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Start Date: Jun 18, 2018 Days: Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Time: 8:00am - 9:00am (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri) 5:00pm - 6:00pm (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)

Do you need additional care for your child?

Art Adventures Camp Before/After Care is for grades 1-8.

Before Care runs from 8am - 9am and After Care is from 5pm - 6pm. 

Start Date: Jun 18, 2018 Days: Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)

Art Adventures YA! (Young Adult) Day Camp introduces students in grades 6-8 to OCAC’s professional art studios under the guidance of working artists and arts educators. Each weeklong session is comprised of two in-depth art workshops. This intensive exploration of two different studio techniques provides the developing teen boundless opportunity for self-expression and personal exploration. The YA! Day Camp is an ideal starting point for any youth interested in pursuing art at a more complex and rigorous level.

At the end of the week, we welcome both family and friends to come to campus at 4:00pm for our Friday Art Show, where students can show off their work and view work done by other YA! participants.

Each weeklong camp runs 9:00am-5:00pm, every day. Supervised care is available from 8am-9am (Before Care) and from 5pm-6pm (After Care). Before/After Care is offered as a package for an additional fee of $30 per session. No person under the age of 15 years may wait unsupervised on the campus of Oregon College of Art and Craft.

Stop Motion Video:

Our new Stop Motion Video workshop functions as a collaborative exploration of a stop motion film. Think Nightmare Before Christmas, Wallace and Grommit, Coraline, or The Fatastic Mr. Fox and the amazing LAIKA studios here in Oregon. Come learn first hand how to shoot, animate and edit a stop motion movie using digital technology. Creative teamwork, exploring the digital lab and finessing a final project will round out this amazing workshop. You will leave with a finished video project and skills to continue filmmaking on your own! Students need access to a camera that can take video and still images.

Introduction to Woodworking:

Our YA! Wood workshop utilizes wood techniques, experimentation with wood and discovery of wood skills all facilitated by experienced instructors. With 3D projects that have a functional, play, or aesthetic focus, our wood workshop helps every student feel successful. Projects in the past have included small furniture, carving kitchen utensils, sculptures, building boxes, self portraits in wood, and many more. You will learn each step in building a wood structure or project. Come explore your creativity with wood in many ways, including basic sawing, gluing, nail work, sanding, finishing, and general construction. Our wood workshop is a lively and creative workshop that YA! campers enjoy. 

Start Date: Jun 18, 2018 Days: Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)

Art Adventures YA! (Young Adult) Day Camp introduces students in grades 6-8 to OCAC’s professional art studios under the guidance of working artists and arts educators. Each weeklong session is comprised of two in-depth art workshops. This intensive exploration of two different studio techniques provides the developing teen boundless opportunity for self-expression and personal exploration. The YA! Day Camp is an ideal starting point for any youth interested in pursuing art at a more complex and rigorous level.

At the end of the week, we welcome both family and friends to come to campus at 4:00pm for our Friday Art Show, where students can show off their work and view work done by other YA! participants.

Each weeklong camp runs 9:00am-5:00pm, every day. Supervised care is available from 8am-9am (Before Care) and from 5pm-6pm (After Care). Before/After Care is offered as a package for an additional fee of $30 per session. No person under the age of 15 years may wait unsupervised on the campus of Oregon College of Art and Craft.

Introduction to Drawing:

Drawing is one of our most pivotal and foundational workshops at Art Adventures. Experienced instructors, who are also professional artists, teach our drawing workshops every summer. Every YA! student is unique and because there is a wide variety of experience and skills in each group, we meet each student where they are. We might focus on line and form, drawing from a wide variety of topics and styles- from life drawing to abstract imagery and how to make an exciting image or mark on paper. Drawing is a necessary tool to help refine all other skills in art. At YA! Camp, this foundation is fun filled, and many projects are completed within the large umbrella of what a drawing could be. You are invited to question, explore, experiment, and solve problems as they create and interact with art. All levels of experience will find this workshop a worthwhile experience.

Metals:

YA! Metals is a wonderful and rare chance for middle school students to explore an ancient medium and the techniques to create small-scale projects such as jewelry, sculpture, functional items and decorative metal pieces. Each Metals Instructor focuses on different techniques to produce wonderful projects. Examples of projects might include wire sculpture and explore how to use line three-dimensionally, cutting flat sheets to create forms that move, surface design and stamping to create literary metal pieces or wearable art, and small scale forming and bending of metal to create jewelry. Every metals class is unique, and offers different skills for campers to explore in the wide field of metals in our state of the art metals studio on campus.

