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Start Date: May 13, 2017 Days: Sat Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

The sketchbook is one of the most vital tools for any artist. It serves as a journal, a place to work out visual problems, experiment techniques, and practice your skills. This course will serve as a pathway to developing one’s visual voice and good creative habits. You will be given various prompts and writing & drawing exercises. These exercises are designed to spur idea generation, strengthen drawing & observation skills, and allow experimentation. 

Prerequisite: No previous drawing experience is required - just an open mind and willingness to draw!

Start Date: May 6, 2017 Days: Sat Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Spend the day with artist Ray Bidegain, learning this fascinating old process. You will learn how to mix up the needed materials and receive instructions on how to gather and build the equipment to make wet plate collodion tintypes.  We will spend the day pouring plates and making images in the studio and darkroom. By the end of the day you will have had a chance to make many plates and should have a good understanding of the process.  Techniques covered will include learning and understanding equipment and materials needed for Wet Plate Collodion, using of a 4x5 view cameras to make Tintypes and Ambrotypes, pouring plates, exposing plates, developing plates by inspection, finishing plates using sandarac varnish and safety measures needed.

 

No prerequisite

Start Date: May 20, 2017 Days: Sat Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Are your ready to move some metal? Join Oaks Bottom Forge for a one-day workshop and delicious feast to introduce you to the old world craft of blacksmithing. You will be introduced to the fundamentals of the trade: shaping, forming, tapering, flattening, twisting and punching. You will be the blacksmith as you learn to hammer a traditional wall hook. All metal, food (vegetarian or carnivores) + locally brewed beers are included! This workshop is the perfect introduction for those with an interest in moving metal or those who have merely dabbled in the past. This workshop is offered offsite at the Oaks Bottom Forge in Southeast Portland: http://www.oaksbottomforge.com/


The Oaks Bottom Forge is at it's new location.....
we are behind the building / house, located at
2171 SE Moore Street
Milwaukie, OR 97222
 

Due to the partnership with Oaks Bottom Forge, no discounts will apply to this workshop. Please note the cost of this workshop includes materials, instruction, food and community!

 

No prerequisites

 

Start Date: May 13, 2017 Days: Sat Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

We invite you to join us in the Painting studio for a day of material and project exploration while we explore ideas around mark making using a variety of marking tools. Like charcoal, charcoal dust, wax crayon, watercolor, acrylic, glazing and building layers. Learn to incorporate Xerox transfer, surface treatments, boxes, books, jewelry, wire, wood, collage, dye, color, fabric, printmaking, etc. Join other artists, crafters, builders, programmers, engineers, hackers, painters, woodworkers, tinkerers, inventors, designers and more. Come join a new community of makers and let's get started!

No prerequisites

Start Date: May 20, 2017 Days: Sat, Sun Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm

Experiment with weaving utilizing scale, shape, and structure beyond constraints of conventional looms. Woven material is created by interlocking two sets of threads called warp and weft over and under one another to create a textile. Using the basic structural components of weaving, this class will explore creation of looms from uncommon or found materials as well as architectural space. In this course, students will learn about helpful tools and ways to create woven forms from their own material and conceptual sources both individually and as a group project. 

No Prerequisites.

Start Date: Jun 7, 2017 Days: Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Forgetting is a precondition for symbolization, while repetition is what happens when something cannot be remembered. In this intensive five-day workshop offered by visiting artist Patricia Wheeler, you will explore a deeper level of Patricia’s philosophy and techniques for processing memory through journaling, repeating imagery and themes. Together, you will revise your feelings and desires to transform personal vision into abstract paintings using limestone clay on board with acrylic paint and cold wax. As you build, stencil and cut into the paintings, you begin to understand the layering and distressed surfaces of ancient places and how that accumulation of history and visual information can metaphorically reflect ourselves. Emphasis will be working in series. We will work on multiple paintings, one with a niche to hold a bundled object you create with gathered bits and pieces of nature, which are wrapped, stitched, glued and waxed. These bundles are something sacred, each bundle like a kernel of the whole land. You will leave the workshop with a series of works, a fresh creative perspective and a great sense of exploration.

Prerequisite: Basic design sense and a willingness to be vulnerable, facing fear holds the promise of empowerment, this class is physical and messy.

