Workshops at the 2016 Ohio Gourd Show



2016 Ohio Gourd Show Workshop Levels
Please note that workshop descriptions state the skill level required for each project.  These are somewhat subjective, but are meant to guide workshop participants.  The levels are: Friday All Day, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (with one-hour lunch break)
 
1.  Batty Bat Pumpkin Gourd
Leader:   Karen Martin
Cost:   $35  Level:  All
Min/Max:  1/10 Time:  FAll
Summary – Halloween will soon be here and all of Charlie Brown’s friends are looking forward to the coming of the Great Pumpkin Gourd.  Although this gourd is sporting a big smile, it has haunted houses and bats surrounding it.  In this workshop, participants will learn a sponging technique plus learn how to side load a brush to float color.  A dry brushing technique will also be used to create hi-lites.  Everyone should be able to finish his or her gourd but if not, will have learned the skills to finish it at home.  All is created using acrylic paint.  If you are a painter, bring your supplies if you wish; but everything needed to complete this project will be provided.  Bringing smocks or aprons to wear might be a good idea to protect clothing.  The project will be approximately 12 to 14 inches in diameter. 
Friday Morning, 9 a.m. – noon
2.  Knotless Netting Ornaments
Leader:   Karen Hundt-Brown
***This class has been cancelled. Please make another choice.
Summary - This is a two-for-one class, where each participant will make two small gourd ornaments.  With this workshop period being three hours, the second ornament may need to be finished at home.  Using waxed linen thread and small, whole gourds, students will learn both knotless netting technique and lace on a gourd.  The leader furnishes student kits with two  clean gourds, instructions, enough waxed linen thread to complete the ornaments, eye hooks, hangers and a few beads to finish off each piece.  This is a beginner level class, and everyone interested in learning the knotless netting technique is welcome.
 3.  Beaded Luminary
Leader:   Kimberly Bader
Cost:   $25 Level:  All
Min/Max:  1/10 Time:  FAM
Summary – A small, beaded luminary will be created in this workshop.  Participants will design the bead pattern, drill the holes and attach the beads onto the gourd.  The gourd will project a cheerful glow when placed over a light source.   All supplies and materials are provided by the workshop leader, including a gourd with the bottom tea light hole cut, and a super bright tea light.  The finished Luminary will be approximately 2x3 inches.
 4.  Bald and Brave
Leader: Janet Lockwood 
***This class has been cancelled. Please make another choice.
Summary – Working with a piece of a gourd, participants will use raised sculpting material to design and sculpt an eagle head, attach it to a dyed gourd bowl and finish out the project with a touch of color for depth.  Rims on the bowls will not be finished in class, but demonstrations and suggestions will be given for decorating the rim at home.  All materials, including gourds, are provided by the leader.  The finished project is approximately 10 to 12 inches.
5.  Floral Tooling with Clay
Leader: Jane Weller 
Cost:   $45 Level:  All
Min/Max: 2/12  Time:  FAM
Summary – Create a gourd vase with a floral design inspired by leather tooling, but done with clay. Learn my step by step technique of form, place, press, and pull. Kwikwood epoxy clay will be used so the project can dry quickly. The design will be finished with an acrylic wash and metallic highlights. Everything needed will be supplied including a gourd vase, kwikwood, wax paper, oil spray, finishes and a tutorial.  The leader will have clay tools to use but if you have your own, please bring them.   The finished size is about 6-8” tall. 




