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Join renowned 30-year Central Oregon artist David Kinker, painter, muralist, art instructor, and river enthusiast, and engage with the magic of painting as a creative adventure! In this unique acrylic painting class, discover how to create powerful visual impact. Start to see the world from an artist's perspective, build a "toolkit" of skills and concepts to form your own personal painting style, and practice painting in an encouraging environment. All skill levels welcome, but recommended for intermediate painting skills.


October 23, 2024 to November 20, 2024 | 5:30pm-8:30pm PDT | Bend
Whether you are new or returning to oil painting, this course will focus on the materials and techniques needed to paint vivid dynamic landscapes with oil paint. Students will learn the core skills that will enable them to confidently paint landscapes that are filled with color, depth, and life. Students will receive personal instruction and demonstration on color mixing, choosing paint colors, when to use painting mediums, brushwork, and paint application. We will also discuss how to set up a solvent-free, non-toxic workspace. This course will provide the students with methodologies for the process of making a painting, including managing color and value, and constructing an engaging composition. Students will have a completed landscape using the simple "direct" alla prima method. Hands-on: Students will paint still life using primary color mixing.


September 5-26, 2024 | 5:00pm-8:00pm PDT | Bend
Translate traditional drawing and painting techniques using digital tools on the computer. Includes use of pressure-sensitive electronic pen tablets, stylus, and industry-standard software to create digital art that implements various traditional mediums. Emphasizes concept and personal style development. This is a non-credit Community Education class. You will not receive college credit.


June 25, 2024 to August 29, 2024 | 9:00am-12:00pm PDT | Redmond
This course explores the unique qualities of watercolor as a painting medium. Emphasizes fundamental skills, color, and composition while painting from a variety of subjects. This is a non-credit Community Education class. You will not receive college credit.


June 25, 2024 to August 29, 2024 | 1:00pm-4:00pm PDT | Redmond
Color mixing can be a frustrating and perplexing skill for new painters and skilled painters alike. Part of the problem is that much of the basic color theory being taught doesn't apply to mixing color with paints. This course will provide a deep dive into the world of color and bring the concept of "informed intuition" to painters' artistic practices. By working through a series of exercises and example paintings, the goal is to strengthen a student's ability to observe and mix color, as well as to strategize their use of color in your painting.


October 10-31, 2024 | 5:30pm-8:00pm PDT | Bend
Create unique and beautiful Japanese Ikebana floral arrangements using techniques established over centuries. Historical, cultural, and spiritual aspects of the practice accompany hands-on learning. After each meeting, students may take their arrangements home. Perfect for beginners and those already familiar with Ikebana techniques.


October 13, 2024 to November 10, 2024 | 1:00pm-3:00pm PDT | Bend
Have fun learning how to draw, even if you think you can't. This class shows you techniques to develop skills using geometric shapes which are then softened and rounded to draw anything. Beginning drawing is the basis for all fine art because it teaches you how to see objects in a different way. You will do a technique sheet and a finished drawing. No experience is required. Materials are supplied. Beginning Drawing Simplified series builds on techniques and experience. It is recommended the series be taken in order, but not required. Take the series together, or register for any of the single sessions.


Friday, November 1, 2024 | 9:00am-12:30pm PDT | Prineville
Building on the information in Beginning Drawing 1, you will explore the importance of value (shading) which provides depth and perspective on a two-dimensional surface. Value is one of the main elements in drawing and painting, and adding charcoal makes it exciting. The projects include a pencil drawing and a charcoal drawing. Materials are included. Beginning Drawing Simplified series builds on techniques and experience. It is recommended the series be taken in order, but not required. Take the series together, or register for any of the single sessions.


Friday, November 1, 2024 | 1:30pm-5:00pm PDT | Prineville
Have fun learning how to draw, even if you think you can't. This class shows you techniques to develop skills using geometric shapes which are then softened and rounded to draw anything. Beginning drawing is the basis for all fine art because it teaches you how to see objects in a different way. You will do a technique sheet and a finished drawing. Beginning Drawing Simplified series builds on techniques and experience. It is recommended the series be taken in order, but not required. Take the series together, or register for any of the single sessions.


Friday, November 1, 2024 | 9:00am-5:00pm PDT | Prineville
This introductory class explores a brief history of calligraphy, essential tools of pen, ink, and paper. The focus is on learning one classic style, guiding you through each stroke. Practice time ensures you'll gain confidence and skill, setting a strong foundation for your calligraphy journey. Sign up for the full series at a discounted rate, or any single, stand-alone session.


Saturday, October 5, 2024 | 9:00am-12:30pm PDT | Redmond
This second class, in a series of three, will take your skills to the next level. You'll learn a second calligraphy style to deepen your understanding of fundamental techniques which enables you to apply them to a variety of letter styles. Through guided practice and expert tips, you'll gain the confidence to explore and experiment with different styles. Sign up for the full series at a discounted rate, or any single, stand-alone session.


