Hay, You have a perfect chance to get them to work on a Texas Our Texas piece. A joint entry that can be fun! The kids are fun to work with since they pay attention. I always work math, different tools, and try to add words of art....scale, values, etc. etc. plus warn them about being careful of hair, eyes, breathing, tool injury to both themselves and my tools....clean the brushes!!! really good. Only the older ones get to use the belt sander...with me watching like a hawk! I like to let them do what they want and try to show them how to get there with their ideas. They have so many questions so I have lots of answers!
April. I have about 13 kids come over during the summer to work on gourds. 11 of them are in one family, a blended family 5 from the dad and 6 from the mom. The mom home schools them and they are so easy to teach and most of them are really good artist. I took 2 of the boys to one of our Patch meetings because I teach them as if they are adults. Their skills are getting better every year. We live in the country and all the way down to 5 years have been taught gun safety and know how to shoot and all of the boys can draw all types of guns....you probably saw some of their work at the TGS Festival. I show them how to do things but do not do any of the work for them (I take that back I do usually spray the clean cote finish so they don't breath it) other than most of the gourds are clean before I store them. The cut and clean the insides, drill, draw, coil, design, their pieces. They see my work and magazines for ideas they all have different ideas so they do different things. It's a bunch of work but fun. You may see a gourd gun next year!
Hay April, look at the TGS website and see what's going on at the show....competition is one of the things, several different divisions. You should join TGS and AGS both have good magizines and info. I believe there is a Patch in your area. Our Southeast Patch meets once a month and teaches each other different techiques and many of the other patches do the same. We're a long drive from you but you would be welcome at our meetings if you ever come to the Houston area. Looks like you must have done some art work before gourds!
Hay April, Since you are fairly new at gourds do you know that the Texas Gourd Society will be having it's yearly Festival this year in New Bransfels in August. I hope you are planning on coming. Check the TGS website for details. There are some really good classes available. I'll be there the whole show, please come by the Southeast Patch booth and yank my chain if you make it to the Festival. You're doing really good work for a new gourder!!!!! I'm in the process of moving right now close to Bryan/College station.
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