Summer Break

Early Bird Discount

Register your camper for Summer Arts Camps before April 3 and receive an early-bird discount! At checkout, use the code OCEARLYBIRD to receive $10* off each camp!

*Discount is based off of 5.27% rate. $10 discount is based on tuition price of $190; all other amounts will be pro-rated based off of "Go Green" tuition price. Not applicable for in-person enrollments.

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Summer Arts Camps

May 30 - Aug. 11, 2017


Tuition includes (excluding jumpstART):
2017 camp T-shirt (one per student/summer)*, two snacks per day, supplies and payment for instructors/mentors! *Replacement or extra camp shirts are available for $5/shirt.


*Students must be enrolled in camps that reflect their upcoming grade (2017-2018 school year)

Week 1 | May 30 - June 2 (four-day week) | Jonas Wood


American painter and printmaker Jonas Wood’s distinct style utilizes color, shape and patterns to create detailed 2-D settings. He frequently portrays landscapes, sports events and domestic interiors.

Grades K-1 | Paint Til You Drop!
Instructor: Annie Doan
Tuition: $157

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Drop everything and paint! Join us as we explore the work of contemporary artist Jonas Wood, best known for combining history and memories into his art. In this camp, young artists will discover a variety of techniques while creating bold and colorful masterpieces with paint, watercolors, paper and more. 

 

Grades 2-4 | Printmaking Magic
Instructor: Aimee Ballenger
Tuition: $157

Relief printing, monoprints and stamping! In this camp, students will make imaginative cards and decorated paper. Their fun and funky art cards can be used to show off and mail to family and friends throughout the year!

 

Grades 5-6 | Point of View
Instructor: John Cargal
Tuition: $157

This wonderful week of creations is designed for older artists as they celebrate the works of featured artist Jonas Wood.  Campers will use watercolor, acrylic paint and oil pastels to create pointillism, sculpture and printmaking artworks.  

Week 2 | June 5-9 | Jeffrey Gibson

 

Multimedia artist Jeffrey Gibson is well known for his beaded panels, which include music lyrics that influenced him as a young adult and still do today. His interest in his Native heritage is represented throughout his 2-D and 3-D works.

Grades Pre-K - K | jumpstART
Instructor: Alison Harris
Tuition: $100

New to Oklahoma Contemporary, jumpstART will get your pre-k or kindergartener up and moving with art! This half-day program will include exciting music, motion and visual art activities that will nurture your budding artist! JumpstART runs 9 a.m.-noon. 

 

Grades K-1 | Color Mix-Up
Instructor: Annie Doan
Tuition: $195

In a world full of color and beauty, what’s not to love? Inspired by the current exhibition, campers will explore the style of Jeffrey Gibson while learning about elements of design. Using mixed media, young artists will create colorful masterpieces of their own!

 

Grades K-1 | Movement & Imagination
Instructor: Leslie Hensley
Tuition: $195

This camp will combine performance and self-expression inspired by Jeffrey Gibson’s love for movement and color. Along with mixed-media, explosive-color visual art, campers will explore movement by constructing kinetic wearable art!

 

Grades 2-4 | Native Symbols
Instructor: Victoria Nevarez
Tuition: $195

By discussing Native American symbols of the past and present, we will explore symbols that represent our society today. We will incorporate our current experiences, including friendships and family, to create and explore the ways in which they have been and can be portrayed in art. Projects include creating a winter count calendar, making a playable flute and crafting beautiful beadwork worn by men and women.

 

Grades 2-4 | Puzzling Masterpiece
Instructor: Debbie Elledge
Tuition: $195

Triangles, circles and squares, oh my! What will we do with them? Every project will be like solving a puzzle. What kind of line shows motion, calm or tension? Do certain colors make us feel different? Amazing creations such as collage, a feathered mobile and a shadow box will be taken home at the end of the week.

 

Grades 5-6 | Vibez and Verses
Instructor: Candace Liger
Tuition: $195

Dance vibez and verses is a movement- and performance-based program showcasing Dancehall and Afrobeat styles, originating in Jamaica and West African, and infusing spoken word for a full-body creative experience. At week’s end, students will complete a dance routine and perform an original poem at Friday’s Camp Contemporary Showcase. 

Week 3 | June 12-16 | Andy Goldsworthy

 

British sculptor and photographer Andy Goldsworthy focuses the changing landscape around us through natural installations. He often uses materials such as rocks, leaves and branches to create sculptures that are later exhibited through photographic prints.

Grades K-1 | Unplugged
Instructor: Aimee Ballenger
Tuition: $195

Get unplugged! During this week, campers will be inspired by the beauty of the great outdoors. Students will use soil, moss, paint and paper to create works of art, including a living sculpture.

