Gourd Art Workshops: March 26 for Beginners
Thursday March 27 Sessions for Advanced Artists
* also April 13 -- and April 14

Basic Gourd Art For Beginners March 26, April 13. $30-$40
have a credit card ready and call 520.689.2723 to enroll

Classes begin at 10:00 AM and last until 2:00 P.M.

Sign up soon for this informal, fun four-hour workshop. Wednesday March 26 Mesa artists Gerald and Vicki Johnson return to offer the chance to burn, paint, etch and emboss decorative gourds with their coaching and encouragement.
Pre-registration is required, . Enrollment ranges from $30-$50 (each class is discount by $10 to Arboretum annual members), your enrollment includes a gourd and full morning of coaching and artistic inspiration. Tools, paints and paint brushes are provided during the workshop as well
. Call 520-689-2723 to prepay and enroll

NEW ADVANCED CLASS for Experienced Gourd Artists, $40 - $50

At the request of many repeat students, on Thursday March 27 Vicki and Gerald will offer an advanced workshop teaching a new techniquefor students who have attended their basic Gourd Art Class, and are eager for a new challenge. 'Pine Needle Coiling' is done with pine needles and waxed linen thread, and provides a finished touch to the top of your gourd bowl. All materials, including prepared gourd, pine needles, thread and decorative attachments such as pods and beads are included in the class. Enrollment is $10 higher than the basic gourd class -- the $50 registration ( $40 for BTA members) includes specialized materials and instruction. Classes are limited to 12 students.

Vicki and Gerald's gourd art classes frequently fill, so if there's a waiting list when you call -- please leave your name, phone number and email -- provide your contact information and you'll be called if there are any vacancies, and you'll also receive an email announcing the next gourd class date
Recent gourd class graduate Cozette Matthews describes the relaxed, informal workshops as an inspiringplaces for beginners to lear the basics, and for experienced gourd artists to create new works in a friendly atmosphere, saying:
"I thoroughly enjoyed the gourd class last month. Gourds provided were a great shape and fun to decorate, instruction was thorough and everyone had a chance to be totally creative.There was a large choice of techniques and everyone had plenty of time to finish and lots of encouragement was given along the way. The room was also delightful because the doors were all open and you could hear the birds outside and feel the nice warm air coming into the room."