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Start Date: Feb 2, 2018 Days: Fri Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm (Fri)

This class is an eight week long wet media intensive. It will focus for two weeks at a time on several mediums including ink, watercolor, gouache and acrylic. This class will include instructor demonstrations, short presentations on materials’ properties and possibilities, in-class studio time, short out-of-class assignments and brief critiques of student work. You will become familiar with basic wet media materials, techniques and applications.

Prerequisites: Basic drawing and 2D design fundamentals, a desire to work with wet media.

Start Date: Feb 4, 2018 Days: Sun Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm (Sun)

Learn how to embellish luscious fabrics to create a truly unique scarf that is textural, sculptural yet wearable. Students will explore various surface embellishment techniques such as pleating, tucking, shirring, cording, and trapunto and implement them to create a textural and artistic scarf. Student will learn how to make a basic wrap scarf or an "infinity" scarf.  

Prerequisite: Beginnings sewing encouraged but not required. 

Start Date: Feb 5, 2018 Days: Mon Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Mon)

A hands-on introduction to basic Photoshop skills, tools and workflow. Emphasis on providing a solid foundation and understanding of this powerful photographic editing program and applying it to students’ own work. Illustrated handouts and guided practice assignments will be given at each class.

Prerequisites: Basic computer skills; Opening and Closing programs, copying, cutting, pasting. Selecting files. Using a mouse or touchpad.

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

This course focuses on complex fabrication and surface techniques that allow students to expand their technical skill and design aesthetics. Techniques covered in this follow up to Fundamentals I include an introduction to building forms with the hydraulic press and dapping blocks, traditional surface explorations with etching, patinas, and torch enameling as well as tube setting faceted stones. This course will sharpen students’ aesthetic sensibilities and ability to translate ideas into a finished piece.

Prerequisites: Fundamentals of Metalsmithing I or equivalent


Start Date: Feb 7, 2018 Days: Wed Time: 6:45pm - 9:45pm (Wed)

Come join us in the OCAC Drawing Studio to learn the techniques of drawing. This class is for those who have always wanted to learn to draw but never had the chance. We will start out with the basics of drawing with charcoal, moving through lead pencils to pen and ink. We will explore shading, rending line, the basics of perspective and finding our own voice.
All levels of skill are welcome in this warm, encouraging environment.

Prerequisites: None

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

Learn how to turn small scraps of wood into delightful jewelry and accessories. Become skilled in the use of hand tools, carving, and finishing techniques. Learn about a variety of wood types, jewelry design and benefits from repurposing. Mix media and artfully combine wood with other materials to create an interesting but well-balanced piece. Come with your wildest ideas and leave with innovative fashion. All supplies included, but please bring any materials you think might fit the bill and even those that don’t!

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Feb 10, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Spinning basics is an intensive workshop for the beginner, you don’t have to know anything about spinning to participate. You will leave with the ability to make yarn from a variety of wools and plant fibers and from several preparations of fiber. You will know how to ply with two and three strands, and how to include beads, feathers, fabric, and fancy yarns in the structure of your finished yarn. The class will equip you to practice on your own, and you should have at least thirty yards of finished novelty yarn.

Prerequisites: None


Start Date: Feb 10, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Everyone is familiar with a reversible jacket, but what if versatility in garment design goes beyond simply turning a garment inside out? Students will explore versatility in apparel design by creating a garment that can be worn more than one way. A top that has multiple openings or closures to be worn in a variety of ways? A skirt that can be worn long or short? A dress with arm holes that can also be a neck opening? These are just some of the innovative ideas explored in this class. Each student will be provided with instruction to help sketch, design, pattern and sew one unique garment that can be worn in a variety of ways.

Prerequisites: Beginning/intermediate sewing

Start Date: Feb 11, 2018 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. 

*PLEASE NOTE: Accounts must be created under the adult, then please enter the child's information under the dependent tab. For questions or difficulty registering please contact ArtAdventures@ocac.edu

Start Date: Feb 15, 2018 Days: Thu Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Thu)

Darkroom II Beyond the Basics is a hands-on class that dives into the world of silver gelatin printing, building a body of work and printing cohesively in a series. Students will employ split filter and advance dodging and burning techniques to go beyond formal print making to produce beautiful prints. Students will work with fiber paper and learn to print a cohesive body of work toward building a portfolio. Katharine T. Jacobs is a skilled silver gelatin printer whose knowledge of the subject and unique teaching style will have you hooked on the process.

Prerequisites: Darkroom I or equivalent is helpful but not necessary

Start Date: Feb 17, 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: Feb 17, 2018 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: Feb 17, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm (Sat) 10:00am - 3:00pm (Sun)

Use printmaking techniques to create collages! Students will learn how to make acetone transfers and create their own unique collages from found materials. This class will explore collage and recontextualizing found imagery to create new meaning. Students will have access to a variety of images to work with for the acetone transfer process and are also welcome to bring found images to work from during this workshop.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Feb 19, 2018 Days: Mon Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm (Mon)

Join us for a day of creating while your school has an in-service day. 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.

