic rosemaling techniques.

The class is offered free, but you’ll still need to register so you can receive the Zoom invitation. If you are able to donate something to support the Folk School, we really appreciate it. Visit elyfolkschool.org to donate.

About the Instructor: Kim Garrett has been rosemaling since 2007 and has studied with several “Gold Medal” winning American rosemalers as has traveled to Norway three times to stud traditional 18th century rosemaling design with Norwegian rosemaling instructors. She has also taken lessons in Sweden in the Swedish folkart painting style, Dalmaining. She has won several blue ribbons at the MN state fair for her rosemaling and received the Best in Show twice.

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Create Your Own Amber Beaded Necklace

Wednesday, August 12, 20201:00 PM – 3:00 pm

Tuition: $20 Materials: $20

In this class you will create your own 18 to 24-inch natural Amber necklace. Amber is fossilized tree resin which possesses the look of hardened honey. It has been appreciated for its color and natural beauty and valued as a gemstone since Neolithic times. Amber is said to have healing powers when worn in a bracelet or necklace and is sometimes used in medicinal creams.

As a student, you will learn basic beading techniques as you select from a variety of amber beads, cultured pearls, stone beads and glass beads to create a beautiful, natural looking necklace that will compliment almost any outfit. In addition to learning basic beading techniques, students will learn about what cords and findings work best for various jewelry projects.

Kay will be wearing a mask while teaching and all participants will be asked to do so also. Additional COVID safety precautions will be in place including hand-washing and appropriate social distancing.

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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Online Class: Introduction to Adobe Lightroom Classic

Thursday, July 23, 2020 10:00 AM – 12:00 NoonTuesday, July 28, 2020 10:00 AM – 12:00 NoonThursday, July 30, 2020 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Tuition: $60

This class is for all of you photographers who want to improve your photographs…and who doesn’t? Whether you are just beginning or deeply experienced, this class will help you to better understand Adobe’s popular photography editing program, Lightroom Classic.

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

This is live Zoom class, so you will able to interact with the instructor, Les Conrad. You will receive the Zoom invitation to join the class after you register and 24 hours before the start of class.

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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Online: Spontaneous Poetry & Music

Saturday, July 18, 20203:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This class is offered free. If you can make a freewill donation of $20 or more or less as you are able, your support will help the Folk School continue to offer classes and pay instructors.

This two-hour class combines a writing workshop with performance poetry. Tim (Raven) and Joey (Loon) have been performing together for several years as the Raven Loonatics, featuring the spoken word and acoustic guitar improvisations. They often invite their audiences to participate in the creation of a poem or story on the spot. The aim of this workshop is to take participants behind the scenes with Raven (Tim) and Loon (Joey) and to provide inspiration, insight and guidance for writers, musicians and interested students of all kinds.

Please have paper and pen or pencil ready to use and bring either a stuffed animal or a photograph of a loved one.

About the instructors: Both Tim and Joey have taught in other settings, both formal (classroom) and experiential. Together and separately, they have led writing workshops for both adults and children.They perform together in coffee houses, auditoriums, private homes and the public square and can be hired for a price if you enjoy unique and live entertainment, often for a dinner party.

Joey Kenig is a singer/songwriter/guitarist with a background in experiential education and a long history of work in the building trades. He began performing as a musician at age 10, and has been writing and performing original and traditional songs and instrumental melodies for the past 60 years. Dividing his time between Ely and St Louis, MO, he performs regularly, both solo and with other musicians.

Timothy Stouffer is a poet and folk artist who lives in Ely with his wife, Jen, and children, Simon, Lucy and Juliet accompanied by cats Minnow and Poirot, and a new Jack Russell puppy named Mr. David Byrne. Tim writes poetry on demand at the Ely Farmers Market and online. He hosts Poets and Pints, an open mic poetry night in Ely, and he is evolving the art of performance poetry. He is currently working on several novels and is known to spontaneously poet. He believes, “Words are lifeblood. They sprout in the dark and bloom in the deliberate light of dawn.”

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Create a Unique Beaded Bracelet

Wednesday, July 22, 20201:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Tuition: $20 Materials: $15

You will create a beautiful, one-of-a-kind multi-strand bracelet with beads of your choice and memory wire. This is a simple project for even the inexperienced beader. Kay will teach you how to plan your design and show you techniques to give it a professional finish. The completed project is perfect for dressy occasions, but also adds a bit of flair when worn with jeans.

Students will work from a kit that includes the materials needed to complete the project. A variety of beads and colors will be available to choose from, and additional kits will be available to students at a discounted rate.

Kay will be wearing a mask while teaching and all participants will be asked to do so also. COVID safety precautions will be in place.

