The results of this class just won't be chicken scratch...you will create a one of a kind whimsical chicken. Chickens will be constructed using a wooden base, dowel rods, gourd scraps, apoxie sculpt and embellishment materials. Gourds will be finished using a variety of acrylic paints. Students should have previous experience with cutting small gourd pieces, use of a drill and use of a rotary tool.
Bring a gourd of your choice to serve as the shape of the chicken body; gourd saw for cutting small gourd scraps; drill with drill bit sizes 1/4" and 3/8" ; rotary tool such as a Dremel or other power carver with a variety of bit sizes. Class level: Intermediate
This charming miniature totem pole allows you to express your whimsical, creative side by combining a variety of mini gourds and creating a fun stack of three animals of your choosing. You’ll learn about securing them to a base, using QuikWood and basic painting and shading techniques and finishes. Bring an apron. Level: All
Gourds are not just for birdhouses anymore! Create functional bowls, light fixtures, or whimsical decorative items. Learn to create surface textures by carving, stippling, or cutting out waves of design; how to carve stone and channel inlays; enhance your gourd with color using inks or dyes; and embellish your work of art with beads, stones and other natural materials.
There is a tool and supply list for this class. Additional materials fee ranges from $20 to $50 depending on your choice of gourds. For examples of possible projects visit www.gourdlady.com and click on classes.
Perfect your three-dimensional carving! Using the “tree of life,” learn how to make rounded objects pop out from the gourd. Bring a rotary tool (such as dremel) and appropriate collets. Extremely helpful to have a Ball Saburr Tooth Carbide Burr and a Flame/Football Diamond Tip Burr, as well as fine ball tip carving burrs. Email email@example.com for pictures/purchase of burrs or to borrow supplies. Instructed by Susan Zanella Level: All
Give your gourd bowl a finished look by decoupaging the interior with fabric or paper. Use papers and fabrics provided or bring your own. Experiment with various possibilities on gourd scraps, then finish your coordinated bowl or memory bowl. Instruced by Jaye Wright. Bring a cleaned gourd bowl with fairly large opening, sharp scissors and apron. Level: All.
Construct a lovely purse made from a canteen gourd as you learn tips and trickets from the instructor. Learn about interior and exterior finishes, basic painting techniques, accessories, handles, hardware, and care of your newly created purse. Students should bring an apron. Instructed by Judi Fleming. Class Level: All This is an all day class with an hour lunch break
Learn how to transfer a design to a gourd using GourdMaster (GM) Stick 'n Burn, burn the design, and color the iris using GM Transparent Acrylics or Derwent Inktense Pencils. Apply alcohol inks to achieve a lovely mottled background outside the design area. When the design has been completely colored, carve out an area around the design and create a stipple effect with a ball burr. Afterwards, apply a sealer to protect the project. Bring an adjustable-temperature wood burner with a skew or spear; a rotary tool (i.e., Dremel) with a medium wheel, inverted cone and ball burrs; a heat gun/tool (not a hair dryer); scissors; and an apron to protect your clothing. Instructor: Sherry Briscoe
Class meets all day.
Material Fee: $75
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Gourd Festival: Knotless Gourd Necklace or Tree Ornament
Weave knotless netting, with 4-ply Irish waxed linen, around the upside-down top of a jewelry/mini bottle gourd or small whole gourd for a necklace or an ornament. The gourd top resembles a tiny clay vase and is Ready-to-Weave (cut, shaped, cleaned, and sealed with beeswax) for class. Gourd will be natural color and you can choose from 32 colors of Irish waxed linen and various bead packs. Instructed by Angie Wagner. Level: Beginner
Learn woodburning techniques to create a faux leather-looking sunflower design and then use Adirondack alcohol inks on the gourd as a finish. Bring a woodburner with knife edge and ball tip; hair dryer (optional); red pen or sharp pencil. Level: All
Material Fee: $35
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Gourd Festival: Random Weave Necklace Pouches or Tree Ornaments
Woven from small sizes of round reed and 4 ply Irish Waxed linen, your weaving style and tastes will determine the shaping and style of this tiny basket. Students should finish one in class; you stop when you feel your basket is finished and this may be different for each person. No special ending techniques required, you just stop weaving! Full color instructions and materials for multiple necklaces will be provided with lots of color choices. Bring sharp basket shear, scissors to cut thread, fid or round awl, small old towel, small water container, sponge (optional), and needle/bent-nose pliers (will be needed when making slide-knot adjustable necklace cord). Instructed by Angie Wagner. Level: Beginner
Material Fee: $30
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Gourd Festival: Relief Carving Spiral with Filigree Background and Stone Insert
Using a fun spiral pattern, learn how to make rounded objects pop out from the gourd as well as how to filigree the background. If you want, colorful stones will be available to use as an insert into the center of the spiral. Bring a rotary tool (such as dremel) and appropriate collets. All burs. Extremely helpful to have a Ball Saburr Tooth Carbide Burr and a Flame/Football Diamond Tip Burr as well as fine ball tip carving burrs. (Email firstname.lastname@example.org for pictures/purchase of burrs or to borrow supplies) Instructed by Susan Zanella. Class Level: All
Looking for a different rim for your gourd bowls? Spend a few hours learning how to weave a spiral rim. Once you learn how to mark your gourd, you can spiral from the top to the bottom, or just once around the top. If you want to finish the project in class, bring a gourd approximately 5 to 7 inches tall. Bring cleaned gourd (outside/inside with an opening large enough for you to easily put your hand into), drill 5/64 drill bit, awl, hair dryer, flexible ruler, mini-saw, pencil and eraser. Instructor will have one mini-saw to share. Instructed by Suzi Nonn.
