Oakland Atelier

Overhead view of student working on grapic novel

Graphic Novel Workshop

July 9-27
Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Instructor: Jim Kettner

Tuition: $1,350 (Includes all art supplies and lab fees)

This innovative workshop introduces what it takes to write and draw comic books, manga, and graphic novels.

Students learn how to create an effective narrative and how to present a story using images, then develop a short comic while working to create a distinct and personal illustrative style.



Both traditional media and digital drawing tools are used, so a wide breadth of options when developing a preferred toolset is addressed.

Learn how to turn your written story concepts into dynamic page layouts that emphasize story structure, character progression, dramatic tension, action, humor, and more.

Other topics:

  • creating complex characters
  • developing interesting dialogue
  • panel construction
  • inking & lettering
  • postproduction
  • publishing & promotion

Participants also learn about self-publishing techniques in print and online, how to print work, and how to set up a basic website where you can publish digitally.  

By studying published graphic novels of various genres, developing a basic skill set for creating comics, and partnering with visiting guest speakers, you find yourself well on your way to producing your own graphic novel.

This program also produces a printed collection of work after the program ends which showcases all the students projects.

See Past Work

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Student screen printing

Explorations in Screen Printing

July 16-27

Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Instructor: Jaime Knight

Tuition: $925 (Includes all art supplies and lab fees)

Screen printing is one of the most versatile print mediums and we see it everyday in clothing, signs, household objects and print.

It has been used to make posters for revolutionary resistance movements, printed ads and to promote bands of all types. It's used in textile design and to make wall paper.

With it you can make any variety of things! Working with hand-cut and drawn stencils, you will learn to print on paper and fabric, create stickers and t-shirts, and gain the experience to continue to make prints at home. 

You will receive an introduction to the history of screen printing as an artistic practice as well as a means to communicate social and political issues. At the end of class we will make an exchange portfolio and students will go home with prints from each of their classmates.

Student in Jewelry Design Class

Jewelry Design/Metal Arts

*Sorry this class is not available. Please email specialprograms@cca.edu to be notified of future offerings

Instructor: Megan McGaffigan

Tuition:  $925 (Tuition includes all art supplies and lab fees)

Contemporary metalsmithing encompasses a wide range of forms, including jewelry, functional objects, and sculpture.

Students explore the historical and contemporary uses of metal, and get introduced to the specialized techniques—sawing, riveting, forming, metal fabrication, finishing, and more—involved in transforming wire and sheets of metal into original works of art.

Participants are encouraged to incorporate found materials into their pieces. Students will have the opportunity to experiment and create a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry or small-scale sculpture using nonprecious materials such as copper and brass.

Student photographing with film camera

Photography Intensive

July 23-27
Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Instructor: Phillip Maisel

Tuition: $475 (Tuition includes all art supplies and lab fees*)

This five-day photography intensive gives participants the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of black-and-white film photography.

Various themes in photography are explored as students create a series of images based on their own vision and interests. Participants shoot, develop film in the darkroom, use enlargers, and make silver gelatin prints.

Through class discussions, you develop an increased ability to think and talk meaningfully about images and image making. Ways of exhibiting one's photographs are also discussed.

*Each student must bring to class each day a working 35mm film camera with full-manual-exposure control capability. Digital cameras are not suitable for the class.

Experienced and novice photographers alike are welcomed.