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Start Date: Aug 24, 2018 Days: Fri Sat Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm (Fri, Sat)

More fun than you can imagine!  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.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Sep 5, 2018 Days: Wed Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Wed)

“Autumn is a second spring, when every leaf is a flower.” (Albert Camas) Welcome the return of autumn with the continuing exploration of natural plant dyes.  This term’s focus will be color on cotton and other plant fibers.  We’ll use traditional and experimental methods of applying mordants, multiple process dyes, (layering of colors), and explore a variety of print techniques. While this course builds upon previous experience, adventurous beginners are always welcome!

Prerequisites: None

 

Start Date: Sep 10, 2018 Days: Mon Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Mon)

This class combines two of the popular, intensive workshops we’ve offered and sets it at a more relaxed pace. In this course, beginner metalsmiths will learn to manipulate metal with hammers and other tools to create forms that we’ll then use to experiment with our studio’s rainbow of colorful vitreous enamels. The finished work can be made into jewelry or objet d’art. Think earrings and necklaces or decorative bowls and trinket dishes! You will start by learning various metal working techniques, including basic forging and fold-forming with hammers, and piercing with a jeweler’s saw. Then you’ll take the forms or shapes you made and work with color to add depth and texture to our pieces. You’ll have plenty of time to experiment with cloisonne, sgraffito, stenciling, and other forms of mark making with enamels. We’ll also cover the basics of finishing your pieces, making lovely enamel jewelry that is perfect for gift-giving!                                                                                                                                                        

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Sep 12, 2018 Days: Wed Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Wed)

In this introductory level course, you will make a hinged lidded box with interior partitions and optional tray - perfect for holding jewelry, tea, or other keepsakes.  You will learn fundamental woodworking processes including milling, safe tool use, basic joinery methods, and finishing. You will be provided with a design but can customize its interior layout and joinery method. You will do joinery studies to best determine what works for your box while being introducing to basic methods of joining. We will explore splined miters and finger joints. You will purchase materials after the first class.  While minimal, students should expect some work outside of scheduled class time.  Open to all.                                                                                                                                                   

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Sep 12, 2018 Days: Wed Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Wed)

In Narrative Metal Boxes, you will be focusing on the construction of metal boxes and containers. Through the lens of storytelling and narrative objects, we will discuss how artists have used imagery, materials, and or boxes as a platform for narrative storytelling. There will be optional prompts to help you learn to start thinking about what story you want to tell. Boxes can become small sculptural objects, wall hangings, or jewelry. You will learn how to construct boxes and pill containers through saw, bending and soldering. This class will cover; soldering, piercing, photo etching, pan etching, roller printing, basic wire construction, and the hydraulic press. A mix of materials is highly encouraged as it can sometimes be the best way to convey a story. You will leave the class with a hydraulic die, techniques samples, boxes, and containers.

Prerequisites: Must have taken a beginnings metals class or have intermediate experience with metals.

Start Date: Sep 12, 2018 Days: Wed Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm (Wed)

This class will explore everything you have always wanted to know about the different materials that make up glazes and clay bodies. Clay and glaze formulation, understanding raw materials and ceramic chemistry, how colorants work, and firing in oxidation or reduction at various temperatures, will all be explored. While clay bodies will be explained and discussed, our primary focus will be understanding and formulating glazes. Glaze calculation will be presented along with methods for creating and customizing clay bodies and ceramic surfaces. Students will fire a variety of raw materials, create test tiles, formulate their very own glaze, make line blends of colorants and fluxes and culminate with a triaxial blend of a glaze of their choosing.

Prerequisites: None

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Start Date: Sep 15, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Acrylic pour techniques can be an amazing tool in the art box that change the nature of your work. Join us to learn how to plan pours, choose colors, and manipulate the results to open up a world of backgrounds and visually activated elements. Mask off areas to use these techniques on the surface of representational works or create repeating patterns. Embrace the unpredictability!

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Sep 16, 2018 Days: Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sun)

Spend the day with Ashley Jennings learning this fascinating civil war-era 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 in the darkroom. By the end of the day you will have had a chance to make several plates and should have a good understanding of the process.

Prerequisite: None

Start Date: Sep 16, 2018 Days: Sun Time: 4:00pm - 7:00pm (Sun)

Lost wax casting is a rewarding, traditional metalsmithing practice. In this class, you will learn how to sculpt and manipulate jeweler’s wax to create small wearable objects, such as rings or pendants, out of bronze and sterling silver. Once we have cast our metal objects, you will learn how to clean up their project and finish it for wear. You'll also learn how to make rubber molds to create multiple pieces from our original cast creations, and experiment with casting organic objects. Lost wax casting is great for beginners looking to start working with metal, and perfect for intermediate metalsmiths who would like to add some more techniques to their toolbox of skills! Students will receive wax, some metal and other materials to help get started.

 Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Sep 17, 2018 Days: Mon Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Mon)

In this course, you will make numerous items to use in the kitchen. We will use the lathe to learn how to turn using both spindle and faceplate techniques. We will work on a wide range of projects to take home: honey dippers, rolling pins, plates, bowls, etc. We will start with the basics of turning, tool selection, sharpening, methods of chucking, sanding and finishing. We will use kiln-dried domestic woods and food safe finishes – all materials are provided. This will be a fun and fast-paced primer in turning!

Open to all skill levels. Work outside of class time may be necessary.

Start Date: Sep 18, 2018 Days: Tue Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Tue)

The human figure is a touchstone of visual art and design in many creative disciplines. An understanding of its dynamic and structure will help anyone interested in drawing, painting, design, architecture, sculpture, animation, story-telling, etc. The approach taught is primarily concerned with the use of line to convey ideas, development of form, and a simplified design of anatomy - the basics of being able to convincingly draw a figure in space. As well as invent or abstract the figure from memory and imagination. Through a series of drawing exercises guided by artistic principles and knowledge of anatomy, you will gain a keener appreciation for capturing gesture, make your drawings more expressive, and better understand the unique and dynamic design of the human figure - a wellspring of inspiration for artists and designers throughout history.

Prerequisites: Some drawing experience preferred but open to all levels. 

Start Date: Sep 18, 2018 Days: Tue Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Tue)

This course focuses on the fundamentals of working with copper, brass, and sterling silver as an introduction to jewelry fabrication. Techniques covered include sawing, filing, surface finishing, soldering, cold connections and scoring and bending. Class projects will include an introduction to piercing with the jewelers saw, a silver ring, a hollow ring and a cabochon stone setting.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Sep 19, 2018 Days: Wed Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Wed)

This class is focused around integrating combinations of different painting techniques and surface treatments to create interesting and coherent image effects.  You will come prepared with photographic source material and will learn through demonstration and experimentation how to translate these images using combinations of methods that are alternative to, but do not necessarily exclude conventional paint brush rendering.  Masking, pouring medium, mono printing, modeling paste, and aerosol applications will be explored, as well as methods of surface integrations such as finishes, transparency and sanding.  After the first section of learning through simple projects, the projects near the end of the class will utilize the techniques and mediums through more self-directed projects. The goal is to expose you to and gain experience with other options in painting than brush application, so that you have a more diverse range of experience in order to create the effects you wish.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Sep 20, 2018 Days: Thu Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Thu)

This workshop for beginner to advanced students will engage in productive creative strategies useful in exploring complex ideas in ceramics. We’ll start with exercises that cover a wide range of construction techniques including pinching, coiling, slab work and modeling in order to open up more possibilities in the world of hand-built ceramics.  You will use hand-building techniques to explore the vessel both as functional container and aesthetic object. As you work on sculptures and use a range of surface approaches such as oxides wash, underglazes and glazes to explore different ways of layers, you’ll create engaging, depth-filled surfaces and gain a deeper understanding of the clay itself as you establish a standard of creative problem solving and develop a personal creative language of integrated techniques that accomplish each your artistic goals.  

Prerequisite: None

Start Date: Sep 21, 2018 Days: Fri Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Fri)

This course will focus on various techniques for making functional and sculptural forms using alternative methods of construction and glazing. You will learn to utilize precision wheel-throwing, sodium silicate, stretch-faceting, altering and combining slab-built and wheel-thrown parts, making and using tar-paper templates to construct slab-built forms, glaze-trailing, bubble-glazing, alternative spray-glazing, and basic glaze-mixing skills. You will explore making vases, bowls, casseroles, cups, bottles, and lidded vessels.

Prerequisites: Beginning to intermediate wheel-throwing and hand-building skills. No glazing experience needed, though it is recommended.

Start Date: Sep 22, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Have you ever wondered how bronze baby shoes are made? Discover the magic of electroforming, a process that electrochemically creates a shell of copper onto organic and inorganic forms. In this two-weekend workshop we will experiment with electroforming organic and inorganic objects, and we will begin the process of turning our copper objects into jewelry or small sculpture.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Sep 24, 2018 Days: Mon Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Mon)

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.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Sep 24, 2018

Dream it and make it!

