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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.

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SOUTHWORKS: National Juried Art Exhibition

Location: OCAF Main Gallery

Exhibition: April 7 - May 5, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, April 7, 6-9 PM
For directions click here.

OCAF is proud to present this year’s Southworks National Juried Art Exhibition featuring a collection of 71 works from artists across the United States as selected by juror Nandini Makrandi; Chief Curator atthe Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga,TN. This year, as another facet of Southworks, we are proud to present thenarrative paintings of our Director’s Choiceartist Rebecca Davenport.

For information on Rebecca Davenport click here.


Members Exhibit Call for Entries

Drop off Work: Saturday, May 20, 2017, 10am - 4pm
Exhibit Dates: June 2 - July 7
Reception: Friday, June 2, 6-8pm
For application click here

All OCAF members are encouraged to enter their artwork in our Annual Members’ Exhibition regardless their skill level. Every OCAF Member in good standing may submit up to 2 pieces, and each member is assured that at least one piece will be accepted. This is a great opportunity for members to have their work on display in our main gallery as a benefit of membership. Participation is also open to our Youth Level members (5 years old and older).


Art Classes & Workshops

These Winter / Spring classes and workshops are open for registration

Click Each Catergory Link Below for More Info.




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

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
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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
New Class Starting March 30!
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. 
with George McCauley

The Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF), in partnership with the University of North Georgia (UNG), is excited to present this multi-faceted workshop with Montana-based potter George McCauley, as a part of George's House of Clay World Tour 2017. This is a unique opportunity to see McCauley demonstrate his casual approach to clay. The workshop includes a hands-on cone 1 soda firing. 

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.
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