Workshop Schedule

Whether painted, dyed, woodburned or carved, gourds can be transformed into works of art. In response to the increasing interest in gourds and gourd art, we're excited to offer a creative assortment of gourd crafting workshops to help you discover this wonderful pursuit.

All classes are held on our gourd farm just outside the quaint little town of Cookstown. Surrounded by lush gardens and the beautiful gourd patch, this is the perfect place for a day of learning and creativity.

Our instructors have many years of gourd crafting and teaching experience and represent some of the best gourd artists in Canada. Each is an expert in their field.

All classes, unless otherwise noted, are 6 hours in length with a half hour lunch break. A convenient starting time of 10 a.m. for all our classes makes for a leisurely drive from many parts of Ontario and the United States. All the following classes are rated for beginners.

Register below, or call (705) 435-3307. Note: We reserve the right to cancel workshops. In this event a full refund will be given. Customers may cancel up to 10 days before workshop for a full refund. After that, a 25% service charge will be applied and the balanced refunded. No refund will be given if cancellation is within 3 days of workshop date.

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Workshop checklist *Shapes of gourds may vary.

Saturday, August 9, 2014 Funky Birds!!
Sunday, August 17, 2014 Sculpted Leaves
Saturday, September 6, 2014 Power Carving Dimensional Ripples
Sunday, September 7, 2014 Gourd Birds!!
Saturday, September 13, 2014 Whimsical Santa (This is a 2 day workshop)
Saturday, September 20, 2014 Thunder Drum Gourd
Sunday, September 21, 2014 Cracked Up!
Sunday, September 28, 2014 Stippling ( Pointillism )
Friday, October 3, 2014 Old Time Santa (this is a two day worksop) Sorry, class is full.
Saturday, November 8, 2014 Old Time Santa (This is a 2 day workshop)


Saturday, August 9, 2014
Funky Birds!!
Instructor(s): Carolyn Cooper

This workshop is just plain fun and whimsical! Each student will go home with thier own gourd bird. Students will first choose their metal bird frames. From there it is a trip to the gourd bins to choose that perfect gourd body! Oh so many gourds to choose from!! After washing and prepping the perfect gourd, students will have a rainbow of colours to choose from to paint and finish their birds. Bird frames will all differ as they are hand made. Workshop runs from 10 - 3. N95 dust masks are mandatory and can be picked up at Home Hardware or Home Depot for a few dollars. Your own artist paint brushes are also suggested.

Experience level: Beginner to advanced
Tools required: N95 dust mask, paint brushes

Workshop fee:$40.
Materials fee (payable on morning of class): $50.

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Sunday, August 17, 2014
Sculpted Leaves
Instructor(s): Carolyn Cooper

In this workshop students will learn the versatile ways that Apoxie Sculpt can be used to design leaves and vines on the lid of a gourd bowl. Metallic spray paint techniques are used to gain the metallic over all sheen while luster pigments are used on the leaves and vines.

Experience level: beginners to advance
Tools required: None

Workshop fee:$40.
Materials fee (payable on morning of class): $15.

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Saturday, September 6, 2014
Power Carving Dimensional Ripples
Instructor(s): Carolyn Cooper

These graceful dimensional ripples will add spectacular depth to your gourd art. The carving and stippling techniques that you practise will give you the knowledge and confidence to progress to more difficult projects. This is a beginner to advance workshops. Students MUST bring own burs and bits. We do have them available for purchase but NOT to loan. Dust mask is a MUST and earplugs recommended. Gourds sizes and shapes will vary. Workshop runs from 10-3.

Experience level: Beginner to advance
Tools required: Proxon carver, Dremel or other carving tool, burs and bits

Workshop fee:$35.
Materials fee (payable on morning of class): $15.

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Sunday, September 7, 2014
Gourd Birds!!
Instructor(s): Carolyn Cooper

This workshop is just plain fun and whimsical!! Each student will go home with their own one of a kind gourd bird. Students will first choose their metal bird frames. From there it is a trip to the gourd bins to choose that perfect gourd for the body. Oh so many gourds to choose from!! After washing and prepping the perfect gourd, students will have a rainbow of different colors of paints to choose from to add their own personal touch! N95 dust mask is mandatory. These can be picked up for a few dollars from Home Hardware and Home Depot. Students are encouraged to bring their own paint brushes. Workshop runs from 10 - 3

Experience level: beginners to advance
Tools required: Dust mask, paint brushes

Workshop fee:$50.
Materials fee (payable on morning of class): $40.

