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Start Date: Apr 21, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

This workshop will explore how the technique of bent laminated wood is used to make unique skate decks. You will laminate a longboard deck from simple weights, and a street board using a polyurethane vacuum bag system. Then, using basic shop tools, these decks will be custom shaped to the students’ preferences. The workshop will cover making 2 decks and the mold for the pressing.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Apr 22, 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 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. Learn to use equipment and materials needed for Wet Plate Collodion:

4x5 view cameras to make Tintypes and Ambrotypes

Pouring plates

Exposing plates

Developing plates by inspection

Finishing plates using sandarac varnish

Safety

Start Date: Apr 28, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Take a deep dive into the realm of 3D illustration and make a little world of your own. Create a scene from a favorite book or film, a universe suited to a character of your creation, or an abstract moment from your imagination. This two day workshop will provide an introduction to creating characters and sets using anything, everything and much more. Your diorama can be as crude or meticulous as you choose, but our objective is to start and finish a simple scene throughout the workshop. Whether you build a tableaux of miniature sculptures or a spatial illusion of flat cutouts, there are no wrong answers within this incredibly expressive and accessible medium.

Prerequisites: None

 

Start Date: Apr 28, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

In two days, each student will design, carve and print a black and white 2”x 3” wood engraving. Each image will be one print in a group portfolio. At the end of the workshop, each student will have a portfolio containing the prints from the class. Examples of wood engraving prints and from the instructor’s collection will be presented and discussed. All skill levels welcome, beginning to advanced. 

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Apr 29, 2018 Days: Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sun)

This one-day skill builder workshop will focus on the basics of turning on a lathe.  You will become familiar with the lathe, be introduced to different turning tools and techniques all while making a few quick spindle projects including a honey dipper and wine stopper.  This workshop will serve as a great introduction to turning and is open to all skill levels.  All materials will be provided.

Prerequisites: None

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Start Date: May 6, 2018 Days: Sun Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm (Sun)

Our family workshops are designed to bring families together in the art making process. These workshops give families a chance to spend time with loved ones in a fun and creative environment. All materials are provided. Adults must be accompanied by children, and children must be accompanied by adults! Family Workshops are ideally suited to children in grades K-5.

*Adults must also register themselves for this family workshop. 

*PLEASE NOTE: Accounts must be created under the adult, then please enter the child's information under the dependent tab. For questions or difficulty registering please contact ArtAdventures@ocac.edu

Start Date: May 8, 2018 Days: Tue Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm (Tue)

This class offers an in-depth look at digital photography. In this four week course, instructor Beth Conyers will help you navigate your camera’s settings, use manual modes, and learn what all of those camera buttons actually do! 

Photography is not all that complicated if you understand a few simple concepts like f-stops, shutter speeds, and ISO. You will learn how to beautifully blur backgrounds, perfectly freeze motion, and bring your entire picture into focus. This class will also cover camera topics and techniques such as metering, composition, and how to improve shooting conditions. We will also discuss some must-know technical details, such as determining file types, using histograms, setting white balance, choosing lenses, and post processing. 

Prerequisites: None, please bring your own camera

Start Date: May 12, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

This workshop uses plywood as a modern material to introduce the use of standard shop tools. This includes gaining an understanding of wood veneer as a material, and techniques to use plywood properly. You will learn various construction methods for simple nesting boxes and applying finish. Those skills will then be expanded on creating a custom box for a small personal item.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: May 12, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

An introduction to the creative possibilities of iPhone photography. We’ll look at basic phone camera settings, experiment with composition and camera angles, see useful accessories, take lots of photos and learn how to edit and manipulate them using a variety of apps available on the phone. Styles covered range from gritty street photography, travel shots, family, pets, portraits and painterly multi-layered artistic creations.

Prerequisites: Basic computer skills; Opening and Closing programs, copying, cutting, pasting. Selecting files. Using a mouse or touchpad.

Start Date: May 19, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Design and create a unique artist book structure, the tunnel book (also known as a peep show book). A tunnel book is made as a set of pages suspended between two folded concertinas. Cut outs in the pages allow the viewer to see images through the entire book to the back that creates a dimensional scene inside. Tunnel books were popular optical toys inspired by theatre stage sets in the mid-eighteenth century. They were often produced as souvenirs of tourist attractions or were produced to commemorate special events. In this workshop, students will create a tunnel book using photographic and/or photocopied imagery. Text for the book will be self-authored. The writing generated through a thought-provoking assignment based on travel and perspective. The type will be applied with rubber stamp lettering. A hard cover with an inset image and slipcase will finish the book. Form, materials, content, and how the three are essentially integrated will be discussed throughout the workshop, as well as problem solving, design and typographic layout. Examples of artist books from the instructor’s collection will be presented and discussed. All skill levels are welcome, beginning to advanced.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: May 19, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

This workshop is a weekend long course covering a variety of practical information relating to entrepreneurship for the visual artist. Topics covered will include documenting work, using social media, starting a website, running an online shop, negotiating licensing and contracts, making and selling limited edition prints and exhibiting work in galleries. The focus will be on professionalism, as well as the basic knowledge and skills needed to gain exposure and generate passive streams of income. 