 

Grades K-1 | Environmentally Savvy
Instructor: Kelly Smith
Tuition: $195

All things natural will be used to create fun in this camp! Campers will blend natural materials, like sticks and leaves, with bright art supplies, like fabric and paint, to expand their imaginations and build self-confidence! 

 

Grades 2-4 | The Nature of Art
Instructor: Taylor Knight
Tuition: $195

During this week, campers will create both 2-D and 3-D works while exploring the use of objects found in nature. They’ll focus on finding and utilizing materials like twigs, flowers and rocks to create beautiful works of art.  

 

Grades 2-4 | Creative Poem Writing
Instructor: Gwendolyn Hooks
Tuition: $195

Buzzing insects, football play-by-play, superheroes and yummy food can all find their way into one poem written by two voices. In this camp, campers will read poems, write their own works, collaborate with others to create two-voice poems and start their own poetry books. 

 

Grades 5-6 | It's Showtime! Performance Art
Instructor: Tayler Daniels
Tuition: $195

The show must go on! This fun and active camp will teach young thespians the basics of working together to create and execute a skit. They’ll exercise their vocal and performance skills all while having a blast! On Friday, campers will act out their short play for family and friends at the Camp Contemporary Showcase. 

 

Teen: Grades 7-9 | Eco-Friendly Sculptures
Instructor: Jenny Elton
Tuition: $195

During this class, teens will explore ways in which their art can affect the natural world. Techniques in sculpture as well as information about local animal diversity will be explored as they work towards building ecological art. At week’s end, students will have an ecological sculpture that can be placed outside their own home to encourage the life of the diverse local bird populations of Oklahoma City. 

Week 4 | June 19-23 | Michael Eastman

 

Through the use of vibrant color, textures and light, American photographer Michael Eastman creates large-scale photographs that take the viewer into scenes of natural landscapes, abandoned towns and architectural spaces. 

Grades K-1 | Budding Builders
Instructor: Autumn Brown
Tuition: $195

Through the vision of contemporary artist Michael Eastman, campers will explore building and design with other budding builders. Young artists will enjoy making 3-D creations by combining painting, printmaking and much more! This camp mixes art and architecture in the most fun way! 

 

Grades K-1 | World Tour
Instructor: Taylor Knight
Tuition: $195

World travelers unite! This camp will explore architecture and beautiful spaces all across the world. They will learn about the use of color, patterns, shapes and forms and how they influence the world around us. Campers will create 2-D and 3-D original artworks that will showcase their own ideas on architecture and design!

 

Grades 2-4 | Intro to Creative Robotics
Instructor: Angel Little
Tuition: $215

Add science to your art! Creative Robotics is a STEAM-based program that introduces the concepts of artistic engineering through simple mechanical and algorithmic exploration. Students will learn the basics of functional coding, creative designing and the If-Then-Else approach to problem solving. Campers will be able to identify with the common stages of mechanical engineering, expressions and creation mapping as well as team-based development. At week’s end, each camper will have built a LEGO Technic Getaway Racer to take home!

 

Grades 2-4 | Sky to Shore and Fun Galore!
Instructor: Cindy Butler
Tuition: $195

Students in this camp will transform different elements from the beauties we see in nature into contemporary landscapes and abstract artworks. They will incorporate aspects of color, texture, shape and form. Fun and a variety of artistic freedom will lead young artists to create visual masterpieces.

 

Grades 5-6 | Mixed Media Madness
Instructor: Darra Maxwell
Tuition: $195

This camp has it all! Older campers will learn about different contemporary artists, explore a number of techniques and try their hands at acrylic paint, watercolor, chalk pastels, oil pastels and charcoal. Every student will experiment with 3-D art, collages and mosaics. On Friday, campers will go home with masterpieces of their own to show off to family and friends! 

Week 5 | June 26-30 | Beatriz Milhazes


Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes mixes geometric shapes, color and inspiration from masters such as Matisse and Kandinsky to create kaleidoscopic 2-D creations.

Grades Pre-K - K | jumpstART
Instructor:
Tuition: $100

jumpstART will get your pre-k or kindergartener up and moving with art! This half-day program will include exciting music, motion and visual art activities that will nurture your budding artist! JumpstART runs 9 a.m.-noon. 

 

Grades K-1 | Kooky Combos
Instructor: Annie Doan
Tuition: $195

Let’s get kooky with color! In this camp, students will explore the world around them by combining colors with shapes! Inspired by our contemporary artist of the week, Beatriz Milhazes, we will experiment with different art techniques to create abstract paintings, prints and installations.