Come explore the world of making in a collaborative and creative environment. Our studios provide a community of members that feed inspiration and support making. Maker Space Photography is designed for experienced artists and makers who have the independent skills necessary to bring their ideas to fruition. You will have access to our Open Studio hours and select equipment, following all policies and procedures required in each department and studio. After approval of your Maker Space request from a studio manager and department head, you will be given an orientation on policies, equipment safety and clean-up to ensure success in our studios.

Please note that fees do not cover materials. Any materials being brought in by students must have prior approval for use.

Alternative Darkrooms and Thesis darkrooms are not available for this Maker Space.

Prerequisites: All Maker Space students are required to have taken workshops and classes at OCAC and have been trained specifically on OCAC's equipment. All Maker Space students are required to have prior experience, be self-sufficient and demonstrate safe and responsible use of equipment. Students must be at an intermediate/advanced skill level. Students are selected based on skill level, safety, responsibility, positive community member and project ideas. Registration is contingent upon approval and space availability.

To register for Maker Space, please contact StudioSchool@ocac.edu

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Start Date: Sep 24, 2018

Dream it and make it!

Come explore the world of making in a collaborative and creative environment. Our studios provide a community of members that feed inspiration and support making. Maker Space Wood is designed for highly experienced artists and makers who have the independent skills necessary to bring their ideas to fruition. You will have access to our Open Studio hours and select equipment, following all policies and procedures required in each department and studio. After your Maker Space request to a studio manager and department head, you will be tested on specific equipment you are requesting to use. After approval, you will be given an orientation on policies, equipment safety and clean-up to ensure success in our studios.

Please note that fees do not cover materials. Any materials being brought in by students must have prior approval for use. The C&C Router is not available to Maker Space Wood.

The Wood Studio has a buddy-system policy for safety, so there is never just one student working in the studio. You may not work alone in the studio. Every effort will be made to help you connect to other students for arranging time and schedules for the buddy-system policy.

Prerequisites: All Maker Space students are required to have taken workshops and classes at OCAC and have been trained specifically on OCAC's equipment. All Maker Space students are required to have prior experience, be self-sufficient and demonstrate safe and responsible use of equipment. Students must be at an intermediate/advanced skill level. Students are selected based on skill level, safety, responsibility, positive community member and project ideas. Registration is contingent upon approval and space availability.

To register for Maker Space, please contact StudioSchool@ocac.edu

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Start Date: Sep 24, 2018

Dream it and make it!

Come explore the world of making in a collaborative and creative environment. Our studios provide a community of members that feed inspiration and support making. Maker Space Fibers and Textiles is designed for experienced artists and makers who have the independent skills necessary to bring their ideas to fruition. You will have access to our Open Studio hours, and select equipment, following all policies and procedures required in each department and studio. After approval of your Maker Space request from a studio manager and department head, you will be given an orientation on policies, equipment safety and clean-up to ensure success in our studios.

Approved Maker Space students in FIBERS will be offered a locker in the Fiber Department (dry storage only). Storage space in the Dye Studio is limited. We can designate a small area (shelf) for Maker Space Dye Studio storage. You may store dye stuffs in the Dye Lab refrigerator for up to 1 month. The jacquard loom is unavailable.

Please note that fees do not cover materials. Any materials being brought in by students must have prior approval for use.

Prerequisites: All Maker Space students are required to have taken workshops and classes at OCAC and have been trained specifically on OCAC's equipment. All Maker Space students are required to have prior experience, be self-sufficient and demonstrate safe and responsible use of equipment. Students must be at an intermediate/advanced skill level. Students are selected based on skill level, safety, responsibility, positive community member and project ideas. Registration is contingent upon approval and space availability.

To register for Maker Space, please contact StudioSchool@ocac.edu

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Start Date: Sep 24, 2018

Dream it and make it!

Come explore the world of making in a collaborative and creative environment. Our studios provide a community of members that feed inspiration and support making. Maker Space Metals is designed for experienced artists and makers who have the independent skills necessary to bring their ideas to fruition. You will have access to our Open Studio hours and select equipment, following all policies and procedures required in each department and studio. After approval of your Maker Space request from a studio manager and department head, you will be given an orientation on policies, equipment safety and clean-up to ensure success in our studios. 

Please note that fees do not cover materials. Any materials being brought in by students must have prior approval for use.

Electroformers in the chemical room are not available to Maker Space students.

The Metals Studio has a buddy-system policy for safety, so there is never just one student working in the studio at a time. You may not work alone in the studio. Every effort will be made to help you connect to other students for arranging time and schedules for the buddy-system policy.

