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.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Please note that in order for instructors to prepare enough materials for students registration closes 3 days before the class date on some classes. You can now choose to register and pay for classes in the following ways:  

  • Register online
  • Pay Online
  • Register online but choose invoice and e-transfer payment to info@artisanscentre.ca
  • Register online but choose invoice and pay with cash or cheque in the studio
  • Register at the studio in Peterborough Square

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Upcoming events

    • 12 Sep 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Peterborough Square
    • 6

    Coiling for the first time

    Teacher: Anne Carling                                           

    ACP Members price - $40

    Coiling is a basic rim technique that you will use many times over. Anne will show you the basic technique to coil with one colour and how to coil more than one row.  Paper core and waxed linen in a variety of colours will be provided. 

    Students will need to bring a gourd finished both inside and out.



    • 13 Sep 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Peterborough Square
    • 4
    Register

    Teacher:  Barbara Bellchambers                


    ACP Members price - $40

    Non-Member price - $45

    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.





    • 3 Oct 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Peterborough Square
    • 8
    Register

    Teacher:  Barbara Bellchambers

    ACP Members price - $45

    Are you looking for a new way to decorate your gourd?  We will be weaving on the outside of the gourd, using waxed linen or cords as well as beads to create a visually interesting design.  I will provide a variety of fibres to use as well as lots of beads to choose from.  

    Gourders:  As we will be working on the outside of your gourd, you will need to open and clean your gourd both inside and out.  It will be best if you finish the inside as well as the outside where you plan to do the weaving.  Your weaving does not have to be done circular, it can be done in any shape.  If the outside is not finished in advance, you will be unable to finish it later.

    Students will need to bring a prepared gourd.  We will be drilling holes in your piece, so bring your Dremel or plan to use one of the dremels at the centre.





    • 7 Nov 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Peterborough Square
    • 8
    Register
    Teacher:  Patti Blackburn                                    

    ACP Members price - $55


    Apoxie Sculpt is a 2-part modelling compound with a working time of over an hour, and a drying time of 24 hours.  It is great for adding designs and sculpting on a gourd.  Patti will bring her extensive knowledge of working with Apoxie Sculpt to the class, teaching us to make flowers directly on a gourd.  Apoxie Sculpt is heavy, so choose a gourd carefully for this class.  You will want a cleaned, fairly thick gourd with a flat base to support your sculpture.  






    • 9 Jan 2023
    • 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Peterborough Square
    • 8
    Register
    Teacher:  Barbara Bellchambers                                         

    ACP Members price - $45

     Chip Carving on gourds is different from what Woodworkers call chip carving.  Instead of using a carving knife, we will be using small rounded carving tools.  I will supply a variety of carving tools that you can try, and I will teach you how to sharpen them.  If you enjoy carving, I can help you chose which ones will be best for you to invest in and where you can buy them.  

    The design we will be doing looks very complicated, though once I teach you this simple cut and how to draw the design, it will become easier.  You will want a gourd that is not thin, you need enough room to be able to cut into the gourd without cutting through it.  Actually, you need less than1 /4” thickness but not paper thin.  Cannon ball gourds are not suggested as they are very dense and not easy to carve on.  Do not paint the inside of the gourd so you can tell if you are cutting too deeply!

    I use either a Kevlar glove when carving, or my favourite cotton glove that has tiny steel wires woven into the glove.  If you have a Kevlar glove please bring it.  If you decide you want to do more carving, you should invest in good safety gloves.  I will bring what gloves I have for you to try.





    • 24 Jan 2023
    • 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Peterborough Square
    • 4
    Register

    Teacher:  Barbara Bellchambers                       


    ACP Members price - $40

    Non-Member price - $45

    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.





    • 6 Feb 2023
    • 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Peterborough Square
    • 8
    Register

    Teacher:  Dorothy Hawkins

    Kawartha Gourder Member Price - $35

    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.
    • 8 May 2023
    • 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Peterborough Square
    • 8
    Register

    Teacher:  Barbara Bellchambers

    Non-Member Price: $50

    ACP Member Price: $45

    Power carving can put "life" into your work.  I will teach you how to use your carver, what bits to use and how to use them.  You will learn to outline your object, undercut, create depth and height, ideas for finishing the background.  The leaf has been carved on wood, the bird on a gourd piece.  You can choose to use a small piece as I did with the bird, my first power carved piece, or to use a full gourd or wooden piece.   

