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Start Date: Jan 11, 2019 Days: Fridays Time: 1PM-4PM

Our focus will be on classic pen and brush calligraphy styles, with experiments a variety of non-traditional tools. Our historical scripts will be Rustics, Romans and Square Caps, we will be working from historical references and scans. We will make several small books as part of class.
Please contact me directly in early January to let me know if you will be taking the class: zornado@gmail.com.

Start Date: Jan 16, 2019 Days: Wednesdays Time: 6:00PM-9:00PM

"The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life."

Steve Jobs 
 
Begin again and welcome the returning spring with the creative exploration of natural plant dyes.  This year’s focus continues with color on cotton and other plant fibers.  We’ll explore traditional and experimental methods of applying mordants, multiple process dyes, layering of colors, and a variety of print techniques. 

Note: This course is a continuing study group; while we build upon previous experience, adventurous beginners are always welcome!

Start Date: Jan 29, 2019 Days: Tuesdays Time: 5PM-8PM

Are you interested in developing the surfaces of your ceramic work through screen printing, decals and transferring imagery? This is the class for you! 

From screen printing and image transfer to paper resist, decals, sgraffito and mishima, we will cover it all over the course of this 12 week class. Chanda will demonstrate and share information on a variety of surface techniques focused on adding imagery to clay surfaces. Recommendations for clay bodies and firing temperatures, recipes for slips and glazes, handouts and videos will all be shared in class and via Google drive.

This class is open to all skill levels. Please note that forming techniques will not be covered as we are focusing on surface design. Beginning ceramics students are welcome to take the class and apply the techniques to tiles and simple forms, or take a beginning class in conjunction with Image & Clay.

 

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Start Date: Jan 31, 2019 Days: Thursdays Time: 12PM-3PM

Prerequisite: Demystifying Glaze & Clay or Instructor Permission

This class is a follow up to Demystifying Glaze & Clay. Students will continue to explore and develop custom clay, glaze, and firing choices that align with and support the body of work they are interested in developing.

The class is offered in a round table format. Every week we will gather around the table to share our latest experiments and discoveries, and analyze how and why specific effects in our glazes and clay bodies are achieved. Articles and handouts that further enhance a holistic understanding of ceramics are provided and discussed each week. We will continue to learn about clay and glaze formulation, understanding raw materials and ceramic chemistry, how colorants and opacifiers work, and explore oxidation, reduction and atmospheric firing.

Students are encouraged to make work during open studio hours, as class time is primarily devoted to discussions and demonstrations. It is important to note that this class will not teach techniques for making, but focus instead on the chemistry of clay, glaze and firing.

 

THIS CLASS IS ON WAITLIST.

To be put on the class waitlist CALL SHEET, please click on the SIGN ME UP NOW button, create an account and "register" for the class. You will be put on the waitlist and we will call you should a spot open up in the class. There is no payment required to be placed on the list.

Start Date: Feb 1, 2019

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.

Prerequisites: All Maker Space students are required to have taken workshops and classes at OCAC and have been trained specifically on OCAC's equipment. 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 StudioSchool@ocac.edu

Contact office for registration at 971.255.4205
Start Date: Feb 1, 2019

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 Metals 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.

Electroformers in the chemical room are not available to Maker Space students.

The Metals Studio has a buddy-system policy for safety, so there is never just one student working in the studio at a time. You may not work alone in the studio. Every effort will be made to help you connect to other students for arranging time and schedules for the buddy-system policy.

Maker Space students have access to the studios when there are no classes in session or when additional space is available during classes. Equipment availability is dependent on OCAC Program needs.

Prerequisites: All Maker Space students are required to have taken workshops and classes at OCAC and have been trained specifically on OCAC's equipment. 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 StudioSchool@ocac.edu. There is no online registration.

Contact office for registration at 971.255.4205
Start Date: Feb 1, 2019

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 Photography 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.

Alternative Darkrooms and Thesis darkrooms are not available for this Maker Space.

Prerequisites: All Maker Space students are required to have taken workshops and classes at OCAC and have been trained specifically on OCAC's equipment. 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 StudioSchool@ocac.edu

Contact office for registration at 971.255.4205
Start Date: Feb 1, 2019

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.

