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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 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

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 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: 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 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 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)

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: May 30, 2018 Days: Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun)

Inspired by Restoration Ecology, Maine artist, Patricia Wheeler invites you to paint from your intuitive side to explore and restore your personal center. She will show you how she processes memory – creating small abstract works on paper. Wheeler uses watercolor blocks that are very transportable with acrylics, cold wax, photo transfers, etc. – like a smaller version of her larger works. These completed small paintings can be framed or stored in a small, lidded box to use as studies for larger works. By day 2 we will take our studies and begin to transform our personal vision into large abstract paintings on wooden cradle-panels. As we build, layer, and cut into these paintings, we begin to understand the distressed surfaces of ancient places and how that accumulation of history and visual information can metaphorically reflect ourselves.  Emphasis will be on working in series. Our goal is to create our own vocabulary of symbols and to integrate the things floating around inside of us, releasing whatever is holding us back. We will work on multiple paintings, moving quickly from paper to panels.  Box, panels and grounds and other misc. supplies will be provided.