Saturday, October 12, 2024 | 9:00am-12:30pm PDT | Redmond
This final class in a series of three, will bring your creativity to life. Apply your skills to create a finished piece of art. Choose a meaningful quote, song lyric, or short poem to transform into beautifully crafted calligraphy. Sign up for the full series at a discounted rate, or any single, stand-alone session.


Saturday, October 19, 2024 | 9:00am-12:30pm PDT | Redmond
Unleash your creativity and explore the art of elegant writing. Dive into the world of letter forms and numbers, discovering their unique styles and characteristics. Learn spacing and word arrangement to create personal compositions. Join us for this inspiring three-part journey into the beauty of penmanship. All materials included. Sign up for the full series at a discounted rate, or any single, stand-alone session.


October 5-19, 2024 | 9:00am-12:30pm PDT | Redmond
In this exciting course, students will learn multiple hand building techniques including: press, hump/slump and slip casting molds, box forms with lids, and coil and slab sculpture. Emphasis will be on textures, patterns, and applique to build artistic expression and individual design aesthetic. All levels welcome.


September 30, 2024 to November 25, 2024 | 6:00pm-9:00pm PDT | Bend
Join an exciting three session design course and unleash your artistic creativity. Learn the principles of design to create one-of-a-kind, balanced compositions that are visually appealing. Fun exercises create pure design pieces of art. First class is applying basic design principles to create a balanced, yet beautiful piece of art. The second class focuses on using design principles to create an exciting three-dimensional piece of art; while the third class will open your mind to the art and relaxing practice of scribbling. Sign up for the full series, at a discounted rate, or any single, stand-alone session.


November 9-23, 2024 | 9:00am-12:30pm PST | Bend
Join an exciting design course and unleash your artistic creativity. Learn the principles of design to create one-of-a-kind, balanced compositions that are visually appealing. Fun exercises create pure design pieces of art. More techniques in landscape arrangements movement and emphasis in natural settings. Materials are included. Sign up for the full series, at a discounted rate, or any single, stand-alone session.


Saturday, November 9, 2024 | 9:00am-12:30pm PST | Bend
This class combines the principles and techniques learned, with dimensional objects for exciting three-dimensional design. Bring any meaningful items you may want to include in this personal piece art. If not, materials are available. Sign up for the full series, at a discounted rate, or any single, stand-alone session.


Saturday, November 16, 2024 | 9:00am-12:30pm PST | Bend
Relaxing and stress-free scribbles create unique patterns and designs through simple, repetitive strokes. The results are fascinating, complex images. The process is meditative, as it involves repetitive patterns and strokes, which can help in reducing stress and promoting relaxation. There's no pre-planned outcome; the artist lets the patterns evolve organically, fostering a sense of calm and mindfulness. All materials are supplied. Sign up for the full series, at a discounted rate, or any single, stand-alone session.


Saturday, November 23, 2024 | 9:00am-12:30pm PST | Bend
This exploratory workshop introduces participants to the world of alternative photo processes focusing on cyanotypes. Cyanotypes use the sun to create images on paper that can be toned with plants to create a host of different colors. Students will learn how to create cyanotypes with photograms and/or digital negatives and then use various plants to tone their creations.


Wednesday, July 24, 2024 | 10:00am-3:00pm PDT | Bend
Learn the elements of art and how to create abstract expressions with them! In this hands-on camp, students will be introduced to the ELEMENTS of ART: line, shape, form, texture, color and value by drawing with markers and colored pencils. Students will learn expression artwork as a framework for expressing their ideas, themselves, and their emotions. Each student's artwork will be as unique as they are! This class is designed for non-artists and artists alike, and no artistic skill is required. Taught by COCC Art Professor, Natasha Bacca. Ages 10-15.


July 22, 2024 to August 1, 2024 | 1:00pm-4:00pm PDT | Bend
August 5-15, 2024 | 1:00pm-4:00pm PDT | Bend
This course focuses on audio-visual narratives, with an emphasis on how the collaborative process of combining cinematography, editing, sound, mise-en-scene, and acting constructs meaning and communicates ideas. This is a non-credit Community Education class. You will not receive college credit.


June 24, 2024 to August 29, 2024 | 12:00pm-12:00pm PDT | Online
Alfred Hitchcock has become known as "the master of suspense," but his films in both England and the United States are not merely thrillers, but feature striking elements of comedy, romance, melodrama, and psychological complexity as well. With some representative samples from his career of over fifty years, the course will explore his preoccupation with guilt, murder, voyeurism, and a beguiling heroine who is both icy and passionate.