Prerequisites: Experience as a visual artist

Start Date: May 27, 2018 Days: Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sun)

Historically, jewelers were partners with opticians in the design and making of eyeglasses. In this fast paced one-day workshop, we’ll explore historical through contemporary spectacles through slides, samples, and demos. We’ll learn how jeweler's techniques are applicable to making eyeglasses. Learn tricks from the optical indus­try about holding lenses in frames, coloring lenses, and explore inventive approaches to creating hinges and other mechanisms. This is NOT a hands-on workshop; it is an exploration of a how to understand pro­cesses that are specific to the low-tech fabrication of eyeglasses for intermediate to skilled jewelers.

Prerequisites: While beginners are welcome, intermediate to advanced jewelers and metalsmiths will get the most out of this workshop.

Start Date: May 30, 2018 Days: Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun)

Inspired by Restoration Ecology, Maine artist, Patricia Wheeler invites you to paint from your intuitive side to explore and restore your personal center. She will show you how she processes memory – creating small abstract works on paper. Wheeler uses watercolor blocks that are very transportable with acrylics, cold wax, photo transfers, etc. – like a smaller version of her larger works. These completed small paintings can be framed or stored in a small, lidded box to use as studies for larger works. By day 2 we will take our studies and begin to transform our personal vision into large abstract paintings on wooden cradle-panels. As we build, layer, and cut into these paintings, we begin to understand the distressed surfaces of ancient places and how that accumulation of history and visual information can metaphorically reflect ourselves.  Emphasis will be on working in series. Our goal is to create our own vocabulary of symbols and to integrate the things floating around inside of us, releasing whatever is holding us back. We will work on multiple paintings, moving quickly from paper to panels.  Box, panels and grounds and other misc. supplies will be provided.

Start Date: Jun 4, 2018 Days: Mon Tue Thu Fri Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri)

Create colorful images through the ancient art of Moku Hanga. Japanese woodblock prints are characterized by the luminous brilliance achieved when water-based ink is printed on Washi (handmade Japanese paper). Multiple block registration and bokashi (color gradation) will be taught. Unlike Western relief printmaking, no press is used; water is the only solvent and minimal workspace is required. This is one form of printmaking you can safely and easily enjoy at home.

Prerequisite: Some familiarity with printmaking is helpful, but not required. Note: See supply sheet for how to prepare image for the first morning.

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Start Date: Jun 18, 2018 Days: Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Time: 8:00am - 9:00am (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri) 5:00pm - 6:00pm (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)

Do you need additional care for your child?

Art Adventures Camp Before/After Care is for grades 1-8.

Before Care runs from 8am - 9am and After Care is from 5pm - 6pm. 

Start Date: Jun 18, 2018 Days: Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)

Our exciting BEGINNINGS Camp is specifically for our youngest artists, ages 4-6 years, to guide our campers through an exploration of visual art, play, and song as a first step towards interdisciplinary creation. Our camp links creative problem solving with exploratory learning, all directly tied to children’s imagination and a desire to create.

Beginnings Camp is Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. This full-day schedule for the week includes a fantastic curriculum of free time for art making, structured projects that build throughout the week, environmental projects and discovery, free play, and quiet “reading” time. We emphasize exploration with mediums such as music, drawing, painting, sculpture and mixed media. Art Adventures Beginnings will have its own Friday ART WALK, a final exhibition of the week’s activities and fun.

BEGINNINGS Camp is made of busy, full days. At any time, you may choose to pick up your child earlier in the day, however we are unable to discount the price for the week for early pick-ups. We do offer before and after care.

Start Date: Jun 18, 2018 Days: Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)

Art Adventures YA! (Young Adult) Day Camp introduces students in grades 6-8 to OCAC’s professional art studios under the guidance of working artists and arts educators. Each weeklong session is comprised of two in-depth art workshops. This intensive exploration of two different studio techniques provides the developing teen boundless opportunity for self-expression and personal exploration. The YA! Day Camp is an ideal starting point for any youth interested in pursuing art at a more complex and rigorous level.

At the end of the week, we welcome both family and friends to come to campus at 4:00pm for our Friday Art Show, where students can show off their work and view work done by other YA! participants.

Each weeklong camp runs 9:00am-5:00pm, every day. Supervised care is available from 8am-9am (Before Care) and from 5pm-6pm (After Care). Before/After Care is offered as a package for an additional fee of $30 per session. No person under the age of 15 years may wait unsupervised on the campus of Oregon College of Art and Craft.

Stop Motion Video:

Our new Stop Motion Video workshop functions as a collaborative exploration of a stop motion film. Think Nightmare Before Christmas, Wallace and Grommit, Coraline, or The Fatastic Mr. Fox and the amazing LAIKA studios here in Oregon. Come learn first hand how to shoot, animate and edit a stop motion movie using digital technology. Creative teamwork, exploring the digital lab and finessing a final project will round out this amazing workshop. You will leave with a finished video project and skills to continue filmmaking on your own! Students need access to a camera that can take video and still images.

