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

You’ve completed your first digital photography class, or perhaps it has been a few years. You are pleased with your pictures but sense they could be better.  But how?  If only you knew which questions to ask.  You’ll spend six 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. Learn to take advantage of light and color and adding emotional, symbolic, and intuitive elements to your photographs.  Weekly assignments are complemented by critiques and slide presentations illustrating technical and aesthetic issues, including often misunderstood issues like composition and exposure.  Expand your repertoire with the introduction of low-light photography/night and flash                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Prerequisite: Digital Photography 1 or the equivalent experience

Start Date: Nov 8, 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: Nov 10, 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.


Start Date: Nov 11, 2017 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Who doesn’t love embroidered patches? When I was a kid, I had a nylon jacket covered in patches. It was a personal statement of who I was and where I’d been. In this workshop, experiment with and combine several different techniques. Use painting, drawing and printing techniques with paper and fabric. Start with some mark making exercises using watercolor, pencil and paper collage, then translate and layer those ideas with hand and/or machine stitch. Painting on fabric and transfer/printed images and layer those images with stitches.  Express yourself through color, texture and layers. We’ll use your own images as a base to create your own patches that tell your personal story.

Prerequisites: Some sewing/ drawing/ painting experience preferred.                       

Start Date: Nov 11, 2017 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Explore bundling as a way to collect, protect, and preserve the personal. Use your own history, used items, and personal ephemera, such as letters, used clothing, and saved items to create bundled sculptures that speak to the hidden, the mystical, and the preservation of a life lived. Wrapping items with string, yarn, and fabrics, and utilizing paper, paint and limestone clay, create and transform personal history to rare and magical artworks. 

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Dec 2, 2017 Days: Sat Sun Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Explore printing techniques as stand alone processes or combine them for a layered process.  Experiment with silkscreen material techniques using drawn and cut stencils, design projects using photos, drawings, or digital files. Prepare images for use with photo sensitive emulsion in the OCAC computer lab before exposing screens on a light table. By the end of the course, printed garments, papers, and more will allow for endless making possibilities.  Course includes muslin fabric, one cotton tote bag, and one screen to take home. Bring any natural fabric garments or items to use.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Dec 5, 2017 Days: Tue Wed Thu Time: 6:45pm - 8:45pm (Tue, Wed, Thu)

The journal is a vessel that holds our ideas, dreams, and plans. Learn the step-by-step process of making your own hardbound journal!  From paper preparation, stitching, to designing the hardcover of your journals, explore the techniques and proper use of tools in class and through video tutorials for viewing at later dates.  While Moleskin journals are trending, nothing is a better keeper for your best ideas than a journal made by hand.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Dec 10, 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! Family Workshops are ideally suited to children in grades K-5.

*Adults must also register themselves for this family workshop. 

Start Date: Jan 11, 2018 Days: Thu Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Thu)

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.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Jan 12, 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 hand skills by using pen and ink on paper. The last half of class will focus expanding creativity by using various experimental lettering techniques and materials.

Prerequisites: Good hand skills recommended. Beginning and continuing students welcome.

Start Date: Jan 14, 2018 Days: Sun Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Sun)

In this course, you will build the iconic Red Blue Chair designed by Gerrit Rietveld, an architect and designer of the early 20th century and prominent member of the Dutch De Stijl movement. This course will introduce you to fundamental woodworking practices: wood properties, milling, basic joinery, and the safe use of woodworking equipment.  Through demonstration, discussion, and effort, you will investigate and learn woodworking techniques that focus on skill development and safe use of tools.  The culmination of this will be a surprisingly comfortable lounge chair – the Red Blue Chair. This class is formulated for both the beginner and advanced beginner in mind. You will purchase materials after the course begins. 

Prerequisites: None

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Start Date: Jan 14, 2018 Days: Sun Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm (Sun)

This relief printing course is for both beginners and experienced creatives looking to change up their image making routine with assignment based relief printing projects. Students will learn beginning techniques for linoleum and woodblock carving, printing, and registration. Learning how to print blocks on a flatbed press and by hand, students will have the opportunity to work with OCAC’s fine art printing equipment and be able to continue working with the techniques at home via hand printing. In this five week course you will have the opportunity to respond to assignment based conceptual prompts that are intended to help you expand your visual resources. This class is ideal for people looking to work with and translate drawings into a reproducible medium.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Jan 16, 2018 Days: Tue Time: 6:45pm - 9:45pm (Tue)

Have you ever wanted to learn how to throw pottery on the wheel? Here’s your chance to learn from a local professional potter at Portland’s original craft college. You will learn to throw the Mug, Plate, Bowl, and covered Jar. Basic glaze application will be discussed along with along with the concepts of theme, aesthetic, and utility. Know the gratification that comes with building and using your own handmade dishes.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Jan 17, 2018 Days: Wed Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Wed)

Designed for students with some experience in natural dyeing, this course builds upon the basics of mordanting and dyeing with plant and natural dye materials.  Offered in two continuous sessions, each class will focus on expanding the basics, combining techniques, and experimenting with modifying and layering colors.  Some surface design, discharge and resist options will add to the variety of pattern and color.  This term we will focus on local, sustainable, low environmental impact dye processes.

