Create a Bear Shield or Totem / August / ALL LEVELS
The bear is the great protector…..the “sacred bear”. He is a spiritual guide and also carries within him supernatural powers. Bear is a powerful fetish. The meaning of the Heartline symbol is to signify life force.
Embellish your bear to bring out both his and your meanings to life. What is it you want from him to help you through life? Do you have found or special embellishments you want on your bear? Characteristics associated with bears include strength, courage, adaptability, leadership, healing and spiritual communion.
Choose from 2 sizes of pre-cut bear fetish gourd shapes and create a soulful piece for your home or as a fantastic gift.
LARGE BEAR – 14″ across
On the larger size you will learn techniques of dying and blending with alcohol inks, inlaying embellishments and using metallic/patina paints to add contrasts.
Learn to weave in various beading and natural embellishments with waxed linen.
Learn to use a Dremel tool, wood burner, dust mask, assorted beads and/or embellishments.
SMALLER BEAR – 10″-12″ across
For the smaller bear fetish, we will focus more on carving to inlay found objects of your choice. Add colored textured paste or crushed glass for the background.
Please specify which size bear you would like to create so we yours ready at class time. There is a different “Material Fee” based on the size of the work.
DATE & TIME:
August 26, 2017
10 – 4 PM
55.00 Registration Fee + Materials Fee
Material Fee $20.00 Small Bear / $35.00 Large Bear / Paid at time of the class
Bring an apron or old clothes and please bring your own lunch.Other materials and tools provided.
Artist Studio / Mancos, Colorado / Email for directions
Minimum 3 students; Maximum 5 students
Janice Reich / Gourd Artist
About the Artist:
Fascinated with all the different aspects of how a gourd can be transformed Janice started her education through books & classes. Her talent has flourished and her passion as a gourd artist was quickly reinforced with multiple awards.
Janice helps her students allow their art to take on the natural form of the gourd that then becomes intertwined with other components. Each shape gives opportunity and inspiration for a unique design – with surprises along the way