Oklahoma Contemporary
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Art & Ideas

Get curious with Studio School! Explore the theory, history and criticism of contemporary art and culture through Art & Ideas courses. Far from a dry lecture or endless PowerPoint presentation, these courses emphasize your active inquiry through discussion, readings and participatory activities.

Questions about a multi-week class? Browse the Studio School syllabi for more details on class topics, projects and required materials and supplies. Tuition for multi-week courses does not include materials.


Online Four-Week Class | Black History in Black Horror Films

  • Date 7-9 p.m. Mondays, May 17 - June 14, 2021 (no class May 31)
  • Cost $65
  • Location Online
  • Instructor / Presenter Autumn Brown
  • Age Requirements 18+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org

Black horror films and TV -- such as Us, Get Out and Lovecraft Country -- have a lot of powerful, distinct intersections with Black history. This course will unpack racial identities, the historical terrain of segregation, sundown towns and the red summer, cultures of power, and the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. This course is instructed by Autumn Brown, who is a doctoral candidate in Social Foundations of Education at Oklahoma State University. She has published articles and book chapters on Black women's embodiment and education, with two chapters coming out this year about the history of Douglass High School in Oklahoma City and doing biographical research on Black women teacher activists. Registration closes Sunday, May 9 at 11:59 p.m.

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Workshop | Coffee + Paint

  • Date 1-3 p.m. Sunday, June 13, 2021
  • Cost $45
  • Location Studios Building | Leigh Ann and Paul Albers Outdoor Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Talitha Clemons and Jenny Elton
  • Age Requirements 16+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org

Love coffee? Join us for an educational (and delicious) cupping with Talitha Clemons of Bright Vibe Coffee. Talitha will share her insights about artisanal coffee producers around the world and teach you about the flavor profiles you’ll experience with coffee from different regions. Students will then explore coffee in a new way with a coffee painting lesson with artist Jenny Elton. You’ll leave this casual workshop with new knowledge and appreciation for coffee, handy watercolor skills and a completed coffee painting. The alternate date in the case of weather, instructor illness or other circumstances is Jun. 20. Registration for this workshop closes on Jun. 6 at 11:59 p.m.

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Online Four-Week Class | Not Even Past: Making History Come Alive

  • Date 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays, May 19 - June 9, 2021
  • Cost $65
  • Location Online
  • Instructor / Presenter Dr. Russell Cobb
  • Age Requirements 18+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org

Writing about the past can be daunting. The path to a good work of history is full of dead ends, road bumps and blockades. Dr. Russell Cobb, recent author of The Great Oklahoma Swindle, will teach you how to navigate archives, distinguish fact from fiction and organize all your breadcrumbs into a cohesive story. A scholar, author and podcaster, Dr. Cobb will lead a discussion on researching, framing and narrating history for the general public. He’ll survey the field of history podcasts and talk about print and online outlets looking for history stories. Whether you want to start a new podcast, write a documentary treatment or simply pen a family history, this class will get you on your way to creating your own history project. Registration closes Sunday, May 9 at 11:59 p.m.

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Online Four-Week Class | Oklahoma Native Art History

  • Date 6-8 p.m. Mondays, May 17 - June 14, 2021 (no class on May 31)
  • Cost $65
  • Location Online
  • Instructor / Presenter America Meredith
  • Age Requirements 18+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org
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Beginning with the oldest-known painted object in North America, the Cooper Bison skull, this class will explore the rich and complex history of Oklahoma Native American art. Unique for now being home to Indigenous nations hailing from the Pacific to the Atlantic, Oklahoma has witnessed generations of creative expression and exploration through the visual arts. This short survey course will examine community-based utilitarian arts, easel arts and new genres of today, from the miniature to the monumental. Registration closes Sunday, May 9 at 11:59 p.m.

Image caption: America Meredith (Cherokee Nation), "Acee Blue Eagle and Echogee," 2008, acrylic on panel, collection of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. ©2008 America Meredith.

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Online Workshop | Ribbon Skirt Making

  • Date 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, June 13, 2021
  • Cost $55
  • Location Online
  • Instructor / Presenter Monica Raphael
  • Age Requirements 16+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org

Explore the art and history of the Indigenous ribbon skirt as it relates to the Anishinaabek. Indigenous people have been adapting the use of different materials as they have become available over time. Indigenous artists traded for ribbons, which they transformed into beautiful garments. Today ribbon skirts have become a significant item in the Indigenous fashion world. Basic sewing skills are recommended, and students must furnish their own sewing machine and materials for the workshop. Workshop is intended for adults and ages 16+ with a kind and respectful heart. Registration closes Sunday, June 6 at 11:59 p.m.

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Online Four-Week Class | Exploring Poetry

  • Date 6-8 p.m. Mondays, April 12 - May 3, 2021
  • Cost $65
  • Location Online
  • Instructor / Presenter Dr. Julie Ward
  • Age Requirements 18+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org

In this course, participants will invite their inner poet to come out and play. Class sessions will include appreciating and discussing contemporary poetry from around the world, generative in-class writing prompts, and peer workshops to share poetry and feedback.

Online Four-Week Class | Progressive Rock

  • Date 6-8 p.m. Sundays, May 23 - June 13, 2021
  • Cost $65
  • Location Online
  • Instructor / Presenter Jacob Frost
  • Age Requirements 18+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org

Prog rock: it’s more than capes, costumes and 20-minute guitar solos (as awesome as those things may be)! In this course, we'll go beneath the surface of progressive rock’s larger-than-life image to explore the ideas the music has to offer. Each week, we'll take a deep dive into an obscure corner of the progressive rock movement past and present, from the intersection of prog and electroacoustic music to the new wave of transgender voices in black metal. Along the way, we will discuss prog’s cultural influences and impact, its intertextual and interdisciplinary aspects and its underappreciated and underrepresented voices. Registration closes Sunday, April 4 at 11:59 p.m.

Online Four-Week Class | Writing about Art

  • Date 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, April 14 - May 5, 2021
  • Cost $85
  • Location Online
  • Instructor / Presenter Jezy Gray
  • Age Requirements 18+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org

From pitching the right publication to interviewing artists and drafting with an editor, this class will teach you how to write and publish human-level stories about culture. In addition to regular readings (and Zoom visit Q&As, when possible) from contemporary arts reporters like Hanif Abdurraqib, Jessica Hopper, Katie Moulton and more, students will workshop articles and essays about a work, artist or exhibition from any discipline, from painting to pop music. Each writer will leave with a final draft and a customized pitch email. Registration closes Sunday, April 4 at 11:59 p.m.

Hours

Monday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Closed Tuesday

Wednesday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Thursday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Friday - Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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Location

Visit us at 11 NW 11th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73103
Phone: 405 951 0000
Fax: 405 951 0003
info@okcontemp.org

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P.O. Box 3062
Oklahoma City, OK 73101

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