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Start Date: Dec 10, 2017 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. 

Start Date: Jan 11, 2018 Days: Thu Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Thu)

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.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Jan 12, 2018 Days: Fri Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm (Fri)

This class combines the traditional skills of the calligrapher and takes those skills in a different direction with modern experimental lettering techniques. Each class will start with deliberate practice of calligraphy basics and developing hand skills by using pen and ink on paper. The last half of class will focus expanding creativity by using various experimental lettering techniques and materials.

Prerequisites: Good hand skills recommended. Beginning and continuing students welcome.

Start Date: Jan 14, 2018 Days: Sun Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Sun)

In this course, you will build the iconic Red Blue Chair designed by Gerrit Rietveld, an architect and designer of the early 20th century and prominent member of the Dutch De Stijl movement. This course will introduce you to fundamental woodworking practices: wood properties, milling, basic joinery, and the safe use of woodworking equipment.  Through demonstration, discussion, and effort, you will investigate and learn woodworking techniques that focus on skill development and safe use of tools.  The culmination of this will be a surprisingly comfortable lounge chair – the Red Blue Chair. This class is formulated for both the beginner and advanced beginner in mind. You will purchase materials after the course begins. 

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Jan 14, 2018 Days: Sun Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm (Sun)

This relief printing course is for both beginners and experienced creatives looking to change up their image making routine with assignment based relief printing projects. Students will learn beginning techniques for linoleum and woodblock carving, printing, and registration. Learning how to print blocks on a flatbed press and by hand, students will have the opportunity to work with OCAC’s fine art printing equipment and be able to continue working with the techniques at home via hand printing. In this five week course you will have the opportunity to respond to assignment based conceptual prompts that are intended to help you expand your visual resources. This class is ideal for people looking to work with and translate drawings into a reproducible medium.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Jan 16, 2018 Days: Tue Time: 6:45pm - 9:45pm (Tue)

Have you ever wanted to learn how to throw pottery on the wheel? Here’s your chance to learn from a local professional potter at Portland’s original craft college. You will learn to throw the Mug, Plate, Bowl, and covered Jar. Basic glaze application will be discussed along with along with the concepts of theme, aesthetic, and utility. Know the gratification that comes with building and using your own handmade dishes.

Prerequisites: None

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Start Date: Jan 17, 2018 Days: Wed Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Wed)

Designed for students with some experience in natural dyeing, this course builds upon the basics of mordanting and dyeing with plant and natural dye materials.  Offered in two continuous sessions, each class will focus on expanding the basics, combining techniques, and experimenting with modifying and layering colors.  Some surface design, discharge and resist options will add to the variety of pattern and color.  This term we will focus on local, sustainable, low environmental impact dye processes.

Prerequisites: Some experience in natural dyeing is helpful.

 

Start Date: Jan 20, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 10:30am - 4:30pm (Sat) 12:00pm - 4:00pm (Sun)

The amount of clothing thrown away grows higher each year due to the poor quality of seams and stitches in the mass production of apparel.  Trends change faster than one can adjust their wardrobe, and our money is being wasted.  This class is for the eco-friendly, repair what your wear, DIY savvy person in all of us.  Through this weekend class, we will learn how to repair and recycle our clothing through industrial techniques on our own home sewing machines.  Various topics of repair will be covered, including how to take in our favorite pants and tops.  We will also look at the ways of refashion and put our wardrobe through a transformation to create piece we REALLY want to wear.

Prerequisites: Basic sewing machine knowledge appreciated but not necessary

Start Date: Jan 20, 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: Jan 21, 2018 Days: Sun Time: 3:00pm - 7:00pm (Sun)

This intaglio printing course will focus on the aquatint process! This class is designed for both beginners and experiences intaglio printers. The aquatint process is one of the most exciting techniques in intaglio printing. Students will work with ferric etching baths to create aquatinted gradient imagery. Students will also learn how to work with spit bite, soap ground, sugar lift, and plate marbling in conjunction with aquatint process. Google search these techniques to see how beautiful they can be! From these techniques, student will create unique prints.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Jan 22, 2018 Days: Mon Time: 6:45pm - 9:45pm (Mon)

