Friday, September 28, 2012

Three Jewelry Making Workshops with Larry Pile

Three Jewelry Making Workshops with Larry Pile
Instructor: Larry Pile, aka The Kessler Craftsman
Mondays, 7-9:30pm

Choose individual workshops or the 3-part series.
Monday, October 1 | Silver and copper metal-worked earrings - Using copper and sterling silver, use texturing, dapping, stamping and other metalsmithing techniques to create a pair of beautiful sterling and copper earrings.
Monday, October 8 | Sterling Silver and glass earrings - Using 18 gauge sterling wire and glass beads, students will learn a lovely wire-technique that can be applied to other beads, discs, buttons for unique, one-of-a-kind dangling earrings
Monday, October 15| Silver and glass ring - Using 16 gauge sterling wire and glass pieces supplied by the instructor, we’ll learn to make sterling head pins with a torch and sterling silver wire and then form them and fused glass piece into a lovely sterling and glass ring.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Turner House Centenial Celebration

We had a blast making fabric necklaces at this weekend's Turner House Centenial Celebration! Thanks to our great volunteers and neighbors.

Cats and Rainbows: Closing Reception October 13

Cats and Rainbows September 22 - October 20, 2012 
Closing Reception October 13, 7:00-9:00pm
If you missed our opening reception for Cats and Rainbows you have another opportunity to see the work of our talented instructors. The show features pieces by Rebecca Carter, Gabbe Grodin, Emily Riggert, and Jessica Sinks, and includes participatory painting, digital drawing, works on paper, and paintings.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Photoshop Collage
Saturday, September 22, 3-5pm
Instructor: Rebecca Carter

Using Rene Magritte's charming pants painting at the DMA and the narrative after it was named as inspiration participants will take a short walk in the neighborhood collecting images with their digital camera. Basic photoshop skills dealing with manipulating images will be taught and students will combine a minimum of two images in absurd or poignant juxtaposition as a digital image. The resulting works may then be published online as a part of Rebecca's MAP (Make Art with Purpose) open source project . An iphone works, or any digital camera which will alllow you to import images to a computer. Students will need to bring their own computers (laptops). The program will be taught using a Mac, but the information should translate fairly directly to PC.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Pop-Up Exhibition at Oil and Cotton

Cats and Rainbows
September 22 - October 14, 2012
Opening Reception September 22, 6:00-9:00pm

Join us this Saturday, September 22nd from 6:00-9:00pm, for the opening reception of Cats and Rainbows: our first-ever exhibition of instructors' work. The show features pieces by Rebecca Carter, Gabbe Grodin, Emily Riggert, and Jessica Sinks, and will include participatory painting, digital drawing, works on paper, and paintings.

Photography Classes at Oil and Cotton

The Camera Obscura and Pinhole Cameras
Saturday, October 13, 11-2pm
Instructor: Laura Barth Turner

This special class will explore two significant historical photographic processes: Pinhole cameras, and the original camera: the Camera Obscura.

The modern term "camera" is derived from the word Camera Obscura (latin for "dark chamber"), a basic optical viewing device that involves a simple hole for a lens, and a wall or board for a screen. It was used by many painters to compose scenes before putting brush to canvas, and experimented with by scientists as early as Aristotle.

The pinhole camera is an extension of this concept- it minimizes the large size of the camera obscura, and adds the ability to actually record an image on light sensitive material, creating mysterious, fleeting, and beautiful one-of-a-kind images.
For this workshop, we will begin by creating and exploring our own room-sized Camera Obscura. Next, we will build individual pinhole cameras, which we will use to make photographs and develop them, leaving you with unique pieces of art to take home with you.
Students will receive a kit that includes all materials. You will take home a reusable pinhole camera, and 8-10 pinhole photographs made during the workshop.

Camera Obscura Kit:
-heavy weight Mat board for building pinhole cameras
-gaffers tape for sealing the camera
-black and White darkroom paper for making prints
-developing chemistry will also be provided

Laura has created a series of photography based classes for Oil and Cotton. Look for more to come, including Polaroid Transfers and Iphoneography!

Laura Turner is an artist whose main medium is photography, though she is also passionate about mixed media projects. She is also very interested in the intersections between film and analog photography, digital photography, and social and mobile mediums.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Getting Some Perspective at Oil and Cotton

Drawing: Kyle's Perspective
Wednesdays, September 12-October 3, 6:30-9pm
Instructor: Kyle Hobratschk

If you have always wanted to learn to draw this is the class for you. Kyle will share tips and tricks for drawing with perspective. This is not your perspective lesson from grade school that taught to draw radiating lines from a center point and horizon line. This class will cover a far wider, more applicable, and enjoyable set of drawing perspective strategies. 

Students will draw from both large still lifes and photographs of structural subjects. Techniques for quick rendering in perspective without the need for rulers or compasses will compliment essential drawing practices in pencil, ink and gesso. REGISTER TODAY!!!