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Start Date: Dec 31, 1969

Students will learn the fundamentals of hand embroidery within the context of mending and healing. The steady practice of hand stitching can offer the maker a chance to slow down and study the “little worlds” that exist within our shared environment. We will discus various embroidery techniques and fibers, and place them in a historical context through slides and class discussion. Emphasis will be placed on technique and process so that students can bring these skills to their own work, yet old traditions will be built upon and offered up as current avenues for contemporary issues.

Prerequisite: Comfortable threading a needle.

Start Date: Dec 31, 1969

Learn to make a small, personal natural indigo vat without worrying about toxicity or cost of heavy chemicals.  This vat uses fruit residue in a natural chemical reduction to produce a quick, reliable, long-lasting indigo blue.  We'll explore simple resist techniques that produce textile patterns on silk and cotton fabrics, as well as threads for stitching. Students will learn care and maintenance of their vats.

No prerequisites.

Start Date: Dec 31, 1969

Color is a bold expression and design is imperative for function. During this workshop students will create a series of copper spoons incorporating various basic enameling techniques, which will complement their design development. Other skills utilized will include sawing, filing, basic forming, and cold connections. We will be looking to traditional souvenir spoons for inspiration. Students can expect to leave this class with 3-5 “spoons of specimen”.

Prerequisite: Beginning metals experience suggested but not required.

Start Date: Jan 10, 2017 Days: Tue Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Tue)

In this beginner level course, you will be introduced to the wheel as a source of production and expression. You will be shown how to derive functional pots – cup, bowl, and plate – from three basic forms: the cylinder, the cone, and the disc. Multiple glaze applications will be discussed.  The class includes plenty of Open Studio time. Studio fee includes clay, glaze and firings during the time of class. Come discover our ceramics community!

Prerequisites: None              

Start Date: May 6, 2017 Days: Sat Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat)

Spend the day with artist Ray Bidegain, learning this fascinating old process. You will learn how to mix up the needed materials and receive instructions on how to gather and build the equipment to make wet plate collodion tintypes.  We will spend the day pouring plates and making images in the studio and darkroom. By the end of the day you will have had a chance to make many plates and should have a good understanding of the process.  Techniques covered will include learning and understanding equipment and materials needed for Wet Plate Collodion, using of a 4x5 view cameras to make Tintypes and Ambrotypes, pouring plates, exposing plates, developing plates by inspection, finishing plates using sandarac varnish and safety measures needed.


No prerequisite

Start Date: May 13, 2017 Days: Sat 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. You will be given various prompts and writing & drawing exercises. These exercises are designed to spur idea generation, strengthen drawing & observation skills, and allow experimentation. 

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

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

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

No prerequisites

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

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

The Oaks Bottom Forge is at it's new location.....
we are behind the building / house, located at
2171 SE Moore Street
Milwaukie, OR 97222

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

No prerequisites


Start Date: May 20, 2017 Days: Sat Sun Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Experiment with weaving utilizing scale, shape, and structure beyond constraints of conventional looms. Woven material is created by interlocking two sets of threads called warp and weft over and under one another to create a textile. Using the basic structural components of weaving, this class will explore creation of looms from uncommon or found materials as well as architectural space. In this course, students will learn about helpful tools and ways to create woven forms from their own material and conceptual sources both individually and as a group project. 

No Prerequisites.

Start Date: Jun 3, 2017 Days: Sat Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat)

Visiting artists Barbara Setsu Pickett and her son, Michael Pickett, are back to bring their Mihara Shibori Studio to us here at OCAC! Join us to explore Colorhue silk dyeing and printing. Colorhue is a liquid, highly concentrated, non-toxic, fiber-reactive dye designed for especially for silk.  It comes in 10 hues.  It doesn’t need additional chemicals or heat.  It fixes immediately without chemical fixer, no batching, no ironing to set color.  Because it strikes so quickly, you can achieve unique color effects, like iridescence.  It needs almost no rinsing, saving water, energy and time.  Dye the 10 base colors and a tri-axial color scale that makes 21 hues from 3 primaries.  Optically mix hues by layering sheer silks.  Learn scrunch dyeing by massaging the silk goods in a small amount of dye in a sealable baggie. Achieve iridescent effects by quick successive overdyes. Experiment printing with Colorhue by adding it to shaving cream and applying it through thermofax screens or freezer-paper stencils.

Prerequisite: None

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

This course will explore lidded vessels and their function through various techniques such as wheel throwing, coiling and slab building, as well as measuring to fit non-ceramic hardware like corks, rubber stoppers and swing top lids. Projects will include covered casserole, butter dish, teapot and mini growler. Whether you are in need of storing, serving or traveling, this class will have you covered.

Prerequisite: Prior experience with clay is preferred, but not required.

Start Date: Jun 7, 2017 Days: Wed Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Wed)

Learn how to create engaging surfaces that you can apply to your functional or sculptural work. In this class, you will gain a thorough understanding of underglaze and overglaze techniques including: paper resist, mishima, sgraffito, slip trailing, stamping, screen printing, lustre, flocking and many more. By the end of the class, you will have the tools to work toward developing a unique and individual voice within your work, where you can apply the appropriate surface technique or techniques to fit your ideas.

