Pumpkin Decorating 101 carves itself a class schedule

Nicole Bullard
Pumpkins lay in a pile to be used for carving class 101. (Lhoycel Teope)

Pumpkins lay in a pile to be used for carving class 101. (Lhoycel Teope)

This semester at both Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College campuses, the Fine Arts Department has decided to provide a one month class for those who are interested in pumpkin carving.

Pumpkin carving is familiarized with Halloween and around this time people crowd to the pumpkin patches to find the perfect pumpkin to carve.

Carved pumpkins are known as jack-o-lanterns and can be decorated with as much creativity as the carver would like.

The pumpkin carving class is called Pumpkin Decorating 101 and instructs students how to clean the pumpkins, use correct carving utensils, and what kinds of pumpkins are easiest to work with.

Instructor Spewki will be teaching at the IVC campus and on the Saddleback campus instructor Skellington will be teaching the Pumpkin Decorating 101 class.

“I’m a professional pumpkin carver and always compete at the National Pumpkin Decorating Contest around this time. I’m confident my students will learn a thing or two about pumpkins after this class is over.” said Instructor Spewki.

The class is unique not only because it is offering a chance for students to learn how to expertly carve pumpkins for Halloween, but the class is taking place on both campuses.

Some might consider a jack-o-lantern theme class to be pointless or frivolous, but other students have considered it an innovative idea.

“Actually, that’s a pretty good idea,” Ryan McCormick, 21, music said. “Carving pumpkins for Halloween is a tradition of mine and I think it’s great to perfect a hobby.”

The class is scheduled for every Tuesday and Thursday from Oct 1 to Oct 31. The class is open, so anyone can join at anytime all you have to do is find the class on campus.

“I can’t find the class, I looked everywhere and when I asked people about it they just looked at me like I was going crazy,” Abby Normal, 23, English said. “I’ve seen people carrying pumpkins around but I haven’t seen a pumpkin carving class anywhere.”

While the classroom seems to be a disappearing act to some students, there are students who have actually attended the class and know where the classroom is.

“What, the classroom is so easy to find,” Amy Jacobs, 32, criminal justice said. “It’s right next to the cafeteria at the Saddleback campus. Wow, it’s not like the class is fake.”

The outcome of this semester’s class will decide if the pumpkin class will be continued next year or not.

“This class is awesome,” Andrew Little, 20, business said. “I’ve already learned how to turn an ordinary pumpkin into a jack-o-lantern that looks original and creative. I hope other people decide to join the class before it’s too late.”


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