Friday Afternoon, 1 p.m. – 5p.m.
 6.  Push Carved Wheat Bowl (hand carving)
Leader:   Karen Hundt-Brown
***This class has been cancelled. Please make another choice.
Summary – Participants will use gouges and vee tools to create a wheat pattern on a gourd bowl.  Each will select the color of dye  for the bowl and seal it during the class time.  After applying the dye, participants will draw a pattern and carve it out.  All materials will be provided by the leader for this four-hour workshop.
7.  Patchwork Horse
Leader: Janet Lockwood 
***This class has been cancelled. Please make another choice.
Summary – In this workshop, a gourd will be cut out with the silhouette of a horse head.  Raised sculpting material is used to form a mane and details around the horse’s head, then he is colored in a bright pattern of colors. Sculpting materials and varied uses for them will be discussed and demonstrated.  The gourds may be dyed or left natural, and the finished project is approx.12 inches around.  The leader provides all material needed.
8.  Gourd Garden
Leader:   Kimberly Bader
Cost:   $55  Level:  All
Min/Max:  1/10 Time:  FPM 
Summary – Participants in this workshop will create a mini garden in a gourd container.  The container itself will be enhanced with a wood burned design.  The design will differ, however, from traditional woodburning in that we will be using a torch as the heat source.  The leader supplies everything needed, including the plants (three each) and cleaned gourd container.  Come, decorate and plant!  The finished gourd garden will be approximately 6-7 inches in diameter. 
9.  Create a Spring Drum 
Leader: Sue Westhues 
Cost:   $47 Level:  All 
Min/Max: 1/12   Time:  FPM
Summary – the spring drum is a type of friction drum capable of many unique sounds.  The most famous of these is the “roar” of thunder.  A door closing, a frog croaking and more are be possible by combining the gourd, a drum skin, and a spring into this fun and versatile instrumental toy.  These are great for sound effects in storytelling and for percussive enhancement.  The drum, with spring attached, will be about 4 inches in diameter and 3 feet long.  The leader furnishes all supplies and materials.  Participants should bring a dust mask. 
10.  Lace It Up! 
Leader: Sherry Briscoe 
Cost:   $55 Level:  All
Min/Max: 2/12   Time:  FPM
Summary – In this class, there will be a discussion of how to properly prepare gourds and set up the lacing design.  Participants will learn how to use GourdMaster (GM) ink dyes, formula 49, sealers, etc.; and they will then color and seal their gourds.  Everyone will learn two methods of lacing and complete the lacing designs on the bowl.  When the lacing is finished, a concho will be added to complete the design.  The leader provides a cleaned/cut/sanded/drilled gourd; GM ink dyes, formula 49, protecting wax, etc.; brush basins; sponges/felt squares; clothespins/clamps; vinyl gloves; paper towels; scissors; leather lacing; conchos; tutorial with full-color photo of completed project in a vinyl sheet cover; and a heat gun for those who may not have one.  Participants are asked to bring an apron/smock to protect their clothing (inks will stain), sharp scissors, and awl and a heat gun (not hair dryer).  The finished project will be approximately 5-6” high and 6-7” in diameter. 
11.  Raccoon Rendering Vase 
Leader: Jane Weller 
***This class is now full. Please make another choice.
Summary – Create a fine art vase of a raccoon in a hollow tree. A pattern is provided with step by step instruction to help you woodburn this masked bandit. It may also be inked if you do not have a woodburner.  Kwikwood is used to build a border around the rendering so the raccoon appears to be in a hollow tree. The gourd will then be colored with inks to mimic tree bark. Participants are asked to bring a variable temperature woodburner with a skew (blade) tip and bent shader tip if you have them, but we will work with what you have.  Ink pens will be available for participants who do not have a woodburner.  The leader provides a prepped gourd, kwikwood, inks, applicators, micro brushes, pattern and tutorial and some extra tools for class use. Some woodburning experience would be helpful but not required for this class.  Approx. size is 6-8” tall.