 

Start Date: Jul 31, 2017 Days: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

In this course, students will explore curating as a research and observation-based artistic practice through a variety of approaches. Investigation of contemporary craft discourse, scenography, and material-based inquiry will be emphasized through a variety of readings, journaling, photo documentation, hands-on making and scenography. Through discussion, lecture, group activities and Making|Object|Research lab environments, students will gain a deeper understanding of how curating is applied to presentation of craft and material-based objects, specifically in a variety of spatial environments and modes of interaction from the “white cube” to socially engaged projects, and using objects and materials related to the history of craft.

This class meets Mon-Fri July 31 - August 4; August 7- August 11, 2017 

Prerequisites for Non Credit students: 60 hours of studio courses or the equivalent by permission. Please contact cmalone@ocac.edu.

 

This course is not eligible for Studio School or Alumni Scholarship.

If you are interested in taking this course for credit, please see: Curatorial Intensive: Curating Through Craft: For Credit Course

 

Start Date: Jul 31, 2017 Days: Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

In this course, students will explore curating as a research and observation-based artistic practice through a variety of approaches. Investigation of contemporary craft discourse, scenography, and material-based inquiry will be emphasized through a variety of readings, journaling, photo documentation, hands-on making and scenography. Through discussion, lecture, group activities and Making|Object|Research lab environments, students will gain a deeper understanding of how curating is applied to presentation of craft and material-based objects, specifically in a variety of spatial environments and modes of interaction from the “white cube” to socially engaged projects, and using objects and materials related to the history of craft.

Class Dates:  July 31 - August 4; August 7- August 11, 2017

Prerequisites for Credit students: 12 credits of studio courses beyond first year foundation courses.

This course is not eligible for Studio School or Alumni Scholarship.

If you are interested in taking this course as a non-credit course, please see: Curatorial Intensive: Curating Through Craft: Non-Credit Course

Start Date: Jul 23, 2017 Time: 4:00pm - 4:00pm

This class combines practical instruction on backcountry travel with a series of art projects and readings designed to illuminate the possibilities of making art in, and in response to, remote natural landscapes. The structure of the course is immersive: students will travel together for the duration, embarking on a sequence of backpacking and camping trips separated by brief resupply stops. Through a suite of individual and collaborative projects in various media, students will explore and actualize the potential for relocating their studio practice, working 'on site' and far from civilization. Readings, discussions, and visiting scholars will invite students to consider the rich natural and human histories of the region and weigh various perspectives on an artist's role as it relates to wilderness and wildness. This is not a course in survivalism, but will impart the basic skills of preparation and self-sufficiency for safe and ethical wilderness living using the tenets of 'leave-no-trace.' Students will complete a significant self-directed project, combining course content with research from the 'frontcountry.' The class will culminate in a 36-hour 'solo,' a period of stillness and solitude for self-reflection. Prerequisite: Basic drawing and design foundations. This course is offered through a partnership with Signal Fire, and students must enroll through OCAC as well as be admitted through a separate, free application via signalfirearts.org.

Start Date: Jun 30, 2017 Days: Fri Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Learn to carve your own spoons! In this three-day workshop, you’ll learn how to shape, carve, hollow, refine and finish a spoon, from start to finish. The focus of this workshop will be hand carving a spoon from a kiln-dried piece of lumber. Safety is emphasized throughout the process, we will also discuss wood selection and food safe finishes. In addition to your spoon(s), students will take away the knowledge and skills to continue making spoons at home, including a carving knife and gouge! No experience necessary.

No prerequisites.

 

Workshop hours are Friday 6:30pm-9:30pm, Saturday/Sunday 9:00am-4:00pm

 

Start Date: Jul 14, 2017 Days: Fri Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Students will make a simple step stool while learning to hand cut through dovetails.  Dovetails are a time tested, gorgeous and mechanically strong method of joinery. Students will be provided with pre-milled lumber in a kit fashion so we can concentrate on the joinery. Multiple practice pieces will be executed to build confidence and skill before tackling the stool itself. This is a great skill building workshop, cutting dovetails by hand is a challenge that is well worth the time and effort. We will apply finish to our stools should time allow. While no previous woodworking experience is necessary, it is certainly helpful. We will be using predominantly hand tools, including saws and chisels.

Prerequisite: Open to beginners, recommended for those with previous woodworking experience.

