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Start Date: May 19, 2017 Days: Fri, Sat, Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

VISTING ARTIST, Susan Lowdermilk, joins the OCAC community to teach Tunnel Books. This class will explore book structure variations based on the accordion fold. We will explore the Flag Book, Tunnel Book, Carousel Book, Swing-Panel Accordion and other structures. You are encouraged to incorporate your own images and collage materials into the projects. You will create a book cloth covered box to house the books you create in class.

No prerequisite.  Good hand skills recommended. Designed for beginning and continuing students.

 

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: 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

Start Date: May 13, 2017 Days: Sat Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

We invite you to join us in the Painting studio for a day of material and project exploration while we explore ideas around mark making using a variety of marking tools. Like charcoal, charcoal dust, wax crayon, watercolor, acrylic, glazing and building layers. Learn to incorporate Xerox transfer, surface treatments, boxes, books, jewelry, wire, wood, collage, dye, color, fabric, printmaking, etc. Join other artists, crafters, builders, programmers, engineers, hackers, painters, woodworkers, tinkerers, inventors, designers and more. Come join a new community of makers and let's get started!

No prerequisites

Start Date: May 20, 2017 Days: Sat Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Are your ready to move some metal? Join Oaks Bottom Forge for a one-day workshop and delicious feast to introduce you to the old world craft of blacksmithing. You will be introduced to the fundamentals of the trade: shaping, forming, tapering, flattening, twisting and punching. You will be the blacksmith as you learn to hammer a traditional wall hook. All metal, food (vegetarian or carnivores) + locally brewed beers are included! This workshop is the perfect introduction for those with an interest in moving metal or those who have merely dabbled in the past. This workshop is offered offsite at the Oaks Bottom Forge in Southeast Portland: http://www.oaksbottomforge.com/

 

Due to the partnership with Oaks Bottom Forge, no discounts will apply to this workshop. Please note the cost of this workshop includes materials, instruction, food and community!

 

No prerequisites

 

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: 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: May 13, 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: May 27, 2017 Days: Sat Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm

In this workshop, you will be taught how to draw the fashion figure. You will learn how illustrate the human body, clothing and how clothing drapes. The first half of the workshop will focus on the body and its shapes using resources that are easily available to them outside of the classroom, the second half will focus on learning how to draw clothing on a body. Each student will leave with the knowledge of how to illustrate clothing designs they wish to see executed some day!

 

No prerequisite

Start Date: Apr 29, 2017 Days: Sat Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm

Design and sew a personal apron: choose the size you want, the style, the length, how the straps attach, everything!  We’ll start with med-heavy weight canvas cloth.  After construction, we’ll sample a variety of indigo resist techniques before dyeing the finished apron.  Some surface design (printing or stenciling) with indigo paste will add to the individuality of each apron.

No prerequisite.

Start Date: May 13, 2017 Days: Sat Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

The sketchbook is one of the most vital tools for any artist. It serves as a journal, a place to work out visual problems, experiment techniques, and practice your skills. This course will serve as a pathway to developing one’s visual voice and good creative habits. You will be given various prompts and writing & drawing exercises. These exercises are designed to spur idea generation, strengthen drawing & observation skills, and allow experimentation. 

Prerequisite: No previous drawing experience is required - just an open mind and willingness to draw!

Start Date: Jun 7, 2017 Days: Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 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: Jul 31, 2017 Days: Mon Tue Wed Thu 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.

 

This course is not eligible for Studio School or Alumni Scholarship.

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 Tue Wed Thu 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.

This course is not eligible for Studio School or Alumni Scholarship.

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: Jul 23, 2017 Time: 4:00pm - 4:00pm

This class combines practical instruction on backcountry travel with a series of art projects and readings designed to illuminate the possibilities of making art in, and in response to, remote natural landscapes. The structure of the course is immersive: students will travel together for the duration, embarking on a sequence of backpacking and camping trips separated by brief resupply stops. Through a suite of individual and collaborative projects in various media, students will explore and actualize the potential for relocating their studio practice, working 'on site' and far from civilization. Readings, discussions, and visiting scholars will invite students to consider the rich natural and human histories of the region and weigh various perspectives on an artist's role as it relates to wilderness and wildness. This is not a course in survivalism, but will impart the basic skills of preparation and self-sufficiency for safe and ethical wilderness living using the tenets of 'leave-no-trace.' Students will complete a significant self-directed project, combining course content with research from the 'frontcountry.' The class will culminate in a 36-hour 'solo,' a period of stillness and solitude for self-reflection. Prerequisite: Basic drawing and design foundations. This course is offered through a partnership with Signal Fire, and students must enroll through OCAC as well as be admitted through a separate, free application via signalfirearts.org.

