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.

Learn more about the instructors' backgrounds and teaching approaches here.

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. When signing up for a class, all students agree to abide by the policies set forth in the Student Handbook.

Interested in more than just Art & Ideas? See our full class and workshop list here.

Eight-week classes | July 5- Aug. 28
Four-week classes | Session 1 | July 5-July 26
Four-week classes | Session 2 | Aug. 1- 28

Eight-week and four-week Session 1 | June 28
Four-week Session 2 | July 25

Based on recent guidance from the CDC and our local health consultants, we have updated our COVID-19 policies. Because all counties in the Oklahoma City metro area rank in the “low” COVID-19 community level, masks are optional in Studio School. Anyone who would prefer to wear a mask is, of course, welcome to do so.

Thursday Night Workshop | Dungeons & Dragons Homebrew

  • Date 7-9 p.m. Thursday, June 2, 2022
  • Cost $40
  • Location Main Building | Howard Family Charitable Foundation Studio Three
  • Instructor / Presenter Jacob Frost
  • Age Requirements 21+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org
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Join game master Jacob Frost to explore D&D “homebrew.” Create additions like a single item or spell that will alter your game, or significantly expand the game by revamping an entire set of rules.

Registration closes May 30.

If the workshop is postponed due to weather or unforeseen instructor circumstances, the rain date is June 2.


Four-Week Class | Sounds of Summer

  • Date 6-8 p.m. Thursdays, Aug. 4-25, 2022
  • Cost $100
  • Location Main Building | Howard Family Charitable Foundation Studio Three
  • Instructor / Presenter Jacob Frost
  • Age Requirements 16+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org

Join composer and musician Jacob Frost in a class that brings music fans together to listen, discuss and explore the sounds of summer. Is there a quintessential summer band or summer sound? Why do we associate certain artists with particular seasons? When it’s hot outside, come chill inside to talk about and listen to music with other fans.

Open Studio time is included with registration. Open Studio allows currently enrolled students to work on their projects in Oklahoma Contemporary’s studios outside of class meetings. Times vary weekly and can be booked two weeks in advance.

See Open Studio times here.



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

Oklahoma Contemporary
P.O. Box 3062
Oklahoma City, OK 73101

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