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Start Date: Sep 16, 2018 Days: Sun Time: 4:00pm - 7:00pm (Sun)

Lost wax casting is a rewarding, traditional metalsmithing practice. In this class, you will learn how to sculpt and manipulate jeweler’s wax to create small wearable objects, such as rings or pendants, out of bronze and sterling silver. Once we have cast our metal objects, you will learn how to clean up their project and finish it for wear. You'll also learn how to make rubber molds to create multiple pieces from our original cast creations, and experiment with casting organic objects. Lost wax casting is great for beginners looking to start working with metal, and perfect for intermediate metalsmiths who would like to add some more techniques to their toolbox of skills! Students will receive wax, some metal and other materials to help get started.

 Prerequisites: None

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Start Date: Sep 16, 2018 Days: Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sun)

Spend the day with Ashley Jennings learning this fascinating civil war-era process. You will learn how to mix up the needed materials and receive instructions on how to gather and build the equipment to make wet plate collodion tintypes. We will spend the day pouring plates and making images in the studio and in the darkroom. By the end of the day you will have had a chance to make several plates and should have a good understanding of the process.

Prerequisite: None

Start Date: Sep 17, 2018 Days: Mon Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Mon)

In this course, you 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!

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

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Start Date: Sep 18, 2018 Days: Tue Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Tue)

The human figure is a touchstone of visual art and design in many creative disciplines. An understanding of its dynamic and structure will help anyone interested in drawing, painting, design, architecture, sculpture, animation, story-telling, etc. The approach taught is primarily concerned with the use of line to convey ideas, development of form, and a simplified design of anatomy - the basics of being able to convincingly draw a figure in space. As well as invent or abstract the figure from memory and imagination. Through a series of drawing exercises guided by artistic principles and knowledge of anatomy, you will gain a keener appreciation for capturing gesture, make your drawings more expressive, and better understand the unique and dynamic design of the human figure - a wellspring of inspiration for artists and designers throughout history.

Prerequisites: Some drawing experience preferred but open to all levels. 

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Start Date: Sep 18, 2018 Days: Tue Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Tue)

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: Sep 19, 2018 Days: Wed Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Wed)

This class is focused around integrating combinations of different painting techniques and surface treatments to create interesting and coherent image effects.  You will come prepared with photographic source material and will learn through demonstration and experimentation how to translate these images using combinations of methods that are alternative to, but do not necessarily exclude conventional paint brush rendering.  Masking, pouring medium, mono printing, modeling paste, and aerosol applications will be explored, as well as methods of surface integrations such as finishes, transparency and sanding.  After the first section of learning through simple projects, the projects near the end of the class will utilize the techniques and mediums through more self-directed projects. The goal is to expose you to and gain experience with other options in painting than brush application, so that you have a more diverse range of experience in order to create the effects you wish.

Prerequisites: None

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Start Date: Sep 20, 2018 Days: Thu Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Thu)

This workshop for beginner to advanced students will engage in productive creative strategies useful in exploring complex ideas in ceramics. We’ll start with exercises that cover a wide range of construction techniques including pinching, coiling, slab work and modeling in order to open up more possibilities in the world of hand-built ceramics.  You will use hand-building techniques to explore the vessel both as functional container and aesthetic object. As you work on sculptures and use a range of surface approaches such as oxides wash, underglazes and glazes to explore different ways of layers, you’ll create engaging, depth-filled surfaces and gain a deeper understanding of the clay itself as you establish a standard of creative problem solving and develop a personal creative language of integrated techniques that accomplish each your artistic goals.  

Prerequisite: None

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Start Date: Sep 21, 2018 Days: Fri Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Fri)

This course will focus on various techniques for making functional and sculptural forms using alternative methods of construction and glazing. You will learn to utilize precision wheel-throwing, sodium silicate, stretch-faceting, altering and combining slab-built and wheel-thrown parts, making and using tar-paper templates to construct slab-built forms, glaze-trailing, bubble-glazing, alternative spray-glazing, and basic glaze-mixing skills. You will explore making vases, bowls, casseroles, cups, bottles, and lidded vessels.

