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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.

Start Date: Jun 14, 2017 Days: Wed Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Wed)

Simple, shop made jigs can be some of the most useful. A well made jig can improve accuracy, safety and repeatability, while others are used for specific joinery. This course will look at some common jigs for the shop, including auxiliary sleds and fences for the table saw, pattern making and jigs for the router table as well as hand tool accessories. Students will learn how to build accurate sleds and other accessories for their home shop or use the examples as a reference for future jig making. Students will be able to make some jigs during the course; others will need to be completed in their home shop to fit their specific equipment. This course is focused on those who have previous woodworking experience or have taken wood courses at OCAC before. Introductory topics will not be covered. Students will purchase materials as needed following the first class.

Prerequisite: Previous OCAC wood course preferred, or previous/recent fine woodworking experience (other wood courses, hope shop, etc).

Start Date: Jun 15, 2017 Days: Thu Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Thu)

This class will give you the opportunity to make pottery for the kitchen and everyday use. Learn to make bowls, plates, mugs and other pots that will last for years to come. Combine art with function using the potter’s wheel to create treasures to keep or to give as gifts.

No prerequisites.

Start Date: Jun 16, 2017 Days: Fri Sat Sun Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Fri) 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Learn the basic skills for creating turned lidded forms and boxes on the lathe. In this three-day intensive, students will explore the various chucking methods and turning techniques required while building upon their previous turning knowledge. Through demonstration and individual guidance students will create one or more vessels, depending on time. Students will work to a maximum of 6” in all dimensions. Open to students who have previous turning experience or have completed a turning course. Turning blanks will be provided; students are encouraged to bring dry, domestic lumber to supplement. No exotics please.

Prerequisite: Open to intermediate / advanced turners. Must have taken a previous turning course.


Workshop hours are Friday 6:30pm-9:30pm, Saturday/Sunday 9:00am-4:00pm

Start Date: Jun 17, 2017 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Explore the excitement of painting with thread on your sewing machine! In this workshop we will learn to use various layers of sewing thread to add depth to your sewing projects. Whether you are an avid quilter, a seamstress, and artist, or simply want to discover the wonderful options free-motion machine embroidery can offer you, this workshop is for you. We will investigate color blending, and experiment with different weights of thread and ground fabric.

Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of a sewing machine.

Start Date: Jun 17, 2017 Days: Sat Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm (Sat)

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: Jun 17, 2017 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

In this two-day workshop adventure we will learn about many different mediums to use in the sketchbook along with demos on the mediums. How to overcome artist's block and find what flows for you. We will discuss individual interests in travel and what that word means to each of us. Ideas on how to keep yourself motivated to continue filling the pages and how it turns into YOUR story will also be covered.

No prerequisites.

Start Date: Jun 17, 2017 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.

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

Start Date: Jun 19, 2017 Days: Mon Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Mon)

Explore the world of darkroom photography. Working hands on with Katharine T. Jacobs who’s years of darkroom experience will leave you inspired to learn traditional photographic techniques. Leave this 6 week course with a series of darkroom prints, the ability to shoot and process 35mm film and basic darkroom skills to continue in your own practice and apply to your current photography techniques.

Use your SLR camera
Process 35mm film
Make a series of prints in a traditional darkroom
Create a series 5-10 final prints

Employ darkroom techniques such as dodging, burning and split printing to manipulate images for your desired results.

No prerequisites.

Start Date: Jun 20, 2017 Days: Tue Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Tue)

Explore alternative process printing with Ray Bidegain. Spend four sessions working with Ray Bidegain exploring three popular Alternative processes. We will begin with a session in the digital lab learning how to make enlarged digital negatives for contact printing. Students will learn to make digital negatives from digital files generated with their camera or by scanning camera negatives. Scanning will not be covered in this session so negative scans will have to be done by students ahead of time. In the following three sessions we will learn to make cyanotype, VanDyke Brown, and Platinum palladium prints. Students will leave the class with a basic understanding of these great alternative processes and a variety of prints for their portfolios.

No prerequisites.

