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

    • 31 Jan 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Unit 3 Peterborough Square
    Register

    The Kawartha Gourd Artisans meet every  Monday (except for special holiday Mondays) at the Artisans Centre to create, discuss and explore everything Gourd.  Come and work on your own gourd projects, take a class when offered, or simply enjoy spending time with other gourders.  

    Remember to register ahead of time for posted Gourd Classes.

    • 7 Feb 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Peterborough Square
    • 6
    Registration is closed

    Monday, February 7, 2022

    10:30 am to 3:30 pm                                            

    ACP Member pricse - $35

    Non-Member price - $45

    By collaging traditional Japanese paper called washi paper and satin cord, you will give your gourd an Asian inspired look. You will carve a grove into the gourd for the satin cord and learn to cut and glue the washi paper to fit your gourd.  Beginners will enjoy this class.

    The Instructor will provide a tutorial, washi paper and satin cord.

    Students will need to bring a prepared gourd finished inside.  

    Teacher: Anne Carling

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






    • 21 Feb 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Peterborough Square
    • 6
    Registration is closed

    Teacher:  Barbara Bellchambers


    Monday, February 21, 2022

    10:30 am to 3:30 pm                                            

    ACP Members price - $35

    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.





    • 5 Mar 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Artisans Centre, Peterborough Square
    • 6
    Register

    Ability level: Teen and older


    Looking for an interesting new skill? Come and learn about Kumihimo.  Kimumihimo means "gathering threads"; it is an ancient form of Japanese braiding using a variety of stringing material to make cords.  You will prepare 8 strings for the Kumihimo disc, and learn how to make a round cord that can be used for necklaces, bracelets, edging for clothing, straps for purses and numerous other uses.

    During the class you will complete a braclet ( choose to make a double or single braclet) and learn how to add a clasp.  You will then cut cords and set up your loom to make a length of kimihimo braid suitable for a necklace which you will complete at home.

    Teacher Supplies: 6" Kumihimo disc, colourful rattail cord, end clasp, glue, instructions. 

    • 9 Apr 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Peterborough Square
    Register

    Saturday,   April 9th  

    Cost: $5.00 per egg 

    Parents, drop by the Artisans Centre downstairs in Peterborough Square between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.  with your children to decorate a keepsake Easter egg made with wood or gourd.


    • 11 Apr 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Peterborough Square
    • 6
    Register

    In various countries and cultures, the sea turtle represents different things:  wisdom, longevity, power, fighter of evil, tenacity, world/earth carrier.  This workshop will focus on the species called the green sea turtle.   You will learn what gourds to cut and how to assemble your turtle using gourd shards/pieces.  Parts of the turtle will be sculpted using quikwood.  You will then paint it and, depending on time availability, mount it on a piece of wood.  A tutorial with reference pictures and patterns will be provided. You will not likely complete the painting and mounting but you should have your turtle assembled and ready to finish at home.

    Students should bring: a gourd saw or carving tool with a bit you like to use for cutting (ie. Filigree), Drill & 3/32”, 3/16”, 3/8” bits, Hot glue gun & glue sticks, dust mask, paint brushes if you like your own, dry brushes – 2.

    Instructor will provide:  gourd shards/pieces; quikwood, material used for assembly, paint, mounting stick and driftwood.


    Teacher:  Sharron Anstey

    Number of students;  6

    ACP Member price:  $60

    Time:  10 – 4

    Level:  Intermediate





    • 9 May 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Peterborough Square
    • 6
    Register
    Teacher:  Dorothy Hawkins    

    Monday, May 9th, 2022                                     

    ACP Members price - $50

    This gourd will challenge you with several techniques:  designing, pyrography, mixing inks and dyes, adding paint, possibly stippling or undercutting and making quikwood ammonites using a mold. Dorothy will show you examples of ammonites that have been cut in half, so you can see their design and colours.  She will guide you in recreating the ammonites on your gourd, making your own placement and designs inside the shell and offering options for a rim treatment.  You probably will not finish your gourd by the end of the class, but you will be well underway.

    Students will need to bring a prepared gourd.  You may finish the inside of your bowl, but do not put a finish on the outside of the gourd.



Past events

24 Jan 2022 Gourd Member Studio Time
17 Jan 2022 Gourd Member Studio Time
3 Jan 2022 Beginner Gourd Art
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
18 Nov 2019 Engraving Doodle Designs on a Black Gourd
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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