This alternative firings class will consist of the making and firing of Raku pieces. Forming techniques will include throwing, slab, coil, and hollow extrusion. Terra sigillata and burnishing will be covered, as well as exploring horse hair, feathers, and other organic combustibles. Raku work is mainly decorative and nonfunctional. Raku Vessels, for example, may not hold standing water and become brittle due to the nature of the firing process. Come enjoy the making and beauty of raku.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Jan 22, 2018 Days: Mon Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Mon)

Go Big or Go Home is a class designed for silver gelatin printers who want to go that extra mile and make large scale prints from a variety of negatives. Split filter printing as well as dodging and burning techniques will be introduced to help produce beautiful silver gelatin prints no smaller than 16x20.

Prerequisites: Some silver gelatin printing

Start Date: Jan 23, 2018 Days: Tue Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Tue)

A guided course to create a posable art doll or a puppet for your first stop motion animation. Each week in class, we will tackle a new step on a puppet of your own design, from wire armatures and sculpted heads to miniature costuming. This class is welcome to beginners and veterans alike - your puppet can be as simple or as complex as you choose. You will receive an introduction to a vast array of materials and classic construction concepts, and we will discuss the many avenues of puppetry, figurative sculpture, 3D illustration, doll making, miniatures and more!

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Jan 24, 2018 Days: Wed Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Wed)

Temari are embroidered spheres traditionally made in Japan and given as gifts to mark special occasions, or for professional accomplishments. Their intricate patterns are meant to show a particular wish for health, happiness, or prosperity. In this eight session course you will learn how to wrap a core, how to mark the core without math using relational geometry, and how to complete several types of patterns from very basic to intermediate. The history and meaning of traditional color pairings and symbols will be explored as well as the cultural context of these charming items.

Prerequisites: No prerequisite but some knowledge of embroidery or working with yarn, thread or string will be helpful.

Start Date: Jan 24, 2018 Days: Wed Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Wed)

Learn to build a beautiful, small wall hung cabinet that can be personalized to hold spices, tea, medicine or as a display cabinet.  This course will introduce students to basic carcass building techniques, cabinet doors and an introduction to building drawers.  Students will be provided with an instructor made design.

Prerequisite: This is an advanced course recommended for advanced beginners to intermediate students.  Students should have completed, at minimum, a foundational wood course in the recent past and know how to properly mill lumber.  Prospective students will be expected to have a familiarity with safe machine tool use.  Students will purchase lumber and hardware following the first class.

 

Start Date: Jan 24, 2018 Days: Wed Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Wed)

Red clay and white slip offer endless possibilities for creating unique and interesting ceramic forms, both functional and sculptural.  In this class we will delve into the world of earthenware, using pinch, coil and slab techniques, as well as bisque molds and paper templates. Wheel throwers can also join in the fun, and experiment with altering and combining wheel thrown forms with handbuilt components, all in the rich beauty of terra cotta clay. A variety of surface treatments, including slips and underglazes, terra sigillata, stains, stencils, sgraffito and mishima techniques will be demonstrated.  Come and join the #redclaylove revolution. All skill levels welcome.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Jan 26, 2018 Days: Fri Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Fri)

Welcome to the world of crystalline glazes. This advanced class introduces crystals to potters who want to expand their glazing techniques. You will be able to throw pots with an emphasis on form rather than function. Learn how crystals grow in the molten glaze during a special firing with a very long cooling process. Because crystals are very fluid, each pot has a special base attached and cut off after the firing. This is an unpredictable technique with the artist teaming with Nature for beautiful results.

Prerequisites: Advanced throwing skills on the potters wheel. Understanding of traditional glaze techniques.

