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

    • 28 Apr 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 15 Sep 2020
    • (EDT)
    • Peterborough Square


    Our Office is now open by chance or appointment

    We are planning for a September restart for classes, but of course it will depend on the situation at that time.

    If you would like to support us during the closure you can help by sending a donation through our “Make a gift” page:  https://acp35.wildapricot.org/Make-a-gift


    Thank you

    Stay safe and keep your distance

    • 24 Jun 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 2 Sep 2020
    • (EDT)
    • Online only

    Now open the A.C.P. Gift Shop

    From our Artisans to you.

    Until we can be full operational  and in support of both the artisans and A.C.P. we are piloting the A.C.P. Gift Shop.

    If you are from outside of Peterborough  we will arrange shipping. If you are local arrangements will be made with you for your purchases to be  pick up or drop off.

    New Items will be added regularly so please come and browse  often.

    Stay Safe
    GIFT SHOP LINK

    • 13 Jul 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 2 Nov 2020
    • (EST)
    • 8 sessions
    • Peterborough Square
    • 5
    Register

    Gourd studio Time


     Mondays as listed

    10:00 am to 3:30 pm 

    Max 6 people


    $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 on the days as listed.

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

    Monday, August 10, 2020   

    10:30 to 3:00 

    Cost: $15.00 includes all supplies except prepared gourd 

    Instructor:  Anne Carling

    Learn two ways to colour and apply eggshell to adorn your gourd. You can accent a rim or area of shell or make a turtle shell or piece of jewelry. Bring a prepared gourd not yet varnished or a curved oval for a turtle shell or a shard for jewelry.  Anne will be teaching this fun and easy way to add vibrant colour as an accent to your gourd.     



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

    Monday, September 14, 2020

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

    TEACHER:  Barbara Bellchambers

    ACP MEMBERS: $30

    NON-MEMBERS:  $35

    In this class you will learn how to weave  a covering for an jewellery gourd using 2 colours of waxed linen.   This class is not for the faint of heart; you will need nimble fingers and lots of patience!  That said, it really is not that difficult.  We will use simple twining to create the 2 colour effect.  There will be examples of a number of rim finishes, using beads.  You will complete the necklace by adding a rattail cord to match your necklace, adding beads that compliment your gourd.  


    All materials will be provided by the teacher.

                                                                                                   

    • 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. You will be able to chose your basketry stitch from the few taught and use either wax linen or sinew to weave the seagrass onto the gourd. 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, sinew and instruction pages will be supplied. 


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

    • 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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