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Sassy Flamingo

Terry and Sandy Jordan
Thursday Afternoon 1:30-5:30
Maximum Number of Students 10

Students will learn how to create their very own Florida Flamingo.  They will learn how to use Quikwood to attach pieces for wings and tail, then sand to a smooth finish.  They will learn how to attach dowels for legs and then put the flamingo on the base and add feet (or socks and tennis shoes or sandals). Then they will paint the Flamingo to stand tall and proud.  All students should have a completed project. 

Students must bring: Dremel with ¼” Sanding Drum, Water Basin, **Dewberry One Stroke Acrylic Brush Set (includes:  ½” Scruffy, ¾” Flat, #12 Flat, #2 Script Liner) **This set may be purchased from Sandy‚ Cost for $18. Please email to order.





Weaving spirals, cedar bark, and seagrass

Marianne Barnes
Thursday Afternoon 1:30-5:30

Students will learn how to insert spokes on top of a 5"- 6" gourd bowl and weave a basket on top. We will weave with reed, seagrass, and cedar bark. Techniques used will be creating spirals, plaiting, twinning, and creating a rim. We will top off the Gourd with a rim covered with philodendron sheath and a pod. This is a wonderful weaving class for beginners as well as seasoned weavers.

Students must bring: Scissors, bucket to soak reed, spray bottle, towel, and an apron.
I will have extra buckets, scissors, and spray bottles for those who cannot bring them.




Pine Needle Ornaments

Shari Zabroski
Thursday Afternoon 1:30-5:30

Create a fun pine needle ornament while learning several techniques, such as a double buttonhole stitch to cover a ring, adding a focal bead (glass or wood) with decorative spacer beads, plus pine needle coiling and adding a hanger.  Students will receive all the materials to create both a focal bead ornament as well as one with a black walnut slice for the center. 

Complete tutorial with step by step instructions for both ornaments will be provided.  Instructor will also discuss and show examples of other creative options for fun ornaments!

Although it would be beneficial if students have a familiarity with coiling, this class is suited for all levels of experience.

Students must bring: Sharp scissors, small pair of needle nose pliers




Pigment Peacock Birdhouse

Anna Fountain
Thursday Afternoon 1:30-5:30

You will learn how to apply pigment powder in different colors individually as well as blended in the same area for a bold design that is highly resistant to fading.

Students must bring: heating tool (not blow dryers), several paint brushes in different sizes (smaller sizes) , exacto knife, burner with skew (walnut hollow types will NOT work for this design)



Gradient Gourd

Ellen Tatum
Thursday Afternoon 1:30-5:30

The gradient colored gourd teaches you how to blend colors so that there is no hard line between the changing of colors by using a special colored spray. This makes a beautiful striking colored vase for dried flowers.  Students will also be using sea grass rope to make the rim.

Students must bring: Drill and bit for making holes for the rim. Gloves for coloring agents and make up sponges for coloring. 





Pouring Medium Technique

Tonia Owen
Thursday Afternoon 1:30-5:30

Pouring medium is a fun class and no gourd will be the same. I will show you how to mix paint, water, medium, and silicone to the right constancy and pour over a gourd and watch the magic as it comes to life with cells and a marbling look. This is a fun class and the look is stunning as it dries. We will not be putting a rim on the gourd as it takes a good day to dry. I will also provide a stand for your to keep your gourd on till dry.

Students must bring: apron, gloves, heat tool if you have one we can share



Kumihimo - What is It?

Sherry Briscoe
Thursday Afternoon 1:30-5:30

In this class students will learn how to create an 8-strand Kumihimo Braid on a loom.  A loom kit will be provided to each student at no additional cost.  They will have a selection of yarns/cords/threads/ribbons to choose from for their braid. There will be a discussion where the braiding technique originated and some of it's original purposes.  They will also have the option of creating a "kumi" key chain, necklace, or longer cord to be used as an embellishment on a gourd.  There will be several examples of various uses.




Luffa insert for Gourd Vase

Troy Tatum
Thursday Afternoon 1:30-5:30

In this fun new class you will learn a brand new technique of preparing and using luffa as an insert in gourds. Several different examples will be shown. This class will focus on preparing the luffa for inserting into a precut furnished gourd. The students will stain the gourd and the insert the luffa into the cut-outs. The class should result in a finished gourd and a lot of future possibilities for projects with this exciting new process.

The student will need to bring gloves for staining the gourd.




Gourd Trout

Judi Fleming
Thursday Afternoon 1:30-5:30

In this class you'll learn methods to sculpt and paint an amazing rainbow trout from a banana gourd and QuikWood over a cardboard infrastructure. 

Students must bring: Apron, if you prefer to bring your own paint brushes please do.




Speckled Hen

Laurie Weiand
Thursday Afternoon 1:30-5:30

This chicken will be "clucking" all the way home... when you learn these special techniques used to make her a "Fancy" one at that! The process starts with a gel medium used for the Hens head. This takes 24 hours to set and dry. So in order to be able to complete a chicken, I am furnishing an additional "practice" gourd that will be used for this technique. This one can be turned into a chicken as well, but finished at your own convenience. (I will have a gourd prepared with the gel medium technique already on it, dried and ready) this way you will be able to take home a finished one. The Hens beak will be out of a gourd stem. Quickwood will be used for its comb and waddle with a special texture tool used in enhancing it's look. We will finish up by painting this chick the color and highlights she needs. When the paint is dry, you will give her the "Fancy" broom corn tail to send her on her way!

Students must bring: rubber gloves, heat gun if available, if not we will share what I have. Apron.




Weaving Reed thru a Gourd bowl

Kristie Hull
Thursday Afternoon 1:30-5:30

You will learn how to measure and mark lines on a 6-8 inch gourd to create slots to weave the reeds thru.

Studentsmust bring: Bucket( to soak reeds), Gourd Saw,  Mask, Apron, Scissors to cut reeds, Dremel with drill bits(big enough for saw blade to fit in), Tape measure or Flexible ruler, heat gun, Old Towel



Deer Antler Bowl

Linda Vanderlaan
Thursday Afternoon 1:30-5:30

Students will mod podge the interior of the gourd with the paper provided.  Then the exterior of the gourd will be covered with ink dyes leaving the area that the deer will be painted on. After the painting is complete the rim will be sealed where the interior paper overlaps.  Finally the rim will be laced with leather lacing and the antler will be secured and beads applied on the ends of the leather,
Small paintbrushes and an apron or covering for clothe