Maker Space students have access to the studios when there are no classes in session or when additional space is available during classes. Equipment availability is dependent on OCAC Program needs.

Prerequisites: All Maker Space students are required to have taken workshops and classes at OCAC and have been trained specifically on OCAC's equipment. All Maker Space students are required to have prior experience, be self-sufficient and demonstrate safe and responsible use of equipment. Students must be at an intermediate/advanced skill level. Students are selected based on skill level, safety, responsibility, positive community member and project ideas. Registration is contingent upon approval and space availability.

To register for Maker Space, please contact StudioSchool@ocac.edu

There is no online registration.

Contact office for registration. More information
Start Date: Sep 24, 2018

Dream it and make it!

Come explore the world of making in a collaborative and creative environment. Our studios provide a community of members that feed inspiration and support making. Maker Space Book Arts is designed for experienced artists and makers who have the independent skills necessary to bring their ideas to fruition. You will have access to our Open Studio hours and select equipment, following all policies and procedures required in each department and studio. After approval of your Maker Space request from a studio manager and department head, you will be given an orientation on policies, equipment safety and clean-up to ensure success in our studios.

Please note that fees do not cover materials. Any materials being brought in by students must have prior approval for use.

Maker Space students have access to the studios when there are no classes in session. Equipment availability is dependent on OCAC program needs.

Prerequisites: All Maker Space students are required to have taken workshops and classes at OCAC and have been trained specifically on OCAC's equipment. All Maker Space students are required to have prior experience, be self-sufficient and demonstrate safe and responsible use of equipment. Students must be at an intermediate/advanced skill level. Students are selected based on skill level, safety, responsibility, positive community member and project ideas. Registration is contingent upon approval and space availability.

To register for Maker Space, please contact StudioSchool@ocac.edu

There is no online registration.

 

Contact office for registration. More information
Start Date: Sep 24, 2018

Dream it and make it!

Come explore the world of making in a collaborative and creative environment. Our studios provide a community of members that feed inspiration and support making. Maker Space Painting and Drawing is designed for experienced artists and makers who have the independent skills necessary to bring their ideas to fruition. You will have access to our Open Studio hours and select equipment, following all policies and procedures required in each department and studio. After approval of your Maker Space request from a studio manager and department head, you will be given an orientation on policies, equipment safety and clean-up to ensure success in our studios.

Please note that fees do not cover materials. Any materials being brought in by students must have prior approval for use.

Prerequisites: All Maker Space students are required to have taken workshops and classes at OCAC and have been trained specifically on OCAC's equipment. All Maker Space students are required to have prior experience, be self-sufficient and demonstrate safe and responsible use of equipment. Students must be at an intermediate/advanced skill level. Students are selected based on skill level, safety, responsibility, positive community member and project ideas. Registration is contingent upon approval and space availability.

To register for Maker Space, please contact StudioSchool@ocac.edu

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Start Date: Sep 24, 2018 Days: Mon Time: 6:45pm - 9:45pm (Mon)

In this course you will learn how to make the basic functional projects, such as: the mug, the bowl, and the plate. Balancing form and function, specific volume/dimension, throwing with intention, and basic glaze application will be covered. Learning the potters wheel can be a fun relaxing and rewarding opportunity to challenge yourself in the medium of clay.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Sep 24, 2018

Dream it and make it!

Come explore the world of making in a collaborative and creative environment. Our studios provide a community of members that feed inspiration and support making. Maker Space Ceramics is designed for experienced artists and makers who have the independent skills necessary to bring their ideas to fruition. You will have access to our Open Studio hours and select equipment, following all policies and procedures required in each department and studio. After approval of your Maker Space request from a studio manager and department head, you will be given an orientation on policies, equipment safety and clean-up to ensure success in our studios.

Please note that fees do not cover materials. All materials must be purchased through the OCAC Ceramics Studio Manager. Any materials being brought in by students must have prior approval for use. Maker Space Ceramics is not available for production work due to limited resources.

Prerequisites: All Maker Space students are required to have taken workshops and classes at OCAC and have been trained specifically on OCAC's equipment. All Maker Space students are required to have prior experience, be self-sufficient and demonstrate safe and responsible use of equipment. Students must be at an intermediate/advanced skill level. Students are selected based on skill level, safety, responsibility, positive community member and project ideas. Registration is contingent upon approval and space availability.

To register for Maker Space, please contact StudioSchool@ocac.edu

                                                                                                                       

Contact office for registration. More information