October 23, 2024 to November 20, 2024 | 4:00pm-6:30pm PDT | Bend
Do you love to look at beautiful flowers and plants in art? You can learn to capture flowers and other botanical subjects on paper in a series of simple steps! Class includes an introduction to supplies, botanical drawing, and watercolor painting techniques, and you will have plenty of time to try out the techniques in class. All materials provided by instructor. No experience necessary, all skill levels welcome!


Sunday, November 3, 2024 | 9:00am-4:00pm PDT | Bend
This beginning adult contemporary class will introduce students to the basic skills of contemporary dance technique. Contemporary dance is influenced by the foundations of modern dance and fused with contemporary practices (release technique, GAGA, Countertechnique, etc.). Students will learn the fundamentals of contemporary floor work, traveling steps, and simple choreography. Classical training, Pilates, and yoga are important tools that will be used to help students gain an understanding of healthy alignment. Not only will students learn the basics of contemporary dance, but they will also get a great workout, build strength and flexibility, and most of all have fun!


September 3, 2024 to November 19, 2024 | 10:00am-11:15am PDT | Bend
Learn to play any style of music on the guitar, and become the musician you've always wanted to be! This course provides basic guitar skills that you'll build step-by-step with hands-on exercises, audio and video recordings, and detailed instructions to put you well on your way to becoming a skilled player.


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Become a skilled photographer when it comes to taking beautiful pictures of adults, children, or babies. This course will help you discover the best way to shoot faces, fix common close-up problems, and use digital photo editing techniques to retouch your photos.


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It's fun and easy to learn two-point perspective with this step-by-step method. Perspective gives objects like houses, barns, office building, fences, etc. the appearance of going back in space in two directions which give depth and distance. A pencil is used for this technique which adds realism to your projects. This also teaches the use of measuring exact proportions. Perspective Drawing Simplified series builds on techniques and experience. It is recommended the series be taken in order, but not required. Take the series of three, or register for any of the single sessions.


Friday, October 4, 2024 | 9:00am-12:30pm PDT | Bend
It is better to learn one-point perspective after taking Perspective Simplified 1 because it makes the concepts easier to understand. This technique relies more on horizontals, verticals, and different points of view. Pencil or ink techniques will add to the interest of your two finished projects. All skill levels are welcome and all materials are provided. Perspective Drawing Simplified series builds on techniques and experience. It is recommended the series be taken in order, but not required. Take the series of three, or register for any of the single sessions.


Friday, October 11, 2024 | 9:00am-12:30pm PDT | Bend
This exciting class teaches you how to put one-point and two-point perspective into one finished drawing using pencil, ink, or colored pencils. Subjects you choose can be outdoor buildings and landscape, cityscapes, or interior rooms. Perspective Drawing Simplified series builds on techniques and experience. It is recommended the series be taken in order, but not required. Take the series of three, or register for any of the single sessions.


Friday, October 18, 2024 | 9:00am-12:30pm PDT | Bend
It's fun and easy to learn one and two-point perspective drawing with this step-by-step method. Perspective gives objects like houses, barns, office building, fences, etc. the appearance of going back in space in two directions which give depth and distance. A pencil is used for this technique which adds realism to your projects. This also teaches the use of measuring exact proportions. Perspective Drawing Simplified series builds on techniques and experience. It is recommended the series be taken in order, but not required. Take the series of three, or register for any of the single sessions.


October 4-18, 2024 | 9:00am-12:30pm PDT | Bend
Join professional photographer Steve J. Giardini and discover the world of creating beautiful digital photographs from start to finish. See individual descriptions in Photography 101-103 for specific scheduling and camera requirements. Register for the stand-alone classes, or for this full-series at a discounted rate.


October 3, 2024 to November 19, 2024 | 5:00pm-7:30pm PDT | Bend
Discover how to create beautiful digital photographs from start to finish with professional photographer Steve Giardini! This course covers everything you need to know to produce great photos: camera components, how it operates, buttons & features, and how to choose the best settings and lens for specific purposes. Expect behind-the-camera skills practice under expert guidance. This course includes a field coaching experience. Geared toward beginner and intermediate students.


October 3-15, 2024 | 5:00pm-7:30pm PDT | Bend
Learn digital photo file management and basic Adobe Lightroom editing skills and techniques. Professional photographer Steve Giardini will teach you how to create a commonsense file management strategy to keep thousands of photo files organized and retrievable. Using Adobe Lightroom software, you will also learn basic photo editing skills to transform acceptable digital photos into stellar images. Students must possess an Adobe Lightroom software subscription or be willing to secure a free 7-day trial subscription. Using a personal laptop computer or tablet with wi-fi capability is recommended. Loaner computers will be available for in-classroom use only. Geared toward beginner and intermediate students.