Saturday Morning, 9 a.m. – Noon
 12.  Bald and Brave
Leader: Janet Lockwood 
***This class has been cancelled. Please make another choice.
Summary – Working with a piece of a gourd, participants will use raised sculpting material to design and sculpt an eagle head, attach it to a dyed gourd bowl and finish out the project with a touch of color for depth.  Rims on the bowls will not be finished in class, but demonstrations and suggestions will be given for decorating the rim at home.  All materials, including gourds, are provided by the leader.  The finished project is approximately 10 to 12 inches.
13.  Geometric Wood Burned Necklace
Leader:   Karen Hundt-Brown
***This class has been cancelled. Please make another choice.
Summary- In this workshop, each participant will make one small wood burned gourd necklace that is covered in a geometric pattern.  Participants will need their own temperature adjustable wood burning units and a skew or small spear pen/tip.  This is a small round heeled blade used for fine lines or hair work. All other materials are provided by the leader.
14.  String Art
Leader:   Kimberly Bader
Cost:   $40  Level:  All
Min/Max:  1/10 Time:  SAM 
Summary – In this workshop, participants will be making a small string art wall hanging with embellishments.  After laying out the design and installing the pegs on a rounded gourd piece, the string fun begins.  Everyone will learn the lacing/weaving design to create a colorful addition to the smooth texture and natural color of the gourd.  Finally, a flat back protector will be glued in place.  All supplies and materials are provided by the workshop leader, including the gourd piece and flat back protector.  The finished work will be approximately 4x5 inches. 
15.  It Has Flare!
Leader: Sherry Briscoe 
Cost:   $50 Level:  All
Min/Max:  2/12 Time:  SAM
Summary – In this workshop, participants will color their gourds using Adirondack Alcohol Inks.  They will apply the first color with felt squares, then they will use a sponging technique with circular pouncers to add other colors.  After drying the inks, a coat of varnish will be applied.  After the varnish has dried, participants will learn to coil a paper rush rim that flares out at the top.  Each person will have a selection of colors for the inks, waxed linen, and paper rush (at least 3 choices will be available).  An optional  feather accent may be added for a finishing touch.  The leader supplies a cleaned/cut/sanded/drilled gourd; Adirondack Alcohol Inks; varnish/sealer; waxed linen and paper rush in a selection of colors (at least 3 different color schemes); tapestry needles; feathers; brush basins; some extra scissors; paper towels; felt squares; dauber sponges; vinyl gloves; tutorial with full-color photo of completed project in a vinyl sheet cover; and a heat gun for those who may not have one.  Participants should bring an apron/smock to protect their clothes (coloring agents will stain), an awl, sharp scissors, and a heat gun (not hair drier).  The project will be approximately 7-8” high and 5-6” wide. 
16.  Floral Tooling With Clay
Leader: Jane Weller 
Cost:   $45 Level:  All
Min/Max: 2/12  Time:  SAM
Summary – Create a gourd vase with a floral design inspired by leather tooling, but done with clay. Learn my step by step technique of form, place, press, and pull. Kwikwood epoxy clay will be used so the project can dry quickly. The design will be finished with an acrylic wash and metallic highlights. Everything needed will be supplied including a gourd vase, kwikwood, wax paper, oil spray, finishes and a tutorial.  The leader will have clay tools to use but if you have your own, please bring them.   The finished size is about 6-8” tall. 
17.  Twisted Dream Catcher
Leader: Chris Pawlik 
Cost:   $55 Level:  I/A
Min/Max: 1/12   Time: SAM
Summary - Ever look at a curly handled dipper and think, “what can I make out of that?”  Well in this class you will use a curly handled dipper gourd to create a new twist on a dream catcher.  Participants will start by applying a Dragonfly and maple leaf masking shapes to a curly handle dipper gourd, and then apply alcohol inks to color the gourd.  A special acrylic will be used to paint the wings on the Dragonfly.  Leaf accents will be added using a marker.  (Participants do have the option to burn the detail in to the leaves outside of the class).  Next everyone will learn how to attach the dream catcher to the opening made by the handle on the gourd. Waxed linen thread will be used in different colors to weave the dream catcher.  The leader will also show how to attach feet to the gourd to keep it upright when finished.  Internal weight will also be added to the gourd to add in stability.  Note: Due to the nature of curly handle dipper gourds, not all gourds will be the same.  However, I have selected ones that are similar in size and have a good opening to weave the dream catcher.  Participants are asked to bring a drill and drill bits, apron, safety glasses, and disposable gloves (vinyl gloves will be available, however, if you have allergies, please bring your own).