 

Grades K-1 | Swirls and Twirls
Instructor: Leslie Hensley
Tuition: $195

How many colors can one canvas hold? Campers will create one-of-a-kind swirling abstract paintings, mixed-media projects and a collaborative camp installation. You will not be disappointed with the wonderful works of art your little artist creates!  


Grades 2-4 | Creating with Clay
Instructor: Perla Carreon
Tuition: $195

Explore one of the most versatile mediums in art, CLAY! Campers will learn hand-building techniques to design their sculptures. They'll use processes like pinching, coiling and modeling to create their own one-of-a-kind clay masterpiece!

 

Grades 2-4 | Abstraction Attraction
Instructor: Julie Simon
Tuition: $195

Are you ready to tap into your artistic self? Students will incorporate the styles of Beatriz Milhazes and her colorful abstract paintings to envision and create kaleidoscopic patterns. Paints, collages, chalk and oil pastels are standouts in this class as students use their imaginations to get lost in their art. Campers will be proud to frame the several pieces they create across various mediums.

 

Grades 5-6 | Hue Loves Art?
Instructor: Eric Lyons
Tuition: $195

Inspired by the works of contemporary artist Beatriz Milhazes, campers will paint colorful pieces based on pattern and repetition. Just like Milhazes, students will use the influences of shapes and designs of their everyday lives. From waving fields of wheat to the slam-dunks of basketball players, every artist will be inspired to create! 

Week 6 | July 5-7 (three-day week) | Lu Xinjian

 

Chinese contemporary artist Lu Xinjain works across many media, including painting, sculpture and graphic art and design. He is best known for his series City DNA, a set of abstract paintings sourced from aerial photos of major cities. 

Grades K-1 | Game On!
Instructor: Leslie Hensley
Tuition: $119

This camp draws inspiration from contemporary artist’s Lu Xinjian’s DNA City Map series, as well as the iconic maze of the Pac-Man arcade game. Campers will explore lines and color by creating paintings, sculptures and a group installation like Pac-Man’s maze. Enroll now, because it’s game time! 


Grades 2-4 | Bird's Eye View
Instructor: Debra Detamore
Tuition: $119

Taking inspiration from contemporary artist Lu Xinjian, students will look at the world from a new perspective. They’ll study aerial images of the world, including images of OKC, to better understand patterns and space. Campers will use a variety of mixed-media materials to create aerial masterpieces of their own. 

 

Grades 5-6 | Masking-Tape Mural
Instructor: Jessica Petrus
Tuition: $119

This collaborative camp is going to get sticky! As a group, campers explore the art of line design by creating an enormous mural using only colored masking tape. This unique, team-based camp will stick with them for years to come! 

Week 7 | July 10-14 | Shepard Fairey

 

American artist Shepard Fairey pairs images and text to create works that demonstrate his interest in graphic design and social activism. He is best known for the iconic Hope portrait from the 2008 presidential election.

Grades K-1 | Printmaking Frenzy!
Instructor: Autumn Brown
Tuition: $195

In this camp, young artists will dive into the wonderful world of printmaking. They’ll explore color, shape and various techniques all the while creating amazing artwork. Printmaking is a wonderful way to experiment with creativity. Your little artist will not want to miss this camp!

 

Grades K-1 | Color Splash
Instructor: Debbie Elledge
Tuition: $195

Splashes of colors, melted colors, fading colors, we’ll try them all! This camp will be full of experimenting and new discoveries. Students will be introduced to new techniques and different mediums and learn how to combine them into one beautiful project. Can paint be combined with a weaving project? Let’s find out together! 

 

Grades 2-4 | Cartoon-loons!
Instructor: Patrick Riley
Tuition: $195

It's going to get loony! Enroll in this camp and learn how to sketch and draw caricatures big and small. Campers will also create a large bubble head sculptures of one of their favorite super heroes using clay, cardboard, and paper mache. Those who enroll in this camp will have a wacky time creating sculpture, paintings, drawings and more!

 

Grades 2-4 | Print Masters
Instructor: Erin Latham
Tuition: $195

Inspired by contemporary artist and print maker, Shepard Fairey this camp will be full of printmaking mayhem! Students will create a set of prints including block printing, silkscreen, collograph, and non-traditional print techniques; along with a wheat paste piece, and pieces that incorporate iconic imagery. Wow, not that's a lot of prints!

 

Grades 5-6 | Creative Robotics
Instructor: Angel Little
Tuition: $215

Add science to your art! Creative Robotics is a STEAM-based program that introduces the concepts of artistic engineering through simple mechanical and algorithmic exploration. Students will learn the basics of functional coding, creative designing and the If-Then-Else approach to problem solving. Campers will be able to identify with the common stages of mechanical engineering, expressions and creation mapping as well as team-based development. At week’s end, each camper will have built a LEGO Technic Getaway Racer to take home.   