Start Date: Jul 14, 2017 Days: Fri Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Students will make a simple step stool while learning to hand cut through dovetails.  Dovetails are a time tested, gorgeous and mechanically strong method of joinery. Students will be provided with pre-milled lumber in a kit fashion so we can concentrate on the joinery. Multiple practice pieces will be executed to build confidence and skill before tackling the stool itself. This is a great skill building workshop, cutting dovetails by hand is a challenge that is well worth the time and effort. We will apply finish to our stools should time allow. While no previous woodworking experience is necessary, it is certainly helpful. We will be using predominantly hand tools, including saws and chisels.

Prerequisite: Open to beginners, recommended for those with previous woodworking experience.

 

Workshop hours are Friday, 6:30pm-9:30pm, Saturday/Sunday 9:00am-4:00pm

 

Start Date: Aug 2, 2017 Days: Wed Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

The history of self-portraiture by photographers is rich and extends well beyond the ubiquitous phone selfie.  Through a series of lectures students learn how artists like Francesca Woodman, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Cindy Sherman, have used the self-portrait in their work. The instructors will continue the discussion using examples and stories from personal experiences of using self-portraiture as a part of their artmaking practice. Together we will explore the practical ways self-portraiture can help our own photographic skills and process. Students will be challenged through a series of homework assignments to explore the many genres of self-portraiture including comedy, disguise, vulnerability, and abstraction. Assignments will be reviewed by the class to help students develop better understanding of how these facets can strengthen them as photographers.  All formats and skills welcome, self-portraits will be made outside of class time and student work will be presented as either digital files or prints.

Prerequisite: None, but students will need their own cameras.

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

Paris, Rome, Istanbul, Portland.  Portland?  Yes, believe it or not, more than a few overseas visitors travel to Portland to vacation and photograph.  And why not? We have it all-a beautiful geographic location on the river, interesting architecture and events, parks, markets, fascinating neighborhoods and nightlife, not to mention the residents themselves. Using Portland as our subject, and through a combination of slide lectures, assignments, and constructive critiques. In this workshop, you will explore the techniques and equipment necessary to make truly interesting and memorable travel photographs.  As someone once said, “if you can’t make interesting photographs at home, what makes you think you can do it in Marrakesh?”

 

Workshop hours are Friday 6:00pm-9:00pm on campus, Saturday 9:00am-12:00pm on photo field trip, Sunday 9:00am-12:00pm on campus.

Start Date: Jun 20, 2017 Days: Tue Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Explore alternative process printing with Ray Bidegain. Spend four sessions working with Ray Bidegain exploring three popular Alternative processes. We will begin with a session in the digital lab learning how to make enlarged digital negatives for contact printing. Students will learn to make digital negatives from digital files generated with their camera or by scanning camera negatives. Scanning will not be covered in this session so negative scans will have to be done by students ahead of time. In the following three sessions we will learn to make cyanotype, VanDyke Brown, and Platinum palladium prints. Students will leave the class with a basic understanding of these great alternative processes and a variety of prints for their portfolios.

No prerequisites.

Start Date: Jun 21, 2017 Days: Wed Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

You’ve recently completed your first 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 eight 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.

Prerequisite: Working knowledge of a camera.

Start Date: Jun 19, 2017 Days: Mon Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

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.

No prerequisites.

Start Date: Jun 17, 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.

Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Metalsmithing II or equivalent experience. If you have questions before enrolling, please contact the instructor via email: dstoner@ocac.edu

Start Date: Jun 7, 2017 Days: Wed Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

This course focuses on complex fabrication and surface techniques that allow students to expand their technical skill and design aesthetics. Techniques covered in this follow up to Fundamentals I include an introduction to building forms with the hydraulic press and dapping blocks, traditional surface explorations with etching, patinas, and torch enameling as well as tube setting faceted stones. This course will sharpen students’ aesthetic sensibilities and ability to translate ideas into a finished piece.

No prerequisites.

Start Date: Jun 26, 2017 Days: Mon Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Make a splash with a stunning statement necklace made completely by hand! We will explore making one-of-a-kind sterling silver pendants featuring colorful cabochon stones, which hang from gorgeous handmade chains. We will use silver, copper and bronze wire to form loops and links, which then can be combined in infinite variations for fun metal chains. To pull your unique necklace together, we will also learn how to make a variety of toggle and hook clasps. You’ll come away from class with at least two completely original finished necklaces, and the skills to make many more!

Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Metalsmithing preferred but not required.