Oil and Cotton Creative Exchange of Dallas is the collaborative project of Kayli House Cusick, Shannon Driscoll, their friends, family and community.
We are a creative commons for students of all ages. The heart of our class programming is the intersection of academic art, the tradition of handcraft and human ingenuity. We will have a variety of classes and welcome adults – from hobbyists to creative professionals, teens – preparing an art portfolio or just being creative with friends, children – art lovers and mess makers alike, and families who like to make art together.
Join us on Sunday, September 12th, from 12:00-4:00pm, to celebrate our Grand Opening during the Blues Bandits and BBQ Festival in Oak Cliff. Oil and Cotton will host a free community art project in our new home located at 837 W. 7th Street, at the corner of Tyler & Davis in Oak Cliff. All ages are invited to come and try one of our fun fall crafts: print your own bandanna patterns on recycled fabric, or learn to make corn husk dolls with artist and teacher Lizzy Wetzel. There will also be a basket weaving demonstration given by teacher and craftsperson Jan Bills and much more…
We will all be there, so you can meet our teachers, peruse the retail counter, learn about our classes, and relax in our space that love built!
Our Fall 2010 schedule of classes is full of opportunities to learn and create. Here is just a peek at the workshops offered in September. Attached you will also find a calendar of our Fall 2010 weekly class schedule (creative arts classes for ages 18 months to adults). If you would like to register for workshops or classes, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year we are building and fine-tuning and as we grow. Let us know if you have questions or suggestions, we would love to hear from you.
We look forward to seeing you!
Shannon and Kayli
SEPTEMBER WORKSHOPS AT OIL AND COTTON
837 w. 7th, Dallas, Texas 75208 ::: (214) 797-8176 ::: www.oilandcotton.com
Friday, September 17th, 6:00-8:00pm
Since prehistoric times, bottle containers were created from clay or asphaltum sealed woven containers. Early glass bottles were produced by the Phoenicians. In this workshop we will learn how to use a glass cutter, a combination of cold and hot water, and fine grit polishing paper to make drinking glasses from recycled Topo Chico bottles. The bottle necks may used to make light fixtures, funnel, or paint brush holders…
Teacher: Shannon Driscoll
Saturday, September 18th, 10:00am-4:00pm
This sweet bike basket can hold a lot of weight with its solid ash wood bottom. Learn all the basic weaves and shaping using rattan reed and seagrass. Finish it off with leather straps and a sturdy metal handle so you can take your basket with you. Jan has developed a series of classes for Oil and Cotton that will be taught monthly. Students interested in gaining a deeper understanding of this beautiful craft should consider registering for the full Fall 2010 series.
Teacher: Jan Schmit
POLISH PAPER CHANDELIERS
Thursday, September 23rd, 6:00-8:00pm
Learn the traditional art of the pajaki, a paper chandelier. These colorful examples of Polish folk art have recently popped up on many design blogs. Use various materials such as tree branches, feathers, decorative papers, twine and shells to construct this sweet interpretation of an old fashioned craft.
Teacher: Shannon Driscoll
CLAY CONSTRUCTION AND GLAZING
Two Saturdays, September 25th and October 2nd, 10:00-11:30am
In part one of this two-session workshop, students use their hands to build artwork out of earth clay. The clay will be fired to prepare for week two, when students learn to glaze their ceramics. Pierette’s classes offer the opportunity to learn intuitively with the guidance of a nurturing and experienced teacher.
Teacher: Pierrette Lacour
Price: $65 (for two sessions)
FLAT FELTING BASICS
September 25th, 1:00-4:00pm
Felt is the oldest textile known to man, and has been created for centuries all over the world for use as clothing, shelter, rugs, and art. Participate in this non-woven fabric making legacy. Lizzy has developed a four part workshop series that will explore the traditions and process of felting from dying wool rovings to using felt to draw, build and as a way to create both decorative and functional objects. Students interested in gaining a deeper understanding of this versitile art material should consider registering for the full four part series.
Teacher: Lizzy Wetzel