    Gourders:  Choose a gourd or gourd piece that is at least 1/4" thick to accommodate the carving.  Do not finish the inside or outside of the gourd until after this class.   

    Wood workers:  Choose a flat piece of wood, a platter, plate, or a bowl that you can work on the outside of.  

    Students will need to bring  a Dremel or similar carver and your collection of bits.  Please let me know if you need to use one of the centre's Dremels so I can be sure to have enough available.  You will need a good mask.  I suggest you also bring ear plugs!

Past events

8 Aug 2022 Gourd Shekeree Making
25 Jul 2022 Decorative Eggs for Sunflower Festival
11 Jul 2022 Sunflower Workshop
13 Jun 2022 Tree Bark with Nesting Animal Gourd
30 May 2022 Beginner Gourd Art
9 May 2022 Gourd Sea Turtle Workshop
7 May 2022 Gourd Birdhouse Workshop
11 Apr 2022 Ammonite Gourd
9 Apr 2022 Parent and Child Easter Egg Decorating
26 Mar 2022 Coiling for the First Time
7 Mar 2022 Kumihimo for Gourds Workshop
28 Feb 2022 GOURD MEMBER STUDIO TIME
14 Feb 2022 GOURD MEMBER STUDIO TIME
7 Feb 2022 Washi Paper Gourd Workshop
31 Jan 2022 Gourd Member Studio Time
17 Jan 2022 Gourd Member Studio Time
3 Jan 2022 Gourd Member Studio Time
13 Dec 2021 Gourd Member Christmas Party
6 Dec 2021 Gourd Member Studio Time
18 Oct 2021 Leather Look
3 Oct 2021 Charming Doll Pins
2 Oct 2021 Tea Light Holder
20 Sep 2021 Huichol Style Beaded Gourd Shard
7 Sep 2021 Beginner Pyrography
9 Aug 2021 Wax Resist Technique
17 Jun 2021 ACP Board meeting by Zoom
14 Jan 2021 ACP Board Meeting
28 Nov 2020 Masked Artisans Market
26 Nov 2020 Photography for Online sales
21 Nov 2020 Masked Artisans Market
16 Nov 2020 Mixed Media Rooster
14 Nov 2020 Masked Artisans Market
7 Nov 2020 Masked Artisans Market
2 Nov 2020 GOURD MEMBER STUDIO TIME
26 Oct 2020 GOURD MEMBER STUDIO TIME
22 Oct 2020 Photography for Online sales
5 Oct 2020 Seagrass Rim on a Gourd
28 Sep 2020 GOURD MEMBER STUDIO TIME
24 Sep 2020 Photography for Online sales
21 Sep 2020 GOURD MEMBER STUDIO TIME
14 Sep 2020 Woven Gourd Necklace
31 Aug 2020 GOURD MEMBER STUDIO TIME
27 Aug 2020 Photography for Online sales
17 Aug 2020 GOURD MEMBER STUDIO TIME
17 Aug 2020 ACP COVID-19 update
10 Aug 2020 Eggshell Adornment on Gourd
13 Jul 2020 GOURD MEMBER STUDIO TIME
19 Mar 2020 ACP Board Meeting
9 Mar 2020 Zip'd
10 Feb 2020 Gourd Tea Light Holder
13 Jan 2020 Knotless Netting Dream Catcher
2 Nov 2019 ARTISANity Show & Sale
28 Oct 2019 ACP Annual General Meeting
21 Oct 2019 Christmas Decorations
17 Oct 2019 ACP Board Meeting
7 Oct 2019 Coiling for the First Time
30 Sep 2019 HARVEST OF COLOURS WREATH
26 Sep 2019 BEGINNER GOURD ART
9 Sep 2019 Glue Tree on Gourd
19 Aug 2019 Penguin
15 Aug 2019 Call for Entry "ARTISANity"
6 Aug 2019 Ocean Drum
1 Aug 2019 BEGINNER GOURD ART
22 Jul 2019 BEGINNER POWER CARVING with Anne Carling
24 Jun 2019 Rain Stick Making
20 Jun 2019 ACP Board Meeting
3 Jun 2019 Cherry Blossoms
11 May 2019 Spring ARTISANity Show & Sale
6 May 2019 Yarn Painting on a Gourd
4 May 2019 ​Make a Necklace Mother and Daughter Day
20 Apr 2019 Parent and Child Easter Egg Decorating Day
13 Apr 2019 Spring Up A Gourd Chicken
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