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Saturday, September 13, 2014
Whimsical Santa (This is a 2 day workshop)
Instructor(s): Carolyn Cooper

In this two day workshop you will learn how to sculpt this whimsical Santa on a kettle gourd. Using two types of sculpting medium students will learn how to free hand sculpt the faces, beards and mistletoe. There are no molds used. Students will also learn how to paint their santas as well as antiquing techniques for the face and beards. Student must bring thier own acrylic paint brushes. Please make sure you have a 3/4 inch wide brush for basecoating larger areas as well as finer brushes for detailed areas such as the eyes and face. If you have your own sculpting tools please bring them along. Workshop runs 10 -3 both Sat. and Sunday

Experience level: beginners to advance
Tools required: sculpting tools, paintbrushes

Workshop fee:$100.
Materials fee (payable on morning of class): $25.

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Saturday, September 20, 2014
Thunder Drum Gourd
Instructor(s): Carolyn Cooper

LAST CHANCE THIS YEAR FOR THIS POPULAR WORKSHOP! Ready to create the beautiful sound of thunder using a thunder drum!! Join us for the day and create one using the combination of a gourd, skin, and spring to give you the realistic sound of thunder. Extra kits will also be available to purchase. Workshop runs from 10 - 3. Bring your gourd saws, a few are available to borrow. A N95 face mask is a must. These can be purchased for a few dollars at Home Hardware and Home Depot.

Experience level: Beginner to advanced
Tools required: Dust mask is a must!!! Bring your own gourds saws.

Workshop fee:$40.
Materials fee (payable on morning of class): $20.

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Sunday, September 21, 2014
Cracked Up!
Instructor(s): Carolyn Cooper

This is a great workshop for beginners to learn how to use a gourd saw for cutting the rim as well as well as an easy rimming technique using Danish cord for a nice finished rim. A choice of color of memory inks will also be used to create the color. An N95 dust mask is mandatory. These can be puchased for a few dollars at Home Hardware or Home Depot. Workshop runs from 10 - 3.

Experience level: beginners to advance
Tools required: N95 Dust mask

Workshop fee:$40.
Materials fee (payable on morning of class): $15.

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Sunday, September 28, 2014
Stippling ( Pointillism )
Instructor(s): Carolyn Cooper

Learn how to transfer a design onto a gourd and then by using a pen and dot technique create shade and textures. This is one of my favourite techniques not only because of its meditative effect but also because it is compact enough to take with me on the go. Always somthing to keep my hands busy! One artist pen is included for you to take home. A disposable N95 dust mask is a must. These can be picked up for a couple of dollars at Canadian Tire. Workshop runs from 10 - 2.

Experience level: Beginner to advanced
Tools required: Dust Mask is a must.

Workshop fee:$40.
Materials fee (payable on morning of class): $15.

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Friday, October 3, 2014
Old Time Santa (this is a two day worksop) Sorry, class is full.
Instructor(s): Carolyn Cooper

Two Day Workshop These Old Time Santas are definetly collecter pieces. Students will learn how to sculpt the faces and beards with two types of sculpting medium on tall snake gourds. There are no molds used, all formations are free hand. Faces will be painted and an antiquing method will be used on beards and trim. Students must bring their own artist brushes with one being a 3/4 wide and a variety of finer sizes for intricate areas. If you already have your own sculpting tools bring them along. Please Note, this workshop takes two days to complete one Santa and runs Saturday and Sunday from 10 - 3

Experience level: Beginner to advance
Tools required: sculpting tools and paintbrushes

Workshop fee:$100.
Materials fee (payable on morning of class): $25.

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Saturday, November 8, 2014
Old Time Santa (This is a 2 day workshop)
Instructor(s): Carolyn Cooper

These Old Time Santas are definetly collecter pieces. Students will learn how to sculpt the faces and beards with two types of sculpting medium on tall snake gourds. There are no molds used, all formations are free hand. Faces will be painted and an antiquing method will be used on beards and trim. Students must bring their own artist brushes with one being a 3/4 wide and a variety of finer sizes for intricate areas. If you already have your own sculpting tools bring them along. Please Note, this workshop takes two days to complete one Santa and runs from 10 - 3 on both Sat and Sun.

Experience level: beginners to advance
Tools required: sculpting tools

Workshop fee:$100.
Materials fee (payable on morning of class): $25.

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