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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

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 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: Nov 18, 2017 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

A few basic skills can take you far. Explore the beauty of found objects and how honing fundamental skills can strengthen any design. With emphasis in tab settings of irregular objects and linkage methods, create samples and experiment with combining methods into thoughtful jewelry. Expect to create several small pieces or a set of pieces and leave with a refined knowledge of skills in small metals. Bring your treasures!

Prerequisites:  Beginning metals experience suggested but not required.

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 2, 2017 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

If you are looking to share and connect with other artists internationally, this is it!  Mail art (also known as postal art and correspondence art) is a populist artistic movement centered on sending small-scale works through the postal service.  In this two-day workshop, we will build a community while working on projects like artist trading cards, collages, making a ‘zine out of one sheet of paper, add and pass sheets and plastic pop bottles as envelopes. Mail art is a personal artistic correspondence with another artist while creating a fabric of weaving together a community who is sharing ideas, experiences, personal stories, and wonderful art.

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