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Start Date: Jun 18, 2018 Days: Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)

Our exciting BEGINNINGS Camp is specifically for our youngest artists, ages 4-6 years, to guide our campers through an exploration of visual art, play, and song as a first step towards interdisciplinary creation. Our camp links creative problem solving with exploratory learning, all directly tied to children’s imagination and a desire to create.

Beginnings Camp is Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. This full-day schedule for the week includes a fantastic curriculum of free time for art making, structured projects that build throughout the week, environmental projects and discovery, free play, and quiet “reading” time. We emphasize exploration with mediums such as music, drawing, painting, sculpture and mixed media. Art Adventures Beginnings will have its own Friday ART WALK, a final exhibition of the week’s activities and fun.

BEGINNINGS Camp is made of busy, full days. At any time, you may choose to pick up your child earlier in the day, however we are unable to discount the price for the week for early pick-ups. We do offer before and after care.

Start Date: Jun 18, 2018 Days: Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)

Make, create, and explore craft with us in our fantastic art camp! Campers grades 1-5 will be immersed in four 2D and 3D art workshops every day. The children will start their art projects on Monday and complete them on Friday. Games, songs and free time balance out the day and help build our camp community. At the end of the week, we invite all family and friends to come to campus and view the Friday Art Show, where kids show off their art and the studios where they created it. Before and After Care Available.

Start Date: Jun 25, 2018 Days: Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)

Make, create, and explore craft with us in our fantastic art camp! Campers grades 1-5 will be immersed in four 2D and 3D art workshops every day. The children will start their art projects on Monday and complete them on Friday. Games, songs and free time balance out the day and help build our camp community. At the end of the week, we invite all family and friends to come to campus and view the Friday Art Show, where kids show off their art and the studios where they created it. Before and After Care is Available.

Start Date: Jun 25, 2018 Days: Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Time: 8:00am - 9:00am (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri) 5:00pm - 6:00pm (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)

Do you need additional care for your child?

Art Adventures Camp Before/After Care is for grades 1-8.

Before Care runs from 8am - 9am and After Care is from 5pm - 6pm. 

Start Date: Jun 25, 2018 Days: Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)

This course will help you develop and strengthen your characters and the worlds that they inhabit. Examples from comics, video games, film and television will be included in lectures. Through exercises and projects that involve idea generation, research, and observational drawing, you will learn how to create solid foundations for your characters and worlds, no matter what type of work you plan to place them in. You will publish a mini-portfolio at the end of the class that will include concept sketches, character turnarounds, sample environments, and other work produced during the week.

Start Date: Jun 25, 2018 Days: Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)

Art Adventures YA! (Young Adult) Day Camp introduces students in grades 6-8 to OCAC’s professional art studios under the guidance of working artists and arts educators. Each weeklong session is comprised of two in-depth art workshops. This intensive exploration of two different studio techniques provides the developing teen boundless opportunity for self-expression and personal exploration. The YA! Day Camp is an ideal starting point for any youth interested in pursuing art at a more complex and rigorous level.

At the end of the week, we welcome both family and friends to come to campus at 4:00pm for our Friday Art Show, where students can show off their work and view work done by other YA! participants.

Each weeklong camp runs 9:00am-5:00pm, every day. Supervised care is available from 8am-9am (Before Care) and from 5pm-6pm (After Care). Before/After Care is offered as a package for an additional fee of $30 per session. No person under the age of 15 years may wait unsupervised on the campus of Oregon College of Art and Craft.

Digital Photo:

Time to explore media arts! You will use our small digital cameras, your Smartphone or your DSLR to explore the world around you, behind a lens. This workshop offers a current perspective on photography including shooting, digital editing, and printing. You will learn how to find a dynamic image in the world around you and how to turn this image into an amazing end project. We encourage photographing during the workshop, so that you can find interesting shots together with the facilitation of the instructor. Other projects explore the use of Photoshop and give you alternative ways to look at imagery. If you have a Smartphone or DSLR camera, please bring it.

Screen-printing + T-shirts:

You will learn to coat and expose a screen in the dark room, register your repeat, and make beautiful prints in this active workshop. Think of your favorite bands, create new logos or make ironic Ts in the surface design studio, just like the pros! You will be taken through the basics of screen-printing on both fabric and paper. Past workshops have explored ways to create a repeated pattern, interlocking into one large image, explore graphic images or experimenting with abstract designs. This workshop is very hands on, a little messy and incredibly experimental. You will make their own t-shirt design and can share images at the end of the week. If time allows, we will print on other fabrics and items.

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Start Date: Jun 25, 2018 Days: Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)

In this mixed media workshop, you will focus on visual storytelling. You will work in any format/medium you like (graphics, painting, drawing, illustrated novel) to create a series of works that tell a story that is important to you. Learn how to express emotion and direction while telling an important story. This workshop is great for exploration, portfolio building or simply to explore and build your visual language. All levels welcome!