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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Online: Advanced Adobe Lightroom Classic

Thursday, August 27, 202010:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Tuition: $40

This class is for any photographer who uses Adobe Lightroom Classic and wants to learn more. This is not an introductory class, but is 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. 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 work on your own computer with Lightroom Classic installed while following along with Les on Zoom. There will be plenty of time for your questions. Les will supply all students with a handout and some 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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Book Release: The Shore’s Absolute Edge

Thursday, July 23, 20207:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Join DyAnne Korda at the book release party for her new poetry collection, The Shore’s Absolute Edge. She will present a spoken-word performance accompanied by guitarist Lisa Pugh. Music will follow.

Korda has been published in many journals including The Wisconsin Academy Review and is author of Path of Belonging, Finding the Lost Woman and This Earth Woman.

Here’s what others in artistic and nature professions are saying about The Shore’s Absolute Edge:”The Shore’s Absolute Edge is a fine accomplishment, many keen perceptions.” Betsy Bowen, Woodcut Artist”I am so enjoying The Shore’s Absolute Edge. It is really marvelous–so close to the earth. Meinrad Craighead would have loved these poems.” Amy Dosser (Kellum), Film Producer, Praying with Images”I allowed myself time to savor a small set of poems daily at quiet times. I felt at peace. The Shore’s Absolute Edge will be shared and it has a home near my books by Terry Tempest Williams, Linda Hogan and other women nature writers.” Gigi Stafne, Director of Green Wisdom School of Natural & Botanical Medicine.

DyAnne Korda was awarded her second Individual Artist Grant through The Donald G. Gardener Humanities Trust and an Artist Access Grant through the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council to complete The Shore’s Absolute Edge. She has taught nature writing classes at the Ely Folk School for several years.

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Creating Polymer Clay Jewelry

Wednesday, August 26, 20201:00 PM – 4:30 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. You will learn how to prepare the clay and blend layers and colors to create your own unique color combinations and designs. You will make jewelry components such as pendants, matching beads, and shapes limited only by the imagination.

You will complete a polymer clay necklace, choosing materials that Kay has organized by color theme. Additional polymer clay necklace kits will be available for purchase at a special student rate.

Kay will be wearing a mask while teaching and all participants will be asked to do so also. Additional COVID safety precautions will be in place including hand-washing and appropriate social distancing.

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. 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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Online Live: Storytelling in Virtual Ely: Loss and Gain

Wednesday, July 29, 20206:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Tuition: Free Freewill donations greatly appreciated!

We are carrying on the tradition of True Stories From the Edge, begun by Julie Nester and Terry Cooper, bringing storytellers out of the woods to share bits of their lives and perspectives with all of usWe have come to know each other better, getting a glimpse into and appreciating the many-faceted beings that we are.

And now, via Zoom, we can welcome people from all over Minnesota and across the country.

We don’t have a new name yet, so throw in your suggestions.

We will continue to use the format guidelines based on the Moth Radio Hour. (See below and more details at themoth.org.) We will do this online once a month until it is safe to gather in person once again.

Each evening will have a theme as a idea generator, but it’s not mandatory to stick to that theme. This month it is Loss and Gain. Bursting to tell a different story? We want to hear it! Tell a story about something you’ve lost and/or something you’ve gained.

Although this is a free class, you’ll need to register to receive the Zoom invitation, so sign up now and join us!

Guidelines

Do: Tell your own true story – don’t tell someone else’s story. Limit your story to eight minutes; you’ll get a one-minute warning. Please practice telling your story, so you can tell it, not read it, and then you’ll know how long it takes. You should have some stake in what happened. Show some action and consequences, but that doesn’t mean it has to be the biggest drama of your life. Be ready to appreciate all storytellers and receive appreciation yourself. Be respectful of all, including yourself: Keep your stories clean of racism, sexism, mysogency, agism, etc., etc., etc. You know the drill.

Don’t: Please no standup comedy, lectures, rants Don’t tell a story in someone else’s accent or dialect Don’t denigrate other people, individually or as a group.

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Create a Green Jasper Necklace

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Tuition: $20 Materials: $15

Students will make a necklace featuring a natural jasper stone enhanced with infused color. The pendant combines the brown and beige of jasper, but also brings in a beautiful olive tint. Students will learn about what cords and closures work well, and have a variety of complementary beads to work with in order to design a necklace that features their own personal style. No previous beading experience is required.

Students will work from a kit that includes the materials needed to complete the project. A variety of beads and colors will be available to choose from, and additional kits will be available to students at a discounted rate.

Kay will be wearing a mask while teaching and all participants will be asked to do so also. COVID safety precautions will be in place.

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. She 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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