Prerequisites: all maker space students are required to have taken workshops and classes at ocac and have been trained specifically on ocac's equipment. 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 studioschool@ocac.edu

Contact office for registration at 971.255.4205
Start Date: Feb 1, 2019

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 Wood is designed for highly 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 your Maker Space request to a studio manager and department head, you will be tested on specific equipment you are requesting to use. After approval, 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. The C&C Router is not available to Maker Space Wood.

The Wood Studio has a buddy-system policy for safety, so there is never just one student working in the studio. You may not work alone in the studio. Every effort will be made to help you connect to other students for arranging time and schedules for the buddy-system policy.

Prerequisites: All Maker Space students are required to have taken workshops and classes at OCAC and have been trained specifically on OCAC's equipment. 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 StudioSchool@ocac.edu

Contact office for registration at 971.255.4205
Start Date: Feb 1, 2019

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 OCAC program needs.

Prerequisites: All Maker Space students are required to have taken workshops and classes at OCAC and have been trained specifically on OCAC's equipment. 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 StudioSchool@ocac.edu. There is no online registration.

Contact office for registration at 971.255.4205
Start Date: Feb 1, 2019

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.

Please note that fees do not cover materials. Any materials being brought in by students must have prior approval for use.

Prerequisites: All Maker Space students are required to have taken workshops and classes at OCAC and have been trained specifically on OCAC's equipment. 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 StudioSchool@ocac.edu

Contact office for registration at 971.255.4205
Start Date: Feb 7, 2019 Days: Thursdays Time: 6:45PM-9:45PM

Prerequisite: Functional Pottery II or the equivalent

This course will focus on closing the form, altering shapes, and fitting lids.  Projects will include: Nesting Bowls, Oval Baker, Oil Diffuser, Teapot, and Lamp.

 

THIS CLASS IS ON WAITLIST.

To be put on the class waitlist CALL SHEET, please click on the SIGN ME UP NOW button, create an account and "register" for the class. You will be put on the waitlist and we will call you should a spot open up in the class. There is no payment required to be placed on the list.

Start Date: Feb 8, 2019 Days: Fridays Time: 6PM-9PM

This course will focus on utilizing various methods of making unique and individual styles of ceramic cups. Students will learn to utilize wheel-throwing, slab-building, tar-paper templates, sgraffito, slip-trailing, and various glazing techniques to achieve their desired effect and artistic voice in their work. Students will explore making tumblers, tea cups, tea bowls, yunomi, mugs with various styles of handles, sculptural approaches to making cups, and more.

 

THIS CLASS IS ON WAITLIST.

To be put on the class waitlist CALL SHEET, please click on the SIGN ME UP NOW button, create an account and "register" for the class. You will be put on the waitlist and we will call you should a spot open up in the class. There is no payment required to be placed on the list.

Start Date: Feb 9, 2019 Days: Saturday Time: 9:30AM-12:30PM

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

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.

Start Date: Feb 11, 2019 Days: Mondays Time: 6:45PM-9:45PM

In this course you will learn how to make the basic functional projects, such as: the mug, the bowl, and the plate. Balancing form and function, specific volume/dimension, throwing with intention, and basic glaze application will be covered. Learning the potters wheel can be a fun relaxing and rewarding opportunity to challenge yourself in the medium of clay.

 

THIS CLASS IS ON WAITLIST.

To be put on the class waitlist CALL SHEET, please click on the SIGN ME UP NOW button, create an account and "register" for the class. You will be put on the waitlist and we will call you should a spot open up in the class. There is no payment required to be placed on the list.

Start Date: Feb 12, 2019 Days: Tuesdays Time: 6:30PM-9:30PM

As a child, the box was always better than what came in it.  This course will explore box making and provide students with the basic woodworking techniques fundamental to the craft.  Boxes are a fun project that can range from simple to complex.  In this course students will complete two or more solid wood small boxes using a variety of joinery methods and styles.  

Student will learn about wood characteristics, proper milling techniques, machine tool use and shop safety.  Students will be given several designs to explore and expand upon.

This course is ideal for both persons new to woodworking and those looking for a fun way to expand their skill sets.  Some materials will be provided, students will supplement following the first class.

