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Sundays in the Studios


The Oxbow School is now accepting registrations for Sundays in the Studios, a limited series of Spring on-campus workshops!

This is an exciting opportunity for Bay Area residents to have access to our well-equipped studios overlooking the Napa river. For those interested in receiving individualized art instruction, technique workshops will be led by experienced arts educator and working artist, Annie Duncan. Participating artists will have the chance to work alongside like-minded peers while working uninterrupted in a scenic location in downtown Napa. For safety reasons, space is limited. Course descriptions are listed below. Register early to reserve your spot!

  • Textile Design: March 28th, April 4th, April 11th
  • Relief Printing: April 18th, April 25th, May 2nd

Cost: $250 per person/per Sunday, sign up for as many as you'd like! Membership includes technique workshops and access to the Oxbow studios from 11:00am - 6:00pm. Art supplies will be made available, but artists will be responsible for providing their own meals.
(100% net proceeds from this initiative will go to the Oxbow School Scholarship Fund)

Ages: 14+ (Oxbow Semester and Summer alumni & families are welcome to join us!)

Time: 11:00am - 6pm each Sunday

Skill level: All levels welcome!

Space limitation: 5 artists per session

COVID-19 info: All state guidelines apply during the pandemic. Studio doors will remain open for ample air circulation. Artists must wear masks on campus, abide by a 6-foot distancing policy, and sign a liability waiver upon arriving to Oxbow's campus.


After we receive your email, we will follow up with further information. Please be sure to mention the date(s) you are interested in attending!

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The Oxbow School - 2021 Safety Plan, COVID-19 Prevention Program, and School Guidance Checklist


We are very excited to welcome students onto our campus this summer! While we look forward to reopening, the health and safety of our students and staff continue to be our utmost priority. The goal of collective wellness will guide us in establishing the safety precautions that will enable all of us to have a successful semester. Please find our main three documents for your reference below, our Safety Plan, our COVID-19 Prevention Program, and our School Guidance Checklist.

These documents are the result of an informed collaboration by the administration, staff, faculty, and local medical professionals and organizations. The following protocols and expectations reflect our best effort at implementing the most recent and widely accepted practices for residential schools and similar congregate living facilities.

The Oxbow School COVID-19 Safety Plan

The Oxbow School COVID-19 Prevention Program

The Oxbow School COVID-19 School Guidance Checklist

Napa County COVID-19 School Safety Letter

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Spring 2021 Cancellation + Oxbow Summer Arts Institute


Dear Oxbow Friends,

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the cancellation of our Spring 2021 semester. Despite our valiant efforts and tremendous support from local politicians and the Napa public health officer, we were not able to override the California state guidelines or receive an exemption in our favor to reopen. Given the recent surges across the state, and Napa county in particular, we understand that the safety of the community comes first and that we must do our part as stewards in the community to prevent further spread of the coronavirus.

We want to express our gratitude to the Oxbow faculty and staff who worked tirelessly to develop a thoughtful reopening plan that best suits our unique campus and community. We remain optimistic and look forward to implementing it for our Summer Art Institute, a new initiative that will provide students with the same innovative semester experience during the summer months.

The Oxbow team remains devoted to our shared belief in the mission of the school. We have proudly delivered an arts-focused program for twenty-two years, positively transforming the lives of over 1500 students. While this has been an incredibly challenging year for The Oxbow School, our legacy as a preeminent thought leader in arts education remains strong and we are committed to welcoming future students and friends of the school to our campus. We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters and registration is open for our Summer Art Institute.

We will get through this turbulent chapter together. We are so grateful for your generous support, kindness, and understanding. We look forward to a healthy, safe, and celebratory year in 2021 and truly wish you the best during this difficult time.

Warm regards,

Jennifer Jordan, Head of School

Beth Karpfinger, Oxbow Board Chairperson

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Dear Oxbow community members,

We are very excited to welcome our next student community onto our campus in the spring! The Oxbow community has always been marked by resilience, and we look forward to responsibly reopening with you and your children and our team during this pandemic.