Week 8 | July 17-21 | Crystal Wagner


American multimedia artist Crystal Wagner combines 2-D and 3-D forms to create whimsical site-specific installations. Her work often features bright colors, intricate designs and materials such as birthday-party tablecloths and chicken wire!

Grades Pre-K - K | jumpstART
Instructor: Alison Harris
Tuition: $100

jumpstART will get your pre-k or kindergartener up and moving with art! This half-day program will include exciting music, motion and visual art activities that will nurture your budding artist! JumpstART runs 9 a.m.-noon. 

 

Grades K-1 | Little Illusionists
Instructor: Debbie Elledge
Tuition: $195

Optical illusions play games with the mind! This camp will give campers’ brains a workout while creating optical illusion art. Emphasis will be given on the power of line, color, shapes, texture and patterns.

 

Grades K-1 | Building Dreams
Instructor: Leslie Hensley
Tuition: $195

If your dreams had a house, what would it look like? Campers will construct their very own dream vessels! These vessels will be inspired by the imagery of flowing colors represented in contemporary artist Crystal Wagner’s work. This camp will explore texture and color and turn dreams into reality! 

 

Grades 2-4 | 3-D Fiber Fanatics
Instructor: Patrick Riley
Tuition: $195

Come and experience fiber fun with us! Campers will create a large fiber sculpture using yarn, leather, wire and paper mache. They’ll also learn weaving techniques using yarns, fabric and paper. Don’t miss out on this 3-D fiber experience! 

 

Grades 2-4 | Puppetry
Instructor: Dayna Brown
Tuition: $195

Students will explore the basic concepts behind puppet design and construction. They will learn to make various styles of puppets, including finger puppets, hand puppets and muppets. This camp will conclude with a short puppet show written and performed by students at Friday’s Camp Contemporary Showcase!

 

Grades 5-6 | The Installation Experience
Instructor: Autumn Brown
Tuition: $195

Taking inspiration from contemporary artist Crystal Wagner, campers will work together to create a large-scale installation. They’ll first make thumbnail sketches and mockup models, then collaborate on execution. They will explore and experience all the steps of the creative process and even receive feedback from Oklahoma Contemporary’s Curatorial and Education teams. This is the perfect opportunity for students to work together and see their work come to life. You won’t want to miss your campers’ final project, and your camper won’t want to miss this artistic experience!

 

Teen: Grades 7-12 | Stage Combat
Instructor: Luke Thomas Eddy
Tuition: $195

Ever wanted to know how actors make fights in movies or on stage look so real? It’s called stage combat, and we’ve got a camp that can teach you all about how to put on an awesome-looking fight that won’t hurt anyone! Led by Luke Thomas Eddy, the head of Movement and Stage Combat at Oklahoma City University, we will cover all sorts of hand-to-hand moves, like falls, rolls, slaps and uppercuts. If you’re looking for a fun, disciplined, safe and exciting camp this summer, this is the one!

Week 9 | July 24-28 | Vik Muniz

 

Brazilian photographer Vik Muniz creates complex collages from materials such as toy soldiers, trash and vintage postcards to recreate iconic artworks, scenes and portraits. 

Grades K-1 | Trash to Treasure
Instructor: Annalisa Campbell
Tuition: $195

Making art out of sugar, sand, scraps of fabric or junk mail … that doesn’t make sense!  But we can do it! Campers will have fun as they record their sugar and sand creations with a camera and discover ways to make art out of unlikely materials. 

 

Grades K-1 | Re-ART: Collaboration Camp
Instructor: Leslie Hensley and LaRissa Conn
Tuition: $195

Recycle up together! Campers will construct multiple art pieces using recycled materials and build their very own upcycled instruments. By using everyday found items, campers will work together to explore mixed media and music all while having a blast! There’s no limit on their imagination! 

 

Grades 2-4 | Re-ART: Collaboration Camp
Instructor: Leslie Hensley and LaRissa Conn
Tuition: $195

Recycle up together! Campers will construct multiple art pieces using recycled materials and build their very own upcycled instruments. By using everyday found items, campers will work together to explore mixed media and music all while having a blast! There’s no limit on their imagination! 

 

Grades 2-4 | Foundation of Hip Hop
Instructor: Angel Little
Tuition: $195

The Foundations of Hip Hop program is created to educate and empower the culture of hip hop and its primary elements. Participants will engage in the elements of graffiti, DJ-ing, MC-ing and Breaking, as well as learn the dependency between each one. This class offers a basic introduction to the history and inspirations of the culture. It also provides an environment that supports community encouragement, critical understanding and self-motivation.

