Young people in the region are in for a special treat. Workshops are being offered using gourds for kids to create their very own Funky chicken or Doug the bug. Kids will be learning an ancient craft while designing a unique fantasy creature, and having a really good time!
Gympie Garden Expo in association with Mothar Mountain Gourds have received Regional Arts Development Funding to offer the workshops throughout the region on how to create these wondrous creatures.
A gourd is a vegetable from the cucurbit family similar to a pumpkin. Mature fruit can be left to dry leaving the hard shell and rattling seeds inside.
“The dried gourd can then be painted, carved, shaped or burned to create anything you can imagine,” said Gayle Robinson, organiser for the Gympie Garden Expo.
“For thousands of years, gourds were grown and used as useful tools, utensils and instruments by many cultures, but today, we see them more as decorative and ornamental.”
The first workshop will be held at Gympie Regional Gallery on February 7, with first session at 10-12pm for ages 5-11 years and the second session from 1-3pm for ages 12 and above.
Gayle explained, “Designs will be chosen for display at the Gympie library and can also be entered in the Garden Expo’s “Fantasy Garden Creature’ competition on May 2 and 3. You can also enter the art and craft section at the Gympie Show or create a unique for Mothers Day.”
Workshops will also be held in participating schools. If your school would like to get involved you can call Gayle on 0411 876 584.