 

Workshop hours are Friday, 6:30pm-9:30pm, Saturday/Sunday 9:00am-4:00pm

 

Start Date: Aug 2, 2017 Days: Wed Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

The history of self-portraiture by photographers is rich and extends well beyond the ubiquitous phone selfie.  Through a series of lectures students learn how artists like Francesca Woodman, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Cindy Sherman, have used the self-portrait in their work. The instructors will continue the discussion using examples and stories from personal experiences of using self-portraiture as a part of their artmaking practice. Together we will explore the practical ways self-portraiture can help our own photographic skills and process. Students will be challenged through a series of homework assignments to explore the many genres of self-portraiture including comedy, disguise, vulnerability, and abstraction. Assignments will be reviewed by the class to help students develop better understanding of how these facets can strengthen them as photographers.  All formats and skills welcome, self-portraits will be made outside of class time and student work will be presented as either digital files or prints.

Prerequisite: None, but students will need their own cameras.

Start Date: Jul 14, 2017 Days: Fri Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Paris, Rome, Istanbul, Portland.  Portland?  Yes, believe it or not, more than a few overseas visitors travel to Portland to vacation and photograph.  And why not? We have it all-a beautiful geographic location on the river, interesting architecture and events, parks, markets, fascinating neighborhoods and nightlife, not to mention the residents themselves. Using Portland as our subject, and through a combination of slide lectures, assignments, and constructive critiques. In this workshop, you will explore the techniques and equipment necessary to make truly interesting and memorable travel photographs.  As someone once said, “if you can’t make interesting photographs at home, what makes you think you can do it in Marrakesh?”

 

Workshop hours are Friday 6:00pm-9:00pm on campus, Saturday 9:00am-12:00pm on photo field trip, Sunday 9:00am-12:00pm on campus.

Start Date: Jun 20, 2017 Days: Tue Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Explore alternative process printing with Ray Bidegain. Spend four sessions working with Ray Bidegain exploring three popular Alternative processes. We will begin with a session in the digital lab learning how to make enlarged digital negatives for contact printing. Students will learn to make digital negatives from digital files generated with their camera or by scanning camera negatives. Scanning will not be covered in this session so negative scans will have to be done by students ahead of time. In the following three sessions we will learn to make cyanotype, VanDyke Brown, and Platinum palladium prints. Students will leave the class with a basic understanding of these great alternative processes and a variety of prints for their portfolios.

No prerequisites.

Start Date: Jun 21, 2017 Days: Wed Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

You’ve recently completed your first photography class, or perhaps it has been a few years. You’re pleased with your pictures but sense they could be better.  But how?  If only you knew which questions to ask.  In this class you’ll spend eight weeks exploring how to improve your pictures under the patient guidance of Frank Lavelle, a photo-educator and fine-art photographer with over thirty years experience.  You’ll learn to take advantage of light and color, adding emotional, symbolic, and intuitive elements to your photographs.  Weekly assignments will be complimented by critiques and slide presentations illustrating technical and aesthetic issues, including often misunderstood issues like composition and exposure.  Along the way you’ll expand your repertoire.

Prerequisite: Working knowledge of a camera.

Start Date: Jun 19, 2017 Days: Mon Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Explore the world of darkroom photography. Working hands on with Katharine T. Jacobs who’s years of darkroom experience will leave you inspired to learn traditional photographic techniques. Leave this 6 week course with a series of darkroom prints, the ability to shoot and process 35mm film and basic darkroom skills to continue in your own practice and apply to your current photography techniques.

Use your SLR camera
Process 35mm film
Make a series of prints in a traditional darkroom
Create a series 5-10 final prints

Employ darkroom techniques such as dodging, burning and split printing to manipulate images for your desired results.

No prerequisites.

Start Date: Jun 17, 2017 Days: Sat Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm

Have a metals project you've been meaning to finish but need time and guidance? Need a bit of coaching on some basics that you may have missed, or want to practice in a supportive environment? This class is ideal for the self-motivated jewelry and metalsmithing student who would like to pursue individual projects with the help of an experienced metalsmith. Students should come to the first class with their own ideas of what they wish to accomplish over the course of the class. Technical demonstrations will be given based on the interests of participants and needs for their particular projects. Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Metalsmithing II or equivalent experience.

Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Metalsmithing II or equivalent experience. If you have questions before enrolling, please contact the instructor via email: dstoner@ocac.edu

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Start Date: Jun 7, 2017 Days: Wed Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

This course focuses on complex fabrication and surface techniques that allow students to expand their technical skill and design aesthetics. Techniques covered in this follow up to Fundamentals I include an introduction to building forms with the hydraulic press and dapping blocks, traditional surface explorations with etching, patinas, and torch enameling as well as tube setting faceted stones. This course will sharpen students’ aesthetic sensibilities and ability to translate ideas into a finished piece.

Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Metalsmithing I or equivalent experience.

Start Date: Jun 26, 2017 Days: Mon Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Make a splash with a stunning statement necklace made completely by hand! We will explore making one-of-a-kind sterling silver pendants featuring colorful cabochon stones, which hang from gorgeous handmade chains. We will use silver, copper and bronze wire to form loops and links, which then can be combined in infinite variations for fun metal chains. To pull your unique necklace together, we will also learn how to make a variety of toggle and hook clasps. You’ll come away from class with at least two completely original finished necklaces, and the skills to make many more!

Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Metalsmithing preferred but not required.

Start Date: Aug 19, 2017 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Foldforming is a fast way to manipulate flat sheets of metal to make 3D forms. By heating, folding and hammering thin sheets of metal you can experiment with the variety of forms that unfold as you work. With a few subtle hammer blows your copper sheet can transform into a multitude of forms, from leaves and flowers to striking geometric structures. Take it further by colorizing the metal using some simple patinas. This dynamic, experimental work will inform your artistic process as your ideas for sculpture and jewelry evolve. Join us as we test the limits and learn more about foldforming, chemical and heat patinas!

No prerequisites.

Start Date: Aug 9, 2017 Days: Wed, Thu, Fri Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Color is a bold expression and design is imperative for function. During this workshop students will create a series of copper spoons incorporating various basic enameling techniques, which will complement their design development. Other skills utilized will include sawing, filing, basic forming, and cold connections. We will be looking to traditional souvenir spoons for inspiration. Students can expect to leave this class with 3-5 “spoons of specimen”.

Prerequisite: Beginning metals experience suggested but not required.

Start Date: Jun 16, 2017 Days: Fri Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Learn the basic skills for creating turned lidded forms and boxes on the lathe. In this three-day intensive, students will explore the various chucking methods and turning techniques required while building upon their previous turning knowledge. Through demonstration and individual guidance students will create one or more vessels, depending on time. Students will work to a maximum of 6” in all dimensions. Open to students who have previous turning experience or have completed a turning course. Turning blanks will be provided; students are encouraged to bring dry, domestic lumber to supplement. No exotics please.

Prerequisite: Open to intermediate / advanced turners. Must have taken a previous turning course.

 

Workshop hours are Friday 6:30pm-9:30pm, Saturday/Sunday 9:00am-4:00pm

Start Date: Aug 11, 2017 Days: Fri Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Build a beautiful hand plane in this fun weekend workshop! In addition to being great tools, wooden planes are as handsome to look at as they are to make, and satisfying to use. Students will cut, assemble, shape, and tune a wood body hand plane, ready for woodworking. This workshop is great for the novice or advanced woodworker looking to make a Krenov style hand plane. All materials, including plane irons, will be provided. Recommended for beginners through experts.

No prerequisites.

Workshop hours are Friday 6:30pm-9:30pm, Saturday/Sunday 9:00am-4:00pm

Start Date: Jul 29, 2017 Days: Mon, Sat, Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Leave your control freak at home and spend a weekend creating spontaneous forms from fabric remnants. You will be surprised and delighted by the whimsical soft sculptures that emerge by simply joining the contours of randomly cut pieces of fabric. Use a sewing machine, hand stitch or glue your creations, allowing the process to inform the outcome without too much planning. Express your style through contours and choices of colors and fabrics; from bright to moody, fuzzy to silky.

No prerequisites.

Start Date: Aug 25, 2017 Days: Fri, Sat Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

More fun than you can imagine with artists Judilee Fitzhugh and Marilyn Zornado!  Two full days of preparing papers: marbling, paste paper, indigo, contact printing, all kinds of surface design, and some new adventures.  This class is a round robin of many techniques and a wealth of inspiration.  Students will leave with a portfolio of decorated papers to use in personal projects throughout the year.

No prerequisites.