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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 5, 2017 Days: Thu Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Thu)

Learn to turn beautiful wooden vessels on the lathe.  This course is geared toward the beginning turner with little or no experience.  Turners with some experience will also benefit. You will explore various turning techniques, beginning with some simple spindle turning exercises and culminate in turning bowls and vessels.  You should expect to have multiple bowls/vessels by the end of the course.   Through demonstration and individual guidance, you will create multiple pieces to take home and use.

This class is good for both the beginner and those with some experience looking to hone their craft.  We will work up to a maximum of 10” in diameter.  While all materials will be provided for this course, you can feel free to supplement with your favorite piece of domestic lumber.

Prerequisites:  None                                     

Start Date: Oct 5, 2017 Days: Thu Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm (Thu)

Indulge your inner child and design the costume of your dreams in Costume Construction!  During this class, we will be fabricating our costumes, start to finish.  You will learn how to take your drawn designs and bring them to life through the processes of sewing.  This class will cover the basics of machine sewing, but also cover the basics of hand sewing for decorative stitching and embellishments.  Be the life of the party this Halloween when your costume is 100% handmade!

Prerequisites:  Basic sewing knowledge encouraged, but not required.

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

Learn to make useful everyday pottery - bowls, mugs, plates and serving dishes - on the wheel in this Friday evening 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: Oct 6, 2017 Days: Fri Time: 1:00pm - 4:30pm (Fri)

Combine the traditional lettering arts of the calligrapher with modern experimental lettering techniques. Starting with calligraphy basics, develop hand skills and knowledge of traditional pen made letterforms and materials to transform into experimental lettering technique. Good hand skills recommended. Beginning and continuing students are welcome.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Oct 7, 2017 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm (Sat, Sun)

There’s a history of thriftiness in many cultures.  In Japan, mottainai is a term conveying a sense of regret concerning waste.  The British proclaim, “Make do or do without.”  The American phrase is “Waste not, want not,” to imply if you use a commodity or resource carefully and without extravagance, you will never be in need.  This class is an exercise in creative re-use.  By restructuring thrift store men’s shirts (or family excess?) we will construct new garments that are inexpensive, modern, and fully original without proclaiming their origins. “Thrift is poetic because it is creative; waste is unpoetic because it is waste.” (G.K. Chesterton, What's Wrong with the World)

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Oct 7, 2017 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Mark making is a primal urge dating back to the beginning of time. Marks and simple pictures are humanity’s first universal language. Explore mark making with charcoal, walnut ink wash, white-out correction pens, xerox transfer and alternative art-making, such as making art from personal archives as a way to tell a personal narrative. Paint with charcoal and acrylics while investigating making gestural, structured, and loose marks. Create finished artworks!


Start Date: Oct 7, 2017 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Use plywood as a modern material to introduce the use of standard shop tools. Gain an understanding of wood veneer as a material and the techniques to use plywood properly and learn various construction methods for simple nesting boxes and applying finish. Expand on creating a custom box for a small personal item.

Prerequisites:  None

Start Date: Oct 8, 2017 Days: Sun Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Sun)

This course will cover a variety of woodworking techniques and machinery as you craft a side chair.  We will cover all the basics such as milling, the intricacies of chair design, joinery and shaping using templates.  While this chair design is simple in form, it is not simplistic in construction, allowing you to push you craft & making skills.

Prerequisites: Recommended for “Advanced Beginners”.  Students will purchase lumber following the first class.  Students are encouraged to make up to two chairs.

Start Date: Oct 14, 2017 Days: Sat Sun Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm (Sat, Sun)

For people who have zero experience, enter a hands-on environment of the basics of using the Arduino microprocessor. Cover the basics layout of the Arduino UNO, how to use a button, LEDs, RGB, LEDs, Photocell Sensor (light sensor), and how to control a DC motor! No coding or electronics experience needed.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Oct 18, 2017 Days: Wed Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm (Wed)

Get started with Adobe Creative Suites. Learn Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator, the backbone of any digital creative output. Consider the strengths or weaknesses of each program, and when and how to use them. Create three basic projects in each program that will get you started understanding the ins and outs of creating using Adobe. Whether you want to use Adobe for planning and sketching work, or as the work itself, you’ll be guided through the basics of learning these powerful digital tools!

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Oct 21, 2017 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Engage the world of welding, focusing on the skills necessary for artists to explore and create.  Cover material types, basic welding theory and safety, metal preparation, grinding/cutting, basic MIG welding and TIG welding ferrous metals. Learn with a hands-on approach alongside a welder with over 15 years experience.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Oct 21, 2017 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Color and pattern are beautiful! Explore the allure of old steel tins and how honing fundamental skills can strengthen any design. With emphasis in tab settings and linkage methods, create thoughtful forms of jewelry. Expect to create several small pieces and/or a statement piece throughout this concentrated class and leave with a refined knowledge of basic skills in small metals.

Prerequisites:  Beginning metals experience suggested but not required.

Start Date: Oct 21, 2017 Days: Sat Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat)

Spend the day with photographer, Ray Bidegain, learning this fascinating historical process.  Learn how to mix the needed materials and receive instructions on how to gather and build the equipment to make wet plate collodion tintypes.  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 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.

