Discover Your Authentic Self
Previous art and studio experience is helpful but not required, as instruction at Oxbow supports emerging talents in a nurturing but rigorous environment. The multi-discipline Studio Art course at Oxbow School guides students through a series of carefully conceived assignments that build skills and provide instruction in multiple studio areas while encouraging students to pursue areas of their own interest in depth.
Two Visiting Artist residencies engage students in individual and collaborative work, and two major research-based projects allow students to design creative projects of own their choosing with the potential to integrate diverse media and art-making strategies. Over the course of the semester students develop a critical eye and an individual voice, and they acquire a working knowledge of issues in contemporary art. Students learn to manage their time, understand their creative process, and expand their aesthetic thinking while growing as a community of artists. Students will receive two Honors Studio Art credits while at Oxbow.
At Oxbow students are encouraged to work in mediums of their choice and to experiment with new mediums. Students have most commonly pursued the following mediums:
The Painting studio is equipped with all the supplies students need for ambitious projects in drawing, painting, and mixed media collage. Students work in charcoal, watercolor, ink, gouache, acrylic, and oil. They are encouraged to incorporate traditional techniques alongside experimental approaches; exploring abstraction, representation and everything in between.
Photography & New Media
The New Media studio is equipped with the tools and technology for still and moving image production, animation and design. The New Media computer lab houses iMacs equipped with Adobe Creative Suite, along with photo scanners, monochrome and color laser printers, and a large-format printer. There is also a fully equipped black and white darkroom. Students are encouraged to use technology as an aid in achieving their creative and artistic goals. Please visit our YouTube page to see Video/Film work, and Animation work.
The Sculpture studio has all the equipment students will need to work in three dimensions including a woodshop, metal working equipment, clay and plaster tools, and sewing machines. Students are encouraged to work in new and experimental media and to use many different techniques and processes to best communicate their ideas.
The printmaking studio at Oxbow focuses on intaglio printing; the professional-level facility is equipped with three presses and all of the necessary tools and materials. Students work on copper plates and can learn all of the traditional techniques: drypoint, hard and soft ground etching, aquatint, and multi-plate color printing. Students may also experiment with other printmaking techniques such as relief.