Oxbow will be offering a series of online courses and on campus workshops this fall.

Below you will find examples of workshops and online courses. In the coming weeks this list will be expanded, and registration and fee information will be made available. Stay tuned!


Online Course Examples

Strange Fruit: An Inquiry into Music and Politics

Music is often relegated to the sphere of entertainment. It plays in the background and serves as a soundtrack to the events of the day. However, music possesses a profound capacity to evoke emotion and inspire action. This course is an investigation into how we can use music to create new social and cultural realities. Together we will listen to music, annotate the lyrics, understand the social context, and engage in lively debates about the role of music in our society. We will span several decades of history and cross many genres of music. Our inquiry will be guided by a curated playlist that includes artists Billie Holiday, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, Fela Kuti, Grandmaster Flash, Bikini Kill, Tupac Shakur, Rage Against the Machine, and several others.

2-Week Course

Open to ages 14-19

Please be aware that many political songs contain sensitive words and controversial ideas.

Materials needed: Reliable internet access. Reading materials and Playlists will be made available digitally by the instructor.

Instructor: Mo Elgazzar

The Great American Still Life: Dream or Nightmare?

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, and 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 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.

2-Week Course

Materials list: materials fee of $75. Materials provided

Open to ages 14-19

Instructor: Chris Thorson

Food, Race and Power

The food system is one of the arenas where the power structures of neocolonialism are deeply etched and often go unchallenged. Due to the nature of erasure and class violence, food agriculture has been the site of massive shifts in labor/land use/advertising, consolidating corporate control just beyond earshot of residents of the developed world. This workshop is inspired by the work of Indigenous farmers and Food Sovereignty organizers across the food system fighting to guarantee food as a human right. During the two week course, we will seek to discern where Power lies in this system by reading about the frontline of the food justice movement and writing about our own food stories. We will culminate in the workshop by learning how to create our own podcasts. Developing new storytelling skills, we practice taking control of the narrative and becoming better allies in the battle for justice and food sovereignty.

2-Week Course

Materials list: Reliable internet access.

Open to ages 14-19

Instructor: Alex Keilty

The Art of Memoir

What role does storytelling play in society? How does telling our own story shape the lens through which we live and help us understand our connection to the world around us? What is the relationship between memory and narrative? How can we use the written word to reconstruct memory, not only as a tool for telling our own story but for recording our place in history? Why is the memoir the most popular genre today? In an attempt to answer these questions, students in this course will read a collection of memoirs as a vehicle to explore their own craft as memoirists. There is strong emphasis on close reading, collaborative discussion, experimental writing, critique, and presentation. Students will be required to purchase (or check out) the following memoirs: Fun Home by Alison Bechdel, Brother, I'm Dying by Edwidge Danticat, Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas, Hunger by Roxane Gay, and Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward.

Open to: writers of all levels in grades 9-12; limited to 10 participants

Course length: 16 weeks (online + Saturday in-person Zoom meetings)

Credit: writers in this course will receive 1 semester credit in English (creative writing, language arts)

Instructor: Jennifer Jordan

Animation, Identity, & Representation

How can we harness the tools of film/television to share our diverse stories? What role does media play in constructing our identities? How can we become more critical of the images around us? This course will be two-fold. The first is a technical understanding of animation through the adobe program photoshop. The second is a critical media studies course that examines how representation in television/film/media affects identity. This course will look closely at the construction of race, class, gender, and sexuality in the media. Students will create their own animations focusing on their individual stories and perspectives.

Course Readings: bell hooks, Stuart Hall, Richard Dyer, Guy Debord

Materials List: Computer, Adobe Photoshop ($5 a month), Smartphone

Class Length: 4 Weeks

Open to ages 14-19

Instructor: Larissa Gilbert


Other Possible Online Offerings

Subverting Street Photography

Social Practice during Social Distancing

Queer Poetry/Theory

Art As Activism

Graphic Design

Art History

Everyday Sculpture

Portfolio Development

Radical Fashion

Art of The Book

Printmaking

Film Studies


On Campus Workshops

For alumni with etching knowledge:

Alumni with etching knowledge are invited to return to the Oxbow printmaking studio to realize a 3 day project of their choosing utilizing drypoint, hardground, softground, or aquatint. You are encouraged to make a small edition, make an artist book, or consider text and image. Please arrive with either plans in progress and/or plates ready to print. This will be an independently driven weekend, with Oxbow providing studio space and technical support. If you are interested in learning a new technique, a group tutorial will be arranged.

For alumni with relief printing knowledge:

Alumni with relief printing knowledge are invited to return to the Oxbow printmaking studio to realize a 3 day project of their choosing utilizing relief printing. You are encouraged to make a small edition, make an artist book, consider text and image, and more. Please arrive with plans and imagery already developed. This will be an independently driven weekend, with Oxbow providing studio space and technical support. If you are interested in learning a new technique, a group tutorial will be arranged.

Copperplate etching basics (for anyone ages 13+)

This 3 day workshop will focus on hardground etching. Please arrive with an image or two of your choice that you would like to work with. Line drawings work best for those new to this technique. Printmaking has a strong history of existing in the public sphere as a tool for communication, dissemination, and storytelling, and participants are encouraged to think of how they will share/use their creations. There will be opportunities for solo and collaborative projects, and a print swap.

Relief printing (for anyone ages 13+)

This 3 day workshop will focus on relief printing using linoleum blocks. We will consider historic and contemporary examples of relief printing, and its viability for posters and other forms of communication. Participants will be assisted in learning how to carve and print blocks, and are asked to arrive with an image of their choice (with clearly separated colors) that they would like to work with. Printmaking has a strong history of existing in the public sphere as a tool for communication, dissemination, and storytelling, and participants are encouraged to think of how they will share/use their creations. There will be opportunities for solo and collaborative projects, and a print swap.


Other Possible On Campus Workshops

Portfolio DevelopmentPhotography Jewelry Making

Figure Drawing

Subscribe to the online offerings and workshops email list.

SUBSCRIBE

Submit a proposal for an online course or on-campus workshop.

MORE