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Start Date: Feb 15, 2018 Days: Thu Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Thu)

Darkroom II Beyond the Basics is a hands-on class that dives into the world of silver gelatin printing, building a body of work and printing cohesively in a series. Students will employ split filter and advance dodging and burning techniques to go beyond formal print making to produce beautiful prints. Students will work with fiber paper and learn to print a cohesive body of work toward building a portfolio. Katharine T. Jacobs is a skilled silver gelatin printer whose knowledge of the subject and unique teaching style will have you hooked on the process.

Prerequisites: Darkroom I or equivalent is helpful but not necessary

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Start Date: Feb 17, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm (Sat, Sun)

There’s a history of thriftiness in many cultures.  In Japan, mottainai is a term conveying a sense of regret concerning waste.  The British proclaim, “Make do or do without.”  The American phrase is “Waste not, want not,” to imply if you use a commodity or resource carefully and without extravagance, you will never be in need.  This class is an exercise in creative re-use.  By restructuring thrift store men’s shirts (or family excess?) we will construct new garments that are inexpensive, modern, and fully original without proclaiming their origins. “Thrift is poetic because it is creative; waste is unpoetic because it is waste.” (G.K. Chesterton, What's Wrong with the World)

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Feb 17, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm (Sat) 10:00am - 3:00pm (Sun)

Use printmaking techniques to create collages! Students will learn how to make acetone transfers and create their own unique collages from found materials. This class will explore collage and recontextualizing found imagery to create new meaning. Students will have access to a variety of images to work with for the acetone transfer process and are also welcome to bring found images to work from during this workshop.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Feb 17, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Focusing on the meditative state of art making, this two day workshop will allow you to tap into a subconscious mode of working, allowing for patterning, repetition of form, symmetry and geometry to come into play as you create.  Experiment with color, form, layering and materials, allowing the mind to let go and the power of the creative hand to take over.      

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Feb 19, 2018 Days: Mon Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm (Mon)

Join us for a day of creating while your school has an in-service day. We offer young artists an exciting day of innovative and creative workshops that engage kids in unique projects, inspiring the imagination and fostering the future artist. Games, free choice time and snacks round out a great day of making on campus in our studios. Tell a friend! Students must bring 2 snacks and a sack lunch. Before and After Care is available.

*When registering, create or login to your personal account, then under the dependents tab, add anyone you will be registering. You can add multiple dependents. The main account must be created under the adult/guardian's name. For difficulty or questions email ArtAdventures@ocac.edu

Start Date: Feb 21, 2018 Days: Wed Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Wed)

Discover the freedom of abstraction through color, form, geometry, and gestural mark making! In this course we will focus on simple abstract forms and mixed media applications layered with acrylic painting. Over eight weeks of material exploration, we will learn the basics of color mixing, drawing and painting techniques, collage and collage transfers and layering materials on paper and canvas with the option to frame your final piece for easy display.

Prerequisites: Some drawing/painting experience is a plus, but all levels welcome

 

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Start Date: Feb 23, 2018 Days: Fri Sat Sun Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Fri) 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

You will walk away with a great, traditional Japanese toolbox, suited for your woodworking tools, art supplies, keepsakes, etc.  These toolboxes are simple to construct, utilizing simple joinery methods and reinforced with cut nails.  The toolbox features a locking, sliding/removable lid to house its contents.  You can later outfit the interior of their toolboxes to fit their specific needs. You will use both hand tools and limited power tools for construction of this project. This workshop is a great for those new to woodworking or for those just in need of a toolbox!  All materials will be provided.

Prerequisites: None

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Start Date: Feb 24, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Join us for a two-day intensive workshop learning to apply vitreous enamel to copper forms. We’ll provide you with a rainbow of enamel colors and enough copper to make an elegant brooch as well as pendants, earrings, or objects of your choosing. Take your designs one step further with your paintbrush, and embellish your enameled forms just as you would a tiny canvas with specialty paints designed for use on glass and china. The result is a treasure uniquely your own for wearing or giving as gifts!

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Feb 25, 2018 Days: Sun Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm (Sun)

The simplest garments are those with no cutting and sewing at all and minimalist fashion is becoming increasingly popular. So how can large pieces of fabric form to the body and function as a wearable garment? In many cultures, large geometric shapes are draped, folded and tucked directly on the body to create a garment, such as the traditional Japanese Kimono, the Indian Sari or the traditional Mexican Poncho. Similar to origami, students will drape, tuck and fold large shapes in creative and innovative ways to create unique shapes that will be turned into a garment. Students will be provided instruction on draping and folding techniques to obtain the desired shapes. Students are encouraged to use minimal cutting, creating less fabric waste.

Prerequisites: Beginning/intermediate sewing

Start Date: Feb 25, 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

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Mar 3, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Have you always wanted to learn how to knit? This is the place for you, in a weekend workshop you will learn the basics of knitting, casting on, the knit and pearl stitch, decreasing, and casting off. Your finished project will be a ribbed stocking cap style hat that can be decorated several ways.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Mar 3, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

In this 2 day workshop, we will use our own photos/images that will be printed/ transferred onto fabric. We’ll start with mark making exercises to create our personal language of embellishments to apply to the photos. We’ll use fabric scraps and threads to embellish our photo imagery.

Day 1: Conceptualization, laying out ideas, exploration of mark making. Slide show of inspirational work and techniques. Start assembling collage pieces on fabric image, machine and hand stitching.

Day 2: Continue adding details to project. Review framing ideas for finishing pieces.

