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Start Date: Mar 12, 2017 Days: Sun Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm

Every country in the world has a unique esthetic of mending.  In Japan, the term “boro” serves to describe profusely stitched and mended textiles that receive an extended life with an abundance of functional but beautiful handwork. In this class, we will piece, patch, appliqué, and stitch a small cloth suitable for a table mat, personal tool bag or, with additional work, incorporation into a larger cloth for a garment, sculpture, or quilted work.  A variety of stitch work will be sampled, including traditional sashiko stitching.

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Start Date: Jul 31, 2017 Days: Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, 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.

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, Tues, Wed, Thurs, 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.

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: Jun 7, 2017 Days: Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat 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: Mar 11, 2017 Days: Sat, Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

In an age when digital technology has invaded most of our image making tools, pinhole photography is a refreshing unmistakable reminder that light is the active ingredient of our entire photographic image making. The light rushes in through a tiny hole, strikes a light sensitive material, and on processing an image is magically born. Each student will make a few different pinhole cameras and will utilize the chemical darkroom in creating their photographs. It is hoped that what will be learned will not only be a new alternative technology, but also a deeper understanding of how pictures can carry meaning in many different ways.

No prerequisite

Start Date: Apr 8, 2017 Days: Sat, Sun Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm

This class is for first time darkroom photographers and those with past experience that need a refresher. In one weekend we will cover everything from shooting methods, camera functions, film processing and fine art silver gelatin printing. Depending on your skill and comfort level you will have the opportunity to dive deeper into printing methods and filter combinations. You will leave this class confident to process their 35mm film, make contact sheets and skilled enlargements and understand the necessary processes to make adjustments and manipulations to a silver gelatin print.

 

No prerequisite.

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

This class is for first time darkroom photographers and those with past experience that need a refresher. Week by week we will cover everything from shooting methods, camera functions, film processing and fine art silver gelatin printing. Depending on your skill and comfort level you will have the opportunity to dive deeper into printing methods and filter combinations. You will leave this class confident to process their 35mm film, make contact sheets and skilled enlargements and understand the necessary processes to make adjustments and manipulations to a silver gelatin print.

No prerequisite.

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: Mar 10, 2017 Days: Sat, Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

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), you will take away the knowledge and skills to continue making spoons at home, including a carving knife and gouge! This workshop is Friday, March 10 (6:30pm-9:30pm), Saturday, March 11 (9:00am-4:00pm) & Sunday, March 12 (9:00am-4:00pm).

No prerequisite

Start Date: May 6, 2017 Days: Sat, Sun Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm

“The best camera to have is the one that’s with you all the time,” goes the adage, and because the iPhone is a device that serves multiple purposes it’s always there with us.  Images captured with the iPhone can be very intimate, moving, thoughtful, and funny.  In this two-weekend workshop, learn how to get the most out of your iPhone camera and also create a unique and creative way to exhibit your photographs.   During the first weekend, discover tips and tricks to get the most out of your iPhone camera.  We will explore general camera tips, accessories, basic in phone editing, and useful apps.  The second weekend will be spent printing images and creating handmade books to capture photographs in unique and creative ways.  Two classic bookbinding formats will be presented. 

No prerequisite.  Must have iPhone

Start Date: Feb 18, 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: Jan 27, 2017 Days: Fri Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

As the rainy Portland winter sets in, it's a great time to stay warm and cozy inside and experiment with still life photography.  This class is an in-depth look at the world of still life, with an emphasis on the use of natural light.  You'll view the work of important still life artists for inspiration as you explore new ways to create successful images of your own.  You'll also learn helpful design and composition skills to guide you in framing your shots.  Weekly take-home shooting assignments will encourage you in new directions beyond the traditional as you create new work.  In-class slide shows and review and critique sessions will help you refine your vision and understanding of still life.  The possibilities are endless.  No special lighting equipment or lenses are needed for this class.  A tripod is helpful.  Students should bring 10 examples of previous work to the first class.

Prerequisites: Thorough knowledge of your camera

Start Date: Jan 18, 2017 Days: Wed Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

You’ve recently completed your first digital 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 seven 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 with the introduction of low-light photography/night and flash.  This is a class about seeing, inspiration, awareness, and perception.  Come with great expectations and prepare to be challenged.

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: Digital Photography I or the equivalent experience

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Start Date: Mar 8, 2017 Days: Wed Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm

In this course, you will create wearable works of art that tell a story. To make your narrative jewelry, you will learn how to etch and roller print brass, copper and silver to create intricate pictures and textures. You will then use a jeweler’s saw to pierce the metal, cutting out shapes and windows. When the pieces are stacked on top of each other, the windows will reveal areas of the underlying metal, bringing their story dimension and depth, the same way the sets in a play bring the scene to life. You can expect to make at least one pendant or brooch, but will have ample time to explore many ideas and fabricate several wearable pieces.

