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The Maker Studio: Shekere Workshop

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A shekere is a beautiful musical instrument made from a dried gourd that is shaken, tossed, or moved from hand to hand to create wonderful rhythms. Originating in West Africa it has many different sizes, shapes, and playing styles that vary from culture to culture and country to country.

This percussion instrument is covered with a loose netting on which beads, shells, or seeds are strung. In this workshop you will learn how to create this webbing, while adorning it with an assortment of beads and embellishing the exposed gourd with a pyrography (burning) tool.

Workshop limited to six participants ages 12 and up

$65  All Materials included

Instructor Elizabeth Jacobs (formerly The Clay Studio) has been teaching art for over thirty-five years and has been an exhibiting artist for the last twenty five. She has a BFA from SUNY Purchase and a Masters in Art Education from NYU. Jacobs is a mixed media artist who works in a wide variety of materials, from clay to to photography, from metal to fabric, from cement to bones.

Earlier Event: February 22
Drop-in Studio Hours
Later Event: February 27
School Visit: Tiny Books, Big Ideas