Gourd Art Workshops & Classes 

Kawartha Gourders

For those wishing to pursue Gourd Art, join the Kawartha Gourders and take Beginner Gourd art to learn the basics of preparing a gourd for art work. Members meet on Mondays at the Artisans Centre Peterborough to share ideas, equipment, supplies and to work on gourd projects.

Upcoming events

    • 5 Aug 2019
    • 27 Jul 2020
    • 52 sessions
    • Peterborough Square

    Gourd studio Time

    Every Monday

    10:00 am to 3:30 pm 

    $10 per person per day, or $25/month

    Unless there is a specific class, the Artisans Centre will be open for Kawartha Gourd members to drop in and work independently on their project. 

    • 17 Oct 2019
    • Peterborough Square

    ACP Board Meeting  

    1pm - 3 p.m

     All Welcome

    • 21 Oct 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Peterborough Square

    christmas decorations

    Monday, October 21, 2019

    10:30 am to 3:30 pm 

    Free to make decorations for our Winterfest Tree

    $10 per decoration for yourself!

    We will get in the Christmas spirit by making gourd decorations for our Winterfest tree.  These decorated trees are raffled off to raise money for Five Counties Children's Centre in Peterborough.  Let's see how many wonderful decorations we can make to fill the tree this year.  Kawartha Gourders will supply all materials and supplies for the class.  If we each make at least 5 decorations for the tree, what a fabulous display we will have.

    Non-Members are welcome to join our decoration day, to be inspired and learn from our gourding members.

    • 28 Oct 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Peterborough Square

    ACP Annual General Meeting

    6 p.m. - 7p.m.

    All Wecome

    • 4 Nov 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Peterborough Square
    • 12

           Engraving Doodle designs on a black gourd

    Teacher:  Dorothy Hawkins

    Monday, November 4, 2019

                                 10:30 am to 3:30 pm                                           

    ACP Members price - $30

    Dorothy will show you how to make the outside of the gourd black, before carving the lines for your doodle design.  Bring your ideas for patterns.

    The Instructor will provide some patterns.  You will be using a Dremel or other power carver in this class.  Please let Dorothy know if you will need a power carver, so she can make sure we have enough carvers for everyone.

    Students will need to bring  a gourd cleaned inside and out and painted on the inside the colour of your choice.  If you have a power carver please bring it along with your carving bits.
    • 25 Nov 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Peterborough Square
    • 10

    Beginner pyrography

    Teacher:  Barbara Bellchambers   bellcham@nexicom.net    

    Monday, November 25, 2019.     10:30 am to 3:30 pm                                            

    ACP Members price - $30

    Non-Members price - $40

    Are you looking for a way to enhance your gourd or wooden bowls?  Come and learn how adding simple designs with pyrography will add value and appeal to the most basic bowl.  You will burn a sampler design inside a border on your bowl, learning while burning what the different tips can do.

    The Instructor will provide a tutorial with pattern ideas.

    Students will need to bring a prepared gourd or wooden bowl as well as any pyrography equipment they have.  Please let me know in advance if you need to borrow equipment, so I can have enough equipment available.  Although you may not be able to complete all the burning during class time depending on the size of your bowl, you will go away with a tutorial which will help you finish on your own.  

    Gourders:  You may finish the inside of your bowl, but do not put a finish on the outside of the gourd.

    Wood turners:  You can mark a 2" (or larger depending on the size of your bowl) border situated an inch or so below your bowl's rim while turning.  Please do not put a finish on the outside of your bowl until after you finish the burning.

    • 28 Nov 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Peterborough Square
    • 3


    10:30 am to 3:30 pm 

    Thursday November 28, 2019

    ​   4 hours, plus lunch and coffee/tea breaks 
    $60 per session all materials supplied

    In this class, you will learn to use both hand and power tools for opening and cleaning gourds. Basic safety of working with gourds and care of tools  will be taught, so you will be able to use these tools on your own. You will sand and paint the inside of your gourd before using Adirondack dyes to give a colourful surface to the outside of your gourd. A glued leather rim will complete your gourd. Once you have completed this course you will be ready to apply a variety of techniques and express your creativity on a gourd. This class is a requirement for many other workshops in Gourd Art.  

    The Instructor will provide all materials and supplies for the class.


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