 

Start Date: Feb 13, 2019 Days: Wednesdays Time: 6:45PM-9:45PM

Prerequisites: None

This course focuses on the fundamentals of working with copper, brass, and sterling silver as an introduction to jewelry fabrication. Techniques covered include sawing, drilling, filing, sanding, annealing, forming, etching, surface finishing, oxidation, soldering, riveting and bezel setting. Class projects will include a set of carved stacking rings, a piercing pendant with the jewelers saw and an independent project including a round cabochon stone setting.

Start Date: Feb 13, 2019 Days: Wednesdays Time: 6:45PM-9:45PM

Prerequisites: None. All skill levels welcome.

This workshop will be an intuitive and practical exploration of how to work with patterns and few hump molds beyond the repetition of forms using clay slabs. The emphasis will be on using paper cutouts to develop forms for press molds, and two-dimensional pattern making for constructing a three-dimensional form.

Each participant is asked come to the workshop with a clear but simple goal and be ready to take unique and dynamic objects. We will work with studio clay and glazes. Students will end with multiple objects made from slabs technic forms.

Start Date: Feb 13, 2019 Days: Wednesdays Time: 6PM-8:30PM

Prerequisites: None

Join us in the drawing studio to learn the techniques and secrets of drawing. This class is for those always wanted to learn to draw but never had the chance. We start out with the basics of drawing starting with charcoal, moving through lead pencils to pen and ink. We will explore shading, rending line, the basics of perspective and finding are own voice. All levels of skill are welcome in the encouraging environment. 

Start Date: Feb 13, 2019 Days: Wednesdays Time: 6:30PM-9:30PM

In this course students will build fundamental woodworking skills, culminating in a single project – a side table.  This course is paced for those new to the craft of woodworking and covers basic woodworking tools and machines, their use and fundamental processes and joinery.

Students will make their table from a provided design.  Through demo, lecture and most importantly by you making, students will gain the experience and confidence to complete future works.  Safe use of the tools is heavily emphasized throughout the process as we learn to operate machinery. Students will employ the foundational mortise and tenon joint in the creation of their tables.  This class is designed to empower those new to woodworking through the creation of a beautiful and functional table made by hand.

Students will purchase materials following the first class.  Minimal work outside of scheduled class time may be required.  Recommended for beginners, open to all.

 

Start Date: Feb 17, 2019 Days: Sundays Time: 4PM-7PM

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!

Start Date: Feb 23, 2019 Days: Saturdays Time: 1PM-4PM

Prerequisites: None

An introduction to understanding how to draw leaves realistically. We’ll learn about different types vein structure, and some different ways to render venation. We’ll also learn some basic techniques for drawing leaves curling in space or on a branch. 

Start Date: Feb 28, 2019 Days: Thursdays Time: 6PM-9PM

Prerequisites: None

In this class focused on still life painting, you will explore the still life in historical, political, and metaphysical phases. Beginning with charcoal drawing and moving into painting, you will slow down your seeing process in order to draw or paint what you see. We will discuss painting and drawing and look at artists who were passionate about the still life. In creating our own still life set ups, we will pay attention to how the composition affects the viewer’s experience and how narrative is developed. You will end the class with a small portfolio of a variety of paintings and drawings as well as more knowledge of the still life.
 

Start Date: Mar 16, 2019 Days: Saturday Time: 9:30AM – 4:30PM

“There’s a thread you follow. It goes among things that change. But it doesn’t change.” (Wm Stafford)

Slow stitching, the meditative art of hand sewing, is a chance to relax and enjoy the rhythmic dance of needle and thread as we construct an elegant little memento of the day using new and vintage fabrics, basic piecing methods, embroidery stitches, and simple shapes.  We’ll enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, a treat or two, and the company of like-minded souls.

Start Date: Apr 3, 2019 Days: Wednesdays Time: 6:45PM-8:45PM

Demystifying Your DSLR and an Introduction to Lightroom

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, and choosing lenses. 

The Introduction to Lightroom sessions will introduce you to the fundamental tools, techniques, and workflows for Lightroom CC.  In these sessions we will look at the tools and workflows you’ll need to know for organizing and editing your photos.  

By the end of the course you will have a broad understanding of how to use your DSLR and be able to dive in and start using Lightroom for your own photos and projects right away