Start Date: Jan 27, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 11:30am - 3:30pm (Sat) 12:00pm - 3:00pm (Sun)

Become acquainted with one of our oldest fiber techniques today that is making a bold comeback: crochet.  Through this weekend class, participants will gain an understanding of pattern reading, crocheting the most used stitches, color changes, and the finishing steps to creating their own handmade headband and scarf.  One-on-one instruction will be provided by the instructor, along with video tutorials of stitches that can also be accessed post workshop.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Jan 27, 2018 Days: Sat Time: 2:00pm - 5:00pm (Sat)

This course will focus on the historical, cultural, and functional applications of Chinese tea wares and the appreciation of various teas that are implemented in Gongfu Cha (Literally translates to “making tea with skill”). This course is a longer and more in-depth version of the three-weekend-long tea workshop offered in Fall 2017. The course will begin with a slideshow on a brief survey of Chinese tea history and tea culture, and many of the numerous tea ware types used to prepare, infuse, and enjoy loose/whole leaf teas. You will learn to make a gaiwan (tea infusing vessel consisting of a lid, bowl, and saucer), a chahu (teapot), cha bei (teacup), cha hai (fairness cup), and a small cha pan (tea boat). The course will conclude with a tea tasting that will focus on a selection of delicious Chinese, Taiwanese, and Japanese teas consisting of white, green, oolong, and puerh.

Prerequisites: Beginning to intermediate pottery wheel-throwing skills are required for this course.

Start Date: Jan 28, 2018 Days: Sun Time: 4:00pm - 7:00pm (Sun)

Create many pairs of stunning earrings in this workshop-style class. Each week we’ll learn how to use various studio equipment and hand tools to make new styles of earrings! We’ll learn how to cut and drill sterling silver, copper, brass and bronze metal to make a variety of shapes, and some simple forming and patina techniques. We’ll also go over bezel-setting stones, and making your own earwires for a signature look. This beginner class will give you the skills to continue creating earrings for yourself and your loved ones for every occasion!

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Jan 29, 2018 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.

Maker Space students have access to the studios when there are no classes in session. Equipment availability is dependent on academic student needs.

Prerequisites: Students must have taken at least two ceramics classes from OCAC and have a positive reference from a Studio School Instructor. Students must be at an intermediate/advanced skill level and be self-sufficient. Students are selected based on skill level, safety, responsibility, positive community member and project ideas. Registration is contingent upon approval and space availability.

Registration is contingent upon approval.         

To register for Maker Space, please contact cmalone@ocac.edu. There is no online registration.

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Start Date: Jan 29, 2018 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.

Maker Space students have access to the studios when there are no classes in session. Equipment availability is dependent on academic student needs.

Prerequisites: Maker Space students are required to have prior experience, be self-sufficient and know how to use studio equipment safely and responsibly. Students must be at an intermediate/advanced skill level and be self-sufficient. Students are selected based on skill level, safety, responsibility, positive community member and project ideas. Registration is contingent upon approval and space availability.

To register for Maker Space, please contact cmalone@ocac.edu. There is no online registration.

 

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Start Date: Jan 29, 2018 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.

Maker Space students have access to the studios when there are no classes in session. Equipment availability is dependent on academic student needs.

Prerequisites: All Maker Space students are required to have prior experience, be self-sufficient and demonstrate safe and responsible use of equipment. Students must be at an intermediate/advanced skill level. Students are selected based on skill level, safety, responsibility, positive community member and project ideas. Registration is contingent upon approval and space availability.

To register for Maker Space, please contact cmalone@ocac.edu. There is no online registration.

 

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Start Date: Jan 29, 2018

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.  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.

Maker Space students have access to the studios when there are no classes in session. Equipment availability is dependent on academic student needs.

Prerequisites: Maker Space students are required to have prior experience, be self-sufficient and know how to use studio equipment safely and responsibly. Students must be at an intermediate/advanced skill level and be self-sufficient. Students are selected based on skill level, safety, responsibility, positive community member and project ideas. Registration is contingent upon approval and space availability.

To register for Maker Space, please contact cmalone@ocac.edu. There is no online registration.

Contact office for registration. More information
Start Date: Jan 29, 2018 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.

Maker Space students have access to the studios when there are no classes in session. Equipment availability is dependent on academic student needs.

Prerequisites: All Maker Space students are required to have prior experience, be self-sufficient and demonstrate safe and responsible use of equipment. Students must be at an intermediate/advanced skill level. Students are selected based on skill level, safety, responsibility, positive community member and project ideas. Registration is contingent upon approval and space availability.

To register for Maker Space, please contact cmalone@ocac.edu. There is no online registration.

Contact office for registration. More information