Inspiration on the riverbank.

Rising 9th-12th Graders: Live an art life at Oxbow. Eat, breathe, speak, sleep, dream, explore, and make art!

The first week of camp is focused on exploring a variety of mediums. (Painting, Drawing, Photography, Video, Sculpture, & Printmaking) Oxbow students learn various techniques in each studio and are also challenged to explore their conceptual ideas. The second week, students propose and create a project of their own choosing, working closely with a faculty advisor.

Each day, campers mix studio time with participation in activities such as inspiration evenings, campfires, yoga, hiking, film screenings, and visits to local art exhibitions. Teens enjoy exploring their independence and making new connections among their peers and mentors.


The Oxbow Campus.

The Oxbow campus is a three-acre site that includes dorm suites, studios, dining hall, faculty housing, and our own organic garden. The award-winning studios with roll-up glass walls, provide state-of-the art working facilities that are virtually outdoors.

Oxbow Summer Art Camp is a fully residential program and designed for boarding campers only. All campers live in dorm suites that have three bedrooms, two baths, a common living area, and laundry facilities. There will be between 6-8 campers per suite. A teaching fellow (that lives in an adjacent suite) will be assigned to each camper suite. These fellows serve as advisors and mentors, helping to ensure that campers are healthy, safe, and getting the most from their experience at Oxbow.



The Food is Art too.

You will probably never eat as well at any camp as you will at Oxbow. Our chefs are as artistic as our faculty. Aligned with the principles of the "Slow Food" movement and inspired by our friend, Alice Waters of Berkeley's Chez Pannise restaurant, our chefs specialize in organically grown, seasonal food obtained from sustainable sources. Much of the fresh produce is harvested from Oxbow's own gardens. Campers have three full, nutritious meals a day. Whatever your tastes, the Oxbow chefs are sure to give camper's taste buds "something to write home about." Housed in the historic Scaruffi House, the Oxbow dining hall is only steps away from dorms and studios and includes a riverside deck overlooking the Napa River for outdoor dining.


Let's Unplug Together!

Please note that we are a predominantly cellphone-free camp program! Campers will only have access to their phones for a brief period once per day. With our short time together, putting down our screens helps us feel more grounded and present in the moment. It also creates more opportunities to directly engage with one another and establish deeper connections. For more information about our policy, please review our 2020 Handbook.

    Final Show

    A Time for Celebration.

    At the end of each session of camp, the campers and staff put on a final show displaying the accomplishments of each camper. This is a time for family and friends to come by and see what we've been up to in the studios. During the celebration, you can tour the campus and get a glimpse of what Oxbow is all about. You will inevitably see what dedication, inspiration, great instruction, friends, creativity, and fun can achieve over the course of two weeks. Following the show, there will be a family reception and a picnic dinner. For families not able to attend we will happily share photos!