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Start Date: Sep 25, 2018 Days: Tue Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Tue)

In this course you will build fundamental woodworking skills, culminating in a single project – a side table.  This course is paced for those new to the craft of woodworking and covers basic woodworking tools and machines, their use and fundamental processes and joinery. You will make their table from a provided design.  Through demo, lecture and most importantly by making, you will gain the experience and confidence to complete future works.  Safe use of the tools is heavily emphasized throughout the process as we learn to operate machinery. You will employ the foundational mortise and tenon joint in the creation of your table.  This class is designed to empower those new to woodworking through the creation of a beautiful and functional table made by hand. You will purchase materials following the first class.  Minimal work outside of scheduled class time may be required.         

Prerequisites: Recommended for beginners, open to all.

Start Date: Sep 25, 2018 Days: Tue Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Tue)

In this course you will learn how to make the basic functional projects, such as: the Mug, the Bowl, and the Plate. Balancing form and function, specific volume/dimension, throwing with intention, and basic glaze application will be covered. Learning the potters wheel can be a fun relaxing and rewarding opportunity to challenge yourself in the medium of clay.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Sep 26, 2018 Days: Wed Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Wed)

You are going to craft your own goddess images using media including ceramic, collage, paint, and a shareable zine. For context and inspiration, we will look at images of the divine feminine and holy women from around the world accompanied by brief readings. We will also look at contemporary artists who attempt to free the female form from the male gaze. When it comes to making your own pieces, we will create something unique with the help of intuitive making processes. This class is for letting go and trying new things!

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Sep 26, 2018 Days: Wed Time: 6:45pm - 9:45pm (Wed)

The surface is a wonderful place to explore inspiration from nature or personal narrative. In this course you will focus on various ways to decorate the surface of ceramic forms. Techniques will include carving, sgraffito, wax resist, mishima and water etching. You will create forms such as tiles, bowls, and vases to explore these techniques.

Prerequisite: Beginning to intermediate wheel-throwing and hand-building skills. No glazing experience needed, though it is recommended.

Start Date: Sep 27, 2018 Days: Thu Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Thu)

In this class focused on still life painting, you will explore the still life in historical, political, and metaphysical phases. Beginning with charcoal drawing and moving into painting, you will slow down your seeing process in order to draw or paint what you see. We will discuss painting and drawing and look at artists who were passionate about the still life. In creating our own still life set ups, we will pay attention to how the composition affects the viewer’s experience and how narrative is developed. You will end the class with a small portfolio of a variety of paintings and drawings as well as more knowledge of the still life.                                                                                                                                                                   

Prerequisites: none

Start Date: Sep 27, 2018 Days: Thu Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Thu)

Mystified by textiles?  Learn how to design your own!  In this 5-week introductory course, students will explore color, pattern, and surface through the lens of their chosen project: a table runner, bandana/scarf, pillow, or napkin set.  Using inspiration imagery, students will learn how to translate their concepts through dyeing and screen printing into final textile designs.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Sep 28, 2018 Days: Fri Time: 1:30pm - 4:30pm (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 handwriting skills by using pen and ink on paper. The last half of class will focus on expanding creativity by using various experimental lettering techniques and materials.

Good handwriting skills recommended. The class is appropriate for beginning and continuing students.

 
Prerequisite: None

Start Date: Sep 29, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Bamboo is a wonderfully complex art material that can be used in a variety of ways to create form. It can be split into narrow strips, bent, crosscut, woven, sewn, and drilled. It can be used to make small scale objects or architectural structures. In this class you will explore using small bamboo and glass elements in conjunction with paper to create patterns that play with light and shadow while constructing a hanging pendant lamp. You will learn how to cut, heat bend, drill, and sew bamboo together. Basic tool skills will be covered. You will also learn how to incorporate small pre-made glass elements using creative stitching techniques. Examples of various bamboo techniques will be shown and you will see through slide lecture the variety of ways bamboo can be used as an art material. You will walk away with bamboo knowledge to create more at home.