No prerequisites.

Start Date: Jun 7, 2017 Days: Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun)

Forgetting is a precondition for symbolization, while repetition is what happens when something cannot be remembered. In this intensive five-day workshop offered by visiting artist Patricia Wheeler, you will explore a deeper level of Patricia’s philosophy and techniques for processing memory through journaling, repeating imagery and themes. Together, you will revise your feelings and desires to transform personal vision into abstract paintings using limestone clay on board with acrylic paint and cold wax. As you build, stencil and cut into the paintings, you begin to understand the layering and distressed surfaces of ancient places and how that accumulation of history and visual information can metaphorically reflect ourselves. Emphasis will be working in series. We will work on multiple paintings, one with a niche to hold a bundled object you create with gathered bits and pieces of nature, which are wrapped, stitched, glued and waxed. These bundles are something sacred, each bundle like a kernel of the whole land. You will leave the workshop with a series of works, a fresh creative perspective and a great sense of exploration.

Prerequisite: Basic design sense and a willingness to be vulnerable, facing fear holds the promise of empowerment, this class is physical and messy.


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

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

Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Metalsmithing I or equivalent experience.

Start Date: Jun 8, 2017 Days: Thu Fri Sat Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm (Thu, Fri, Sat)

Every country in the world has a unique aesthetic of mending.  The term “boro” serves to describe profusely stitched and mended Japanese textiles that receive an extended life with an abundance of functional but beautiful handwork. In this class, we will piece, patch, appliqué, and stitch a small-to-medium size cloth suitable for a table mat, personal tool bag or, with additional work, incorporation into a larger cloth for a garment, sculpture, or quilted work. Ample materials are provided.  Optionally, students may bring a cloth to mend: denim jeans or jacket, moth-eaten wool, thread bare cotton.  A variety of stitch work will be sampled, including traditional sashiko stitching.

No prerequisites.

Start Date: Jun 9, 2017 Days: Fri Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Fri)

This course will focus on how to mix, test, and then adjust glaze recipes within the temperature ranges of cone 6 (2232˚F) to cone 10 (2345˚F) to achieve one's desired aesthetic. The course will begin with a slideshow that consists of a survey of glaze types that can be achieved through testing/kiln-firing. Students will learn basic glaze mixing skills, including how to achieve surfaces such as glossy, satin, satin-matte, matte, lava, and more in their work. Assignments will also focus on how to use colorants and various oxides to alter colors and surface textures.

Prerequisite: Basic glaze-mixing/testing experience is recommended, but not required. Also, be aware that class time will be utilized for discussions, glaze-mixing, and testing. Time to make work will mostly occur during lab/open studio hours outside of class (though this can be adjusted according to the individual student's needs and goals).

Start Date: Jun 10, 2017 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

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.


This workshop is Sat/Sun June 10/11 & Sat/Sun June 17/18, 9am- 4pm



Start Date: Jun 11, 2017 Days: Sun Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Sun)

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.

No prerequisites.

Start Date: Jun 12, 2017 Days: Mon Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Mon)

This course touches on both contemporary and traditional joinery methods while building an attractive, small wall hung cabinet. With this project, beginner level students will learn fundamental wood working practices - such as milling lumber and machine tool use, while more experienced students will pick up new tips and tricks for refining their process and learn basic carcass construction. This cabinet can be used as a display cabinet, or be customized to house small tools, spices, etc.  Students will be provided with a design to build along side the instructor.

Students will purchase materials following the first class. Recommended for Beginners+

No prerequisites.

Start Date: Jun 12, 2017 Days: Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)

Paint eye-catching portraits with a big brush! You’ll learn and apply the following concepts: Seeing the forest before the trees- how to effectively block-in a painting, the big brush approach, and strategies for greater brushwork confidence and capturing the spirit of the pose. Work from observation and learn to accurately observe value and color relationship to mix equivalent analogies with oil paint. Learn from and discuss past and contemporary masterworks to inform your work and artistic vision. This workshop will focus on the eight keys vital to portrait painting and a working process to progressively finish a portrait study in three hours.

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

Start Date: Jun 13, 2017 Days: Tue Wed Thu Fri Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)

Inspire your creativity with an amazing workshop taught by Marilyn Zornado and Judilee Fitzhugh. Get inspired with a relaxed multimedia approach to indigo and shibori dyeing: we’ll explore the possibilities over four days of short projects. Learn to make and maintain a small, sustainable indigo vat, refine dye resist techniques, and construct a variety of books and boxes. Each day will feature a new project to introduce a different aspect of shibori technique: practice your patterning and surface design on flat furoshiki wrapping cloths and paper for a hand-bound book. Experiment on alternative materials-- leather for a binding, or tyvek for a cover? Create boxes with a bold statement exterior or a surprise lining-- or both! You will leave the class with finished projects, a head full of ideas, and a strong desire to dye the world blue. This class is taught by both Marilyn Zornado and Judilee Fitzhugh-

No prerequisites.