 

Grades 5-6 | Mix-It-Up
Instructor: Jenny Elton
Tuition: $195

This camp will explore the art of Vik Muniz as campers create original mixed-media artworks. Campers will explore a variety of materials, from pencils and photographs to fabrics and even leaves and plants. This camp will teach students how ideas and decision-making skills, combined with their imaginations, can create totally original mixed-media art!

 

Teen: Grades 7-9 | Just Like Me
Instructor: Eric Lyons
Tuition: $195

This class will be an adventure in creating self-portraits in the style of artist Vik Muniz. Muniz is known for his work with diverse mediums -- like diamonds, sugar, thread, chocolate syrup and garbage -- so students will create multiple portraits using a variety of found materials assembled together. So start collecting your things and bring them back to life, as we journey into portraits that look Just Like Me. 

Week 10 | July 31 - August 4 | Kehinde Wiley


American painter Kehinde Wiley creates large-scale photorealistic portraits often depicting young African-American subjects in heroic poses. His works frequently fuse together bright colors, patterns and art history.

Grades K-1 | Kiddie Classics
Instructor: Kelly Smith
Tuition: $195

Young artists will study classic paintings and reimagine them in fun ways just like contemporary artist Kehinde Wiley. Children will dress up as characters from classic paintings, act out the paintings’ events and learn to critically look at an art piece. They’ll also learn printmaking and sculpting skills. Combining art history and contemporary art has never been more fun! 

 

Grades K-1 | Portrait Perfect
Instructor: Autumn Brown
Tuition: $195

Your camper will have a blast trying out all the different ways they can paint, draw, print and build portraits using repetition and shapes. Using a variety of techniques and mediums, campers will explore how to create portraits and self-portraits. This camp will encourage their imaginations, grow their art skills and make for a picture-perfect week! 

 

Grades 2-4 | Costume Design
Instructor: Dayna Brown
Tuition: $195

Students will learn the elements of costume design, including color families, period, texture and character traits. Campers will master the basics of sewing, building patterns and choosing color-altering clothes. They’ll build a unique costume to wear at the Costume Design Fashion Show in Friday’s Camp Contemporary Showcase! 

 

Grades 2-4 | All the World's a Stage: Performance Art
Instructor: Tayler Daniels
Tuition: $195

To camp or not to camp …TO CAMP! This active performance-art camp will teach young thespians how to work together to create and execute a skit. They’ll build props and exercise vocal and performance skills all while having a blast! On Friday, campers will act out their skit for family and friends at the Camp Contemporary Showcase. 

 

Grades 5-6 | Hip Hop
Instructor: Angel Little and Song Kimpton
Tuition: $195

The Foundations of Hip Hop program is created to educate and empower the culture of hip hop and its primary elements. Participants will engage in the elements of graffiti, DJ-ing, MC-ing and Breaking, as well as learn the dependency between each one. This class offers a basic introduction to the history and inspirations of the culture. It also provides an environment that supports community encouragement, critical understanding and self-motivation.

 

Teen: Grades 7-9 | Clay Sculpting
Instructor: Perla Carreon
Tuition: $195

Join us this week to learn the fundamentals of creating with clay. Students will put their creative minds to work and make an original clay piece using hand building, sculpting techniques and alternative surface finish processes. They’ll take home an art piece they’ll be proud of and that’s guaranteed to impress! 

Week 11 | August 7-11 | Anthony Gormley

 

British sculptor Anthony Gormley’s work explores the relationship of the body to the space it inhabits. He is best known for his large-scale public installations often portraying a human form overlooking a city’s skyline.

Grades K-1 | Look at Me Move!
Instructor: Annalisa Campbell
Tuition: $195

Look at me, I’m a sculptor! Campers will learn new ways to create sculpture and explore the movement of a drawing mannequin. They’ll use clay, ink and magnets to create their own moveable sculpture.  

 

Grades 2-4 | Solving Shapes
Instructor: Debbie Elledge
Tuition: $195

Construct, connect, build, assemble and organize your ideas into awesome art pieces! Can you build with paper the same way you use wooden blocks? How can spheres be stacked like sugar cubes? Students will have fun answering these questions while creating art. 

 

Grades 5-6 | Not Just a Box
Instructor: Jessica Petrus
Tuition: $195

Exploring the work of contemporary artist Anthony Gormley, students will learn how to transform a normal box into wonderful sculptures. Students will dive into how to make contemporary works of art exploring cubism and shape.