Prerequisites None

Start Date: Sep 29, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Step into Slow Fashion and learn the basics to constructing your own wardrobe! During this class, you will be fabricating your garments, start to finish.  You will learn how to read sewing patterns, acquire correct measurements for sizing, prep fabric for construction, and learn the in’s and out’s of assembly.  This class will cover the basics of machine sewing, but also cover the basics of hand sewing for decorative stitching and embellishments.   

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Sep 29, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

This two-day turning primer will cover the basics of turning on a wood lathe.  Through a series of quick projects, a honey dipper and wine stopper, you will learn the essential skills to begin turning.  You will learn about the lathe, turning tools, sharpening, chucking methods and basic techniques to manipulate a turning blank. This workshop will prepare you with a foundational skill set for future projects or to continue turning in long format courses. Materials will be provided.  

Prerequisites: No experience necessary.

Start Date: Oct 2, 2018 Days: Tue Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Tue)

Have you always wanted to learn how to knit? This is the class for you, in ten weeks you will learn the basics of knitting, casting on, the knit and pearl stitches, decreasing and casting off. Your finished projects will be a stocking cap and a pair of fingerless mitts. If you breeze through both planned items you will get hands on help to choose and master your next project.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Oct 4, 2018 Days: Thu Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Thu)

In this course you will explore the basics of designing and producing a jewelry line. We will cover designing for multiples, what constitutes a complete jewelry line, creative ways to approach production, and use of Moldex molds. We will also provide critique and support for each other in the form of product line reviews. We will also touch on audience, branding and marketing. There will be ample work time and project assistance.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Oct 4, 2018 Days: Thu Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Thu)

Need a paddle for your canoe or to hang in your cabin? Join artist and woodcarver, Shirod Younker for this paddle-making series to help you understand the basics of constructing a functional and beautiful paddle for yourself. The workshop will cover wood lamination, shaping, and finishing, as well as Shirod’s vast experience and knowledge of paddle designs and construction. This course focuses on intermediate wood working skills, so bold beginners on up are welcome to join!

Prerequisites: A familiarity with power tools and woodworking processes is recommended.

Start Date: Oct 5, 2018 Days: Fri Sat Sun Time: 6:45pm - 9:15pm (Fri) 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Fall is a great time to paint outdoors! Join us for a weekend intensive that will focus on three important aspects of landscape painting outdoors: color, value and design. Demos and instruction will cover composition, editing for impact, paint application, and using color relationships to convey natural light effects. Starting with compositional thumbnails and value studies you will progressively work up to completing a plein-air painting each day. Daily demos and lecture include individualized instruction and feedback.         

Prerequisites: Open to all levels. A basic working knowledge of the materials used in oil and acrylic painting is expected. ( ie. mediums, brush care & using an easel outdoors )

Start Date: Oct 6, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm (Sat, Sun)

Continue the Thrift is Poetic series with this opportunity to convert worn denim trousers into a fashionable duster jacket.  Several styles will be offered: long or short; side pockets or patch pockets; buttoned, belted, or zipped.  You’ll choose from a variety of seam and collar options and consider a fabric accent such as seam or pocket binding. Minimal sewing experience required.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Oct 6, 2018 Days: Sat Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm (Sat)

Learn the fundamentals of jewelry making in this fast paced 2-day workshop by making a pair of classic earrings from sterling silver with bezel set stones. Deb will guide you through the steps of making these earrings as if you were a beginner. Learn to use a jewelers saw, various hand tools including pliers, snips, shears; learn to silver solder; sand, file and finish metal, make bezels, and set cabochon stones. With everyone in the class going at the same pace, we’ll learn the thought processes that lead to a successful project. If you aren’t a beginner, but maybe it’s been a while, this will be a good class to brush up on skills that are fundamental for jewelry making, while wearing home a spectacular pair of earrings!                                                                                                                                                             

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Oct 7, 2018 Days: Sun Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm (Sun)

