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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

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.

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

OCAF is located at 34 School Street in Historic Watkinsville Georgia - 30677

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.

23rd Annual Southworks National Juried Exhibition Prospectus

Upcoming Exhibits - 

Opening Receptions for All Shows are January 19, 2018 from 6 - 8 p.m.

- Free and Open to the Public, Please Join Us!







Image: Kristen Hyink






Art Classes & Workshops

Click Each Catergory Link Below for More Info.



Children, Teens & Family  


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



Fiber Arts

Open for Registration!
February 9, 2018

In this Simple Weaving Workshop you will learn weaving basics, yet in a tapestry technique, a more painterly, independent design approach. It’s the perfect way to begin to understand weaving as a fiber medium and be able to be immediately expressive with it. 



Glass Paperweight Workshop
with Nicholas Dagus
Registration Pending
February, 2018



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Literary Arts

with Beaty Reynolds
Open for Registration!
March 1 - April 5, 2018 
Screenwriter Beaty Reynolds will be offering an insider’s view of screenwriting. Aimed at both experienced and fledging writers, the workshop will tackle the FOUR CRITICAL ISSUES that sabotage the vast majority of screenplays. The workshop will offer both in-class writing exercises and time to deconstruct the screenplays of numerous recent and classic movies.
with Dana Wildsmith
Open for Registration!
April 21 - May 5, 2018 
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.  
with Gail Karwoski
Coming Soon!
This is a nuts n bolts introduction to children's books that covers toddler board books to middle grades nonfiction to teen dystopian fantasies. Class will cover how to read like a writer and write like a reader, "the Rules and the Writes" of constructing picture books, categories of kids' books, and understanding how to create longer stories for the shorter reader.  

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



Metal Work / Jewelry

Coming Soon!
With Barbara Mann

Coming Soon!
Click here to see previous classes and to sign-up on Wait List

With Ann Zawacki
Open for Registration! 
March 17 & 18, 2018!   
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! 












Painting & Drawing

With Charles Warnock
Open for Registration! 
January 5 - February 16, 2018
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
Open for Registration! 
March 10 - April 21, 2018
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.

With Cameron Hampton 
Open for Registration!
  • January 20, 2018
  • February 3, 2018
Workshop covers basic drawing skills (composition, light, textures, etc), traditional drawing techniques (crosshatching, blending, stippling, etc), drawing mediums from the traditional to the non-traditional (charcoal, ink, graphite, pastel, and watercolor), how to achieve textures, the realization of light and how to choose good subject matter.

Pastel Drawing & Painting
With Cameron Hampton 
Open for Registration!
  • January 27, 2018
Workshop covers creating values, composition, textures, tones, color, choosing subject matter, materials and more. Students will work from photographs & still life. 
If You Can Hold a Pencil... You Can Cartoon
With Robert Alan Black, PhD  
Coming Soon! 
The goal in the class is to help you begin to create your own cartoon characters, panels, strips and have fun doing it during each class. Students will focus on cartoons while learning to draw or improve their drawing skills. Class exercises, challenges & one-on-one time will also help you begin to capture your own humor in drawings.

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

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




Performing Arts


Performing Arts

with Scotty Gannon
Open for Registration!
February 21 - April 25, 2018  
An introduction to acting course.While the course's
focus will be technique for acting on camera, some 'non-camera' partnered content-less scenes will be explored as well as monologue work, voice, and physical theater work. Camera portion
of class will include: objectives, obstacles, substitution, inner objects, beats and actions, and inner monologue.  

With Dan Wilson
Open for registration!  
January 8 - April 30, 2018
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. 



Sapelo Island Photography Workshop
Coming Soon!
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.

Beginner to Intermediate Ceramics Wheel Throwing 
Instructor: Amanda Proctor
Open for Registration! 
January 30 - March 6, 2018 
If you have ever wondered if you would enjoy the art of pottery or have tried wheel throwing but want to improve & expand your skills, this is the class for you!

Instructor: Amanda Proctor
Open for Registration!
March 13 - April 17, 2018
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? Handbuilding might be just the thing for you!

Instructor: Cameron Gober
Registration Pending
 April, 2018
Ceramics Surface Decoration 
Instructor: Amanda Proctor
Registration Pending
May, 2018  
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
Registration Now Open for March 2018!
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.








Watercolor: Mentoring
Open for Registration
January 24, February 21, and March 21 - 2018

Class is designed to give each student one on one time with instructor in composition and various watercolor techniques. Students need to have prior experience with watercolor and come to class with projects they want to be working on independently. Instructional time will be designed to help each person move forward at his or her own level.

Painting Birds in Watercolor:
Workshop is Full! Sign-up on Wait List 
February 5 - 19, 2018
Workshop will introduce students to rendering birds in watercolor.  The class will focus on seeing, drawing and painting birds. Watercolor techniques will be explored with the specific emphasis on feathers, anatomy and light.
Watercolor with Gouache Painting
With Cameron Hampton 
Open for Registration!
  • February 10, 2018
Workshop covers basic skills (design, composition, blending, mixing, creating values, color & textures, watercolor paint & papers, etc) and using * white gouache, salt and other non-traditional materials to create exciting and textural watercolor paintings.
* an opaque watercolor that can be used to correct mistakes    

 Click here to see additional 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 Friday, 12 January 2018 12:40