2016 Class Schedule

These are the classes that were offered at the 2016 Mississippi Gourd Festival.  Classes Chair was Michelle Thompson, [email protected] or 601-782-9444.  

We had 71 class spots filled by 42 students.  Some of the students were new to gourdcrafting.  The look of joy on their faces when they completed their very first gourd was priceless.  I still remember how excited I was when I took my first gourdcrafting class! –Michelle Thompson 

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THURSDAY AFTERNOON CLASSES, SEPTEMBER 15, 2016

Cecil TPM2

TPM2—POWER TOOLS—WHICH, WHAT, WHY & HOW?

Teacher:  Cecil Walley, Sebring, FL
Thursday, 1-4 p.m., Loc 4
Cost: $25 + $5 MSGS registration fee
Skill Level: All levels
Ages: Adults, plus minors if accompanied by an adult
Min/Max # of Students: 5/10

Which burr do I use?  What burr is that?  Why do I use it?  How do I use it?  What do I need for filigree?  Why do my blades break?  Which burner tip do I need?  These are some of the common questions Cecil is asked.  He will answer those questions and many more in this class.  Cecil will demonstrate the proper use and maintenance of power carvers, woodburners, saws, and the equipment used with each.  He will demonstrate the correct usage of kutzalls, carbide burrs, diamond burrs, ruby burrs and others.  Learn to improvise with what you have for a project, rather than asking yourself, “What do I have to buy?”  The goal of this class is to empower you to use your power tools with confidence and safety.  Students will have the opportunity to try out different burrs and see how they perform on a gourd.  A very limited number of sample power tools will be available for supervised, shared class use.

Instructor will supply:  a very limited number of power tools (carvers, woodburners, and saws) and some burrs and woodburning tips/pens to try in class; informational handouts.

Student must bring:  scrap gourd or gourd pieces for practice.  Apron and dust mask, if you wish.   If you own the following tools, it would be helpful to bring them to class:  power carver or Dremel and burrs, woodburner and tips/pens, saw and saw blades.

 

Carol TPM3

TPM3—PHILODENDRON RIM TREATMENT

Teacher:  Carol Maddox, Bossier City, LA
Thursday, 1-4 p.m., Loc 1
Cost: $30 + $5 MSGS registration fee
Skill level: All levels
Ages: 12 and up
Approx. Project Size: 6-7” wide by 4” high
Leave class with a finished project?  Yes
Min/Max # of students  3/7

Student will create a beautiful rimmed bowl using this wonderful natural material.

Instructor will supply:  Prepared gourd bowl, naturals, and all other supplies needed to complete this project.

Student must bring:  9” x 13” pan for water, mister bottle, apron, old towel, and scissors.

 

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Teacher: Michelle Thompson, Raleigh, MS
Thursday, 1-4:30 p.m., Loc 2
Cost: $42 + $5 MSGS registration fee
Skill level: All Levels
Ages: 12 and up
Approx. Project Size: 5-7” wide by 6-8” high
Leave class with a finished project?  Yes
Min/Max # of students: 3/12

Learn how to layer alcohol inks and masking shapes.  The pictured gourd shows a variety of shapes and colors to inspire you.   Choose your colors and start designing!  When you remove the masks, your leaves, flowers and dragonflies magically appear!

Instructor will supply:  a whole, basecoated gourd, vinyl masking shapes, alcohol inks, spray sealer, tutorial, and all supplies needed to complete class project.  Instructor will have two hair dryers for shared class use.

Student must bring:  apron.  Optional:  a rounded tip craft knife and hair dryer.

 FRIDAY MORNING CLASSES, SEPTEMBER 16, 2016

Katie FAM1FAM1—PRIMITIVE VOTIVE CUP

Teacher: Katie Westmoreland, Vinemont, AL
Friday, 9-11 a.m., Loc 5-Arena
Cost: $25 + $5 MSGS registration fee
Note:  This class will be held outdoors in a covered area.
Skill level: All levels
Ages: 12 and up
Approx. Project Size: 3” wide by 6” high
Leave class with a finished project?  Yes
Min/Max # of students: 1/12

Student will woodburn primitive designs on a thin gourd piece, then finish with a fired look by using a propane torch.  Instructor will provide torch and closely supervise its use.