Prerequisites:  None


Start Date: Oct 21, 2017 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm (Sat, Sun)

Marilyn Zornado will introduce you to the principles of animation as you explore the technical aspects of getting from paper prints to video. Learn the basic principles to the printing press for future projects. Create animated GIFs of the work that you make in class to use on websites or post on social media. No previous experience necessary.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Oct 22, 2017 Days: Sun Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm (Sun)

Our family workshops are designed to bring families together in the art making process. These workshops give families a chance to spend time with loved ones in a fun and creative environment. All materials are provided. Adults must be accompanied by children, and children must be accompanied by adults! Please register yourself as well as your child for this workshop. Family Workshops are ideally suited to children in grades K-5.

*More Details to Come.

Start Date: Oct 26, 2017 Days: Thu Time: 6:30pm - 9:00pm (Thu)

Follow-up to Darkroom I, Darkroom II is designed for students who want to refine and expand their darkroom skills. Explore advanced darkroom techniques including fiber base printing, push and pull printing, flashing and mooning, and split filtration. Create a conceptual series of fine art fiber-base prints. Tuition includes access to the OCAC darkroom during Open Studio hours throughout the month of the class.

Prerequisites: Darkroom I or instructor consent. You must have an SLR film camera with shutter speed and aperture controls. 

Start Date: Oct 28, 2017 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Monoline lettering is a great way to learn new styles of lettering and explore the principles of lettering, layout, and design, without complicated tools. Learn several styles of monoline lettering that use B-nibs including the Art Nouveau lettering of Rennie Mackintosh and the architectural lettering of Frank Lloyd Wright among others.  Explore different ways of working with letters that can be applied to other calligraphic styles and tools. Appropriate for all levels of experience and ideal for those who are new to lettering arts.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Oct 28, 2017 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

This course will focus on the historical, cultural, and functional applications of Chinese tea wares and the appreciation of various teas that are implemented in Gongfu Cha (Literally translates to “making tea with skill”). The course will begin with a slideshow on a brief survey of Chinese tea history and tea culture, and many of the numerous tea ware types used to prepare, infuse, and enjoy loose/whole leaf teas. Students will learn to make a gaiwan (tea infusing vessel consisting of a lid, bowl, and saucer), a chahu (teapot), cha bei (teacup), cha hai (fairness cup), and a small cha pan (tea boat). The course will conclude with a slideshow and tea tasting that will focus on a selection of delicious Chinese, Taiwanese, and Japanese teas consisting of white, green, oolong, and puerh. Students will use the wares that they made in class for the concluding tea tasting.

The dates of this 5 session course are: 10/28 ,10/29, 11/4, 11/5, 11/11

Prerequisties: Beginning to intermediate pottery wheel-throwing skills are required for this course.

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

Explore your digital cutting tool and software through fun exercises to build confidence drawing digitally and cutting out shapes. Then the pop-ups begin! We’ll cover multiple ways to make paper elements pop out and unfold as a card opens up. We’ll even explore the sketch pen attachments to embellish and write messages on the cards.

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: Nov 3, 2017 Days: Fri Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm (Fri)

What better way to spend a school in-service day than making art with friends at OCAC? These exciting daylong workshops engage kids in unique art activities. We offer young artists an exciting day of innovative and creative workshops that engage kids in unique projects, inspiring the imagination and fostering the future artist. Games, free choice time and snacks round out a great day of making on campus in our studios. Tell a friend! Students must bring 2 snacks and a sack lunch. Before and After Care is available.

*More details to come.

Start Date: Nov 3, 2017 Days: Fri Sat Sun Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Fri) 9:30am - 4:30pm (Sat, Sun)

Paint eye-catching portraits with a big brush. Learn and apply the following concepts:

• “See the forest for 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 relationships to mix equivalent analogies with oil paint.

• Learn from and discuss past and contemporary masterworks to inform your work and artistic vision.

Focus on the eight keys vital to portrait painting and a working process to progressively finish a portrait study in three hours.

Prerequisites: Some drawing experience preferred but open to all levels                   


Start Date: Nov 3, 2017 Days: Fri Sat Sun Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Fri) 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Elevate imagery from one side of a block of wood using hand tools called gouges. Gain the skills to upgrade your projects and surprise yourself with capability. This style of carving creates timeless pieces of unique art. Projects will equip you with knowledge in properly utilizing tools and wood while safely creating unique imagery that can accompany many wood projects to come. All materials will be provided!                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Prerequisites:  None

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

Explore the most famous blue in the world using a different aspect of design: printing on cloth and paper! Sample indigo dye, indigo print paste, and indigo ink in this one-day comprehensive workshop. Designs may be printed using traditional and non-traditional methods, including block printing, screen printing, stenciling and direct application. 

Prerequisites: None


Start Date: Nov 4, 2017 Days: Sat Time: 9:00pm - 4:00pm (Sat)

Laser cutters offer an endless range of possibilities for artistic and creative use. This one-day workshop will cover the entire process of using a laser cutter from creating a design to a finished product. Beginning with how to create successful designs for the laser cutter using Adobe Illustrator, we’ll walk through each step of fabrication using the laser cutter. 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