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OCA creative challenges: Making miniatures, the basics

In this workshop we will look at using basic materials and techniques to create a selection of miniature pieces. These basic skills and small projects will open the doors to an entire miniature world of possibilities.

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OCA creative challenges: Interior design basics

This workshop will focus on practical interior design for your own home, which can be applied to any scale or budget. We will cover design, decor, organisation and room models, and will look into the basics of colour, pattern and upcycling techniques.

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OCA creative challenges: Making poseable dolls

In this workshop we will be looking at making a very basic art doll with a completely soft body and sculpted clay face, but the skills that you will learn by doing this can be applied to more complex and ambitious projects.

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OCA creative challenges: Sewing & embroidery – the basics

Whatever reason you have for wanting to learn to sew or embroider, this workshop will take you through from basic stitches to embroidery techniques, including writing styles and decorative finesse. Below you will find a step by step slideshow and a downloadable pdf. Enjoy and share your creations with us using #WeAreOCA. 

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OCA creative challenges: Claymation

Claymation is the name given to stop-motion animation made using clay. Clay is an excellent material for animating with, not only because it’s possible to build wonderfully colourful and creative characters with it, but also because it’s much cheaper and more readily available than most puppet-making alternatives. 

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OCA creative challenges: Sculpting with clay

We’re already on week 4 of our OCA creative challenges campaign. This week we’re providing you with an introduction to sculpting with clay.

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OCA creative challenges: Stop motion papercraft

We’re into week 3 of our creative challenges campaign. So far we’ve introduced you to basic stop motion techniques and visual storytelling. This week our introduction to stop motion papercraft will allow you to combine both those challenges and develop your skills.

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OCA creative challenges: Visual storytelling

This time we’re going to explore visual storytelling. Visual storytelling is a story or narrative told mainly through visual media. This could be video, animation, or illustration, and it’s usually accompanied with music, a narrator or graphics. 

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OCA creative challenges: Introduction to stop motion animation.

This is the first weekly workshop as part of OCA Creative Challenges campaign. Work your way through the slideshow below or download the PDF for later. This is a basic introduction suitable those looking for a new challenge or something to keep the kids entertained.

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