Saturday Afternoon, 1 p.m. –5 p.m.
 18. Zentangle Inspired Gourd Bowl
Leader:     Marjorie Wilhelm, CZT
Cost: $55 Level:  All 
Min/Max: 3/12 Time:  SPM 
Summary - Participants will be introduced to the zentangle method, learn zentangle patterns and apply those patterns to a gourd bowl of their choice.  The leader will guide participants in learning and choosing patterns and in applying them to the gourd.  Gourd bowls provided are 6-9 inches in diameter and ready to decorate.  The leader supplies all materials (sanded, cleaned, cut and painted gourd bowl, two Sakura pens, shading materials and printed tutorials).
19.  Chip-carved Birdhouse
Leader: Lyn Rehm
Cost: $40 Level:  B
Min/Max: 1/8  Time:  SPM
Summary - Learn to use U-shaped wood gouges to carve geometric patterns. A variety of gouge sizes will be available for you to use in   class. All materials and supplies are furnished to complete a functional wren house using a 6” x 8” kettle gourd.
20.  Tree of Life
Leader: Chris Pawlik 
***This class has been cancelled. Please make another choice.
Summary – Participants will create a one of a kind Tree of Life window decoration.  Two examples are shown.  Using a gourd plate (flat section cut from a gourd) we will establish a base for weaving a tree of life.  The gourd plate will be pre-cleaned with the center opening cut.  The participant will use acrylics to paint the grass and sky for the finished piece.  They will also use alcohol inks to color the semi-transparent backdrop for the tree design.  Choice of sea-grass or Danish Cord will be offered to be used to weave the tree.  Final assembly will be adding the backdrop and hanging cord on the back.  Participants will choose the plate design (one of those pictured) and leave with a finished piece.  Due to drying time needed for the glue used, the finished piece should remain taped together until the following morning.  Extra uncleaned gourd plates will be available for additional purchase.  Participants are asked to bring a drill and drill bits, apron, safety glasses and disposable gloves (vinyl gloves will be available, however, if you have allergies, please bring your own). 
 21.  Raccoon Rendering Vase 
Leader: Jane Weller 
Cost:   $50 Level:  All
Min/Max: 2/12  Time:  SPM 
Summary – Create a fine art vase of a raccoon in a hollow tree. A pattern is provided with step by step instruction to help you woodburn this masked bandit. It may also be inked if you do not have a woodburner.  Kwikwood is used to build a border around the rendering so the raccoon appears to be in a hollow tree. The gourd will then be colored with inks to mimic tree bark. Participants are asked to bring a variable temperature woodburner with a skew (blade) tip and bent shader tip if you have them, but we will work with what you have.  Ink pens will be available for participants who do not have a woodburner.  The leader provides a prepped gourd, kwikwood, inks, applicators, micro brushes, pattern and tutorial and some extra tools for class use. Some woodburning experience would be helpful but not required for this class.  Approx. size is 6-8” tall.
22. Patchwork Horse
Leader: Janet Lockwood 
***This class has been cancelled. Please make another choice.
Summary – In this workshop, a gourd will be cut out with the silhouette of a horse head.  Raised sculpting material is used to form a mane and details around the horse’s head, then he is colored in a bright pattern of colors. Sculpting materials and varied uses for them will be discussed and demonstrated.  The gourds may be dyed or left natural, and the finished project is approx.12 inches around.  The leader provides all material needed.
23.  Let’s Have Light 
Leader: Sherry Briscoe 
Cost:   $55 Level: All
Min/Max: 2/12   Time:   SPM 
Summary – In this class, there will be discussion about how to set up the lighting design and prepare the gourd.  Participants will then create their own lighting design, using painters’ tape, and then drill the holes.  Using QuikWood, they will sculpt a flower and a few leaves for the top of the gourd.  Next, they will apply GourdMaster (GM) formula 49/ink dyes/transparent acrylics/ metallic inks/sealer, etc.  Lastly, the base and light are inserted; and voila…we have light!  The leader supplies a cut/cleaned/sanded cannonball gourd; GM formula 49, ink dyes, transparent acrylics, white gourd paint, metallic inks, sealer/varnish, etc.; QwikWood; light base; light fixture with cord; brush basins, brushes, sponges; pencils; ¼” painters’ tapes; scissors; vinyl gloves; tutorial with full-color photo of completed project in a vinyl sheet cover; and a heat gun for those who may not have one.  Participants are asked to bring an apron/smock to protect their clothes (coloring agents will stain), a rotary tool (i.e., Dremel, etc.) with 3/64 and 5/64” drill bits, a heat gun (not hair drier).  The finished lamp will be approximately 5-7” in diameter. 
24.  Gourd Garden
Leader:   Kimberly Bader
Cost:   $55  Level:  All
Min/Max:  1/10 Time:  SPM
Summary – Participants in this workshop will create a mini garden in a gourd container.  The container itself will be enhanced with a wood burned design.  The design will differ, however, from traditional woodburning in that we will be using a torch as the heat source.  The leader supplies everything needed, including the plants (three each) and cleaned gourd container.  Come, decorate and plant!  The finished gourd garden will be approximately 6-7 inches in diameter.
25  Fur, Feathers and Fun 
Leader:   Karen Hundt-Brown
***This class has been cancelled. Please make another choice.
Summary - This is a class for intermediate and beginning participants looking for more realism in their wood burning work.  Each participant must have a temperature adjustable wood burning unit with the following two pens or tips: a thin, fine rounded heel blade  (commonly called  a skew); and a small ball shader.  Participants will render their choice of an animal, fish or fowl from a dozen patterns included in the student kit.  Each kit contains one cleaned, whole gourd (approximately 7-9 inches tall), a handout, three pattern sheets and transfer paper. 




