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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Masks and vaccinations required 


Upcoming events

    • 30 Jan 2023
    • 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Peterborough Square
    • 2
    Register

    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.

    $65 per session 

    Instructor:  Anne Carling 



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


    We 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 email us ahead of time if you will need a power carver, so we 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.

    Kawartha Gourder Member Price - $35

    Instructor: Dorothy Hawkins

    • 11 Mar 2023
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Peterborough Square
    • 8
    Register
    Looking for an point of interest on your 

    outdoor wall or fence?  Come and experience the fun of working with Powertex, a liquid that will harden cotton material permanently, and also make it impervious to rain and snow.  All necessary materials will be provided for this class, though you may wish to bring a piece of jewellery to add something special to you piece.  I will have some pieces of jewellery you can chose from as well.  

    Long plastic aprons will be supplied for everyone. Though it is strongly recommended that you do not dress in “good clothes” as well, in case Powertex gets on your clothing!  


    Instructor:  Barbara Bellchambers   

    Bring a lunch or be prepared to buy one.  

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

    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!

    Non-Member Price: $50

    ACP Member Price: $45

    Instructor: Barbara Bellchambers

Past events

24 Jan 2023 Beginner Pyrography
9 Jan 2023 Sunburst Chip Carving
7 Nov 2022 Apoxie Sculpt on Gourds
17 Oct 2022 Beginner Gourd Art
3 Oct 2022 Woven Design on Gourd
24 Sep 2022 Ontario Culture Days
13 Sep 2022 Beginner Pyrography
12 Sep 2022 Coiling for the First Time
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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