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Start Date: Mar 10, 2018 Days: Sat Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm (Sat)

Join us for an introduction to Botanical Drawing. You will spend six weeks learning and practicing basic drawing principles in graphite, with a particular focus on how they apply to drawing botanical subjects, realistically.

Week 1 – Exploring graphite, and the importance of value. (i.e. using lights and darks)

Week 2 – Using graphite to represent texture

Week 3, 4, 5 – A combination of a) Breaking plant subjects into simple geometric forms; b) learning the importance of and practicing working with the idea of a single light source; understanding linear perspective and aerial perspective.

Week 6 – The importance of direct observation, as opposed to working from photographs.

Prerequisites: None

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

This weekend intensive is designed for those that want to get into film photography but don’t have the time to commit to a 5-week class. In two days, you will 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 2 day workshop with a few selects of darkroom prints, the introduction to shooting and processing 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: Mar 10, 2018 Days: Sat Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm (Sat)

This courses will focus on handbuilding processes for creating figurative faces, bust, and heads in ceramic sculpture. We will cover ways to approach surface development that is rich with textures to create visual narratives. You will learn construction techniques using modified slabs, coils, practice press molding, and altering techniques in clay. You will learn and use a wide range of surface approaches including un-fired and fired treatment. These include oxides wash, underglazes, cold paint, resign, and encaustic wax. We will work with studio stoneware clay and multiple fired to cone 04. You will leave with a full finish figurative sculpture. All skill levels welcome.

Prerequisites: None

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

Learn large format photography with Ray Bidegain.  In this workshop, you will be introduced to large format photography.  You will spend the first day learning about working a large format camera and working in the studio with a model to make large format portraits. The second day, we will be working outdoors making photographs around campus of the landscape and structures, then in the darkroom processing film from the workshop. You should bring your own large format equipment to use if you have it, if you do not have your own equipment some will be available for students to use during the workshop. 

The Studio day:

Types and styles of view cameras, basic operation and accessories.

Loading film holders


Camera movements for portrait photography

Portrait composition

Camera movements for portrait photography

Working with art models

Posing, gesture, and intention

Basic B&W film processing demonstration


The Landscape day:

Metering outdoors

Camera movements for landscape and nature photography

Landscape composition ideas

Ideas on being intentional with your landscape photography

Back to the darkroom for film processing.


Prerequisites: None


Start Date: Mar 12, 2018 Days: Mon Time: 6:45pm - 9:45pm (Mon)

For beginners and returning students, this course in open life drawing will draw from the human form with both male and female models. Instruction, media exploration, and drawing prompts in in every class for those seeking instruction. For the seasoned artist, it is an opportunity to draw from a live model in the beautiful OCAC studios. This class will focus on classical poses, drapery, rendering form, proportion, shading and composition.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Mar 14, 2018 Days: Wed Time: 6:40pm - 9:40pm (Wed)

This 10-session class is designed to help students develop a better understanding for the fundamentals of color, composition, value, paint application and atmospheric perspective pertaining to landscape painting. Weekly demonstrations will cover editing and simplification for impact, creating believable natural lighting effects and ways to create more dynamic compositions. Starting with compositional thumbnails students will work up to completing several paintings. Along with demos, plenty of individual instruction and critique will be provided.

Open to all levels. A basic understanding of the materials used in oil, acrylic is recommended.

Start Date: Mar 17, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

This weekend intensive is a crash course that consolidates Darkroom 2 into a two day session. This 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 who’s 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: Mar 17, 2018 Days: Sat Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm (Sat)

Learn to make a small, personal natural indigo vat without worrying about toxicity or cost of heavy chemicals.  This vat uses fruit residue in a natural chemical reduction to produce a quick, reliable, long-lasting indigo blue.  We'll explore simple resist techniques that produce textile patterns on silk and cotton fabrics, as well as threads for stitching. Students will learn care and maintenance of their vats.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Mar 17, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Foldforming is a fast way to manipulate flat sheets of metal to make 3D forms. By heating, folding and hammering thin sheets of metal you can experiment with the variety of forms that unfold as you work. With a few subtle hammer blows your copper sheet can transform into a multitude of forms, from leaves and flowers to striking geometric structures. Take it further by colorizing the metal using some simple patinas. This dynamic, experimental work will inform your artistic process as your ideas for sculpture and jewelry evolve. Join us as we test the limits and learn more about foldforming, chemical and heat patinas!

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Mar 17, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

In this two-day workshop, we will learn the basics of color theory and touch on color’s history, its roll in economics, politics, and how it has effected civilization. You will experiment with color in acrylic painting, collage and mixed media, creating artworks that deepen your understanding of the roll color plays in everyday life and society. All levels welcome!

Prerequisites: None

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

Ben Shahn was a 20th century Lithuanian-born American artist. He is best known for his works of social realism, his left-wing political views, and his series of lectures published as The Shape of Content, but lettering artists also admire his original lettering styles which are playful and unique. In this workshop, we will be learning one of these lettering styles using the folded pen as our writing tool. On day one we will focus on the details of lettering and spacing and designing with the letters, and on day two we will work with the letters in three different ways: writing with watercolors, ink and graphite, and metallic gouache on dark paper.

Prerequisites: This workshop is appropriate for all levels of experience, though some previous lettering experience is helpful. 

