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In light of the COVID-19 public health crisis, Oklahoma Contemporary has postponed the opening of our new home, including Studio School classes and workshops.

We appreciate your understanding as we navigate this ongoing situation, and we look forward to welcoming you soon. In the meantime, please explore the all-ages virtual and digital programs on our blog, New Light.

When Oklahoma Contemporary opens, Studio School will offer classes and workshops year-round for teens and adults. Taught by experienced art educators and university faculty, classes will provide a creative outlet as well as an opportunity to learn and expand skills, improve techniques and experiment with familiar and new media. Our flagship programs in ceramics and fiber arts will evolve with new facilities and equipment in The Studios, a historic renovated warehouse space adjacent to our new building. We will offer 10-week sessions (Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer) and broaden course offerings, including options to work outside of a structured class through Directed Independent Studio and Open Studio.

Explore the kinds of classes that will be offered in each discipline by clicking on the photos below.

Early registration: Members at all levels will receive early access to registration.

Discounts: Members at all levels will receive a 10 percent discount on Studio School classes and workshops for the named cardholder and teens in their household. If you are not a current member, join today.

Supplies: Oklahoma Contemporary provides durable artist equipment for student use during each session. Students are responsible for purchasing their own supplies for courses—a syllabus and material list is emailed upon registration. Some items, including clay and ceramic tools, are available for purchase on the first day of class.

Teen registration in adult courses: In addition to offering classes and workshops for teens, Studio School invites high school juniors and seniors to register for select adult courses. If you wish to register your teen in an adult class or workshop, please submit an application here.

We are currently recruiting and hiring experienced instructors for future classes and workshops in a range of disciplines. Please visit Careers for more information

Workshop | Elegant Porcelain

  • Date 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 11-12, 2020
  • Cost $250
  • Location The Studios Building | Hand Building Studio and Wheel Throwing Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Martha Grover
  • Age Requirements 18+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org
Discover the idiosyncrasies of working with porcelain on and off the potter’s wheel as instructor Martha Grover demonstrates how to make her signature undulating functional forms. The instructor will share her special throwing and altering techniques that exploit this elegant and sensuous material’s best qualities. Working with a variety of bottomless wheel-thrown forms and slabs in both the soft and leather-hard stages, Grover will demonstrate various altering techniques and additions of slabs, handles and spouts to create an assortment of functional forms. Forms will include cups, bowls, vases, pitchers, lidded forms and baskets. The instructor will also talk about her sources of inspiration, philosophy of making and studio practices.


Veterans Initiative

Oklahoma Contemporary will serve as a nexus for the creative community and identify ways to make meaningful connections between veterans and contemporary art, artists and creative practice. Ten percent of Oklahoma's adult population are veterans of the U.S. military. By engaging in studio practice, veterans will discover new ways to connect with each other and their community. The arts are proven to build resilience, strengthen coping skills and improve self-esteem and well-being.

Oklahoma Contemporary's program will employ teaching artists and university faculty to support veterans in the technical, intellectual and creative aspects of developing their studio practice. Building on the success of the Veterans Initiative in Ceramics, we will expand our ceramics offerings exclusively for veterans and also reserve spaces for veterans in all of our Studio School classes.

Applications for the Veterans Initiative will be accepted on a rolling basis.



NW 11th and Broadway
Oklahoma City, OK 73103
Phone: 405 951 0000
Fax: 405 951 0003

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