Oxbow School is now offering Online Courses and in person three day Workshops!
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Hair Club (Online, 2 weeks 12/1/20 - 12/15/20)
This interdisciplinary studio/seminar, led by the collective HAIR CLUB, explores hair as a lens through which to examine a diverse array of contemporary issues, events and experiences. The first week will focus on hair as cultural content with lectures, readings, and discussions around how hair carries expressions of power into gender, politics, and consumerism. The second week will delve into hair as material subject in writing, fashion and visual culture. Through these generative discussions, students will create responses that can take any form of the students' choosing.
Date/Time: Online 12/1/20 - 12/15/20 -- 11:00am - 1:00pm Saturdays and Sundays online group sessions
Materials needed: Materials: Reliable internet access, materials of the students' choosing, and hair. Reading materials will be made available digitally by the instructors.
Instructors: Kelly Lloyd, Suzanne Gold, Michal Lynn Shumate
Copperplate Etching (On Campus 10/2/20 - 10/4/20)
Date/Time: 3 days on-campus Friday, October 2nd to Sunday October 4th -- 10:00 am - 5:00 pm each day.
Ages: Ages 16+
Materials needed: Materials will be provided
Instructor: Megan Broughton
Requires 5 people to run course; maximum of 10 people. If this course is full, or to request a need-based tuition waiver (please note these are extremely limited and intended only for students who would not be able to participate otherwise) email email@example.com to be added to the waitlist.
Please note: our on-campus workshops are non-residential and participants must arrive each day by 10:00am and depart campus shortly after 5:00pm. Lunch and materials will be provided.
Integral Drawing: Finding a Voice Through Sketching (On Campus, 10/16/20 - 10/18/20)
This 3-day in-person workshop will operate like a visiting artist seminar, starting with a presentation of my own drawing work which includes sketchbooks, large-scale drawings, and preparatory drawings for sculpture. Still apparent in my work is the formative influence of comic books. I will use this as a relatable example in teaching students how to draw from their own interests and influences and how to transform that into a personal voice. The goal of the class is for students to go beyond imitation and learn techniques for developing a unique engagement with sketching and drawing so that their ideas can flow freely.
We will look a range of fine and graphic artists such as: Raymond Pettibon, George Grosz, Käthe Kollwitz, Albrech Durer, Jim Shaw, Mobius, Steve Ditco, Robert Smithson, Kiki Smith, Martin Puryear, Ellen Gallagher, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, etc.
Date/Time: 3 days on-campus Friday, October 16th to Sunday October 18th -- 10:00 am - 5:00 pm each day.
Ages: Ages 13+
Instructor: Trenton Duerksen
Trenton Duerksen was born and raised in McPherson, Kansas. He moved to New York in 1998. After graduating from the Cooper Union, Trenton served as the Artist in Residence for Nest Magazine. He is a recipient of the Jacque and Natasha Gelman Trust Prize and the Emerging Artist Fellowship from Socrates Sculpture Park. In addition to illustrating, Trenton maintains a career as a fine artist.
Please note: our on-campus workshops are non-residential and participants must arrive each day by 10:00am and depart campus shortly after 5:00pm. Lunch will be provided.
The Mask Class (On Campus, 10/30/20 - 10/31/20)
Masks aren’t just for Halloween anymore. They have become an essential part of our daily lives as a way to protect ourselves and others during the pandemic. This art class explores the functional and symbolic aspects of masks through the mediums of drawing, painting and sculpture. Short class readings and discussions will address how masks can protect, disguise, and transform the wearer, and also how social expectations may lead us to mask our true feelings and sense of self. What masks do you wear?
In this class you will get to stretch your creativity and explore different ways to express your ideas. Class slideshows and videos will expose you to diverse examples of contemporary and historical masks and how they are used throughout the world. The class will conclude with a final project where you choose an aspect of yourself to explore through the design and creation of a sculptural mask. The class will conclude with a mask wearing ceremony / exhibition and an Instagram exhibition of student art.
Date/Time: 2 days on-campus Friday, October 30th & Saturday October 31st -- 10:00 am - 5:00 pm each day.
Ages: Ages 13+
Instructor: Chris Thorson, Patrick Foy
The Great American Still Life: Dream or Nightmare? (Online, 2 weeks 11/7/20 - 11/21/20)
The Great American Still Life is an interdisciplinary art class exploring contemporary America through mediums of drawing, painting and sculpture. Through artmaking, you will explore your personal relationship with the “American Dream” alongside urgent national issues such as income inequality, racism, mental health, and consumerism. In this online class, you will get to stretch your creativity and explore different ways to express your ideas. You will also learn new techniques. You will learn to make sculptures with found objects, create representational still-life drawings, and learn to carve and paint foam. Class slideshows and videos will expose you to diverse examples of contemporary artists, and you will learn to share and discuss your work through small group video meetings. You will explore the genre of still life through drawing, painting, found objects, and fabricated sculpture. The class will conclude with a final project where you choose an aspect of American culture to explore on your own terms. The class will also provide instruction and resources on photographing and documenting your artwork and writing a short artist statement. It will conclude with an Instagram exhibition of student art.
Materials needed: Materials provided: Reliable internet access
Instructor: Chris Thorson, Patrick Foy
Objects in Photographs (Online, 2 weeks 12/1/20 - 12/15/20)
Instructor: Daniele Frazier
Daniele Frazier is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Originally from Mill Valley, California, she graduated from the Cooper Union School of Art in 2007 where she received the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Trust Award. Daniele has created five public artworks and maintains a studio where she makes sculptures and drawings. Her process intersects her interest in formal aesthetics with a research-based and socially-engaged practice. She focuses on themes of ecology, climate change, natural history, art history, and social critique. Daniele’s work humorously addresses the politics inherent to public art itself such as gender inequality, the difference between public and private space, and the definition of ownership.
Daniele has worked extensively with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and her work has been shown at Guild & Greyshkul, Museum 52, Rivington Arms, Ritter Zamet, Socrates Sculpture Park, and Gavin Brown’s Passerby, among others. She was in the class of OS5 at the Oxbow School and has returned as a visiting artist lecturer.
The Oxbow School is a private, accredited, independent, not for profit semester boarding program in the visual arts for high school students, located in Napa, California.
Our mission is to strengthen students’ abilities in creative and critical inquiry by combining rigorous studio art practice with innovative academics. Our vision is for Oxbow students to develop a stronger sense of identity, self-worth, and the confidence to embrace the responsibility for their own learning and lives. The atmosphere at Oxbow is one of artistic and social exploration combined with rigorous academics designed to prepare students for college and beyond. Oxbow alumni often go on to earn distinguished art and writing awards, and earn offers of admission and scholarships at top colleges and universities.