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In light of the COVID-19 public health crisis, Oklahoma Contemporary has temporarily postponed the opening of our new home, including spring Studio School classes and workshops. Read more about the planned launch of Studio School, now scheduled for summer, here.

We appreciate your understanding as we navigate this ongoing situation, and we look forward to welcoming you soon.

Throughout the year, expert Studio School instructors present classes and workshops in painting, drawing, printmaking and design for students of all levels. Students work with industry-standard equipment and materials, such as professional painting and drawing easels, lighting and an etching printmaking press.

Early registration: Members at all levels 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.


For your reference, listed below are now-cancelled spring session classes. Stay tuned for the announcement of new summer courses!


Class | Beginning Drawing

  • Date 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Saturdays, April 4 - June 6, 2020
  • Cost $195
  • Location Main Building | In Honor of Bryan and Kendall Hall Studio Two
  • Instructor / Presenter Chris Brizzard
  • Age Requirements 18+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org

Get a primer in the fundamentals of drawing, including block-in, shape accuracy, proportion, separating light from shadow, establishing values and conveying light on form. Students will start by copying drawings that incorporate these principles and will eventually move into setting up their own still lifes and drawing from life.

Class | Beginning Drawing: Drawing from Within

  • Date 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, March 31 - June 2, 2019
  • Cost $195
  • Location Main Building | In Honor of Bryan and Kendall Hall Studio Two
  • Instructor / Presenter Calvin Pressley
  • Age Requirements 18+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org
Rather than focus on the technical skills of drawing, this basic course is more about content and discovering your artistic voice. Students will learn the basic elements of setting up the studio for a successful drawing session and engage in respectful dialogue about their ideas and work.

Class | Beginning Figure Drawing

  • Date 1-4 p.m. Saturdays, April 4 - June 6, 2020
  • Cost $295
  • Location Main Building | In Honor of Bryan and Kendall Hall Studio Two
  • Instructor / Presenter Chris Brizzard
  • Age Requirements 18+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org
Explore the complexities of representing the human figure in this class. Areas of study include mass conceptions, gesture drawing, life drawing, mass and linear approaches, anatomy and form and value painting. Students will study from classic sources such as Bridgman, Vanderpoel and Richer and seek to apply this knowledge to the live model. Drawing is fundamentally about learning to understand what one sees, and the figure has been the classic tool used to train artists for centuries.  

Class | Beginning Oil Painting

  • Date 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, March 31 - June 2, 2020
  • Cost $295
  • Location Main Building | Mary L. Clements Studio One
  • Instructor / Presenter Chris Brizzard
  • Age Requirements 18+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org


Learn the fundamentals of oil painting! This class will cover concepts, including block-in, separating light from shadow, setting up proper value relationships, achieving the light effect, color relationships and more. Students will primarily use still life as a means to practice these concepts, and students will be painting from life regularly. 

Class | Beginning Printmaking

  • Date 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Saturdays, April 4 - June 6, 2020
  • Cost $195
  • Location The Studios Building | Flex Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Lissie Teehee
  • Age Requirements 18+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org
The art of printing on paper and other surfaces has fascinated artists for millennia, and it continues to evolve in our contemporary world. This class will explore primary printmaking techniques in relief and intaglio on paper. Students will leave the course with two to four single prints and three series of prints.

Class | Beginning Watercolor Painting

  • Date 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays, April 1 - June 3, 2020
  • Cost $195
  • Location Main Building | Mary L. Clements Studio One
  • Instructor / Presenter Jenny Elton
  • Age Requirements 18+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org
Explore the basics of watercolor, including materials, processes, composition and techniques. The class will cover a variety of painting styles through experimentation and the works of other watercolor artists. Each class will feature demonstrations, work time and informal group discussions where you’ll have a chance to share your work, ask questions and learn from other students. Whether you’ve dabbled in watercolor or never picked up a brush, this class will provide a solid foundation and safe environment to learn, grow and experiment. 

Class | Collage Studio

  • Date 6-8 p.m. Fridays, April 3 - June 5, 2020
  • Cost $195
  • Location Main Building | Howard Family Charitable Foundation Studio Three
  • Instructor / Presenter Danny Joe Rose III
  • Age Requirements 18+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org
Explore the many ways an artist can work with collage! Students can be as traditional or abstract as they like and include a variety of media. They’ll also learn about the rich history behind collage and develop their very own ways of working with the medium. A focus on independent work will allow students to develop individual methods of making.

Class | Color Theory

  • Date 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, March 31 - June 2, 2020
  • Cost $195
  • Location Main Building | Howard Charitable Foundation Studio Three
  • Instructor / Presenter Danny Joe Rose III
  • Age Requirements 18+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org
In this introduction to the basic principles and theories of color science and its varied applications, students will learn to mix, define and organize color through a variety of studio projects and in class discussions. This class is ideal for students planning to take additional courses in painting, drawing, digital art, etc.

Class | Advanced Painting Critique

  • Date 6-9 p.m. Fridays, April 3 - June 5, 2020
  • Cost $295
  • Location The Studios Building | Flex Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Calvin Pressley
  • Age Requirements 18+
  • Contact education@okcontemp.org

In this advanced painting class, students will share critical dialogue pertaining to their work, the work of their peers and the connectivity of their work to the community. Together, the instructor and students will engage in a wide variety of topics relating to backgrounds and painting disciplines. This course will encourage all participants to push one another to dig for deeper levels in their work through rigorous constructive criticism.

Class | Advanced Printmaking

  • Date 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, March 31 - June 2, 2020
  • Cost $295
  • Location The Studios Building | Flex Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Lissie Teehee
  • Age Requirements 18+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org
In this course, students with prior experience in printmaking will take their abilities further, making two to four color prints using advanced techniques. Students will learn reduction and multi-plate methods, as well as how to intermix techniques to create stunning colored pieces. Newer forms of printmaking are also introduced.

Workshop | Canvas Building

  • Date 12-4 p.m. Saturday, April 12, 2020
  • Cost $200
  • Location The Studios Building | Flex Studio and Steven C. Agee Metal and Wood Sculpture Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Gabriel Friedman
  • Age Requirements 18+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org
Learn the basics of canvas frame construction and canvas stretching, including proper miter saw and nail gun usage, in this four-hour workshop. Students will construct two frames (one with supports and one without) and then stretch and gesso their canvases.

Workshop | Composition and Notan

  • Date 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sunday, May 3, 2020
  • Cost $150
  • Location Main Building | Mary L. Clements Studio One
  • Instructor / Presenter Chris Brizzard
  • Age Requirements 18+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org
In this workshop, students will seek to simplify compositions using notans, a Japanese term meaning “light and dark.” Together, the class will practice reducing images to two and three values in order to create strong compositional ideas to apply to larger works. Students will also explore the six major types of rectangles commonly used by artists to compose images. In addition, the instructor will also discuss how to use Photoshop as a tool to aid in compositional study.
Location

NW 11th and Broadway
Oklahoma City, OK 73103
Phone: 405 951 0000
Fax: 405 951 0003
info@okcontemp.org

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