Make your own holiday gifts and give them to the special people in your life. Create unique and beautiful glass pendants, bracelets, pins, wine bottle stoppers and more, using fusible glass, dichroic glass, frit, and mosaic pieces. Supply fee of $25 payable to the instructor in class. No glass cutting experience required.
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
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.
Celtic knots were used as an integral part of Celtic art. The unbroken lines are symbolic of eternal spiritual growth with their never-ending twists and turns. Learn to transfer a celtic pattern onto a gourd for woodburning. Bring a woodburner with knife edge; heat or hair dryer (optional); water basin; micro or fine paint brushes; red pen, or sharp pencil . Instructed by Terry and Sandy Jordan. Level: Advanced
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
Learn wood burning techniques that include outlining, shading, feathering, and temperature control; and learn an easy-to-master ‘weaving’ technique. After burning, apply GourdMaster (GM) inks to color the design and GM Protective Wax to seal the gourd. Then learn how to weave a lovely trim at the top of your project. Bring a heat gun/tool (not a hair dryer) and an adjustable-temperature wood burner with a skew, along with any other wood burning pens/tips, a dust mask, and an apron. Instructed by Sherry Briscoe Level: Beginner
Material Fee: $45
8:30 AM - 12:30 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.
Gratitude turns a house into a home, a meal into a feast, and an experience into a miracle. Expand gratitude to your family’s awareness by creating a beautiful visual reminder…a wreath. Use the gratitude wreath to inspire family talk and positivity. Wreath decorations include a year round neutral theme and a spring theme. Supply of $45 payable to the instructor at the first session. Bring scissors, glue gun, and wire cutters if you have them.
Create 6 easel cards (2 designs, 3 of each) deisgned to stand erect when opened and display the desing and sentiment in an upright position. This unique design folds flat for mailing. Supplies included.
Create a stunning mosaic bird bath for your yard or garden. Using terra cotta flower pots, a terra cotta saucer, and glass pieces, you will design an amazing project that stands approximately 20 inches tall and 16 inches wide. The birds will LOVE it! No glass-cutting experience required. Supply fee of $65 payable to the instructor at the first session.
Design and create at least three glass projects. Learn the history and techniques of glass cutting, soldering, and copper foiling. Students should wait until first class session to know what supplies are needed. Students are responsible
for cost of supplies at approximately $75.
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.