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.

Studio School Fall Session | Sept. 27 - Nov. 21, 2021
Member registration opens Tuesday Aug. 17 at 10 a.m.
General registration opens Monday, Aug. 23 at 10 a.m.

Workshop | Hang Art like a Pro

  • Date 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021
  • Cost $45 - all supplies included
  • Location The Studios Building
  • Instructor / Presenter Johnny Antonelli
  • Age Requirements 18+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org

So you’ve purchased a work of art … now what? From hanging 60 inches from center to nailing that gallery-wall look, you’ll discover the secrets of installing works of art from Oklahoma Contemporary’s own preparator extraordinaire, Johnny Antonelli. In this three-hour workshop, you’ll tour ArtNow to view real live installation and lighting techniques in situ, then return to the Studios Building for hands-on practice. You’ll then learn how to plan for perfection, install the most common types of hardware and repair old holes in your wall. All supplies are included — just bring your own hammer. Deadline to register is Sunday, Aug. 1 at 11:59 p.m.


Thursday Night Workshop | Abstract Works

  • Date 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021
  • Cost $45 - all materials included
  • Location Main Building | Howard Family Charitable Foundation Studio Three
  • Instructor / Presenter Virginia Sitzes
  • Age Requirements 21+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org
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Bewildered by abstract art? In this workshop, we'll use compositions exhibited in ArtNow and Abstract Remix as a departure point to discover the nuts and bolts of looking at, talking about and creating abstract works of art (with a little help from a knowledgeable instructor and liquid courage from Café Contemporary.) No experience is needed, and the workshop price includes all materials. Skeptics are welcome! Registration closes at noon the day of the event. This workshop has an alternate date of Sept. 2 — refunds will not be issued in the case of postponement due to weather or other mitigating factors. Note: This workshop is on a Thursday evening. Beginning this fall, Friday Night Series workshops will move to Thursday evenings to be part of our ongoing Thursday Night Late program.


Four-Week Class | Art Collecting for Everyone

  • Date 6-8 p.m. Thursdays, Aug. 5 - Aug. 26, 2021
  • Cost $65
  • Location Main Building | Fudge Family Photography Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Emily Reynolds
  • Age Requirements 18+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org
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Tired of buying mass-produced art from a big box store? You don't need to be a zillionaire to collect original works of art. From defining your personal taste and developing relationships with galleries and independent artists to caring for and storing your collection, this practical course will address the nuts and bolts of collecting. In addition to engaging with knowledgeable guest speakers and local artists, students will visit our ArtNow exhibition with guest curator Helen Opper to inspire their own journey toward building a collection. Designed for students of all budgets, tastes and prior knowledge of art, this course is taught by Emily Reynolds of Anonyma Fine Art. Registration deadline is Sunday, July 25 at 11:59 p.m.

Four-Week Class | Happy Little Accidents: Language Creations

  • Date 6-8 p.m. Mondays, July 12 - Aug. 2, 2021
  • Cost $65
  • Location Main Building | Bryan and Kendall Hall Studio Two
  • Instructor / Presenter 18+
  • Age Requirements Dr. Julie Ward
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org

Participants in this course will create works of literary art (poems, songs, stories, essays, hybrid pieces) from prompts based on Bob Ross' famous concept of "happy little accidents." Prompts will range from text-message typos and misheard lyrics to translating birdsong and summoning randomness. Learn to find inspiration in the most unexpected places and to turn accidents into literary art. Registration closes Sunday, June 27 at 11:59 p.m.


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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