*When registering, create or login to your personal account, then under the dependents tab, add anyone you will be registering. You can add multiple dependents. The main account must be created under the adult/guardian's name. For difficulty or questions email ArtAdventures@ocac.edu

Start Date: Feb 21, 2018 Days: Wed Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Wed)

Discover the freedom of abstraction through color, form, geometry, and gestural mark making! In this course we will focus on simple abstract forms and mixed media applications layered with acrylic painting. Over eight weeks of material exploration, we will learn the basics of color mixing, drawing and painting techniques, collage and collage transfers and layering materials on paper and canvas with the option to frame your final piece for easy display.

Prerequisites: Some drawing/painting experience is a plus, but all levels welcome


Start Date: Feb 23, 2018 Days: Fri Sat Sun Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Fri) 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

You will walk away with a great, traditional Japanese toolbox, suited for your woodworking tools, art supplies, keepsakes, etc.  These toolboxes are simple to construct, utilizing simple joinery methods and reinforced with cut nails.  The toolbox features a locking, sliding/removable lid to house its contents.  You can later outfit the interior of their toolboxes to fit their specific needs. You will use both hand tools and limited power tools for construction of this project. This workshop is a great for those new to woodworking or for those just in need of a toolbox!  All materials will be provided.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Feb 24, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Join us for a two-day intensive workshop learning to apply vitreous enamel to copper forms. We’ll provide you with a rainbow of enamel colors and enough copper to make an elegant brooch as well as pendants, earrings, or objects of your choosing. Take your designs one step further with your paintbrush, and embellish your enameled forms just as you would a tiny canvas with specialty paints designed for use on glass and china. The result is a treasure uniquely your own for wearing or giving as gifts!

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Feb 25, 2018 Days: Sun Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm (Sun)

The simplest garments are those with no cutting and sewing at all and minimalist fashion is becoming increasingly popular. So how can large pieces of fabric form to the body and function as a wearable garment? In many cultures, large geometric shapes are draped, folded and tucked directly on the body to create a garment, such as the traditional Japanese Kimono, the Indian Sari or the traditional Mexican Poncho. Similar to origami, students will drape, tuck and fold large shapes in creative and innovative ways to create unique shapes that will be turned into a garment. Students will be provided instruction on draping and folding techniques to obtain the desired shapes. Students are encouraged to use minimal cutting, creating less fabric waste.

Prerequisites: Beginning/intermediate sewing

Start Date: Feb 25, 2018 Days: Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sun)

Spend the day with Ashley Jennings learning this fascinating civil war-era process. You will learn how to mix up the needed materials and receive instructions on how to gather and build the equipment to make wet plate collodion tintypes. We will 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 several plates and should have a good understanding of the process. Learn to use equipment and materials needed for Wet Plate Collodion:

4x5 view cameras to make Tintypes and Ambrotypes

Pouring plates

Exposing plates

Developing plates by inspection

Finishing plates using sandarac varnish


Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Mar 3, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Have you always wanted to learn how to knit? This is the place for you, in a weekend workshop you will learn the basics of knitting, casting on, the knit and pearl stitch, decreasing, and casting off. Your finished project will be a ribbed stocking cap style hat that can be decorated several ways.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Mar 3, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

In this 2 day workshop, we will use our own photos/images that will be printed/ transferred onto fabric. We’ll start with mark making exercises to create our personal language of embellishments to apply to the photos. We’ll use fabric scraps and threads to embellish our photo imagery.

Day 1: Conceptualization, laying out ideas, exploration of mark making. Slide show of inspirational work and techniques. Start assembling collage pieces on fabric image, machine and hand stitching.

Day 2: Continue adding details to project. Review framing ideas for finishing pieces.

Prerequisites: Beginning/intermediate sewing

Start Date: Mar 5, 2018 Days: Mon Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Mon)

This 2D mixed media drawing/Illustration class delves into the realm of myth, fantasy and personal symbolism.  We will look at the art of symbolism from cultures around the globe, and transfer those ideas into a personal narrative of illustration and visual storytelling.  Through a variety of media applications, including ink, pastels, and watercolor, you will create full color drawings and illustrations conveying the mystery of the symbol.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Mar 7, 2018 Days: Wed Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Wed)

Transform a flat two-dimensional sheet of copper into a closed three-dimensional form in this ancient and dynamic process of raising metal.  Using metal hammers and stakes, you will learn the process of Western and Eastern concentric raising.  Design possibilities, surface treatments and patinas will be explored.  Geared for both beginners and more experienced students, Greg’s class will take a personal approach to closely monitor your technique development and efficiency.  Prerequisite: some hand strength is necessary.  Beginning and experienced students welcome.

Prerequisites: None

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

Bring your Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop skills into the physical world. Learn to cut or engrave your graphics onto a variety of materials such as wood, leather, acrylic and paper- all using the laser cutter.

Students will learn how to build laser-ready les within their preferred design environment. (CAD users also welcome!) This workshop will cover machine basics, le set-up, good/
bad materials, plus the rewards and challenges of using this tool. Every student will have multiple opportunities to operate the machine and will leave with personalized samples.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with Illustrator, Photoshop, or CAD softwares