Friday, March 30, 2012

Printmaking at Oil and Cotton

Oil and Cotton is offering a variety of printmaking classes this spring and summer. This Monday is the start of an eight-week course that teaches the essentials of printmaking from copper plates, a medium rooted in five hundred years of history. Use Kyle's beautiful press and explore the art of etching into copper.
If you are interested in a one day DIY printmaking class you will enjoy Allison Vieger's "Stamped with Love" workshop on May 1, 6:30-8:30. Learn the art of relief printing using the simplest of materials, like potatoes and rubber erasers. You will also learn how to make your own unique stamp for creating pattern on stationery, wrapping paper, gift cards and more. Experiment with carving larger format rubber blocks to create your own icon and pattern. Class will include creating 3 piece stationery sets, calling cards, custom gift tags, wrapping paper, and art to take home and frame.
For a more in-depth exploration of relief printing join us for our Woodcut Weekender, May 4-5th with Brian Scott. Learn to conceive, carve, and print an image on on a Linoleum block. Class objectives include choosing suitable themes, designing a strong graphic image, block and image preparation, using and care of carving tools, cutting a linoleum block, registration and printing, ink and color options, edition protocols, and related topics.
And last but not least, DIY Silk Screen Printing with Mylan and Jessica. This six week workshop will provide an in depth understanding of the silk screen printing process. Students learn everything they need to create a press and silkscreen within their own home and complete at least two silkscreen projects in class.
Each student receives an 18 page workbook filled with information and tips for continued printing after class. Visit our website to register for these classes and more...

Monday, March 26, 2012

Oil and Cotton at Latino Cultural Center

This weekend we had the pleasure of collaborating with the Latino Cultural Center. Oil and Cotton lead a drum making activity for families attending the opening of American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music. Children interpreted traditional rhythms such as Mambo, Samba and Cha Cha into visual patterns to decorate their drums and shaker instruments.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Hyperbolic Crochet | March 29, 6:30-8:30pm

Hyperbolic Crochet with Anne Lawrence
Thursday, March 29, 6:30-8:30

Learn the basics of hyperbolic and free-form crochet enabling you to create your own sculptural crocheted objects. Hyperbolic crochet is the use of increases to create mathematical models of theoretical forms or those found in nature, such as the crenelations of a lettuce leaf or coral reef. Familiarity with basic crochet such as chaining preferred, but not necessary. All levels welcome.

Students that attend this class are invited to attend our FREE Thursday night open studio Fibers Circle to continue working on their creations and exhibit work in a small group show on Thursday, April 19, 6:30 -8:30pm.

Anne Lawrence started experimenting with free-form crochet in 2005 before discovering hyperbolic crochet. Primarily a self-taught crocheter, Lawrence has been working with the hook since the age of 8.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Oil and Cotton Spring Break

Oil and Cotton spent Spring Break making beautiful artwork with our awesome students and generous teacher volunteers. Here is a bit of what we created in our Spring Break Art Camps. We are looking forward to our SUPER SUMMER CAMPS!
We painted a blue bonnet field, mixed paint to create color wheels, hand crafted leather bags and more. We are closed for the weekend, but look forward to seeing you in our weekly classes. Have a wonderful St. Patrick's Day and Spring Break!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Basic Metal Working with Silver and Copper

This Saturday, March 10 11-1:30pm, we are offering an introduction to metal working with silver and copper. Join artist Larry Pile and learn fundamental jewelry skills that can be applied in many, many ways. We will begin with a sheet of sterling silver and copper, sterling wire and jewelry tools and make a pair of beautiful bi-metal earrings. Students will cut out discs, stamp, texture, patina, pierce and assemble our creations and leave with a beautiful piece of work and some newly developed jewelry skills. Visit our website to register and learn more about this super class! Here are a few links to some of our favorite jewelry artists: Odette and The Golden Smith. Get inspired!