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Start Date: Aug 18, 2017 Days: Fri Sat Sun Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Weave useable wares on jack style floor looms with focus from start to finish on aesthetic design and material function.  Create a project of choice by learning to select warp and weft suitable for durability and desired visual qualities. Rugs, placemats, runners, and more each require specialized materials to become useful parts of everyday life. The class will begin with lessons on basic weaving terms and yarns along with design and color composition sampling. Calculate scale, yarn densities, and understand basic pattern drafting.  Each student will learn how to prepare and weave a project of choice on one of OCAC’s Macomber looms.

No prerequisites.

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

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.

Start Date: Sep 9, 2017 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Explore how natural light can be the photographers greatest tool by capturing dynamic portraits using a film camera in the format of your choice and available light. Learn to control backlight and flare.  In the second session, you will develop film and review photographs created during the first session. 

Prerequisites: You must have SLR cameras. Working knowledge of exposure techniques is helpful.

Start Date: Sep 10, 2017 Days: Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sun)

This skill builder series workshop will focus on “Routers”.  Improve your craft by learning to safely use a router.  In this one day workshop, we will cover multiple router applications, including various bit types and their use, hand-held routers, table routers, joinery, patterns and templates, etc. 

This workshop is open to all.  Great for beginners and those wishing to build upon their existing skill set.  Come prepared to take notes during this one-day intensive.        

Prerequisites:  None

Start Date: Sep 15, 2017 Time: 4:00pm - 4:00pm ()

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.

Prerequisites: All Maker Space students are required to have prior experience, be self-sufficient and know how to use studio equipment. Registration is contingent upon approval.           

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

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Start Date: Sep 15, 2017 Days: Fri Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Fri)

Explore the different types of small scale geared, hinged, and pulley driven mechanisms. Topics include identifying/sourcing parts, material selection, motion theory, design, and layout. Fabrication covers cutting, soldering, forming, drilling/tapping and basic turning.

Have some design ideas ready for a project before class. A small brass three gear set will be provided to get things moving!                                                                                                                                                                          

Prerequisites: Basic soldering/metalsmithing skills and basic math skills preferred

Start Date: Sep 15, 2017

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.  For Fall 2017, the jacquard loom is unavailable due to academic use.

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 prior experience, be self-sufficient and know how to use studio equipment. Registration is contingent upon approval.        

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

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Start Date: Sep 15, 2017 Time: 4:00pm - 4:00pm ()

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 prior experience, be self-sufficient and know how to use studio equipment. Registration is contingent upon testing and approval.

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

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Start Date: Sep 15, 2017

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 prior experience, be self-sufficient and know how to use studio equipment. Registration is contingent upon approval.           

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

 

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Start Date: Sep 15, 2017 Time: 4:00pm - 4:00pm () 4:00pm - 4:00pm ()

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 prior experience, be self-sufficient and know how to use studio equipment. Registration is contingent upon approval.      

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

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Start Date: Sep 15, 2017 Time: 4:00pm - 4:00pm ()

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 Printmaking 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 prior experience, be self-sufficient and know how to use studio equipment. Registration is contingent upon approval.        

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

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Start Date: Sep 15, 2017 Time: 4:00pm - 4:00pm ()

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 prior experience, be self-sufficient and know how to use studio equipment. Registration is contingent upon approval.         

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

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Start Date: Sep 15, 2017 Time: 4:00pm - 4:00pm ()

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. 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 prior experience, be self-sufficient and know how to use studio equipment. Registration is contingent upon approval.     

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

                                                                                                                                                                        

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Start Date: Sep 16, 2017 Days: Sat Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm (Sat)

Indigo blue has held a significant place in many world civilizations for thousands of years.  This class will explore indigo with multiple techniques and projects that highlight this dye’s natural beauty.  We will make natural indigo vats that are reliable, easy to produce, remain viable for the long term and use environmentally friendly ingredients.  Each class will build skill with the dye by exploring the surface design techniques of a different region of indigo history, such as Japanese country textiles, West African cloth traditions, Indian block printing, and European woad. You will learn care and maintenance of your vats for home use and finish up with a thorough investigation into the mystery that is indigo blue.

Prerequisites: None

                                    

Start Date: Sep 16, 2017 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

This two-day workshop gives beginning casters a fast way to make handmade rings, pendants and earrings. Cuttlefish bone is a soft, carvable substance with a distinct wood-grain texture. It has been used as a mold material for casting since the middle ages, and jewelers still make unique, one of a kind pieces using this direct-casting method. Students will explore carving or making impressions in the cuttlebone, then cast with molten bronze or silver. We will then use metalsmithing skills such as sawing, filing and soldering to finish the pieces and go home with fabulous new jewelry to wear and share!

Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Metalsmithing preferred but not required.

Start Date: Sep 19, 2017 Days: Tue Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Tue)

Continue your studio practice and enhance your range of techniques in this level II class on functional pottery and holiday themed projects. Projects will include: gravy boats and dip chillers, large bowls and haunting luminaries, pie plates and casseroles. Embrace the holidays while showcasing your pottery making skills.

