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Lesson Plans

re: goose gourds

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Sun, 8 Nov 1998 15:27:38 EST

Hi! I attended a workshop this summer where we embellished gourds with black
sharpie markers and some also used woodburning tools. The material is at
school, but did you know that there is a National Gourd Society? The woman
presenting said that she went to an event they held in Ohio last summer and it
was amazing. Some examples she had were small gourds cut in half to make a
bottom and a top. They were then 'hinged' together with pine needles and
lined with velvet, placed on a string to make a necklace or charm holder.
Some had intricate bead work too and they were really beautiful. I remember
her saying to wash the gourds in bleach and water with a scrubbie to get the
mold spores off that might be left from the drying process. That is all I can
remember now, but you might want to check to see if the gourd society has a
web site. I can search for the information if you want me to... Susan Briggs

In a message dated 11/7/98 2:39:34 AM, MPBC90 writes:

<<I recently attained a large quantity of "goose gourds" from a local
They are dried, and light tan in color. After washing them, "experiencing"
them and drawing them just one time, I am going to incorporate a Texture
lesson...I am going to have students "create" the illusion of a texture on the
surface of the gourds...with marker, paint, etc. What do you think? Am a
little worried about this. (These are 6th Graders...a big class, in need of
challenging.) Wondering if I should just have them paint them, and have fun
with just that. Had this idea a while ago, and I am still debating. I
thought feathers, ruffles, lines, etc., would be a unique approach to these
beautiful gourds, and just in time for Thanksgiving/Holiday gift giving,
rather than seeming too crafty with "put an eye on each side, then tie a bow
on the neck." That is what the woman who grows them and sells them does with
each one. Any comments? Need to know by next week!