Friday Afternoon Classes

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Let’s Paint         

Instructor: Laraine Short       

Cost: Member—$45, Non-member—$50

Afternoon 1:30 pm — 5:30 pm

Inside Classroom #1

Skill Level: All

Description: A fun easy painting project. Design is base coated with acrylics and shaded with stencil creams. Flowers not included.

Students must bring: Nothing 

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Evening in the Foothills           

Instructor: Terry and Sandy Jordan      

Cost: Member—$55 and Non-member—$60

Afternoon 1:30 pm — 5:30 pm

Inside Classroom #2

Skill Level: All

Come create this tranquil scene of snow and deer in Pen and Ink Rouging. Sandy (a certified Mary Owens Instructor) will take you step-by-step, through the pen and ink rouging process. This unique process is done with India ink and oil paints. Everything to complete the class will be provided by the instructor. Come learn this beautiful technique. The rim and antler are not part of the class.

I want to thank Mary Owens for teaching me this beautiful technique.

Students must bring: an apron 

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Fuzzy Wuzzy Bowl         

Instructor: Sarah Kemp        

Cost: Member—$45, Non-Member—$50

Afternoon 1:30 pm — 5:30 pm

Inside Classroom #3

Skill Level: All

Description: Decoupage the interior of your gourd bowl with a paper napkin, then weave a colorful edging using dyed reed, fuzzy yarns and beads. Multiple color choices available

Student Must Bring: spray bottle, hand towel, apron and hair dryer/craft heat gun

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Dreamcatcher lighted mobile with sea glass     

Instructor: Donna McCarthy       

Cost: Member—$45, Non-Member—$50

Afternoon 1:30 pm — 5:30 pm

Inside Classroom #4

Skill Level: All

Description: Prepped Canteen Gourd ready to weave a dreamcatcher accented with beads. Colorful floral designs to be painted on a white background (patterns available). To complete this gourd mobile you will create and assemble sea glass pieces to form 3 pendants and insert in bottom of gourd.  Lastly a votive light is inserted behind the dreamcatcher. This project can be completed in class.

Students Must Bring: Acrylic paints in floral colors, assorted fine tip markers in basic colors, water container, scissors and heat gun.

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Dipping into Tapestry        

Instructor: Fonda Haddad       

Cost: Member—$50, Non-Member—$55

Afternoon 1:30 pm — 5:30 pm

Outside Classroom #5

Skill Level: All

Description: Dipping into Tapestry-Using a twisted dipper gourd we will embellish all the twists and turns. Holes will be drilled in the stem and warped as a mini-tapestry. The dipper part will be cut out and drilled for a dream catcher with beads and feathers. Every dipper is different so we may get two weavings or can use the curls for other fun. There will be cordage for hanging. 

Students Must Bring: Nothing

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Exploring Vinyl and Color        

Instructor: Suzi Nonn        

Cost: Member—$40, Non-member—$45

Afternoon 1:30 pm — 5:30 pm

Outside Classroom #6

Skill Level: All

Description: Create with vinyl cutouts. The class project will be overlaying vinyls to give the illusion of depth (there will be a variety of vinyls available). During class, we will explore the characteristics of alcohol inks and alcohol pearls, and the advantages of base coating the gourd with Artisan dyes.

Students Must Bring: Nothing

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Faux Leather Tooled Gourd Bowl      

Instructor: Troy Tatum        

Cost: Member—$50, Non-Member—$55

Afternoon 1:30 pm — 5:30 pm

Outside Classroom #8

Skill Level: All

Description: This class will guide you step by step through the creation of the look of tooled leather on a 7 to 9-inch gourd bowl. We will use ink dyes and pyrography to create the design and add color and shadows to imitate depth.

Students Must Bring: An adjustable temperature pyrography tool with a Skew pen, a writing point pen and a medium to large ball or other shading tip pen 

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Sampler Pyrography         

Instructor: Debbie Wilson       

Cost: Member—$50, Non-Member—$55

Afternoon 1:30 pm — 5:30 pm

Outside Classroom #9

Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Description: Sampler gourd will include instruction on temperature of tip, burning times, layers of strokes, types of tips and styles of strokes. A simple design of leaves and backgrounds will divide up the space. Instruction on creating shadow and texture will be emphasized.

Students Must Bring: Wood burner with tips, (prefer a shader and large ball) apron, those that need a mask, bring one, pencil, magic erasers. I have 4 available burners that can be reserved. Contact me at artbasgo@gmail.comto reserve.

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Faux Geodes Embellishments       

Instructor: Greer Peters       

Cost: Member—$55, Non-Member—$60

Afternoon 1:30 pm — 5:30 pm

Inside Classroom #TBA

Skill Level: All

Description: You will learn how to create sparkling geode like slabs to use on or in your gourds. You will make at least 2 and perhaps 3 different sizes, 1"x 2", 3"x 2" and 3"x 4", of geodes with paint colors in the blue and purple family plus, glitter and glass crystals. These one of a kind embellishments can be applied on top of your gourd or hang in a cut out space with light behind to make them glow. We will only make the geodes in class as the geode process takes time and needs time to cure, but the instructor will bring sample of how to best use them to make outstanding gourds. Along with a detailed Tutorial with pictures and ideas on other ways you will want to use your beautiful geodes and a source list of materials needed. Instructor will bring all supplies as they are extensive and expensive. If students have a flat cookie sheet with or without edge please bring that (but it must be flat) and apron to cover your clothing and be ready to have a good time and experiment with new supplies.

Students Must Bring: a flat cookie sheet, apron, scissors and old paintbrush #2 or #3.

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Let's Make an Axatse (Netted Gourd Rattle)    

Instructor: Eddie Osborne      

Cost: Member—$45, Non-Member—$50

Afternoon 1:30 pm — 5:30 pm

Outside Classroom #TBA

Skill Level: All

Description: Participants will be led, step-by-step, through the process of crafting the axatse (pron. ah-HAH-cheh), a netted gourd rattle of the Ewe people of Ghana and Togo. The process includes making the top collar, which is situated around the neck of the gourd. Next, participants will be shown how to attach lengths of cord to the collar and how to string bead strikers onto the lengths of cord to form a skirt. Finally, participants will be shown how to tie off the bottom end of beaded network. Upon completion, the instructor will demonstrate the various ways of playing the instrument.

Students Must Bring: Participants should bring cigarette lighters and scissors. Instructor will provide gourds, cordage, and beads.

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Colorful Drum 

Instructor: Bob Briscoe       

Cost: Member—$55, Non-Member—$60    

Afternoon 1:30 pm — 5:30 pm

Outside Classroom #TBA

Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Description: In this class, students will tape off the various sections of their gourd in a design that is pleasing to them. It is important that they burnish their tape to the gourd eliminating any area that would allow the inks leaking underneath. They will then pick colors of their choice and will apply them to the marked areas. It is suggested that students dry each section, to avoid spreading wet ink to other areas. When they have completed the entire gourd, they will need to heat set it, and then they will be able to remove the tapes. Once that has been done, it will be necessary for the students to apply 1-2 coats of GM varnish. They will drill holes along the bottom edge of the drum. They will thread round leather lacing through the holes, adding beads between the holes. Then they will learn how to put a goat skin head on the gourd, using upholstery tacks. The tacks will later be covered wit a strip of leather or fabric 

Students Must Bring: An apron to protect your clothes, a rotary tool with a 5/32nd drill bit, and a heat tool. If you have any favorite paint brushes, you may bring them, but the instructor will have brushes for student use. 

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VOLUNTEER SESSION

8:30 — 12:00 PM        

Contact Tonya Cubeta, tcubeta@gmail.com