Start Date: Apr 2, 2018 Days: Mon Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Mon)

As the rainy Portland winter sets in, it's a great time to stay warm and cozy inside and experiment with still life photography.  This class is an in-depth look at the world of still life, with an emphasis on the use of natural light.  You'll view the work of important still life artists for inspiration as you explore new ways to create successful images of your own.  You will also learn helpful design and composition skills to guide you in framing your shots.  Weekly take-home shooting assignments will encourage you in new directions beyond the traditional as you create new work.  In-class slide shows and review and critique sessions will help you refine your vision and understanding of still life.  The possibilities are endless.  No special lighting equipment or lenses are needed for this class.  A tripod is helpful. You should bring 10 examples of previous work to the first class.

Prerequisite: Thorough knowledge of your camera

Start Date: Apr 4, 2018 Days: Wed Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Wed)

Continue the natural dye adventure!  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: Apr 4, 2018 Days: Wed Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm (Wed)

Get started with Adobe Creative suites. This six-session course will introduce students to Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator, the backbone of any digital creative output. We’ll consider the strengths of weaknesses of each program, and when and how to use them.  Over the course of six weeks, we’ll create three basic projects in each program that will get you started understanding the ins and outs of creating using Adobe. Whether you want to use Adobe for planning and sketching work, or as the work itself, this class will guide you through the basics of learning these powerful digital tools!

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Apr 7, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Put your artistic talents to use in a new direction – create a one-of-a-kind leather handbag. Using basic patterns and/or inventing new shapes, you will learn how to select, cut and assemble pieces from a variety of luxury leathers. Mix and match your personal choice of color, texture, size and embellishments. You will learn methods of hand stitching and assembling your choice of embellishments. You’ll have access to samples and materials for creating tassels, fringe, straps (long or short), snaps and closures. You’ll walk away carrying a unique bag and new skills and ideas.

Prerequisites: Basic skills of cutting out and sewing garments. 

Start Date: Apr 7, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Tiny Taxidermy is a workshop that will take you from raw clay, we are using Sculpy here, to a finished miniature bust of your choice. There will be four options to sculpt, two animal, and two vegetable. The finished project will be about three inches square complete with a hanger and backing plaque. You will sculpt, bake off, paint, and “Mount” your Taxidermy.

Prerequisites: No prerequisite but some knowledge of sculpting or painting, specifically on models, would be helpful.

Start Date: Apr 8, 2018 Days: Sun Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Sun)

Learn to build a bench using fine woodworking techniques!  In this course students will learn fundamental woodworking processes and joinery while building a bench from an instructor provided plan. This course will focus on the beginning wood student, concentrating on wood properties, milling, basic joinery and the safe use of tools and equipment.  Further we will discuss wood species and finishes to best suit your bench for indoor or outdoor use. This should be an exciting class and welcomes all skill levels.  Students will purchase materials after the course begins.  Due to space constraints, limit one bench per student.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Apr 8, 2018 Days: Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sun)

Being able to properly prepare and mill lumber into flat and referenceable pieces is tantamount to creating fine woodworking projects and is the first step in every project. This one-day workshop will cover the basics of taking rough sawn lumber and turning it into straight, flat, and square pieces ready for your project.  This will include the entire process; from purchasing lumber at the lumberyard and what to look for, how to break it down using a miter saw and finally how to mill your lumber into flat and square pieces using a jointer and planer.  As always, safety will be emphasized throughout.  Practice materials will be provided.  All skill levels welcome.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Apr 13, 2018 Days: Fri Sat Sun Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Fri) 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Learn to chip carve intricate patterns and detailed designs into wood. Embellish all your projects with this simple skill. You will make either a set of coasters or decorative ornaments and leave with a thorough understanding of pattern carving. All enrolled students must purchase a Pfiel #2 Chip Carving Knife before the start of class. These can be found at Woodcraft for $18.50. (12020 SW Main Street Tigard, OR 97223)

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Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Apr 13, 2018 Days: Fri Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm (Fri)

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: Apr 21, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

This workshop will explore how the technique of bent laminated wood is used to make unique skate decks. You will laminate a longboard deck from simple weights, and a street board using a polyurethane vacuum bag system. Then, using basic shop tools, these decks will be custom shaped to the students’ preferences. The workshop will cover making 2 decks and the mold for the pressing.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Apr 22, 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


Start Date: Apr 28, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

In this workshop, each student will design, carve and print a two color, 8”x10”, multiple block woodcut. Each image will be one print in a group portfolio with the theme, “transience.” Students will incorporate the meandering line from their given wood block into their composition. At the end of the workshop, each student will have a portfolio containing prints from everyone in the class. Time permitting, students learn to create a hard cover accordion artist book from the group’s prints. Examples of woodcut prints and artist books from the instructor’s collection will be presented and discussed. All skill levels welcome, beginning to advanced.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Apr 28, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Take a deep dive into the realm of 3D illustration and make a little world of your own. Create a scene from a favorite book or film, a universe suited to a character of your creation, or an abstract moment from your imagination. This two day workshop will provide an introduction to creating characters and sets using anything, everything and much more. Your diorama can be as crude or meticulous as you choose, but our objective is to start and finish a simple scene throughout the workshop. Whether you build a tableaux of miniature sculptures or a spatial illusion of flat cutouts, there are no wrong answers within this incredibly expressive and accessible medium.

Prerequisites: None