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This program is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly.

GCA also receives support from its partner agency - the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Written by Kimberly Childs   
Thursday, 20 January 2011 23:11

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

 

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Georgia Small Works Exhibition 
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Location: Main Gallery

Exhibit Dates: October 6 - November 3, 2017

Reception: Friday, October 6, 6-8PM
Free and open to the public
Artists drop off work Sat., Sept. 23, 10AM-4PM
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Watercolors and Woodblock Prints

Location: Members Gallery

Exhibit Dates: October 6 - November 3, 2017

Reception: Friday, October 6, 6-8PM
Free and open to the public
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Presented by OCAF Gallery Director Margot Ecke

Location: Members Gallery

Date & Time: Thursday, November 2, 6:00 - 7:00PM

(originally scheduled for October 21, re-scheduled due to Fall Festival)

This 30 minute presentation will include an in-depth discussion of the relief prints of local painter & relief printmaker Roy Ward as well as a hands on relief printing demonstration.Free and open to the public

 

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Southern Breezes: Visions of Another Era
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Location: Hall Gallery

Exhibit Dates: October 6 - November 3, 2017

Reception: Friday, October 6, 6-8PM
Free and open to the public
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OCAF's Annual Holly Daze Sale

Only 6 Days!

Location: Rocket Hall gym

Dates: Oct. 27, 28 & 29 and Nov. 3, 4 & 5

Hours:

Reception: Fri. Oct. 27, 6:00 - 9:00 PM

Sat. & Sun.Oct. 28 & 29, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Fri., Nov. 3, 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM 

Handcrafted wreaths, garlands, table settings, ornaments, unique seasonal decorations and more...

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Turkish Delights

Presented by

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Location: 1902 OCAF Center building

Dates: November 10 & 11, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Show and Sale of Rugs by Hasan’s Rugs, Art by Alan Campbell, Antiques from John Knowlton 

Exquisite hand woven rugs ranging from traditional to contemporary, from Turkey and the surrounding regions.

Join us for an “East Meets West” Brunch Reception Friday, Nov. 10, 10:00 - 11:30 AM with a Walk About & Talk Conducted by Hasan Turkeri, Owner of Hasan’s Rugs

Rugs are available for viewing and purchase in the 1902 OCAF Center building, 34 School Street in Watkinsville.

Free and open to the public




 

Art Classes & Workshops

Click Each Catergory Link Below for More Info.

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Photography

Sapelo Island Photography Workshop
Registration Open for November 2017!
In this 4 day workshop, accomplished Photographer Karekin Goekjian will instruct students in night photography & nature photography on beautiful Sapelo Island! Accommodations & most meals included.


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Children, Teens & Family  

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On the first Saturday of each month, children ages 5 - 10 will explore the traditions, culture & environment associated with the different continents of earth. Through games, art projects, plays, science experiments, environmental & wildlife studies and engineering challenges students will develop a lifelong appreciation of earth and the varied people who live here.
Poster Printing with Wood Type with Margot Ecke
Great Class for Families!
  Registration Now Open for October 2017 Class
See description below under Paper & Book Making or click title of class to go to Art Ed web page.

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Watercolor

Watercolor: Painting Values & Color
September 2017 Class Now Open for Registration 
Explores how to use value contrasts & color mixtures. Includes daily demonstrations, time to practice new skills and lots of individual help from Kie.

Making the Ordinary Extraordinary
October 2017 Class Now Open for Registration
It is not what you paint, it is how you paint it. In the design & composition class students will learn techniques to turn ordinary subjects into extraordinary paintings. Demonstrations will be given in watercolor but other media can be used.


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


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Metal Work / Jewelry

To be rescheduled for Spring 2018
Come explore the art of jewelry fabrication! Students will learn basic metalsmithing skills which will allow them to make earring, pendants, brooches, rings and more. No experience required.

with Sylvia Dawe
To be rescheduled for Spring 2018
From abstract designs to animal faces to flowers & beyond, fold forming can be used to make earrings, pendants, bracelets or any kind of jewelry you desire.
 

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


 

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Paper & Book Making

with Margot Ecke
Sign-up on Wait List for Future Classes
In this five hour class students will learn how to construct a Coptic bound book. Coptic bound books open flat so are excellent for sketching & journaling. In addition, the structure of Coptic bound books is beautiful and is the earliest known example of books with folded pages.
 
with Margot Ecke
Registration Now Open for October 2017 Class
In this five hour class students will learn how to construct a Coptic bound book. Coptic bound books open flat so are excellent for sketching & journaling. In addition, the structure of Coptic bound books is beautiful and is the earliest known example of books with folded pages.


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

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With Ann Zawacki
November 2017 Session now open for Registration!
 Explore the ancient art of collage while creating your own using found objects, fibers, photos, and other materials. Topics covered include origins & types of collage, "hunting & gathering" of materials, tools, composition, background & materials prep & display ideas. Only requirement is that you know how to use scissors! 

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Painting & Drawing

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With Charles Warnock
September 2017 Session now open for Registration!
 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.  
 

With Abner Cope
October 2017 Session now open for Registration!
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.

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

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Literary Arts

ABC's of Writing for Children
October 2017 Session now open for Registration!
This nuts n bolts intro to writing children's books covers toddler board books to middle grades nonfiction to teen dystopian fanasties. Gail will discuss such topices as how to read like a writer & write like a reader, "the Rules & the Writes" of constructing picture books, the categories of kids' books & how to create longer sotries for the shorter reader. 

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


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Beginner Wheel Throwing & Handbuilding
Instructor: Amanda Proctor
Class is full! Sign up on Wait List
Learn the basics needed to throw a pot, handbuild a simple structure and to combine the tow methods to alter your forms. Basic glazing & decorative methods will also be covered.

Instructor: Amanda Proctor
October 2017 Class now open for Registration
 Class will cover more complex thrown & handbuilt forms & will explore further techniqes for altering & embellishing forms. More intricate glazing & surface decoration techniqes will also be covered.
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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. 


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Performing Arts

 

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with Scotty Gannon
Class to be rescheduled. Sign up on Wait List
Course will emphasize character development though analysis, interpretation & exploration exercises. Ensemble building, improvisational exercises & scene work will be covered.


With Dan Wilson
Fall Session now Open for Registration
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. 

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Sculpture
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With Jean Westmacott
Sign-up on Wait List
 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.


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

This four-hour workshop is the perfect introduction to the world of box construction! Your hand-made Wee Box will provide a wonderful way to display that small treasure you otherwise keep tucked away in some safe place or will stand-alone as a work-of-art all on its own.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 October 2017 16:28