Introduction to Woodworking:

Our YA! Wood workshop utilizes wood techniques, experimentation with wood and discovery of wood skills all facilitated by experienced instructors. With 3D projects that have a functional, play, or aesthetic focus, our wood workshop helps every student feel successful. Projects in the past have included small furniture, carving kitchen utensils, sculptures, building boxes, self portraits in wood, and many more. You will learn each step in building a wood structure or project. Come explore your creativity with wood in many ways, including basic sawing, gluing, nail work, sanding, finishing, and general construction. Our wood workshop is a lively and creative workshop that YA! campers enjoy. 

Start Date: Jun 18, 2018 Days: Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)

Make, create, and explore craft with us in our fantastic art camp! Campers grades 1-5 will be immersed in four 2D and 3D art workshops every day. The children will start their art projects on Monday and complete them on Friday. Games, songs and free time balance out the day and help build our camp community. At the end of the week, we invite all family and friends to come to campus and view the Friday Art Show, where kids show off their art and the studios where they created it. Before and After Care Available.

Start Date: Jun 18, 2018 Days: Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)

Art Adventures YA! (Young Adult) Day Camp introduces students in grades 6-8 to OCAC’s professional art studios under the guidance of working artists and arts educators. Each weeklong session is comprised of two in-depth art workshops. This intensive exploration of two different studio techniques provides the developing teen boundless opportunity for self-expression and personal exploration. The YA! Day Camp is an ideal starting point for any youth interested in pursuing art at a more complex and rigorous level.

At the end of the week, we welcome both family and friends to come to campus at 4:00pm for our Friday Art Show, where students can show off their work and view work done by other YA! participants.

Each weeklong camp runs 9:00am-5:00pm, every day. Supervised care is available from 8am-9am (Before Care) and from 5pm-6pm (After Care). Before/After Care is offered as a package for an additional fee of $30 per session. No person under the age of 15 years may wait unsupervised on the campus of Oregon College of Art and Craft.

Introduction to Drawing:

Drawing is one of our most pivotal and foundational workshops at Art Adventures. Experienced instructors, who are also professional artists, teach our drawing workshops every summer. Every YA! student is unique and because there is a wide variety of experience and skills in each group, we meet each student where they are. We might focus on line and form, drawing from a wide variety of topics and styles- from life drawing to abstract imagery and how to make an exciting image or mark on paper. Drawing is a necessary tool to help refine all other skills in art. At YA! Camp, this foundation is fun filled, and many projects are completed within the large umbrella of what a drawing could be. You are invited to question, explore, experiment, and solve problems as they create and interact with art. All levels of experience will find this workshop a worthwhile experience.

Metals:

YA! Metals is a wonderful and rare chance for middle school students to explore an ancient medium and the techniques to create small-scale projects such as jewelry, sculpture, functional items and decorative metal pieces. Each Metals Instructor focuses on different techniques to produce wonderful projects. Examples of projects might include wire sculpture and explore how to use line three-dimensionally, cutting flat sheets to create forms that move, surface design and stamping to create literary metal pieces or wearable art, and small scale forming and bending of metal to create jewelry. Every metals class is unique, and offers different skills for campers to explore in the wide field of metals in our state of the art metals studio on campus.

Start Date: Jun 25, 2018 Days: Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)

This course will help you develop and strengthen your characters and the worlds that they inhabit. Examples from comics, video games, film and television will be included in lectures. Through exercises and projects that involve idea generation, research, and observational drawing, you will learn how to create solid foundations for your characters and worlds, no matter what type of work you plan to place them in. You will publish a mini-portfolio at the end of the class that will include concept sketches, character turnarounds, sample environments, and other work produced during the week.

Start Date: Jun 25, 2018 Days: Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Time: 8:00am - 9:00am (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri) 5:00pm - 6:00pm (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)

Do you need additional care for your child?

Art Adventures Camp Before/After Care is for grades 1-8.

Before Care runs from 8am - 9am and After Care is from 5pm - 6pm. 

Start Date: Jun 25, 2018 Days: Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)

Explore the countless possibilities of making a painting in the surrealist tradition.  Create paintings using authentic surrealist techniques for conjuring imagery and ideas. Construct stretcher frames, stretch & prime canvas. Build strong compositions through a mix of observational studies and wild experiments and exercises Paintings principles including use of an underpainting, Direct or Indirect Painting Processes (basic ways of approaching image making in paint). Painting materials and surfaces will be reviewed.  

Start Date: Jun 25, 2018 Days: Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)

REFASHION: to transform or alter into another form

This class is focused on the rising trends in up-cycling, with a focus on fiber as the main catalyst for creation.  In a world of uniform excess, REFASHION strives to take these materials and renovate them into a freshly contemporary, unique item.

Through the week, we will discover a multitude of ways to transform the materials available.   While the materials supplied are recycled fibers and recycled clothing, I welcome you as the artist to think outside of these ideas.  REFASHION occupies a larger space in contemporary culture than simply creating a new wearable; the opportunities to create are endless! All levels are welcome!