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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.

Oklahoma Contemporary offers the very best in fiber arts classes, workshops and opportunities for independent exploration. Located in The Studios building, the Fiber Art Studio features many floor and frame looms, as well as materials and equipment for dyeing. Fiber Arts instructors also offer courses in embroidery, sewing and other creative and contemporary applications of fiber traditions.

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 | Introduction to Floor Loom Weaving

  • Date 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, April 2 - June 4, 2020
  • Cost $295
  • Location The Studios Building | Josie Eresch Fiber Arts Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Sherri Dudeck
  • Age Requirements 18+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org
Learn the fundamentals of weaving on a four-shaft loom, focusing on loom setup, understanding basic weave patterns (plain weave and twill variations) and weaving terminology. Creating sound structure and developing good weaving habits will be emphasized. Reading drafts will also be covered. Each student will have the exclusive use of a loom for the duration of class and will produce both a cotton sampler and a bamboo scarf. All supplies are furnished for this class, including the warp and weft.   

Class | Introduction to Frame Loom Weaving

  • Date 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Saturdays, April 4 - June 6, 2020
  • Cost $195
  • Location The Studios Building | Josie Eresch Fiber Arts Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Rachel Denbow
  • Age Requirements 18+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org
Planned with beginners in mind, this project-based course will teach students to create their own woven wall hangings. Students will design and complete three woven wall hangings while learning how to warp their looms, choose fibers, design from inspiration and use fundamental stitches and finishing techniques. Repetition of weaving basics will build confidence, and critiques and group discussions will offer constructive feedback and further inspiration.

Class | Introduction to Natural Dyes

  • Date 1-3 p.m. Saturdays, April 4 - June 6, 2020
  • Cost $195
  • Location The Studios Building | Josie Eresch Fiber Arts Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Rachel Denbow
  • Age Requirements 18+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org
Whether you’re interested in dyeing your own yarn for knitting and weaving or just love the science involved in extracting color from wildflowers, this course is for you! Students will learn to tend a dye pot, prep fibers, keep a dye journal and explore color shifts using pH levels and modifiers. Projects include dyeing a cotton market tote and linen napkins and steam dyeing a silk scarf.

Class | Thread Painting

  • Date 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, March 31 - June 2, 2020
  • Cost $195
  • Location The Studios Building | Josie Eresch Fiber Arts Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Darci Lenker
  • Age Requirements 18+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org
Learn the basics of embroidery while discovering thread painting (also known as needle painting). Though paint isn’t actually used, many of the stylistic techniques used in painting are applied to this approach. Threads are blended while stitching to suggest not only color, but also movement, light, shadow and dimension. Students will use their own photographs or sketches as the basis for their embroidered art.

Class | Visible Mending

  • Date 4-6 p.m. Saturdays, April 4 - June 6, 2020
  • Cost $195
  • Location The Studios Building | Josie Eresch Fiber Arts Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Darci Lenker
  • Age Requirements 18+
  • Contact education@okcontemp.org
Discover the basics of embroidery through visible mending, a set of techniques that extends the life of well-loved items and helps the environment and human rights through more ethical consumption of fast fashion. Students will learn the Japanese Boro technique of Sashiko to repair and embellish clothing as well as other visible mending approaches, including making patches and darning, plus how to repair buttons and replace zippers.

Class | Intermediate Floor Loom Weaving

  • Date 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays, April 1 - June 3, 2020
  • Cost $295
  • Location The Studios | Josie Eresch Fiber Arts Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Sherri Dudeck
  • Age Requirements 18+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org
Want to chart your own direction in weaving? In this class, intermediate students will refine their warping and weaving skills with a project of their choice while exploring new materials and techniques. Students may choose from pre-designed patterns or develop original designs with assistance from the instructor. Each student will work at their own pace, but group discussion and instruction will be an integral part of the classroom experience. 

Class | Intermediate Frame Loom Weaving

  • Date 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays, April 1 - June 3, 2020
  • Cost $195
  • Location The Studios Building | Josie Eresch Fiber Arts Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Rachel Denbow
  • Age Requirements 18+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org
Intermediate fiber students will learn more complex stitches and stitch variations used in both historic and contemporary fiber designs. Together, the class will explore traditional Navajo, Guatemalan, Peruvian, Mexican and Moroccan designs, with an emphasis on how many of these stitches were used in different cultures. Students will experiment with modern points of view and fresh color stories to produce four woven wall hangings that each contain beautiful samples of the intermediate techniques learned. Students should already be comfortable performing basic weaving skills on their own, including warping their loom, plain weave, rya knots and soumak. Introduction to Frame Loom Weaving is encouraged before taking this course.

Workshop | Exploring Indigo and Shibori

  • Date 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, April 18, 2020
  • Cost $150
  • Location The Studios Building | Josie Eresch Fiber Arts Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Aaron Sanders Head
  • Age Requirements 18+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org
Students will learn the basics of dyeing with a natural indigo vat and discover several approaches to shibori dyeing. The instructor will address Itajime (shape resist), Kumo (tied resist) and Kanoko (twist resist), Arashi (pole wrapping) and Nui (stitch resist) techniques. Materials will be provided and participants are highly encouraged to bring their own small, natural fiber items to dye. Students will leave with dyed cotton fabric and dyed goods from home.

Workshop | Exploring Sashiko and Hand-stitching

  • Date 12-4 p.m. Sunday, April 19, 2020
  • Cost $150
  • Location The Studios Building | Josie Eresch Fiber Arts Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Aaron Sanders Head
  • Age Requirements 18+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org
Learn the basics of hand stitching as well as the stitches and patterns of Japanese Sashiko stitching. After learning the basic principles of Sashiko, students will then be encouraged to develop their own “stitching voice.” Students will discover the meditative and mindful properties of hand stitching and learn to read Sashiko patterns. Together the class will then play with scale, color and thread weaving techniques to create bold geometric patterns based in traditional Sashiko.

Workshop | Cast Paper and Typography

  • Date 12 - 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, August 1-2, 2020
  • Cost $250
  • Location The Studios Building | Josie Eresch Fiber Arts Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Delaney Smith
  • Age Requirements 18+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org
What do you want to say? In this workshop, students will combine cast handmade paper with typography. The instructor will address and demonstrate the basics of paper making, from beating abaca fibers to pulling sheets of paper. Together, the class will then cast handmade sheets of paper on molds to create words and phrases. No experience necessary. All materials included.

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Location

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

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