Prerequisites: Beginning/intermediate sewing

Start Date: Mar 5, 2018 Days: Mon Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Mon)

This 2D mixed media drawing/Illustration class delves into the realm of myth, fantasy and personal symbolism.  We will look at the art of symbolism from cultures around the globe, and transfer those ideas into a personal narrative of illustration and visual storytelling.  Through a variety of media applications, including ink, pastels, and watercolor, you will create full color drawings and illustrations conveying the mystery of the symbol.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Mar 7, 2018 Days: Wed Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Wed)

Transform a flat two-dimensional sheet of copper into a closed three-dimensional form in this ancient and dynamic process of raising metal.  Using metal hammers and stakes, you will learn the process of Western and Eastern concentric raising.  Design possibilities, surface treatments and patinas will be explored.  Geared for both beginners and more experienced students, Greg’s class will take a personal approach to closely monitor your technique development and efficiency.  Prerequisite: some hand strength is necessary.  Beginning and experienced students welcome.

Prerequisites: None

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Start Date: Mar 10, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

This weekend intensive is designed for those that want to get into film photography but don’t have the time to commit to a 5-week class. In two days, you will 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 2 day workshop with a few selects of darkroom prints, the introduction to shooting and processing 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: Mar 10, 2018 Days: Sat Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm (Sat)

This courses will focus on handbuilding processes for creating figurative faces, bust, and heads in ceramic sculpture. We will cover ways to approach surface development that is rich with textures to create visual narratives. You will learn construction techniques using modified slabs, coils, practice press molding, and altering techniques in clay. You will learn and use a wide range of surface approaches including un-fired and fired treatment. These include oxides wash, underglazes, cold paint, resign, and encaustic wax. We will work with studio stoneware clay and multiple fired to cone 04. You will leave with a full finish figurative sculpture. All skill levels welcome.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Mar 10, 2018 Days: Sat Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm (Sat)

Bring your Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop skills into the physical world. Learn to cut or engrave your graphics onto a variety of materials such as wood, leather, acrylic and paper- all using the laser cutter.

Students will learn how to build laser-ready les within their preferred design environment. (CAD users also welcome!) This workshop will cover machine basics, le set-up, good/
bad materials, plus the rewards and challenges of using this tool. Every student will have multiple opportunities to operate the machine and will leave with personalized samples.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with Illustrator, Photoshop, or CAD softwares 

Start Date: Mar 10, 2018 Days: Sat Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm (Sat)

Join us for an introduction to Botanical Drawing. You will spend six weeks learning and practicing basic drawing principles in graphite, with a particular focus on how they apply to drawing botanical subjects, realistically.

Week 1 – Exploring graphite, and the importance of value. (i.e. using lights and darks)

Week 2 – Using graphite to represent texture

Week 3, 4, 5 – A combination of a) Breaking plant subjects into simple geometric forms; b) learning the importance of and practicing working with the idea of a single light source; understanding linear perspective and aerial perspective.

Week 6 – The importance of direct observation, as opposed to working from photographs.

Prerequisites: None

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

Learn large format photography with Ray Bidegain.  In this workshop, you will be introduced to large format photography.  You will spend the first day learning about working a large format camera and working in the studio with a model to make large format portraits. The second day, we will be working outdoors making photographs around campus of the landscape and structures, then in the darkroom processing film from the workshop. You should bring your own large format equipment to use if you have it, if you do not have your own equipment some will be available for students to use during the workshop. 

The Studio day:

Types and styles of view cameras, basic operation and accessories.

Loading film holders

Metering

Camera movements for portrait photography

Portrait composition

Camera movements for portrait photography

Working with art models

Posing, gesture, and intention

Basic B&W film processing demonstration

 

The Landscape day:

Metering outdoors

Camera movements for landscape and nature photography

Landscape composition ideas

Ideas on being intentional with your landscape photography

Back to the darkroom for film processing.

 

Prerequisites: None

 

Start Date: Mar 12, 2018 Days: Mon Time: 6:45pm - 9:45pm (Mon)

For beginners and returning students, this course in open life drawing will draw from the human form with both male and female models. Instruction, media exploration, and drawing prompts in in every class for those seeking instruction. For the seasoned artist, it is an opportunity to draw from a live model in the beautiful OCAC studios. This class will focus on classical poses, drapery, rendering form, proportion, shading and composition.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Mar 14, 2018 Days: Wed Time: 6:40pm - 9:40pm (Wed)

This 10-session class is designed to help students develop a better understanding for the fundamentals of color, composition, value, paint application and atmospheric perspective pertaining to landscape painting. Weekly demonstrations will cover editing and simplification for impact, creating believable natural lighting effects and ways to create more dynamic compositions. Starting with compositional thumbnails students will work up to completing several paintings. Along with demos, plenty of individual instruction and critique will be provided.

Open to all levels. A basic understanding of the materials used in oil, acrylic is recommended.

Start Date: Mar 17, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

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!

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Mar 17, 2018 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. Students will learn care and maintenance of their vats.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Mar 17, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

This weekend intensive is a crash course that consolidates Darkroom 2 into a two day session. This is a hands on class that dives into the world of silver gelatin printing, building a body of work and printing cohesively in a series. Students will employ split filter and advance dodging and burning techniques to go beyond formal print making to produce beautiful prints. Students will work with fiber paper and learn to print a cohesive body of work toward building a portfolio. Katharine T. Jacobs is a skilled silver gelatin printer who’s knowledge of the subject and unique teaching style will have you hooked on the process.

Prerequisites: Darkroom I or equivalent is helpful but not necessary