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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

Opening Reception: Friday, April 6, 2018 | 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Exhibit Runs: April 6 through May 4, 2018

Click Here for More information 

Current Exhibits & Events - 



Exhibit open through Thursday, March 22, 2018

Tuesday - Saturday, 10am to 4pm


OCAF will not be holding our Thrift Sale this year. We appreciate all the donations & support in previous years.


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

Class is over. Sign up on Wait List for Future Classes

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



literary typewriter




Literary Arts

with Beaty Reynolds
Class to be rescheduled for Fall 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
Registration Now Open!
April 12 - April 26, 2018
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. Also includes an individual critique of a 10 page or less manuscript . 

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




Metal Work / Jewelry

Registration Now Open!
May 5, 2018
Come explore the art of jewelry fabrication! Students will learn basic metalsmithing skills which will allow them to make earring, pendants, brooches and more. Techniques such as cutting, piercing, sawing, forming, texturing, soldering and finishing as well as tools and materials needed will be covered.
Registration Now Open!
May 12, 2018
Build on your metalsmithing skills by learning how to make rings. Students will learn how to form ring shanks, make bezels and set stones, add texture & other decorative designs, size your ring and also how to make an adjustable size ring.
Cuttlefish Casting Workshop  
With Barbara Mann

Coming Fall 2018!
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! 











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portrait  figure open studio

Painting & Drawing

With Charles Warnock
Now Open for Registration! 
February 23 - April 6 March 2 - April 13, 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
  • March 17, 2018 (Just Added!)
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
  • March 10, 2018 (Still Life)
Workshop covers creating values, composition, textures, tones, color, choosing subject matter, materials and more. Students will work from photographs & still life. 
Portrait Drawing / Painting From Photographs
With Cameron Hampton 
NEW CLASS! Open for Registration!
  • March 3, 2018, 2018
Students will learn about composition, light, color, how to use a grid and facial proportions. Students may work in whatever medium they choose and will need to bring photographs to work from. Pet portraits are also welcome!

If You Can Hold a Pencil... You Can Cartoon
With Robert Alan Black, PhD  
March 2018 Class Now Open for Registration! 
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.
Tuesday evenings, 5:30 - 8:30pm. Model provided. All drawing & painting mediums are welcome (however, any solvents must be odorless). $70 per quarter or $7 for drop-ins, includes model fees.   

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
Class is in Session
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
Class is over! Sign-up on Wait List 
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
Class is full! Sign-up on Wait List 
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.
Soda Fired Pottery 
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 Materials & What to Buy
Free Class! Open for Registration
March 21, 2018 
Free 1 hour class on Watercolor materials for anyone who is taking Kie Johnson's Watercolor classes, is interested in taking her classes, or who would like to know more before purchasing Watercolor materials. Kie’s students are strongly urged to attend, especially those who are taking one of her classes for the first time. The knowledge you will obtain will assure you are not spending money on purchasing class materials that are unsuitable and/or of poor quality.

Now Open for Registration!
April 4 - May 16, 2018 (No Class April 25)
Students will become introduced to watercolor materials including brushes, paints and papers.  Basic painting techniques will be taught for control of paints and variety of watercolor processes.  Students will be introduced to color theory, color mixing, values studies, glazing, negative painting, as well as pouring and blending.  This class is designed to provide the beginning and intermediate student essential skills for becoming a successful watercolorist.
New Class Open for Registration
April 25 & May 23, 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.

Color Simplified: Exploring the Hues of Spring Flowers
New Class Open for Registration
May 7 - May 21, 2018
Workshop is designed to simplify color theory usuing a limited pallette and using the beautiful hues of spring flowers as inspiration. Watercolor techniques, color theory, compostition and drawing skills will be some of topics covered.

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 Wednesday, 21 March 2018 12:46