Prerequisites: Some experience in natural dyeing is helpful.


Start Date: Jan 20, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 10:30am - 4:30pm (Sat) 12:00pm - 4:00pm (Sun)

The amount of clothing thrown away grows higher each year due to the poor quality of seams and stitches in the mass production of apparel.  Trends change faster than one can adjust their wardrobe, and our money is being wasted.  This class is for the eco-friendly, repair what your wear, DIY savvy person in all of us.  Through this weekend class, we will learn how to repair and recycle our clothing through industrial techniques on our own home sewing machines.  Various topics of repair will be covered, including how to take in our favorite pants and tops.  We will also look at the ways of refashion and put our wardrobe through a transformation to create piece we REALLY want to wear.

Prerequisites: Basic sewing machine knowledge appreciated but not necessary

Start Date: Jan 21, 2018 Days: Sun Time: 3:00pm - 7:00pm (Sun)

This intaglio printing course will focus on the aquatint process! This class is designed for both beginners and experiences intaglio printers. The aquatint process is one of the most exciting techniques in intaglio printing. Students will work with ferric etching baths to create aquatinted gradient imagery. Students will also learn how to work with spit bite, soap ground, sugar lift, and plate marbling in conjunction with aquatint process. Google search these techniques to see how beautiful they can be! From these techniques, student will create unique prints.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Jan 22, 2018 Days: Mon Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Mon)

Go Big or Go Home is a class designed for silver gelatin printers who want to go that extra mile and make large scale prints from a variety of negatives. Split filter printing as well as dodging and burning techniques will be introduced to help produce beautiful silver gelatin prints no smaller than 16x20.

Prerequisites: Some silver gelatin printing

Start Date: Jan 22, 2018 Days: Mon Time: 6:45pm - 9:45pm (Mon)

This alternative firings class will consist of the making and firing of Raku pieces. Forming techniques will include throwing, slab, coil, and hollow extrusion. Terra sigillata and burnishing will be covered, as well as exploring horse hair, feathers, and other organic combustibles. Raku work is mainly decorative and nonfunctional. Raku Vessels, for example, may not hold standing water and become brittle due to the nature of the firing process. Come enjoy the making and beauty of raku.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Jan 23, 2018 Days: Tue Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Tue)

A guided course to create a posable art doll or a puppet for your first stop motion animation. Each week in class, 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

Start Date: Jan 24, 2018 Days: Wed Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Wed)

Learn to build a beautiful, small wall hung cabinet that can be personalized to hold spices, tea, medicine or as a display cabinet.  This course will introduce students to basic carcass building techniques, cabinet doors and an introduction to building drawers.  Students will be provided with an instructor made design.

Prerequisite: This is an advanced course recommended for advanced beginners to intermediate students.  Students should have completed, at minimum, a foundational wood course in the recent past and know how to properly mill lumber.  Prospective students will be expected to have a familiarity with safe machine tool use.  Students will purchase lumber and hardware following the first class.


Start Date: Jan 24, 2018 Days: Wed Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Wed)

Red clay and white slip offer endless possibilities for creating unique and interesting ceramic forms, both functional and sculptural.  In this class we will delve into the world of earthenware, using pinch, coil and slab techniques, as well as bisque molds and paper templates. Wheel throwers can also join in the fun, and experiment with altering and combining wheel thrown forms with handbuilt components, all in the rich beauty of terra cotta clay. A variety of surface treatments, including slips and underglazes, terra sigillata, stains, stencils, sgraffito and mishima techniques will be demonstrated.  Come and join the #redclaylove revolution. All skill levels welcome.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Jan 24, 2018 Days: Wed Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Wed)

Temari are embroidered spheres traditionally made in Japan and given as gifts to mark special occasions, or for professional accomplishments. Their intricate patterns are meant to show a particular wish for health, happiness, or prosperity. In this eight session course you will learn how to wrap a core, how to mark the core without math using relational geometry, and how to complete several types of patterns from very basic to intermediate. The history and meaning of traditional color pairings and symbols will be explored as well as the cultural context of these charming items.

Prerequisites: No prerequisite but some knowledge of embroidery or working with yarn, thread or string will be helpful.

Start Date: Jan 26, 2018 Days: Fri Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Fri)

Welcome to the world of crystalline glazes. This advanced class introduces crystals to potters who want to expand their glazing techniques. You will be able to throw pots with an emphasis on form rather than function. Learn how crystals grow in the molten glaze during a special firing with a very long cooling process. Because crystals are very fluid, each pot has a special base attached and cut off after the firing. This is an unpredictable technique with the artist teaming with Nature for beautiful results.

Prerequisites: Advanced throwing skills on the potters wheel. Understanding of traditional glaze techniques.

Start Date: Jan 27, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 11:30am - 3:30pm (Sat) 12:00pm - 3:00pm (Sun)

Become acquainted with one of our oldest fiber techniques today that is making a bold comeback: crochet.  Through this weekend class, participants will gain an understanding of pattern reading, crocheting the most used stitches, color changes, and the finishing steps to creating their own handmade headband and scarf.  One-on-one instruction will be provided by the instructor, along with video tutorials of stitches that can also be accessed post workshop.

Prerequisites: None