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Workshops for teens to explore their artistic creativity


Relate and Create is designed to offer teens, AGES 12 TO 18, who want to extend their art education beyond the classroom the opportunity to explore different media while studying under accomplished artists in each medium. Each of the one week sessions will focus on a different aspect of the visual arts - drawing, painting, and pottery. All three workshops will be offered from 9am until noon, Monday through Friday.


2017 Workshops:

Prices for all Workshops:

OCAF Members: $100 per Workshop

Non-Members: $110 per Workshop

Additional Materials Fee: $20 per Workshop

Drawing Painting Pottery

Dates:June 26 - 30

Session is Full!

Dates: July 10 - 14


Dates: July 17 - 21


Cameron Hampton
Leigh Ellis
Holly Williams

Classes will show different drawing techniques using an array of drawing materials both traditional such as charcoal, graphite and ink, to nontraditional materals such as Georgia red clay, as well as many different papers and other surfaces that can be used as drawing surfaces. Different genre will be covered such as still life, figurative, portrait and more modern styles such as abstract and graphic novel illustration drawn from life and from photographs.

This workshop will take participants through an intensive beginning watercolor course. The group will explore watercolor techniques, field sketching in watercolorand the many ways watercolor is the best painting medium. Students will get an introduction to color theory and use their imaginations to create colorful paintings and designs. The class is taught by Leigh Ellis, a signature member of the Georgia Watercolor Society.

Students will explore three dimensions by creating hand-built forms in clay. In this hands-on class, students will learn basic skills which involve scoring/slipping, rolling slabs. The instructor will share ideas and show examples of things students might like to try using found materials to create texture. Students will also be introduced to throwing on the wheel. These techniques will enable each student to form the clay into their own vision.


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2016 Instructors' Bios

Drawing Painting Pottery


Cameron Hampton


Leigh Ellis


Hallie Shafer

Cameron Hampton is a Masters Circle Member of the International Association of Pastel Societies, earning her Gold Medal in the spring of 2007, a Signature Member of teh Pastel Society of America and the Alabama Pastel Society. She attended both Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY and the Atlanta College of Art (now Savannah College of Art and Design) in Atlanta, GA. She has studied independently in Austria, Belgium, The Netherlands, Slovakia and Hungary where she lived. Cameron has been featured in Blue Canvas Magazine, the London based Quarto Publishing books "Sketching and Drawing: Tips, Techniques and Shortcuts" and "Altered". She has exhibited in over one hundred shows, including many one woman shows, and has many works in corporate and private collections. She is a painter, photographer, sculptor, graphic novel illustrator and author, political cartoonist, book and web designer, and teacher.

Cameron is currently teaching workshops at the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation.

Leigh Ellis is a professional painter and instructor of watercolor. She holds a MS degree in biology and began her art career 20 years ago in biological illustration. She studied painting and design at the University of Hawaii and Montana State University. Her paintings have been exhibited in juried and private shows from Hawaii  to Georgia, including 10 solo exhibits. Ellis has illustrated five books for Manasha Ridge Press and one book, The Journeyman's Path, in 2002. She is an active member of teh Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation and Georgia Watercolor Society. Leigh has been a juror for the Georgia Junior Duck Stamp Contest for the past 5 years.

She is currently an upper level art teacher at Athens Academy in Athens, GA.

Hallie Shaefer graduated from Clemson University, BFA in Visual Arts having received an art department scholarship and making the Dean's list and the President's list. She has been the Head of Ceramics / Unit Leader at Forest Acres Camp, ME, teaching children and young adults aged 8-18 both wheelthrowing and hand building techniques.

"Helping children and adults to experience the confidence and awe that comes with creating their own functional piece of artwork has been an incredible opportunity for me" says Shafer "I'm thrilled to be a part of a vibrant arts community and providing art education at OCAF".