Start Date: Jun 21, 2017 Days: Wed Time: 6:30pm - 9:00pm (Wed)

This introductory course will cover the basic fundamentals of visual storytelling for the comics medium. Students will learn how to use a variety of tools to combine concept, drawing, design, and basic storytelling. Emphasis will be placed on developing clarity, readability, and cohesiveness; all of which are critical strategies for making comics. The final project for the class will be a short 2-4 page story and everyone's story will be collected into a self-published anthology. Students will be required to keep a sketchbook to document the creative process.

No prerequisites.

Start Date: Jun 21, 2017 Days: Wed Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Wed)

You’ve recently completed your first photography class, or perhaps it has been a few years. You’re pleased with your pictures but sense they could be better.  But how?  If only you knew which questions to ask.  In this class you’ll spend eight weeks exploring how to improve your pictures under the patient guidance of Frank Lavelle, a photo-educator and fine-art photographer with over thirty years experience.  You’ll learn to take advantage of light and color, adding emotional, symbolic, and intuitive elements to your photographs.  Weekly assignments will be complimented by critiques and slide presentations illustrating technical and aesthetic issues, including often misunderstood issues like composition and exposure.  Along the way you’ll expand your repertoire.

Prerequisite: Working knowledge of a camera.

Start Date: Jun 23, 2017 Days: Fri Sat Sun Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Learn how to prepare and use a floor loom and create free formed wall hangings or textile works. Experimentation in materiality and hand manipulation will expand upon the framework provided by structured tools at hand. Day one will focus on learning how to select materials and prepare a multiple harness floor loom. Days two and three will be centered on playing with techniques to create self-guided projects by way of experimental technique. Selection of media from traditional yarn and beyond are encouraged.

No prerequisites.

Start Date: Jun 24, 2017 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Fabric manipulation and surface embellishment have been used as bold forms of artistic expression in fashion design cross-culturally throughout history. In this course students will be encouraged to produce variations in texture and form through experimenting with the manipulation of fabric. Experimental application of techniques such as pleating, cording, ruching, smocking, and stuffed applique will provide a basis for an investigation of shape, texture and form. Each student will create yardage of fabric using these techniques and then design and sew a unique garment allowing them to explore how these embellishments function on the body.

Prerequisite: Basic sewing skills required.

Start Date: Jun 25, 2017 Days: Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sun)

Create impactful large-scale prints in this class focused on the beauty of wood type. Learn how to use a Vandercook proof press to create a collaborative poster with OCAC’s wood type collection. We’ll explore the history of wood type manufacturing and provide a hands-on demonstration of wood type cutting with a pantograph router. Leave the class with a deeper appreciation for the tradition of wood type and a souvenir of its beauty.

No prerequisites.

Start Date: Jun 26, 2017 Days: Mon Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Mon)

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!

Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Metalsmithing preferred but not required.

Start Date: Jun 26, 2017 Days: Mon Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Mon)

The graphic design studio class is a place for students to expand their foundational knowledge of good design principles and learn how to construct their own personalized graphic images using analog and digital methods. The emphasis of this course will be on understanding the use of Adobe Illustrator as a critical tool in preparing vector artwork for print and web applications. Students will be taught how to develop their designs using traditional sketching methods on paper, but will ultimately resolve all of their work in digital form; adding depth and clarity to their personalized design concepts. Throughout the course students will engage in an ongoing critical dialogue with their peers and instructor so as to encourage growth develop clear visual communication.

No prerequisites.

Start Date: Jun 30, 2017 Days: Fri Sat Sun Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Fri) 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Learn to carve your own spoons! In this three-day workshop, you’ll learn how to shape, carve, hollow, refine and finish a spoon, from start to finish. The focus of this workshop will be hand carving a spoon from a kiln-dried piece of lumber. Safety is emphasized throughout the process, we will also discuss wood selection and food safe finishes. In addition to your spoon(s), students will take away the knowledge and skills to continue making spoons at home, including a carving knife and gouge! No experience necessary.

No prerequisites.


Workshop hours are Friday 6:30pm-9:30pm, Saturday/Sunday 9:00am-4:00pm


Start Date: Jul 8, 2017 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

OCAC welcomes artists Nancy Morris-Judd and Emily Fitzgerald this summer for a dynamic and responsive workshop, CREATIVE ACTIVISM. 

