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Start Date: Sep 16, 2017 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

This two-day workshop gives beginning casters a fast way to make handmade rings, pendants and earrings. Cuttlefish bone is a soft, carvable substance with a distinct wood-grain texture. It has been used as a mold material for casting since the middle ages, and jewelers still make unique, one of a kind pieces using this direct-casting method. Students will explore carving or making impressions in the cuttlebone, then cast with molten bronze or silver. We will then use metalsmithing skills such as sawing, filing and soldering to finish the pieces and go home with fabulous new jewelry to wear and share!

Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Metalsmithing preferred but not required.

Start Date: Sep 16, 2017 Days: Sat Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm (Sat)

Indigo blue has held a significant place in many world civilizations for thousands of years.  This class will explore indigo with multiple techniques and projects that highlight this dye’s natural beauty.  We will make natural indigo vats that are reliable, easy to produce, remain viable for the long term and use environmentally friendly ingredients.  Each class will build skill with the dye by exploring the surface design techniques of a different region of indigo history, such as Japanese country textiles, West African cloth traditions, Indian block printing, and European woad. You will learn care and maintenance of your vats for home use and finish up with a thorough investigation into the mystery that is indigo blue. This series is on Saturdays:  9/16, 10/21, 11/18, 12/9


Prerequisites: None


Start Date: Sep 18, 2017 Days: Mon Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Mon)

In this beginner level course, you’ll learn the wheel as a source of production and expression. Explore 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: Sep 19, 2017 Days: Tue Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Tue)

Continue your studio practice and enhance your range of techniques in this level II class on functional pottery and holiday themed projects. Projects will include: gravy boats and dip chillers, large bowls and haunting luminaries, pie plates and casseroles. Embrace the holidays while showcasing your pottery making skills.

Prerequisite: Functional Pottery I or basic wheel throwing (able to center and throw a cylinder)

Start Date: Sep 20, 2017 Days: Wed Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Wed)

In this course, it’s all about surface. From preparation to final finishing, you will be taken through all the steps to achieve unique patterns, textures and colors on a variety of metals. Work alongside an experienced patina artist to achieve vibrant surfaces and learn the tricks and techniques to get a flawless finish. Topics will cover slip rolling, hammer texturing, chemical processes, cold patinas, torch fired hot patinas, etching, and basic surface coatings.

Prerequisites: Soldering/ torch experience

Start Date: Sep 20, 2017 Days: Wed Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Wed)

Welcome the return of autumn with an exploration of natural color from plants on both fabrics and papers.  This term’s focus will be on the decorative art of printing with natural dye sources.  We’ll use traditional block printing methods, multi-color registration of pattern, screen-printing, mono-printing, direct application with brush, and some new shibori methods. Multiple mordant, dye, and pigment applications are included in the investigations.  While this course builds upon previous experience, adventurous beginners are always welcome!

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Sep 20, 2017 Days: Wed Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Wed)

Let your computer cut out complex shapes for you! Focus each week on a different capability of a digital cutting system: cutting out shapes and letters, perforating folds, making vinyl signs, stencils for fabric projects, tracing shapes to cut, repeating patterns, adding sketch pens and more. Project-based learning will have you completing a different small project for each class session.

Note: Class instruction uses the Cameo USA digital cutting system (either the Silhouette or Portrait model). Because of the difference in other brands, digital cutting systems such as Cricut or Sizzix will not be acceptable for use in this class. Students either bring in their own Cameo Silhouette or Portrait digital cutting system and laptop, or they may purchase a new Cameo Portrait digital cutting system at the class. Students must also bring in a personal laptop for the class. Computer access at OCAC will not be provided. 

Prerequisites: None



Start Date: Sep 21, 2017 Days: Thu Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Thu)

Designed for the first time film shooter or for those who need a refresher in the darkroom. Learn how to process film, make black and white prints in the traditional darkroom and valuable darkroom techniques, including dodging and burning, contrast filters, and tray chemistry. Recommended for beginners. Tuition includes access to the OCAC darkroom during Open Studio hours throughout the month of the class.

Prerequisites: You must have an SLR film camera with shutter speed and aperture controls. 

Start Date: Sep 23, 2017 Days: Sat Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat)

Learn to use and design for vinyl plotters and laser cutters - versatile tools for a wide range of artistic and design purposes from small stickers to large wall and text installations. Cover the basics of designing in Adobe Illustrator for both the vinyl plotter and laser cutter.  Walk through the entire process of simple designing, fabricating and finishing work while considering the capabilities and limitations of the vinyl plotter. By the end of the workshop, have hands-on experience with the entire process of designing for and utilizing a vinyl plotter, as well as a variety of finished projects.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Sep 24, 2017 Days: Sun Time: 4:00pm - 7:00pm (Sun)

Lost wax casting is a rewarding, traditional metalsmithing practice. Learn how to sculpt and manipulate jeweler’s wax to create small wearable objects, such as rings or pendants, out of bronze or sterling silver. Learn how to make rubber molds to create multiples from original cast creations, and experiment with casting organic objects.

Prerequisites: Fundamentals I or II preferred but not required (basic soldering, piercing and finishing skills preferred)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Start Date: Sep 25, 2017 Days: Mon Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm (Mon)

Sketchbook Confidential is an exploratory class focusing on the sketchbook. We will try out new ideas, give ourselves permission to play, to explore and give ideas immediate life on the pages of are sketch books. We will investigate using a wide variety of tools such as Japanese brush pens, micron pens, gel pens, collage, inks, paint, white-out, spray paint, xerox mash-up, and packing tape transfer, all while drawing from real life, photo references and still lifes. This class will delve deep into themed sketchbooks.  Journaling, travel, and using the sketchbook as a personal record of memories are some examples of the variety of themes we will be exploring. 