Sunday Afternoon, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
26.  Bald and Brave
Leader: Janet Lockwood 
***This class has been cancelled. Please make another choice.
Summary – Working with a piece of a gourd, participants will use raised sculpting material to design and sculpt an eagle head, attach it to a dyed gourd bowl and finish out the project with a touch of color for depth.  Rims on the bowls will not be finished in class, but demonstrations and suggestions will be given for decorating the rim at home.  All materials, including gourds, are provided by the leader.  The finished project is approximately 10 to 12 inches.
27.  String Art
Leader:   Kimberly Bader
***This class has been cancelled. Please make another choice.
Summary – In this workshop, participants will be making a small string art wall hanging with embellishments.  After laying out the design and installing the pegs on a rounded gourd piece, the string fun begins.  Everyone will learn the lacing/weaving design to create a colorful addition to the smooth texture and natural color of the gourd.  Finally, a flat back protector will be glued in place.  All supplies and materials are provided by the workshop leader, including the gourd piece and flat back protector.  The finished work will be approximately 4x5 inches. 
28.  Philodendron Sheath, Double Fan Bowl
Leader: Karen Hundt-Brown
***This class has been cancelled. Please make another choice.
Summary – In this three-hour beginner class, each participant will learn to sew philodendron sheaths to a gourd bowl and decorate it once the sheaths have dried.  The leader furnishes a student kit, which includes one cut, cleaned and drilled gourd bowl, two philodendron sheaths, instructions, waxed linen thread and several pieces of dry decorative material to finish off the bowl.  Due to the wet nature of this sewing project, participants  can attach decorations to the gourd bowl at home.

The Ohio Gourd Society attempts to provide varied workshops to allow participants to expand their skills and to have fun.  Providing education in the areas of growing gourds and crafting gourds is a primary objective of the Society.  Persons with skills in traditional or new artistic techniques are encouraged to consider leading workshops and seminars at state and local gourd shows, meetings, festivals and fairs.  Thank you for your interest in the workshops at the Ohio Gourd Show.


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The Ohio Gourd Society is proud to introduce the following Workshop Leaders for the 2016 Ohio Gourd Show

Kimberly Bader - Kim is a gourd artist of 30+ years.  Growing and crafting her own gourds, she has learned gourd art techniques through trial and error, and with the education and help of fellow gourd enthusiasts.  She specializes in making birdhouse gourds, but also has experience with carving, needle art, basketry and woodburning.  She sells her gourd pieces through Etsy as well as her own website - www.ladybgr.com.

Sherry Briscoe – Sherry has been crafting gourds for since 2002; and her husband, Bob joined her in that endeavor a couple of years later.  Shortly after that some of the gourd folks they met on the gourd trail convinced her that she  should teach at the festivals.  Sherry quickly admits, “That is when we embarked on this wonderful adventure.  Suddenly we were traveling all over the country teaching, vending, and demonstrating!” Sherry says, “I am often asked what my favorite gourd-crafting technique is. - How can I mention just one?  I love wood burning, painting, coiling, tenerife.  Oh my, I can’t forget kumihimo, weaving, lacing, and carving, too!  There is  no limit to what you can do on a gourd, and I’m committed to trying them all!

We have met so many wonderful folks in our travels, and have been so welcomed by all the gourders we have run into.  While we have had to cut back on the number of shows we travel to (age has been creeping up on us), we are still out here having fun!”.