Start Date: Jun 25, 2018 Days: Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)

Art Adventures YA! (Young Adult) Day Camp introduces students in grades 6-8 to OCAC’s professional art studios under the guidance of working artists and arts educators. Each weeklong session is comprised of two in-depth art workshops. This intensive exploration of two different studio techniques provides the developing teen boundless opportunity for self-expression and personal exploration. The YA! Day Camp is an ideal starting point for any youth interested in pursuing art at a more complex and rigorous level.

At the end of the week, we welcome both family and friends to come to campus at 4:00pm for our Friday Art Show, where students can show off their work and view work done by other YA! participants.

Each weeklong camp runs 9:00am-5:00pm, every day. Supervised care is available from 8am-9am (Before Care) and from 5pm-6pm (After Care). Before/After Care is offered as a package for an additional fee of $30 per session. No person under the age of 15 years may wait unsupervised on the campus of Oregon College of Art and Craft.

Upcycled Fashion + Fantasy Costume Design:

Time to redesign old clothing into something fantastic! Breathe life into an old design! You will use basic design, alteration and sewing skills to restructure garments into something new. Just GOOGLE Altered T-Shirts and you can see the various ways to rethink your clothing! For those of you interested in costume design as well, the idea is the same- we will repurpose clothing, use recycled materials and found objects to turn them into fabulous costumes. Plan for Halloween next year, or your own film production!

Painting:

Painting workshops focus on color, paint mixing, abstraction, realism, and anything in between! You will learn the formal aspects of painting, from organizing the picture plane to mixing colors. You will explore new ways of thinking about space, form, line, texture, and pattern as well as various approaches to applying paint. Projects might include the study of observed subjects, such as the still life and the figure, but they also might include exercises that pull from the imagination or might explore abstraction. You will experiment on various substrates such as paper or canvas, as well as wood and un-stretched canvas. Project outcomes are wonderfully colorful, often whimsical and will make a wonderful addition to any room! All levels of experience will find this workshop a worthwhile, positive experience.

Start Date: Jun 25, 2018 Days: Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)

REFASHION: to transform or alter into another form

This class is focused on the rising trends in up-cycling, with a focus on fiber as the main catalyst for creation.  In a world of uniform excess, REFASHION strives to take these materials and renovate them into a freshly contemporary, unique item.

Through the week, we will discover a multitude of ways to transform the materials available.   While the materials supplied are recycled fibers and recycled clothing, I welcome you as the artist to think outside of these ideas.  REFASHION occupies a larger space in contemporary culture than simply creating a new wearable; the opportunities to create are endless! All levels are welcome!

Start Date: Jun 25, 2018 Days: Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)

Explore the countless possibilities of making a painting in the surrealist tradition.  Create paintings using authentic surrealist techniques for conjuring imagery and ideas. Construct stretcher frames, stretch & prime canvas. Build strong compositions through a mix of observational studies and wild experiments and exercises Paintings principles including use of an underpainting, Direct or Indirect Painting Processes (basic ways of approaching image making in paint). Painting materials and surfaces will be reviewed.  

Start Date: Jun 25, 2018 Days: Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)

Our exciting BEGINNINGS Camp is specifically for our youngest artists, ages 4-6 years, to guide our campers through an exploration of visual art, play, and song as a first step towards interdisciplinary creation. Our camp links creative problem solving with exploratory learning, all directly tied to children’s imagination and a desire to create.

Beginnings Camp is Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. This full-day schedule for the week includes a fantastic curriculum of free time for art making, structured projects that build throughout the week, environmental projects and discovery, free play, and quiet “reading” time. We emphasize exploration with mediums such as music, drawing, painting, sculpture and mixed media. Art Adventures Beginnings will have its own Friday ART WALK, a final exhibition of the week’s activities and fun.

BEGINNINGS Camp is made of busy, full days. At any time, you may choose to pick up your child earlier in the day, however we are unable to discount the price for the week for early pick-ups. We do offer before and after care.

Start Date: Jul 2, 2018 Days: Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)

Make, create, and explore craft with us in our fantastic art camp! Campers grades 1-5 will be immersed in four 2D and 3D art workshops every day. The children will start their art projects on Monday and complete them on Friday. Games, songs and free time balance out the day and help build our camp community. At the end of the week, we invite all family and friends to come to campus and view the Friday Art Show, where kids show off their art and the studios where they created it. Before and After Care is Available.

Start Date: Jul 2, 2018 Days: Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Time: 8:00am - 9:00am (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri) 5:00pm - 6:00pm (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)

Do you need additional care for your child?

Art Adventures Camp Before/After Care is for grades 1-8.