Use this adorable sea turtle to learn how to do shading with pyrography (wood burning). Learn to cross hatch to achieve shading without hard lines or learn to perfect your technique. Bring a wood burning tool and any tips/pens that you have. Only one tip is necessary and can be any tip you own, but a ball tip will work the easiest. Instructed by Susan Zanella. All levels.
Transfer patterns onto a gourd surface and then learn the art of “Dot painting." This technique is for the free-spirit in all gourd artists. The pattern transferred will be chosen from an assortment (turtle, hummingbird, or dancers). The gourd can be used for a lidded bowl or a birdhouse, student's choice. Bring a cut and cleaned gourd, old brushes, water basin, styluses in assorted sizes, red pen, and hair dryer. Instructed by Terry and Sandy Jordan. Level: All
Learn a painting technique to create a finish that mimics Native American Horsehair Pottery, as seen in the Southwestern U.S. and used by Native Americans for centuries. Discuss the proper use/care/cleaning of brushes and learn to transfer a printed pattern. Bring a hair dryer or heat gun and an apron. Instructed by Sherry Briscoe Level: All
Learn woodburning techniques to create a faux leather design of a sea turtle. Then use alcohol ink to stain the gourd and paint the turtle using GourdMaster Transparent Paint. Bring woodburner with knife edge; hair dryer (optional); basin; micro or fine paint brushes; red penor sharp pencil. Inxstructed by Terry and Sandy Jordan. Level: All
Using a vinyl sheet of pre-cut stencil masks, learn to layer and color stencils on a gourd. Choose between a fish, fish bones ferns, or bamboo. Depending on time, students will finish their gourd with a simple seagrass rim. Bring scissors for cutting light vinyl and blunt-end tweezers. Instructed by Suzie Nonn. level: All
Use fringed wool strips to make an 18-inch table top Wooly Pine Tree with a gourd base. The teachers will provide all materials except a sharp pair of scissors. Instructed by Jackie Burke. Level: Beginner
Work with Apoxie Sculpt clay to create this “Little Chef” using two types of gourds. Learn to mold the clay, sand, and sculpt his arms, hands, hat, hair and shoes. Due to the drying time required for Apoxie Sculpt, the class will not be able to paint the chef. However, the tutorial will include painting instructions. Instructed by Terry and Sandy Jordan. All evels.
This creative evening allows those interested in gourd crafts to share ideas and tips to get the most from their gourds. It is open to anyone who has previously taken a gourd class. Cost is $10 per semester. The Gourd Group meets once a month and participants are notified of the meeting dates by email. Current meeting date is the last Wednesday of the month.
Have you ever thought about using paper to make beads? What about egg shells to create a focal piece for a necklace? Make several pieces of jewelry by using recyclables or throw-away materials. Do something for yourself and the environment. Recylce, repurpose, and resue material to make a wearable work or art!
Course Fee: $24
Material Fee: $6
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Joppa Hall, Rm. 014
Paper Craft: "Let's Party" Birthday Greeting Cards w/3-D Insert
Create 10 "Let's Party" birthday greeting cards (2 designs, 5 of each) featuring birthday images with a 3-D insert and matching envelopes using cardstock, rubber stamps, and inks. All supplies provided.
Need designated time and space to work on your stained glass project? Join Marge Nichols each week for stained glass studio time. NO INSTRUCTION is included but advice and suggestions abound. For the experienced stained glass lover.
Course Fee: $79
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Joppa Hall, Rm. 014
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Joppa Hall, Rm. 014
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