Instructor will supply:  gourd pieces, torch, and all other supplies needed for project.

Student must bring:  woodburner and woodburning pen with knife tip.

 

Carol FAM3FAM3—KALEIDOSCOPE

Teacher:  Carol Maddox, Bossier City, LA
Friday, 9 a.m.-12 noon, Loc 1
Cost: $35 + $5 MSGS registration fee
Skill level: All levels
Ages: 12 and up
Approx. Project Size: 2” wide by 2-1/4” high
Leave class with a finished project?  Yes
Min/Max # of students: 3/10

Each student will learn how to make an egg gourd kaleidoscope.

Instructor will supply:  prepared egg gourd, paints, stencils, and all supplies needed for this project. A variety of colors and designs will be available.

Student must bring:  apron and craft knife.

 

Elizabeth FAM4FAM4—SHAKE IT UP!

Teacher:  Elizabeth West, Cullman, AL
Friday, 8:30 a.m.-12 noon, Loc 3
Cost: $35 + $5 MSGS registration fee
Skill level: All levels
Ages:12 and up
Approx. Project Size: 5-7” wide by 8-10” high
Leave class with a finished project?  Yes, most will.
Min/Max # of students: 1/12

Students will use cord and beads to create netting around the gourd, which then becomes a musical percussion instrument, a shekere.

Instructor will supply:  prepared gourds (dipper and bottle gourds), selection of beads, and waxed linen thread.

Student must bring:  scissors, T-pin or awl, and apron.

FRIDAY AFTERNOON CLASSES, SEPTEMBER 16, 2016

Carol FPM3 0712FPM3—RANDOM WEAVE RIM TREATMENT  Carol FPM3 0707

Teacher:  Carol Maddox,
Bossier City, LA
Friday, 1-5 p.m., Loc 1
Cost: $35 + $5 MSGS registration fee
Skill level: All levels
Ages: 12 and up
Approx. Project Size: 6-7” wide by 4” high
Leave class with a finished project?  Yes
Min/Max # of students: 3/10

Student will paint and seal gourd bowl, then add a colorful random weave rim treatment using reed.

Instructor will supply:  prepared gourd bowl, acrylic paints, reed, and other supplies needed for this project.

Student must bring:  bucket (a 9” x 13” pan works great), apron, old towel, mister bottle, scissors, and heat tool, if you have one.

 

Michelle FPM4 1stFPM4—WOODLAND MAGIC

Teacher:  Michelle Thompson, Raleigh, MS
Friday, 1-4 p.m., Loc 2
Cost: $40 + $5 MSGS registration fee
Skill level: All Levels
Ages: 12 and up
Approx. Project Size: 7” wide by 5” high
Leave class with a finished project?  Yes
Min/Max # of students: 3/12

Learn how to layer masking shapes and alcohol inks to create depth and visual interest.  Choose colors you like and start designing!  When the masks are removed, the ferns and leaves magically appear!  Class project is an open bowl. Michelle FPM4 2nd

Instructor will supply:  cut and cleaned open gourd bowl, vinyl masking shapes (ferns, leaves, and vines), alcohol inks, spray sealer, tutorial, and all supplies needed to complete class project.  Instructor will have two hair dryers for shared class use.

Student must bring:  apron. Optional: a rounded tip craft knife and hair dryer.

SATURDAY MORNING CLASSES, SEPTEMBER 17, 2016

Katie SAM1SAM1—MOUNTAIN MAN ORNAMENT

Teacher: Katie Westmoreland, Vinemont, AL
Saturday, 8 a.m.-12 noon, Loc 5-Arena
Cost: $35 + $5 MSGS registration fee
Note: This class will be held outdoors in a covered area.
Skill level: All levels
Ages: 12 and up
Approx. Project Size: 3” wide by 7” high
Leave class with a finished project?  Yes, for most students
Min/Max # of students: 1/12

Student will woodburn a face on gourd, then carve between the lines to give a 3-D look.

Instructor will supply:  banana gourd, glue guns and glue sticks, and other materials needed to complete project.

Student must bring:  woodburner, woodburning pen with writing or knife tip, rotary tool, very small to small burrs, mask and apron.