Karen Brown - Karen is a published artist and has been teaching art and craft classes since 1999.  Her focus is on the humble gourd.  She finds the mediium appealing and challenging with its variety of sizes and shapes.  Her current passion is carving gourds, although she still produces art through a number of different techniques.  You will find her taking classes and continuing to expand her knowledge of gourds and experimenting to find the next material or technique to use on the humble gourd.  Contact Karen at kahb69@chartermi.net  for a list of new classes or a current year schedule of her class locations.

Janet Lockwood -  Janet, a Kentucky native, residing in Jamestown, Ky is an artist and instructor in many different mediums.  Janet Has been teaching gourd workshops and the versatility in gourd art for more than 10 yrs.  She loves to combine mediums and textures and always try to showcase the natural elements of the gourd.   Janet owns and operates a home studio, Solitude Studio Fine Art, where she loves to teach ordinary people to create extraordinary art.

Karen Martin - Karen is a decorative artist and an active member of the Society of Decorative Painters.  She has been involved in decorative painting for 25 years, and taught basic painting classes.  To keep current, she continues to participate in workshops, classes and retreats.  Karen enjoys decorating gourds with acrylic paint, but often uses inks, dyes and colored pencils, as well.  Gourd sculpture is also a part of many of her gourd pieces.  In addition to creating art pieces, Karen has also lead workshops in cleaning, preparing and painting gourds so that others may learn and enjoy the hobby.  For Karen and her husband John, gourd work is a shared hobby they began in 1984.  They agree that visiting friends, making new friends and sharing with other gourd enthusiasts, both nationally and internationally, may be the best part of belonging to the “Gourd World.”
 
Chris Pawlik – Chris has degrees in advertising design and illustration, and has taught computer graphics for more than 20 years.  She has been participating in craft and fine art shows since 1991, and her journey into gourds started in 1998.  After winning multiple awards for her gourd art, Chris began teaching at gourd shows in 2009.  She enjoys figuring out how to take traditional techniques and styles used on canvas and ceramics, and translate them into finished gourds.  In her classes, she passes these learned techniques, tips and tricks on to others.

Lyn Rehm - Lyn began growing gourds as a child and her father taught her to carve.  She has enjoyed a lifetime hobby of carving gourd birdhouses for house wrens, and continues to support to the operation and activities of the Ohio Gourd Society.

Jane Weller – Jane lives on a farm in northwest Ohio and has always had an appreciation of nature and art.  She attended the Dayton Art Institute in the 70's. Jane says, “I enjoy creating with gourds because of their natural beauty and versatility.”  She is skilled in many different techniques and her favorites include woodburning, designing, painting and cutting.  Her artwork includes jewelry, luminaries, bowls and other functional, creative gourd art pieces.  Jane has been working with gourds for over 10 years, and has exhibited gourd art, taught workshops and won a number of gourd-related awards.

Sue Westhues – Sue lives in southern Indiana, in the country, outside of Bloomington.  Sue says, “From the time I grew my first gourds, I knew they were the perfect art medium.  For me, they combine a love of growing and creating, and are a constant source of inspiration and fun.”  Sue makes a wide variety of items with gourds: birdhouses, feeders, puppets, toys, mobiles, birds, flowers, instruments and singular oddities.  She has been a vendor at the Ohio Gourd Show for about twenty years, and for several of those years she has enjoyed teaching a gourd drum workshop.  Sue is a member of the Indiana Gourd Society, and sells gourds at the Indiana Gourd Show.  In addition to gourd shows, her work is sold locally and regionally through gift shops, galleries, gardening shows, art fairs and farmers’ markets.  Sue clearly affirms, “Gourds are wonderful, and attract a wide range of wonderful people.”

Marjorie Wilhelm - Marjorie is a Certified Zentangle Teacher living in Sunbury, Ohio.  She received certification following an intensive, four-day Zentangle seminar with the creators of the zentangle method, in Providence, RI, in October 2014.  For the past two years, Marjorie has been using zentangle patterns to decorate gourds.  Her work is on display and for sale at The Galena Vault, an arts and crafts shop in Galena, OH, and at Turner Farms in Cincinnati, OH.  Marjorie also leads Zentangle gourd workshops in Sunbury.


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