As we continue to monitor the conditions of COVID-19 in our community and across the country, please keep in mind that our reopening plan may shift accordingly, especially as we get closer to reopening for in-person instruction for our spring 2021 semester cohort. The health and safety of our students and staff continue to be our utmost priority and at the forefront for establishing thorough safety precautions that will enable all of us to have a successful semester. Despite these efforts to implement strict protocols to keep us healthy, please be aware that the virus could still make its way onto our campus. To prevent this from happening, we must have support from all community members prior to arrival and throughout the semester. There are obvious risks associated with running a school during a pandemic. It is important that all staff and parents work together as a team to ensure the safety of the entire Oxbow community, as well as the local Napa community. While The Oxbow School is in very close proximity to state of the art hospitals and medical services, it is our goal to maintain a “prevention mindset” so that local members of the community can still easily access much-needed medical attention if necessary. We appreciate your support and look forward to partnering with you during these unprecedented times!

Please find the Oxbow Spring 2021 Reopening Plan below and reach out to us at any time with questions.

Warm regards,

Jennifer Jordan

Head of School

COVID-19 School Safety Plan

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A Message From The Head of School: In Solidarity


As a community of artists, The Oxbow School stands in support of black communities across the country. The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Sandra Bland, Tyisha Miller, Nina Pop, and Ahmaud Arbery are tragic victims of white supremacy and brutality and their deaths and those that precede them serve as an urgent call to action for organizations like ours.

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Fall 2020 Cancellation Announcement


On behalf of The Oxbow School community, we are writing to announce that the Oxbow campus will be closed for the fall 2020 semester. In keeping with guidelines set forth by the CDC and Governor Newsom’s safety requirements necessary for California schools to reopen, we feel this decision is in the best interest of the health and well-being of the entire community.

While no one knows what the future holds, it is our responsibility to ensure the safety of our greater community--students and families, faculty and staff, and the essential workers with whom we interact. Until there is adequate testing and contact tracing available across Napa county, welcoming a new cohort of students from across the country is unsafe and inconsiderate to our local community.

As a residential community, it is paramount that we have heightened sanitation and distancing measures in place before we resume in-person instruction with future students. The Oxbow Safety Committee plans to utilize the next few months to thoroughly research emergent best practices, develop disinfection protocols, and install protective equipment throughout campus that will enable us to maintain a 6-foot physical distance while still taking advantage of our beautiful studio spaces and shared housing. We are optimistic that the next several months will provide ample time to optimally secure the campus with creative solutions, allowing spring students to feel comfortable while building a meaningful community through a shared passion for art.

We intend to stay true to our mission by providing a world class arts education, for it is our belief that the world needs art more now than ever before. Please stay tuned for Oxbow Online offerings and Workshop opportunities coming soon.

We look forward to providing an array of online offerings and hosting a vibrant Spring student cohort on campus in early 2021!

Be well,

Jennifer Jordan, Head of School

Beth Karpfinger, Board Chairperson


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OS42 Quaranzine


Projects showing OS42's creativity, grace and grit have been compiled into the Quaranzine magazine by Oxbow's Dean of The Arts, Chris Thorson. Please enjoy this magazine with student works that include selections from OS42's distance learning art projects, materials lists, and "Who are you?" projects.

Quaranzine V.1 Quaranzine V.2

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Dear Friends and Visitors of The Oxbow School,

The health and safety of the community is our utmost priority. Due to the spread of COVID-19, The Oxbow School has suspended on-campus programming and transitioned to distance learning until it is safe to travel. We believe suspending on-campus programming is the best way to protect the welfare of our Oxbow community and neighbors in Napa as we are committed to help “flatten the curve”—that is, to contribute to the national effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 to ensure broad access to healthcare for our most at-risk populations.

We appreciate your cooperation and understanding. We are committed to doing our best to navigate this new reality with everyone. The Oxbow faculty are working diligently to create and implement a dynamic and meaningful experience for our current students. Check out our Instagram for lively updates and stay at home art projects and recommendations.

While we are all living in uncertain times, we encourage you to take this time to embrace the present moment by fostering virtual relationships with your loved ones for support, compassion, and connectedness.

For prospective students and families, please know that your interest in The Oxbow School is important to us. We take tremendous pride in being the preeminent thought leader in arts education for young people. We look forward to welcoming you to campus once we reopen.

Unfortunately Oxbow has had to postpone many of our annual fundraising events which directly support student scholarships. Please considering "joining us" for the Oxbow Anti Event to benefit student scholarships and support the arts!

Warm regards,

Jennifer Jordan

Head of School

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Annual Gratitude Report


More than $730,000 in student scholarship awards was provided in FY 2019! We are truly grateful for the generous support of our many donors from across the globe and the significant impact their contributions make on the lives of Oxbow students. Our commitment to creating opportunities for all students to create, grow, and thrive would not be possible without them.

See full FY2019 Annual Report HERE

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