Prerequisite: Functional Pottery I or basic wheel throwing (able to center and throw a cylinder)

Start Date: Sep 20, 2017 Days: Wed Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Wed)

Let your computer cut out complex shapes for you! Focus each week on a different capability of a digital cutting system: cutting out shapes and letters, perforating folds, making vinyl signs, stencils for fabric projects, tracing shapes to cut, repeating patterns, adding sketch pens and more. Project-based learning will have you completing a different small project for each class session.

Note: Class instruction uses the Cameo USA digital cutting system (either the Silhouette or Portrait model). Because of the difference in other brands, digital cutting systems such as Cricut or Sizzix will not be acceptable for use in this class. Students either bring in their own Cameo Silhouette or Portrait digital cutting system and laptop, or they may purchase a new Cameo Portrait digital cutting system at the class. Students must also bring in a personal laptop for the class. Computer access at OCAC will not be provided. 

Prerequisites: None

 

 

Start Date: Sep 20, 2017 Days: Wed Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Wed)

In this course, it’s all about surface. From preparation to final finishing, you will be taken through all the steps to achieve unique patterns, textures and colors on a variety of metals. Work alongside an experienced patina artist to achieve vibrant surfaces and learn the tricks and techniques to get a flawless finish. Topics will cover slip rolling, hammer texturing, chemical processes, cold patinas, torch fired hot patinas, etching, and basic surface coatings.

Prerequisites: Soldering/ torch experience

Start Date: Sep 20, 2017 Days: Wed Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Wed)

Welcome the return of autumn with an exploration of natural color from plants on both fabrics and papers.  This term’s focus will be on the decorative art of printing with natural dye sources.  We’ll use traditional block printing methods, multi-color registration of pattern, screen-printing, mono-printing, direct application with brush, and some new shibori methods. Multiple mordant, dye, and pigment applications are included in the investigations.  While this course builds upon previous experience, adventurous beginners are always welcome!

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Sep 21, 2017 Days: Thu Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Thu)

Designed for the first time film shooter or for those who need a refresher in the darkroom. Learn how to process film, make black and white prints in the traditional darkroom and valuable darkroom techniques, including dodging and burning, contrast filters, and tray chemistry. Recommended for beginners. Tuition includes access to the OCAC darkroom during Open Studio hours throughout the month of the class.

Prerequisites: You must have an SLR film camera with shutter speed and aperture controls. 

Start Date: Sep 23, 2017 Days: Sat Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm (Sat)

Learn to make a small, personal natural indigo vat without worrying about toxicity or cost of heavy chemicals.  This vat uses fruit residue in a natural chemical reduction to produce a quick, reliable, long-lasting indigo blue.  We'll explore simple resist techniques that produce textile patterns on silk and cotton fabrics, as well as threads for stitching. You will learn care and maintenance of your vats.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Sep 23, 2017 Days: Sat Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat)

Learn to use and design for vinyl plotters and laser cutters - versatile tools for a wide range of artistic and design purposes from small stickers to large wall and text installations. Cover the basics of designing in Adobe Illustrator for both the vinyl plotter and laser cutter.  Walk through the entire process of simple designing, fabricating and finishing work while considering the capabilities and limitations of the vinyl plotter. By the end of the workshop, have hands-on experience with the entire process of designing for and utilizing a vinyl plotter, as well as a variety of finished projects.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Sep 24, 2017 Days: Sun Time: 4:00pm - 7:00pm (Sun)

Lost wax casting is a rewarding, traditional metalsmithing practice. Learn how to sculpt and manipulate jeweler’s wax to create small wearable objects, such as rings or pendants, out of bronze or sterling silver. Learn how to make rubber molds to create multiples from original cast creations, and experiment with casting organic objects.

Prerequisites: Fundamentals I or II preferred but not required (basic soldering, piercing and finishing skills preferred)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Start Date: Sep 25, 2017 Days: Mon Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Mon)

Intermediate metalsmiths create a wide variety of rings-- enough to adorn every finger and every toe! Make a new style of ring each class, everything from elegant band rings, to bezel-set stone rings to stacking rings and many more. Become familiar with piercing with a jeweler’s saw, silver soldering, hammering and stamping to add texture, and other metal-forming techniques. 

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Sep 25, 2017 Days: Mon Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Mon)

How do F-stops, shutter speeds, depth of field, ISO, exposure, panning, and composition sound to you? Add to the aforementioned venerable terms those of pixels, file size, histogram, RAW, jpeg, color balance, memory cards, Photoshop, and inkjet printers and the notion of digital photography seems daunting indeed. Introduction to Digital Photography will demystify all these ideas and more. From basic camera controls to post-processing and printing, the class, utilizing lecture, slide presentations, hands on instruction and assignments, will establish a firm foundation for beginning digital photographers.

Prerequisite: None