 

Carol SAM3SAM3—BLACK SHEEP

Teacher:  Carol Maddox, Bossier City, LA
Saturday, 9 a.m.-12 noon, Loc 1
Cost: $30 + $5 MSGS registration fee
Skill level: All levels
Ages: 12 and up
Approx. Project Size: 5” wide by 4” high
Leave class with a finished project?  Yes
Min/Max # of students: 3/10

Student will complete an adorable black sheep using a warty gourd and QuikWood.

Instructor will supply:  prepared warty gourd, QuikWood, and other supplies needed to complete this project.

Student must bring:  apron.

 

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SAM4—IT’S MAGIC!

Teacher:  Michelle Thompson, Raleigh, MS
Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-12 noon, Loc 2
Cost: $42 + $5 MSGS registration fee
Skill level: All Levels
Ages: 12 and up
Approx. Project Size: 5-7” wide by 6-8” high
Leave class with a finished project?  Yes
Min/Max # of students: 3/12

Learn how to layer alcohol inks and masking shapes.  The pictured gourd shows a variety of shapes and colors to inspire you.   Choose your colors and start designing!  When you remove the masks, your leaves, flowers and dragonflies magically appear!

Instructor will supply:  a whole, basecoated gourd, vinyl masking shapes, alcohol inks, spray sealer, tutorial, and all supplies needed to complete class project.  Instructor will have two hair dryers for shared class use.

Student must bring:  apron.  Optional:  a rounded tip craft knife and hair dryer.

SATURDAY AFTERNOON CLASSES, SEPTEMBER 17, 2016

Georgie SPM1SPM1—STAINED GLASS HUMMINGBIRD

Teacher:  Georgie Foster, Hattiesburg, MS
Saturday, 1-5 p.m., Loc 6
Cost: $40 + $5 MSGS registration fee
Note: This class will be held outdoors in a covered area.
Skill level: Intermediate
Ages: 18 and up
Approx. Project Size: 6” wide x 9” high gourd
Leave class with a finished project?  Yes
Min/Max # of students: 1/12

Student will learn woodburning, carving, staining and painting skills.

Instructor will supply:  cut gourd vase, paint, stain, brushes and other supplies needed to complete project.

Student must bring:  woodburner, woodburning blade tip, rotary carving tool and medium ball burr, apron or old shirt.

 

Theresa SPM3SPM3—ORGANIC COPPER WIRE & BEADING DESIGN

Teacher: Theresa Berryhill, Raleigh, MS
Saturday, 1-5 p.m., Loc 3
Cost: $40 + $5 MSGS registration fee
Skill level: All levels
Ages: 16 and up
Approx. Project Size: 6” wide x 5” high
Leave class with a finished project?  Yes.
Min/Max # of students: 2/10

Unlike traditional gourd embellishing, experience the freeform feel of organic copper wire weaving and beading design.  Teacher will briefly demonstrate how to apply leather dye to a gourd bowl.  Students will learn beading techniques and unique wire weaving skills.  Only healthy imagination and moderate hand strength are needed.

Instructor will supply:  cut and pre-drilled gourd bowl with leather-dyed exterior and painted interior, copper wire, beads, miscellaneous beading tools for shared class use, and tutorial.

Student must bring:  Apron, if you wish.  If you have them, bring round-nose jewelry pliers and flush cutters.  No experience needed—just an adventurous spirit.

 

SPM5—DECOUPAGED BOWL WITH SEAGRASS RIM

Teacher:  Carol Maddox, Bossier City, LA
Saturday, 1-5 p.m., Loc 1
Cost: $40 + $5 MSGS registration fee
Skill level: All Levels
Ages: 12 and up
Approx. Project Size: 9” wide by 4-5” high
Leave class with a finished project?  Yes
Min/Max # of students: 3/10Carol SPM5 2nd

Student will decoupage the interior of a prepared gourd bowl.  When dry, student will sew seagrass and twisted wire onto the rim and add embellishment.

Instructor will supply:  fully prepared gourd bowl with attached base, decoupage and trim materials.  A variety of design papers will be available for the bowl interior.

Student must bring:  apron and scissors.