Portraits and photography are a perfect match. Well-made portrait photographs have meaning and value that can transcend beyond the sitter to become a meaningful icon of the artist as well as a beautiful view of the subject. We will be using natural light in the OCAC studio during this 3-day workshop and you will develop skills that can be used without studios or lighting equipment. You will be working with art models, and there will be a self-portrait assignment as part of the course.  All formats are welcome as is digital or film, although Ray will be doing demonstrations using the 8x10 film camera that he uses for all his work. You will have time to work alone with the model as well as having one on one time with Ray Bidegain for guidance.  We will cover lighting, posing and gesture and most of all how to relate to your subject to get the most from the session.  Ray will be showing his platinum prints for inspiration, and reviewing the photographs that students make each day.  On the final day Mr. Bidegain will review the work made at the workshop and offer advice and suggestions to help you move forward with your work. Session One: Learn about portrait photography, view demonstration of Ray’s techniques for conceptual portraits, work with Ray to make portraits with a professional model. Session Two: Work with Ray to make portraits with two professional models. Session Three: Ray will lead a review of student work. Optional Homework: You can make portraits on your own during the week and bring them to class for review.

 

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Oct 7, 2018 Days: Sun Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm (Sun)

In this intermediate class, you will learn to learn to form, fuse and weave fine silver links into beautiful classical loop-in-loop chains.  We will look at examples both ancient and modern and discuss the properties of fine silver and the theory of fusing.  Your materials fee will cover all the special tools and sufficient fine silver to make an 18”double loop-in-loop chain or a quadruple loop-in-loop bracelet, which you will finish with handmade terminations and a hook-style clasp.   Experienced students can explore other styles of chain, inventive design applications, and make fused bezel cabochon charms to adorn their new chains.  We will also discuss high-karat gold and other fusible alloys like electrum and Argentium silver.  This class will lay a strong foundation for Ancient Technique II: Granulation.                                                                           

Prerequisites: None   

Start Date: Oct 12, 2018 Days: Fri Sat Sun Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Fri) 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Learn to turn a lidded box in this three-day workshop.  You will learn how to grain match the lid to your box - by turning from a single piece of wood - while learning techniques to turn into end grain.  Materials will be provided.  Recommended for students with some turning experience.             

Prerequisites: Recommended for beginners, open to all.

Start Date: Oct 13, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Learn the beginnings of crochet! Through this class, you will gain an understanding of pattern reading, crocheting basic shapes from the most used stitches, color changes, and the finishing steps to creating your own handmade friend.  One-on-one instruction will be available from the instructor, along with provided patterns, and video tutorials of stitches.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Oct 13, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Learn the basics of this traditional book structure in this weekend workshop designed for all levels of learners. The Coptic Book has a flexible spine and is great for journals and sketchbooks. We’ll cover the chain stitch, kettle stitch and paired needle chain stitch as well as how to choose the best materials for your books.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Oct 13, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Join photographer Katharine Jacobs to explore combining contemporary image-making with one of the earliest photographic printing processes. Cyanotype is a non-silver  photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print, discovered by English scientist and astronomer Sir John Herschel in 1842. Come find inspiration in our state of the art darkrooms and studios.

Prerequisites: None

 

Start Date: Oct 15, 2018 Days: Mon Time: 7:00pm - 9:30pm (Mon)

Join us for this comprehensive course in digital photography. 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: Oct 20, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Focusing on the meditative state of art making, this two day workshop will allow you to tap into a subconscious mode of working, allowing for patterning, repetition of form, symmetry and geometry to come into play as you create. Experiment with color, form, layering and materials, allowing the mind to let go and the power of the creative hand to take over.

Prerequisites: none

Start Date: Oct 20, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Have you been dreaming about Halloween all year? Do you have an epic Halloween costume in mind that you want to make but don’t want to dye stuff in your kitchen? Or maybe you can’t to turn your living room into a sewing studio for a few days? Or you might just need space to spread out and concentrate…

Come use our studio for a weekend!  We have sewing machines, a dye kitchen, dress forms and table space! Bring your fabric, thread, glue, feathers, paper mache and ideas!

I can help problem solve your patterns, get you sewing, dyeing and crafting away! In these studios, you can impress your friends and make the costume you’ve been dreaming of!

Prerequisites: Sewing experience would be helpful but is not necessary.