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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 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 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: Jun 2, 2018 Days: Sat Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat)

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. The class will consist of a variety of prompts and writing & drawing exercises. These 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 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 4, 2018 Days: Mon Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Mon)

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

Prerequisites: None

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 5, 2018 Days: Tue Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Tue)

Have you ever been throwing a bowl, mug, or a plate and wondered, “what’s next?” It’s time for your next step in the ceramics studio! Join us to improve your skills by learning to make sets of those projects, while integrating slab, altering, and coil techniques. Seek discipline and find your liberty with this classic medium.

Prerequisite: Functional Pottery 1 or the equivalent

Start Date: Jun 7, 2018 Days: Thu Time: 3:00pm - 6:00pm (Thu)

Learn to make useful everyday pottery on the wheel in this Thursday evening workshop on the OCAC Ceramics Studio. Bowls, Mugs, plates and serving dishes will be the theme of this wheel focused workshop. New glazing techniques will add a colorful finishing touch to your new clay pieces to keep or give as gifts for the upcoming holidays.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Jun 9, 2018 Days: Sat Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm (Sat)

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: Jun 11, 2018 Days: Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun)

Join artist and OCAC Drawing & Painting Department Head, Michelle Ross in this painting intensive with dedicated studio space in the OCAC Painting and Drawing studios, overlooking the coast range. Enhance your painting practice by surveying material and conceptual approaches in contemporary painting culture. Students are asked to bring in current work and encouraged to leverage feedback from the group to start new projects. The first five days will include: presentations of contemporary painting, material demonstrations and visiting artists. Group meetings in the morning will be followed in the afternoon with studio work time and individual consultation with the instructor and visiting artists. Daily prompts or conceptual challenges will be given to expand your creative lexicon. The studios will be dedicated to this course for seven days and students may work before and after the class hours during OCAC open studio hours. Saturday will be an independent work day for students without the instructor and the class will conclude on Sunday with a final critique, community potluck and planning for an exhibition in the hallway of the Drawing and Painting Department at OCAC.

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There is no single technique focus with this course. All approaches are welcome. By sharing aspects of your current studio practice, you will be guided to consider questions and feedback from participants. Through constructive critique methods you will find the opportunity to see your work objectively and how it is operating for viewers. You may choose to re-consider your surfaces and supports, experiment with abstract systems and structures, employ digital strategies, or explore the recent resurgence of figurative and symbolic painting. This is an experience designed to invigorate and push your practice into new territory while fostering community dialogue and networking for painters.

 

                                                                                                                                                                         Prerequisite: Intermediate and advanced painting experience, or adventurous beginners.Willingness to participate in giving and receiving constructive feedback in a critique group setting.

 

Start Date: Jun 11, 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 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

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Start Date: Jun 11, 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 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

           

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Start Date: Jun 11, 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 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.

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Start Date: Jun 11, 2018 Days: Mon Time: 7:00pm - 9:30pm (Mon)

This class is designed to provide students with an introduction to core principals
of digital photography and an overview of the technical and creative processes in
creating a narrative story through image making. Through in-class
demonstrations and individual assignments we’ll explore camera functions, pre-
visualization, creative story telling, compositional principles, lighting
considerations, and digital image editing techniques. The course will include a
weekly presentation of core concepts, in-class work with the camera, and editing
in a digital darkroom setting, with group critique of student assignments.

Prerequisite: None

Start Date: Jun 11, 2018 Days: Mon Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Mon)

Learn the fundamentals of working wood with your hands.  In this course we will discuss the basic hand tool kit, how to maintain and sharpen your tools and of course how to use them. We will focus primarily on the use of hand planes, sawing, and chisel work.

Through a series of three small projects students will start to gain the muscle memory and practice essential for hand tools. Students will make a joiner’s mallet and try square that can be used to construct the final project - a three-legged milking stool.

Students will experience the romance and reward that comes from making something purely by hand.  

Prerequisite: No wood working experience necessary.  All materials will be provided.  Students should expect to work outside of class time as necessary.

Start Date: Jun 11, 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.

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

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Start Date: Jun 11, 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 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

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Start Date: Jun 11, 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.

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

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Start Date: Jun 11, 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 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.

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Start Date: Jun 12, 2018 Days: Tue Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Tue)

In this course students will make numerous items to use in the kitchen.  We will use the lathe to learn how to turn using both spindle and faceplate techniques.  We will work on a wide range of projects to take home: honey dippers, rolling pins, plates, bowls, etc.  We will start with the basics of turning, tool selection, sharpening, methods of chucking, sanding and finishing. We will use kiln-dried domestic woods and food safe finishes – all materials are provided.  This will be a fun and fast-paced primer in turning!

Prerequisite: Open to all skill levels.  Work outside of class time may be necessary.

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Start Date: Jun 13, 2018 Days: Wed Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Wed)

SketchUp is a user-friendly 3D modeling program that can be used to aid in design and prototyping and has a wide range of applications from woodworking, engineering, architecture, interiors, to production design and 3D printing.

In this course we will focus on the “maker” and SketchUp’s ability to ease in the design process – whether the final output will be digital or even handmade.  Through a series of iterative tutorials students will learn to navigate SketchUp and how to create models, model organization; create plan sets, and learn strategies for simple renderings using plugins or Photoshop.

Start Date: Jun 14, 2018 Days: Thu Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Thu)

This course focuses on the fundamentals of working with copper, brass, and sterling silver as an introduction to jewelry fabrication. Techniques covered include sawing, filing, surface finishing, soldering, cold connections and scoring and bending.  Class projects will include an introduction to piercing with the jewelers saw, a silver ring, a hollow ring and a cabochon stone setting.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Jun 14, 2018 Days: Thu Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Thu)

This workshop will be an intuitive and practical exploration of how to work with patterns and molds beyond the repetition of forms. 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 functional objects. We will work with studio stoneware and porcelain clay.  Students will end with multiples full finish functional objects made from slabs technic forms.  All skill levels welcome.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Jun 14, 2018 Days: Thu Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Thu)

This is an introductory course that will teach students basic 2d and 3d CAD(Computer Aided Design) software (Rhino). Students will learn how to take their designs and manufacture them on the laser cutter, and vinyl plotter to make hydraulic-press forms, plans for 3-dimensional metal forms and creative resists for patinas and etching.

Prerequisites: None