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Please Donate to OCAF's Capital Campaign

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Your tax deductible donation will help us to enhance our facilities and continue our mission of supporting art related programs for artists and residents of Georgia.

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The Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation:

Office & Gallery Hours: 10 AM to 4 PM Tuesday- Saturday

Large groups are welcome! After hours appointments available for gallery exhibits.

OCAF is located at 34 School Street in Historic Watkinsville Georgia.

Mission: The Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation, Inc. (OCAF) promotes cultural arts and artists, and provides art education to the citizens of Oconee County and the northeast Georgia area.

OCAF is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity that is not supported by tax dollars of any kind. All of our programs are open to the public regardless of what county they live in. OCAF members receive valuable discounts on classes, workshops and special events. Although membership is suggested it is not required.

Current and Upcoming Events & Exhibits

All exhibition opening receptions are open to the public.

Click on the Event Title for more information

Oconee County Youth Art Month Exhibition
Location: OCAF Main Gallery
Exhibition: February 25 - March 23
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 2, 4-6 PM
For directions click here.

OCAF is proud to host this exhibit which highlights over 250 young artists from Oconee County's public  and private schools, grades K-12. Youth Art Month (YAM) is an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art and art education for all children and to encourage public support for quality school art programs.


OCAF's Thrift Sale Fundraiser

Donations now being accepted. Drop-off schedule through March 14, 2017:

  • Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9am - 12pm & 5-7pm
  • Saturdays 9am - 2pm

Donations need to be dropped-off at Rocket Hall (old gymnasium). Donation receipts will be provided if desired. Pick-up service is available for large items or large quantities. To schedule a pick-up, please call Carol Ivie at 706-207-6962.

The Thrift Sale Fundraiser sale dates are Friday & Saturday, March 17 & 18. For more information click here


Art Classes & Workshops

These Winter / Spring classes and workshops are open for registration

Click Each Catergory Link Below for More Info.




Watercolor Landscapes
Introduction to basic landscape painting techniques with focus on composition, light & perspective as well as specific tecniques to build strong landscapes.

Learn basic techniques, design & use of other materials to enhance &/or repair watercolor paintings. A fun & relaxed class! 

Click here to see previous classes and to sign-up on Wait Lists.




Metal Work / Jewelry

Instructor: Sylvia Dawe
Now open for registration!
Do you love found object jewelry or have your own little treasures you would love to make into jewelry? This is the class for you! Basic jewelry and metalsmithing techniques will also be covered so workshop is appropriate for all skill levels.No experience required.
Click here to see previous classes and to sign-up on Wait Lists.

Paper Making & Book Making

with Margot Ecke
This four session course teaches students the basic stitches needed to construct a variety of book structures. We will cover accordion and maze books, stab bindings, Coptic books and more. Students will become familiar with the vocabulary, tools, materials and techniques associated with traditional bookbinding and leave with a love of binding as well as a strong foundation for more advanced learning.










Painting & Drawing

In this unique series of one-day Saturday workshops Cameron offers instruction in a variety of mediums and techniques.

With Charles Warnock
Back by popular demand! Charles Warnock, provides individual assistance and advice on acrylics in this open studio format class. This class is intended for students with painting experience.  

Class is designed to help artists enhance their skills in painting portraits. All skill levels, from beginning to advanced, are welcomed. While painting from the live model, artists will employ various techniques for developing accurate proportions, and the proper placement of the model on the canvas. Participants will receive instructions on starting the portrait with a solid structural drawing done in monochromatic lines and tones on a stained canvas.
This comprehensive two-day workshop is designed to share tips and techniques learned from over twenty-five years of working in the acrylic medium. Chantel's gentle teaching style will enrich the painting skills of beginners and advanced artists alike as she demonstrates painting the portrait from reference photos, without losing the energy and vitality of working from life.

Click here to see previous classes and to sign-up on Wait Lists. 

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You've started telling your story, but now you're lost in the murky woods of plot and character? This class will help demystify plot strategies, character development, creating scenes and descriptive writing through discussion of participants' work, examples from established authors and some in-class writing activities.

Click here to see previous classes and to sign-up on Wait Lists.

Beginner to Intermediate Wheelthrowing
with Annabelle Broyles
Learn the basics or improve & expand your wheel throwing & design techniques. Students will work at their own pace in this easy-going studio atmosphere.

with Annabelle Broyles
 Have you wanted to try your hand at pottery but were a bit intimidated at the thought of wheelthrowing? Have you tried or mastered wheelthrowing and want to expand your skills into other forms of pottery building? This class might be just the thing for you!
with Michael Pitts
 Ever wanted to move beyond basic glazing and experiment with new techniques for decorating your pottery? Join Michael Pitts as he teaches methods of ceramic surface enrichment that will help you make your pottery pieces your autograph. In this demonstration class Michael will be showing students techniques such as mishima, sgraffito & glaze overlays. 

Pottery Open Studio
Open studio time is available for adults who have previous experience in OCAF ceramics classes or other ceramics studios. Days & hours: change from week to week.
Click here to see previous classes and to sign-up on Wait Lists. 

With Jean Westmacott
 This is a beginning portrait sculpture class to introduce students to the forms, proportions and expressive possibilities in shaping the human head. No previous experience is necessary.

Click here to see previous classes and to sign-up on Wait Lists.



Performing Arts


Performing Arts

with Scotty Gannon
Course will emphasize development of student's interpersonal communications and expression, introducing the student to fundamentals of acting & skills uilized in performance. 

With Dan Wilson
3 levels available:
  • Beginner: designed for teaching the basics of playing the bagpipes
  • Intermediate A: for students that have completed the Beginning Class or able to read music and are working on embellishments and basic tunes on the practice chanter.
  • Intermediate B: for students that have completed the Beginning Class and Intermediate Class A or have required skills and are ready to play the bagpipes.

Please be sure to check back as new classes & workshops will be added to our Art Education page in the coming weeks.