Prerequisites: None


Start Date: Sep 25, 2017 Days: Mon Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Mon)

How do F-stops, shutter speeds, depth of field, ISO, exposure, panning, and composition sound to you? Add to the aforementioned venerable terms those of pixels, file size, histogram, RAW, jpeg, color balance, memory cards, Photoshop, and inkjet printers and the notion of digital photography seems daunting indeed. Introduction to Digital Photography will demystify all these ideas and more. From basic camera controls to post-processing and printing, the class, utilizing lecture, slide presentations, hands on instruction and assignments, will establish a firm foundation for beginning digital photographers.

Prerequisite: None

Start Date: Sep 25, 2017 Days: Mon Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Mon)

Beginner to Intermediate metalsmiths create a wide variety of rings-- enough to adorn every finger and every toe! Make a new style of ring each class, everything from elegant band rings, to bezel-set stone rings to stacking rings and many more. Become familiar with piercing with a jeweler’s saw, silver soldering, hammering and stamping to add texture, and other metal-forming techniques. 

No Class Oct 23


Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Sep 26, 2017 Days: Tue Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Tue)

Focus 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 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 26, 2017 Days: Tue Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm (Tue)

The history of creating shawls through the processes of needlecraft dates back as early as 80-90AD.  Made by hand through processes of knitting and/or crochet, these distinctive garments were fashioned in hopes of providing positive energy, prosperity, and good health to the recipient.  In this class, you will be introduced to the history of the shawl and receive guidancein the creation of your very own shawl.  You will be welcome to work from a pattern, or write your own pattern to best construct a shawl that provides the well wishes to the receiver of the piece.

Prerequisites: A knowledge of basic crochet is strongly suggested, but not required.


Start Date: Sep 26, 2017 Days: Tue Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Tue)

Learn to operate the laser cutter to engrave (etch) and cut through a variety of materials such as acrylic plastic, wood, leather, and paper.  A very diverse skill, laser cutting can be combined with traditional art media such as fibers, book arts, photo, jewelry, printmaking, woodworking, and more. Spend the first three weeks learning machine safety and operation, along with basic CAD design lessons.  Create a personal project in the studio. Class discussion will consider the possibilities and limitations afforded by using the laser cutter as an artistic tools, while also offering hands-on experience in experimenting and utilizing the laser cutter in order to create artwork.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Sep 28, 2017 Days: Thu Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Thu)

Engage in productive creative strategies useful in exploring complex ideas in ceramics. Starting with a wide range of construction techniques including pinching, coiling, slab work and modeling, open up more possibilities in the world of handbuilt ceramics. Use handbuilding techniques to explore the vessel both as functional container and aesthetic object. Create sculptures and use a range of surface approaches with unfired and fired treatments (such as oxides wash, underglazes cold paint, resin and flocking) to explore different ways of layers and to make engaging, depth-filled surfaces. Gain a deeper understanding of the clay itself as through creative problem solving and develop a personal creative language of integrated techniques that will accomplish your artistic goals.

Prerequisites: None

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

“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 a Japanese-inspired bag in the shape of a bird or other small animal.  We’ll enjoy a cup of tea, a treat or two, and the company of like-minded souls.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Oct 2, 2017 Days: Mon Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Mon)

Multiple styles of carving will enhance any wood project, including relief carving, carving in the round, through/pattern carving, and chip carving. Leave with a completed example of all five methods and a good foundation for embellishing any future project.

Prerequisites:  None

Start Date: Oct 2, 2017 Days: Mon Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm (Mon)

Gain an overview of the major artists and movements of internet art beginning in the early 1990s to the present. The rise of new technologies such as the public internet and later smart phones, social media, and apps gave birth to entirely new forms of creative possibilities for artists. Each week encounter a different decade of internet art history, specifically looking at how the capabilities of technology began to shape the aesthetics, capabilities and overarching concepts of internet-based art. Consider how new technologies opened up a whole host of possibilities for art experiences and exhibits beyond traditional spaces. Whether you’re an artist, art lover, or history buff, take an accessible and interactive look into new forms of art.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Oct 3, 2017 Days: Tue Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Tue)

Explore alternative process printing with photographer, Ray Bidegain.  Spend four sessions exploring three popular alternative photography processes. Begin with a session in the digital lab learning how to make enlarged digital negatives for contact printing. Learn to make digital negatives from digital files generated with the 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.  Leave the class with a basic understanding of these great alternative processes and a variety of prints for your portfolio.

Prerequisites:  None

Start Date: Oct 3, 2017 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, students will gain a keener appreciation for capturing gesture, make their 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.

Start Date: Oct 4, 2017 Days: Wed Time: 6:30pm - 9:00pm (Wed)

This introductory course will cover the basic fundamentals of visual storytelling for the comics medium. You 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. You will be required to keep a sketchbook to document the creative process.

No prerequisites.

Start Date: Oct 4, 2017 Days: Wed Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Wed)

Efficient veneer production allowed bent lamination and plywood to push the materiality of wood to new limits. This technique has been used in the production of furniture, boats, and skateboards. Learn the basics of making molds to create bent laminated and plywood forms in a vacuum bag to create an Aalto style stool.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with woodshop machines or Intro to Woodshop class 

Start Date: Oct 4, 2017 Days: Wed Time: 6:40pm - 9:40pm (Wed)

Make your own custom boxes and portfolios from archival materials - containers for objects, boxes like those used by libraries to stabilize and protect books, papers and small objects. Create your own decorated paper to use in the projects.  Starting with a folding panel book, make a portfolio with ties, a simple box with cover, a slipcase and a customized clamshell box and a box with a secret compartment. Beginning and continuing students welcome. Good hand skills are recommended.      

Prerequisites: None