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

    • 17 Aug 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 31 Dec 2020
    • (EST)
    • Peterborough Square
    Register

    Registration is now open for Classes and workshop please see the calendar

    Classes, will be smaller to accommodate social distancing. 

    The Artisans Market is on line and on display at the Centre for you to browse and shop. 


    If you would like to support ACP through the pandemic please go to the “Make a gift” page:  https://acp35.wildapricot.org/Make-a-gift

    Thank you

    Stay safe and keep your distance

    • 21 Sep 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM (EDT)
    • Peterborough Square
    • 6
    Register

    Gourd MEMBER studio Time


     Mondays as listed

    10:00 am to 3:30 pm 

    Max 6 Members


    $10 per member 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 on the days as listed.

    • 24 Sep 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EDT)
    • Artisans Centre Peterborough Square Unit 3
    • 6
    Register

    Photography for Online sales with Heather Doughty

    Photography workshop offering the basics in learning how to photograph your products for e-commerce sites and tips on marketing and website seo for your online store.

    Students should bring an article of their work to photograph  and their cameras or phones, if they have them.


    $35 members

    $39 non members


    • 28 Sep 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM (EDT)
    • Peterborough Square
    • 6
    Register

    Gourd MEMBER studio Time


     Mondays as listed

    10:00 am to 3:30 pm 

    Max 6 Members


    $10 per member 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 on the days as listed.

    • 1 Oct 2020
    • 11:00 AM (EDT)
    • 3 Oct 2020
    • 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Artisans Centre Peterbough Square

    Masked Artisans Market

    Show and Sale

    • 2 Oct 2020
    • 11:00 AM (EDT)
    • 3 Oct 2020
    • 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Artisans Centre Peterbough Square

    Masked Artisans Market

    Show and Sale

    • 3 Oct 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Artisans Centre Peterbough Square

    Masked Artisans Market

    Show and Sale

    • 5 Oct 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Peterborough Square
    • 5
    Register

    Monday, October 5, 2020

    10:30 -3:30

    Cost: $30:00 includes all supplies except prepared gourd 

    Instructor: Anne Carling

    Learn how to apply seagrass to finish the rim of a gourd with a very natural look. There will be a few colours of seagrass to work with.  You must bring a finished gourd prepared inside and out ready for rim treatment. The seagrass, wax linen, and  instruction pages will be supplied. 


    • 19 Oct 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM (EDT)
    • Peterborough Square
    • 2
    Register

    10:30 am to 3:30 pm 

    Monday October 19, 2020
    $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.

    Students need to bring an apron. If you have your own dust mask, please bring it.  Bring your lunch, or buy one from the vendors in the square.

    • 22 Oct 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EDT)
    • Artisans Centre Peterborough Square Unit 3
    • 6
    Register

    Photography for Online sales with Heather Doughty

    Photography workshop offering the basics in learning how to photograph your products for e-commerce sites and tips on marketing and website seo for your online store.

    Students should bring an article of their work to photograph  and their cameras or phones, if they have them.


    $35 members

    $39 non members


    • 26 Oct 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM (EDT)
    • Peterborough Square
    • 6
    Register

    Gourd MEMBER studio Time


     Mondays as listed

    10:00 am to 3:30 pm 

    Max 6 Members


    $10 per member 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 on the days as listed.

    • 2 Nov 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM (EST)
    • Peterborough Square
    • 6
    Register

    Gourd MEMBER studio Time


     Mondays as listed

    10:00 am to 3:30 pm 

    Max 6 Members


    $10 per member 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 on the days as listed.

    • 9 Nov 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM (EST)
    • Peterborough Square
    • 6
    Register

    Roosters in the kitchen are said to bring luck, wealth and good fortune!

    MONDAY November 9, 2020 

    10:30a.m. - 3:30p.m.

    TEACHER:  Sharron Anstey

    ACP MEMBERS: $50

    (includes material cost of $20)


    This workshop will provide a combination and variety of techniques including using wood burning and quick wood/apoxy-sculpt, so you can create your own personal and one-of-a-kind gourd rooster. You may not complete your project in one day (depending on how fast you work). If needed, I will be available the following Monday to assist in completion or you may finish at home.

    Teacher will provide: all required materials, including gourd.

    Students should bring:

    - Wood Burner with a couple of pens for line drawing (please let me know, when you register, if you need to borrow one)

    - Moulding/sculpting tools if you have them (some available to borrow)

    - awl, xacto knife

    - Paint brushes (if you like your own) (some available to borrow)

    - Protective Eyewear and dust mask

    • 26 Nov 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EST)
    • Artisans Centre Peterborough Square Unit 3
    • 6
    Register

    Photography for Online sales with Heather Doughty

    Photography workshop offering the basics in learning how to photograph your products for e-commerce sites and tips on marketing and website seo for your online store.

    Students should bring an article of their work to photograph  and their cameras or phones, if they have them.


    $35 members

    $39 non members


    • 4 Jan 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM (EST)
    • Peterborough Square
    • 12
    Register

    MONDAY January 4, 2021


    10:30a.m. - 3:30p.m.

    TEACHER:  Barbara Bellchambers

    ACP MEMBERS: $30

    NON-MEMBERS:  $35

    Are you ready to try a new technique?  We will be creating designs with small beads on a gourd shard, using treated beeswax as a base.  


    Teacher will supply:  size 11 beads, and Tacky Wax. 

    Students should bring an awl if you have one.  I will bring some 2" - 4" gourd shards, though if you have a shallow gourd top to use please bring it.  Let me know in advance if you will need me to bring you a shard.


    • 12 Apr 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM (EDT)
    • Peterborough Square
    • 12
    Register

    MONDAY April 12, 2021

    10:30a.m. - 3:30p.m.

    TEACHER:  Barbara Bellchambers


    All students must have experience with pyrography - drawing lines and shading in layers.

    ACP MEMBERS: $30

    NON-MEMBERS:  $40 

    Teacher will supply:  Tutorial 

    Students should bring: a prepared gourd cleaned inside and out, wood burner and burning pens - shader, small ball (can borrow from teacher if you do not have one), and skew or what you prefer for burning lines


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