No prerequisite

Start Date: Feb 8, 2017 Days: Wed Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm

This course focuses on the hydraulic press as a tool to build volume, form, and production-style components to expand your studio practice. Techniques covered include conforming die making, non-conforming die making, blanking dies, and embossing dies. Students may work on any desired forms or types of jewelry they would like through the use of these techniques. 

Prerequisites: Beginning metals experience suggested but not required.

Start Date: Feb 4, 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.

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Start Date: Jan 31, 2017 Days: Tue Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

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, dapping, cold connections and scoring and bending.  Class projects will include an introduction to piercing with the jewelers saw, a silver ring, a hollow bead, a laminated ring and basic chain making. No prerequisite.

No prerequisite

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Start Date: Jan 21, 2017 Days: Sat Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Join metalsmith Annie Hinkes in this fun workshop in the metals studio! The workshop will explore the basics of metal fabrication. The techniques covered will include, sawing, filing, soldering, forming and finishing. Class projects will include post earrings and dangle earrings. You will leave with basic skills they can apply to jewelry making and some new fun jewelry you make by hand. Come make some jewelry with us!

No prerequisite

Start Date: May 27, 2017 Days: Sat, Sun Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Join artist Katharine Jacobs for this weekend intensive for experienced and novice silver gelatin printers. This course is designed to get you into the darkroom and make skilled prints! All film formats welcome. You will spend the duration of the weekend learning to make fiber prints, using their paper size of choice. We will explore the fine art silver gelatin printing, split filter techniques and making cohesive prints that function as a body of work. You will leave the class with new printing knowledge and confidents to make professional fine art silver gelatin prints. 

No prerequisite

Start Date: Jan 23, 2017 Days: Mon Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Flip this switch with your woodworking by building two lamps!  You will walk away from this course with both a desk lamp and a floor lamp.  You will be provided with plans for minimalistic designs to build alongside the instructor. The main goal of this course is to familiarize students with woodworking basics - the safe operation of woodworking machines and power tools, basic joinery, as well as the architecture of a lamp.  This course is ideal for those who are new to woodworking or just want to build some lights!

UL rated cloth cords and lamp hardware will be supplied; students will purchase lumber and bulbs following the first class.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Jan 25, 2017 Days: Wed Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Learn to make a “Kitchen Kit”, creating multiple utility items for domestic use, from carved spoons, turned honey dippers to serving boards.  This fun course will look into multiple and disparate techniques for woodworking, from hand building to power tools. Through class discussions, demonstrations, and effort, students will investigate and learn woodworking techniques that focus on skill development, creativity and the safe use of tools.  We will cover wood properties, milling techniques, and safe use of both hand and power tools.

This is a hands-on course developed for students new to woodworking or intermediate students looking to hone their craft.  Most materials will be provided.

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: May 12, 2017 Days: Fri, Sat Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

The Surface Within – Layers, patterns and resists with nuno felt and stenciling. Explore two of the oldest art techniques known to man to produce dynamic templates and surface effects with contemporary hand felting techniques. Working with nature and the man-made landscape, create your own patterns to inspire distinctive surface design for interior projects or decorative placement in garment construction.

Students will be encouraged to sample many techniques and processes throughout the course. This is an opportunity to be experimental and gain confidence with materials while trying new methods and processes.

Instruction is given in stencil design, colour blending, subtle use of pre-felts, laminating and cutwork, collage, overlaying of materials and keen observation of form and design. Working with found objects is encouraged. Enjoy the creative satisfaction of developing your subject matter to make a collection of samples within a theme or concentrate on one piece of your choice: cushion panels or scarves are possible outcomes. 

Start Date: Feb 4, 2017 Days: Sat Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Join Janet Parker in this wonderful course to draw in graphite and colored pencils. You will work on a different subject each week, moving from simple to more complex as we go. We will move from graphite to practice colored pencil techniques on a variety of seasonal, local, and native subjects. The focus will primarily be on including a wide range of values in each piece, and practicing the use of a single, imaginary light source, to create a realistic suggestion of depth, and 3-dimensionality.

 

Prerequisites:  Some experience with Botanical Drawing is helpful but not required.

 

Start Date: Mar 12, 2017 Days: Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Maker Space: Metal Manipulation, Foldforming and Patinas

We welcome you to come push the boundaries of metal fabrication in OCAC’s Metal Studio. By heating, folding and hammering sheet 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 prerequisite