Learn the basics of gourd art including gourd preparation, how to use gourd dyes and a variety of other techniques, Aug. 30, at The Old Gallery in Allenspark. Students receive written instructions as well as personal, one-on-one class instruction to leave with a finished gourd.
The August class, conducted by Vicki Dyas, is called “Color Splash and Pine Needle Gourd,” and focuses on a brilliant color technique as well as pine needle weaving.
Dyas lives in Raymond six months of the year and Brookdale, CA the other six months. She became interested in gourds in 1996 when attending a craft festival. According to the artist, the surface or shape of a gourd can become a palette for almost every other fine art, “so the creative excitement never dulls.” Dyas is also passionate about teaching this unique medium to others and loves seeing people discover the “creative potential” of a gourd. She encourages everyone to “unlock the secrets of gourding.”
Participants should plan on bringing their lunch, drinks and wear older clothing. The fee for each class, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the cabin behind The Old Gallery, 14863 Hwy. 7, is $40 and $15 for materials, all of which the instructor will provide. There is a $10 per student discount if two people come together.