Before Care runs from 8am - 9am and After Care is from 5pm - 6pm. 

Start Date: Jul 2, 2018 Days: Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)

Art Adventures YA! (Young Adult) Day Camp introduces students in grades 6-8 to OCAC’s professional art studios under the guidance of working artists and arts educators. Each weeklong session is comprised of two in-depth art workshops. This intensive exploration of two different studio techniques provides the developing teen boundless opportunity for self-expression and personal exploration. The YA! Day Camp is an ideal starting point for any youth interested in pursuing art at a more complex and rigorous level.

At the end of the week, we welcome both family and friends to come to campus at 4:00pm for our Friday Art Show, where students can show off their work and view work done by other YA! participants.

Each weeklong camp runs 9:00am-5:00pm, every day. Supervised care is available from 8am-9am (Before Care) and from 5pm-6pm (After Care). Before/After Care is offered as a package for an additional fee of $30 per session. No person under the age of 15 years may wait unsupervised on the campus of Oregon College of Art and Craft.

Sketchbooking:

Sketchbooking is the creative exploration and experimentation of drawing, ideas, play, coloring, and painting. The sketchbook is the foundation for every visual artist and helps to develop your creative voice. Come fill your own sketchbook with drawing projects, handlettering techniques, watercolors, comic drawing, and collage. Sketchbooks are the way to plan for potential bigger projects and a way to capture inspiration. A great tool for an artist portfolio, a journal or just the pleasure of mapping our your life visually. This workshop is about experimenting with all kinds of mark-making tools.

Ceramics

Ceramics is a very hands-on workshop! You get to explore with mud, fire it, and keep it forever! We have two different processes that campers focus on in the ceramics class. The first process is learning to work on the wheel in the ceramics studio. You will learn to center the clay and form and build throughout the week. This means you come away with thrown objects that can be used functionally, or as art pieces. The second process is hand building. You will make sculptural objects, exploring the limitless possibilities of forming clay. All projects are fired and either glazed or painted, so you come away with wonderfully finished pieces. 

Start Date: Jul 2, 2018 Days: Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)

Produce paintings from a variety of image sources.  Image appropriation is a powerful tool for artists to use in their work.  Review and practice multiple methods for transferring found images and sources to canvas or painting surfaces. Explore the effects of image combination and its expressive potential.  Experiment with materials, process, and ideas. Additionally, color theory and basic painting techniques will be introduced/reviewed.

Start Date: Jul 2, 2018 Days: Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)

Our exciting BEGINNINGS Camp is specifically for our youngest artists, ages 4-6 years, to guide our campers through an exploration of visual art, play, and song as a first step towards interdisciplinary creation. Our camp links creative problem solving with exploratory learning, all directly tied to children’s imagination and a desire to create.

Beginnings Camp is Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. This full-day schedule for the week includes a fantastic curriculum of free time for art making, structured projects that build throughout the week, environmental projects and discovery, free play, and quiet “reading” time. We emphasize exploration with mediums such as music, drawing, painting, sculpture and mixed media. Art Adventures Beginnings will have its own Friday ART WALK, a final exhibition of the week’s activities and fun.

BEGINNINGS Camp is made of busy, full days. At any time, you may choose to pick up your child earlier in the day, however we are unable to discount the price for the week for early pick-ups. We do offer before and after care.

Start Date: Jul 9, 2018 Days: Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)

Delve deeper into your understanding of drawing through two different materials: graphite and ink.  In this class, students will learn the in’s and out’s of the technique associated with each material, along with develop their skills to capture the image in front of them, translated by the artist’s marks on paper.  While some may believe drawing from life solely means drawing in a realistic fashion, I disagree.  Students are invited to explore a variety of styles of drawing; this studio is very much self-directed, with the opportunity to create at hand.  No pre-requisite knowledge needed; simply be ready to draw!

Start Date: Jul 9, 2018 Days: Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)

Join us in the Digital Fabrication Lab! This introductory course will teach students basic 2d and 3d CAD (Computer Aided Design) software. Students will learn how to take their designs and manufacture them on the laser cutter, and vinyl plotter to make 3-dimensional pin buttons and hand- painted tote bags. This workshop combines the programming of graphics with laser cutting and plotting and is an excellent intro into designing, programming and fabricating.

Start Date: Jul 9, 2018 Days: Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)

Make, create, and explore craft with us in our fantastic art camp! Campers grades 1-5 will be immersed in four 2D and 3D art workshops every day. The children will start their art projects on Monday and complete them on Friday. Games, songs and free time balance out the day and help build our camp community. At the end of the week, we invite all family and friends to come to campus and view the Friday Art Show, where kids show off their art and the studios where they created it. Before and After Care is Available.