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Sunday, January 20, 2019
press photos by leslie reganInstructor of the Master Pumpkin Carving class, Dave Dion, demonstrates how to properly use the tools to sculpt a design Oct. 18 at Northampton Community College. This was the first class of its kind, but hopefully will become a festive annual event. More photos on A2. press photos by leslie reganInstructor of the Master Pumpkin Carving class, Dave Dion, demonstrates how to properly use the tools to sculpt a design Oct. 18 at Northampton Community College. This was the first class of its kind, but hopefully will become a festive annual event. More photos on A2.
Participants work diligently to carve detailed faces into their pumpkins. This was not your average Jack O’ Lantern, and took a lot of time and effort to perfect. Participants work diligently to carve detailed faces into their pumpkins. This was not your average Jack O’ Lantern, and took a lot of time and effort to perfect.
Master class instructor Dave Dion guides each student through the pumpkin sculpting process. Most participants had never sculpted a pumpkin before and were eager to learn the new skill. Master class instructor Dave Dion guides each student through the pumpkin sculpting process. Most participants had never sculpted a pumpkin before and were eager to learn the new skill.
Hard working pumpkin carvers share a workplace at Northampton Community College’s Fab Lab. Although most students were carving faces, each pumpkin turned out to be unique and had the artist’s special touch. Hard working pumpkin carvers share a workplace at Northampton Community College’s Fab Lab. Although most students were carving faces, each pumpkin turned out to be unique and had the artist’s special touch.
Each class participant learned how to use a sculpting tool to create their own advanced Halloween decoration. The carving process took place over two class days. Each class participant learned how to use a sculpting tool to create their own advanced Halloween decoration. The carving process took place over two class days.
Some choose to sculpt friendly faced pumpkins. but all designs were festive and creative. Some choose to sculpt friendly faced pumpkins. but all designs were festive and creative.

Pumpkin-sculpting It’s not just your everyday Jack O’ Lantern

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 by Leslie Regan Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Several creative adults gathered at Northampton Community College Oct. 18 for a master pumpkin carving class in preparation for the Halloween season. The class was taught over two days to ensure plenty of time for participants to carve their very own 30-40 pound pumpkins.

The instructor, Dave Dion, was not just teaching how to carve your everyday Jack O’ Lantern. This carving project was much more complex, and often involved sculpting a full face with detailed noses, eyes, and mouths. Dion was happy to start a new Halloween art tradition in the Lehigh Valley. Referring to his new class, he said, “We started last night and will finish tonight. It’s the first of its kind and we are really excited about it.” Dave guided his class through advanced carving techniques and procedures.

The class took place in the school’s new Fab Lab, a specialized center for arts, crafts and photography which includes state-of-the-art technologies such as 3D printers, wood shop machinery, and laser cutters. This modern workplace was a perfect spot to host the pumpkin sculpting event. After being taught how to use the necessary tools, each adult got right to work on his or her masterpiece. At the end of the second class, they would walk away with a detailed image of their choosing, and a festive decoration for the upcoming holiday.