October 22-31, 2024 | 5:00pm-7:30pm PDT | Bend
Join professional outdoor photographer Steve J. Giardini and learn how to create dynamic landscape photographs and edit them like a pro. The course covers photo composition theory and field practice. The course also includes advanced photo file editing techniques and skills. Students must possess an Adobe Lightroom software subscription or be willing to secure a free 7-day trial subscription. An Adobe Photoshop subscription is optional. Using a personal laptop computer or tablet with wi-fi capability is recommended. Loaner computers will be available for in-classroom use only. Geared toward intermediate level students.


November 12-19, 2024 | 5:00pm-7:30pm PST | Bend
Students will learn various techniques of working with clay through demonstrations and specific projects. Those with prior clay experience will review techniques and expand their skill level in both wheel throwing and hand building. Because there is a wide range of skill level and technique focus among students, emphasis will be placed on individual development and one-on-one attention, particularly for beginners. Materials are required for this course.


September 24, 2024 to November 12, 2024 | 6:00pm-9:00pm PDT | Bend
September 26, 2024 to November 14, 2024 | 6:00pm-9:00pm PDT | Bend
Redmond Community Choir provides an opportunity for amateur singers to participate in a musically enriching choral singing experience. This non-auditioned ensemble will learn and perform a wide variety of musical styles and genres including classical, pop, sacred, jazz, and spiritual. The course will culminate with a concert performance at the end of the term. All experience levels are welcome. Bring $20 (cash or check) for a music rental fee to the first class session.


September 23, 2024 to December 9, 2024 | 6:30pm-8:30pm PDT | Redmond
A basic understanding and practice of sewing is the foundation of this hands-on class. This course reviews primary stitches (straight, zig-zag), and joins the practice of art and science in the construction and deconstruction of fabrics. Learn techniques such as cutting, sewing, visualizing, and even hand-dying your own fabrics, to create your own fun and individualized project.


August 4-25, 2024 | 9:00am-12:00pm PDT | Bend
Learn the simplicity and the joy of watercolor for all levels of experience. Discover simple techniques to create three small paintings with the use of ink to accent and define shapes. These techniques are easy and fun with step-by-step instruction. All materials are provided. Watercolor Simplified series builds on techniques and experience. It is recommended the series be taken in order, but not required. Take the series together, or register for any of the single sessions.


Saturday, October 26, 2024 | 9:00am-12:30pm PDT | Madras
Friday, November 8, 2024 | 9:00am-12:30pm PST | Redmond
Learn the simplicity and the joy of watercolor for all levels of experience. Discover simple techniques to create three small paintings with the use of ink to accent and define shapes. These techniques are easy and fun with step-by-step instruction.


Friday, July 19, 2024 | 9:00am-12:30pm PDT | Redmond
Friday, August 2, 2024 | 9:00am-12:30pm PDT | Madras
Friday, August 16, 2024 | 9:00am-12:30pm PDT | Prineville
Discover more watercolor techniques in the second class to create texture and depth in your paintings using salt, plastic wrap, spray bottles, and masking fluid. No experience is required for the two projects. All materials are provided. Watercolor Simplified series builds on techniques and experience. It is recommended the series be taken in order, but not required. Take the series together, or register for any of the single sessions.


Saturday, October 26, 2024 | 1:30pm-5:00pm PDT | Madras
Friday, November 15, 2024 | 9:00am-12:30pm PST | Redmond
Using the techniques learned in Watercolor Simplified I and 2, you will discover how value and blending are key elements in giving depth and volume to a finished painting. Students will complete a painting 8x10, 9 x12, or 11x15 inches. All materials are provided. Watercolor Simplified series builds on techniques and experience. It is recommended the series be taken in order, but not required. Take the series together, or register for any of the single sessions.


Friday, November 22, 2024 | 9:00am-12:30pm PST | Redmond
Learn the simplicity and the joy of watercolor for all levels of experience. Discover simple techniques to create small paintings with the use of ink to accent and define shapes. These techniques are easy and fun with step-by-step instruction. All materials are provided. Watercolor Simplified series builds on techniques and experience. It is recommended the series be taken in order, but not required. Take the series together, or register for any of the single sessions.


November 8-22, 2024 | 9:00am-12:30pm PST | Redmond
Learn the simplicity and the joy of watercolor for all levels of experience. Discover simple techniques to create small paintings with the use of ink to accent and define shapes. These techniques are easy and fun with step-by-step instruction. Watercolor Simplified series builds on techniques and experience. It is recommended the series be taken in order, but not required. Take the series together, or register for any of the single sessions.


Saturday, October 26, 2024 | 9:00am-5:00pm PDT | Madras
Pedro Parra aka "Can Ek"(black snake in Yucatecan Maya) was born in Jo',Yucatán. He is a Mayan artist, musician, photographer, and designer. In this session, you will spend two hours learning the art of writing your name using Mayan glyphs


Wednesday, June 26, 2024 | 1:45pm-3:45pm PDT | Redmond