Today more than ever we are called upon to step forward and stand-up for what we believe in. Creativity has always played a central role in social change movements and this class will be an opportunity to explore creative messaging and delivery.  We will begin the class by looking at examples of creative responses to social issues through the years; next students will be led in crafting their own political haikus and imagery that we will transfer to upcycled patches, pins, shirts, and signs. Students will also be encouraged to develop either an individual or group project, which could be anything from art interventions, to movement and/or vocal based “performance art” for rallies and marches; or whatever else participants dream up! No matter what your social and political beliefs are, you are welcome in this class-- the focus will be on building connection and creative response.

Start Date: Jul 8, 2017 Days: Sat Sun Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm (Sat, Sun)

In this weekend workshop, students will explore combining text and images to produce a two-color broadside. Broadsides are one-sheet prints intended to be displayed as public works of art with a message. Broadsides have a long tradition in printing, and have historically played a fundamental role in educating the public and instigating social, literary, and political revolutions. Today, many printmakers use the broadside to display works of poetry, or as a powerful form of self-expression. In this workshop we will combine self-generated or found text with printed images created to enhance and express the content. Varied techniques for image creation will be demonstrated on the press, including pressure printing, linoleum block printing, and the use of alternative type high materials. Short passages of hand-set type will be composed and printed by students in combination with images to create cohesive finished pieces. Students will leave the class with an edition of 25 two-color broadsides displaying their own unique message. 

No prerequisites.

Start Date: Jul 10, 2017 Days: Mon Time: 7:30pm - 8:30pm (Mon)

This class will examine the relationship between art and activism in New York City during the 1980s.   We will trace the extent to which the AIDS crisis and AIDS activism permeated the art and cultural production of this time period.

No prerequisites.

Start Date: Jul 12, 2017 Days: Wed Thu Fri Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm (Wed, Thu, Fri)

Gather up all those fabric technique samples and put them to good use!  A variety of project ideas will be presented outside the traditional quilted block: some practical and some inspirational, some traditional and some avant-garde, some useful and some purely ornamental.  We’ll explore small pieced projects, appliqué and embellishment, 2D and 3D options, hand and machine sewing.  Ample supplemental materials will be provided for each project.

No prerequisites.

Start Date: Jul 14, 2017 Days: Fri Sat Sun Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Fri) 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Students will make a simple step stool while learning to hand cut through dovetails.  Dovetails are a time tested, gorgeous and mechanically strong method of joinery. Students will be provided with pre-milled lumber in a kit fashion so we can concentrate on the joinery. Multiple practice pieces will be executed to build confidence and skill before tackling the stool itself. This is a great skill building workshop, cutting dovetails by hand is a challenge that is well worth the time and effort. We will apply finish to our stools should time allow. While no previous woodworking experience is necessary, it is certainly helpful. We will be using predominantly hand tools, including saws and chisels.

Prerequisite: Open to beginners, recommended for those with previous woodworking experience.


Workshop hours are Friday, 6:30pm-9:30pm, Saturday/Sunday 9:00am-4:00pm


Start Date: Jul 14, 2017 Days: Fri Sat Sun Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Fri) 9:00am - 12:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Paris, Rome, Istanbul, Portland.  Portland?  Yes, believe it or not, more than a few overseas visitors travel to Portland to vacation and photograph.  And why not? We have it all-a beautiful geographic location on the river, interesting architecture and events, parks, markets, fascinating neighborhoods and nightlife, not to mention the residents themselves. Using Portland as our subject, and through a combination of slide lectures, assignments, and constructive critiques. In this workshop, you will explore the techniques and equipment necessary to make truly interesting and memorable travel photographs.  As someone once said, “if you can’t make interesting photographs at home, what makes you think you can do it in Marrakesh?”

Workshop hours are Friday 6:00pm-9:00pm on campus, Saturday 9:00am-12:00pm on photo field trip, Sunday 9:00am-12:00pm on campus.

Start Date: Jul 15, 2017 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Geometry is intrinsic in all aspects of design, including fashion. In this course, we will explore shape and volume in fashion design by draping geometric figures on the form and translating these shapes into simple patterns. What happens when a large triangle, circle or rectangle drapes on the form? How do shapes function with the body? As with origami, geometric shapes are particularly useful in creating volume and form in garments. Students will pleat, tuck and fold large fabric shapes on the body and learn how different textiles hold bold shapes. Each student will design and sew one unique garment using these techniques.

Prerequisite: Basic sewing skills.