Prerequisites: Beginning to intermediate wheel-throwing and hand-building skills. No glazing experience needed, though it is recommended.

Start Date: Sep 22, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Have you ever wondered how bronze baby shoes are made? In this class, you will discover the magic of electroforming, a process that electrochemically creates a shell of copper onto objects. In this two-weekend workshop we will experiment with electroforming organic and inorganic objects. Over the course of the first weekend (Saturday only) we will learn about and begin the process of coating collected objects and objects brought from home in copper. We will spend the second half of the workshop learning about burning out, sawing and soldering our copper pieces to create jewelry and small sculpture.

Prerequisites: None

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Start Date: Sep 24, 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 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: Sep 24, 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: Sep 24, 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: Sep 24, 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 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: Sep 24, 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 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: Sep 24, 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 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: Sep 24, 2018 Days: Mon Time: 6:45pm - 9:45pm (Mon)

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.

Prerequisites: None

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Start Date: Sep 24, 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: Sep 25, 2018 Days: Tue Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Tue)

In this course you 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. You will make their table from a provided design.  Through demo, lecture and most importantly by making, you 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. You will employ the foundational mortise and tenon joint in the creation of your table.  This class is designed to empower those new to woodworking through the creation of a beautiful and functional table made by hand. You will purchase materials following the first class.  Minimal work outside of scheduled class time may be required.         

Prerequisites: Recommended for beginners, open to all.

Start Date: Sep 25, 2018 Days: Tue Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Tue)

The fall season includes an array of holiday events, parties, gatherings, and so on.

What a great time to show off some handmade pottery. Wow your guests, by serving chips and dip in a platter of your own design. Be the hero of your potluck by presenting roasted veggies in sleek looking covered casserole. Allow the Halloween candy to overflow from a seemingly bottomless hand fashioned Super-Bowl...

This course will encourage students to expand their repertoire of functional projects to include the action of pouring, the challenge of seating a lid properly, as well as altering with slab additions.

 

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Sep 26, 2018 Days: Wed Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Wed)

You are going to craft your own goddess images using media including ceramic, collage, paint, and a shareable zine. For context and inspiration, we will look at images of the divine feminine and holy women from around the world accompanied by brief readings. We will also look at contemporary artists who attempt to free the female form from the male gaze. When it comes to making your own pieces, we will create something unique with the help of intuitive making processes. This class is for letting go and trying new things!

Prerequisites: None

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Start Date: Sep 26, 2018 Days: Wed Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Wed)

A guided course to create a poseable art doll or a puppet for your first stop motion animation. In this two day workshop, 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

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Start Date: Sep 26, 2018 Days: Wed Time: 6:45pm - 9:45pm (Wed)

The surface is a wonderful place to explore inspiration from nature or personal narrative. In this course you will focus on various ways to decorate the surface of ceramic forms. Techniques will include carving, sgraffito, wax resist, mishima and water etching. You will create forms such as tiles, bowls, and vases to explore these techniques.

Prerequisite: Beginning to intermediate wheel-throwing and hand-building skills. No glazing experience needed, though it is recommended.

Start Date: Sep 27, 2018 Days: Thu Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Thu)

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.                                                                                                                                                                   

Prerequisites: none

Start Date: Sep 28, 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 handwriting skills by using pen and ink on paper. The last half of class will focus on expanding creativity by using various experimental lettering techniques and materials.

Good handwriting skills recommended. The class is appropriate for beginning and continuing students.

 
Prerequisite: None

Start Date: Sep 29, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Bamboo is a wonderfully complex art material that can be used in a variety of ways to create form. It can be split into narrow strips, bent, crosscut, woven, sewn, and drilled. It can be used to make small scale objects or architectural structures. In this class you will explore using small bamboo and glass elements in conjunction with paper to create patterns that play with light and shadow while constructing a hanging pendant lamp. You will learn how to cut, heat bend, drill, and sew bamboo together. Basic tool skills will be covered. You will also learn how to incorporate small pre-made glass elements using creative stitching techniques. Examples of various bamboo techniques will be shown and you will see through slide lecture the variety of ways bamboo can be used as an art material. You will walk away with bamboo knowledge to create more at home.

Prerequisites None

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