Oklahoma Contemporary
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Teen Courses

Studio School provides classes and workshops for teens on an ongoing basis. These courses offer a creative outlet as well as an opportunity to learn and expand skills, improve techniques and experiment with familiar and new media.

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

Questions about a multi-week class? Tuition for most 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.

Click here to see syllabi and materials lists for all classes.


WINTER SESSION
Eight-week classes | Jan. 16 - March 12
Four-week classes | Session 1 | Jan. 16 - Feb. 12
Four-week classes | Session 2 | Feb. 20 - March 19

REGISTRATION DEADLINES
Eight-week and four-week Session 1 | Jan. 10
Four-week Session 2 | Feb. 14

Four-Week Class | Watercolor: Cake! Cake! Cake!

  • Date 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb 22 – Mar. 15
  • Cost $165
  • Location Main Building | Mary L. Clements Studio One
  • Instructor / Presenter Jenny Elton
  • Age Requirements 16+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org
Watercolor image of a white cake with pink icing and rainbow sprinkles

Learn to paint with watercolor by looking at cakes and other decadent desserts. Feeling celebratory? Come paint cakes! Feeling sad? Come paint cakes — and then eat cake. What we’re saying is, cake solves a lot of problems. This class is perfect for beginning painters and beginning cake eaters ... as well as those who have been painting or eating cake for a long, long time.

Want more art-and-food inspiration? Visit our exhibition, The Art of Food: From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation.

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. Availability varies weekly, and times are posted outside each studio.

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Four-Week Class | Watercolor: Cacti and Succulents!

  • Date 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 18 – Feb. 8
  • Cost $150
  • Location Main Building | Mary L. Clements Studio One
  • Instructor / Presenter Sylvie Mayer
  • Age Requirements 16+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org
A watercolor image of potted cacti and succulents

Learn watercolor while spending time staring at plump succulents and cool cacti. This class is perfect for beginners or experienced watercolor painters. Ditch your OKC reality, and pretend your life is Joshua Tree dreamy. After four weeks, those pet-hair tumbleweeds in your hallway won’t testify to your slovenly ways, but rather serve as evidence of your desert-life transformation.

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. Availability varies weekly, and times are posted outside each studio.

Eight-Week Class | Sewing Fundamentals - Monday

  • Date 6-9 p.m., Mondays, Jan. 16 – March 6
  • Cost $265
  • Location The Studios | Josie Eresch Fibers Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Amber Layne
  • Age Requirements 16+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org
Image of black and white fabric being passed through a sewing machine

This class is designed for those new to sewing, those who haven’t sewn in a while, those afraid of their machines, those who want to build a stronger sewing foundation or those needing a refresher on the basics of machine sewing. Instructor and artist Amber Lynn created a curriculum that is comprehensive and empowering for students. Using project-based learning, this class teaches how needles, threads, fabrics, stitches and your sewing machine work together as a team. Gain in-depth knowledge about your sewing machine while mastering the fundamentals of sewing through fun and useful projects.

An instructor-provided materials kit ($56.25) must be purchased on the first day. Students must provide their own working, preferably recently serviced, sewing machine to each meeting.

If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can rent one through Studio School. Daily rentals are $12. Four-week rentals are $40 and eight-week rentals are $80.

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. Availability varies weekly, and times are posted outside each studio.

Eight-Week Class | Drawing Fundamentals

  • Date 6-8:00 p.m., Mondays, Jan. 16 – March 6
  • Cost $225
  • Location Studios Building | Flex Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Chris Brizzard
  • Age Requirements 16+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org
Instructor gives a demonstration in front of student standing in front of a drawing easel.

Prerequisites: Beginners welcome! No experience necessary.

Artist and instructor and Chris Brizzard believes that anyone can learn to draw if they are taught the correct way. Join this fun and supportive class to learn basic drawing principles, such as shape, proportion, blocking in forms and depicting light and shadow. If you start the class not knowing how to draw, you will end the class drawing from life!

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. Availability varies weekly, and times are posted outside each studio.

Eight-Week Class | Serging Fundamentals

  • Date 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Jan. 17 – March 7
  • Cost $265
  • Location The Studios | Josie Eresch Fibers Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Amber Layne
  • Age Requirements 16+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org
A person works at a serger

A serger is required to take this class, which is designed for those new to serging, those who haven’t serged in a while, those afraid of their machines, those who want to build a stronger serging foundation or those needing a refresher on the basics of serging. You’ll learn to thread the serger correctly, understand tensions, adjust cutting widths, use differential feed, master critical techniques and learn the basics of construction. Gain in-depth knowledge about your serger and master the fundamentals by creating a personal serger guidebook.

Required supplies: a serviced serger, electric cord, foot pedal, machine manual, and all tools, feet, and accessories that came with the machine.

Students will purchase a kit of materials ($61.80) supplying four cones of serger thread, serging tools, some fabric and a serger guidebook. Additional fabric and notions, beyond what is supplied in the kit, will be needed. All supplies will be thoroughly discussed in class.

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. Availability varies weekly, and times are posted outside each studio.

Eight-Week Class | Sewing Fundamentals Expanded

  • Date 6-9 p.m., Tuesdays, Jan. 17 – March 7
  • Cost $285
  • Location The Studios | Josie Eresch Fibers Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Amber Layne
  • Age Requirements 16+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org
Close up image of hands cutting a piece of green fabric

Prerequisite: Sewing Fundamentals
Build on skills acquired in Sewing Fundamentals. Learn advanced sewing techniques, such as darts, ruffles, pleats and other shaping techniques, curved sewing, top stitching, lining, creating and using buttonholes, and understanding and utilizing all types of zippers and elastics.

An instructor-provided kit ($63) including materials as well as three of Amber’s favorite sewing tools, must be purchased on the first night of class. Beyond the required kit, you will need additional fabric and notions. Other required supplies: a serviced sewing machine, electric cord, foot pedal, machine manual and all tools, feet and accessories that came with your machine. Any additional needs will be discussed in class.

If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can rent one through Studio School. Daily rentals are $12. Four-week rentals are $40 and eight-week rentals are $80.

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. Availability varies weekly, and times are posted outside each studio.

Eight-Week Class | Fuss-Free Quilting

  • Date 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Wednesdays, Jan. 18 – March 8
  • Cost $265
  • Location The Studios | Josie Eresch Fibers Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Amber Layne
  • Age Requirements 16+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org
On the left, a project prepared for quilting sits on a sewing machine. On the right, a quilt block made of triangles and squares.

Students are highly encouraged, but not required, to take Sewing Fundamentals prior to this course. In this relaxed approach to quilting techniques, you’ll learn a simple quilt block pattern and the basics of machine quilt construction, from start to finish.

You must be familiar with your sewing machine and the basics of sewing prior to enrolling in this class. Required supplies: a notebook and pen for notes, a serviced sewing machine, electric cord, foot pedal, machine manual, all tools, feet and accessories that came with your machine, and a ¼” quilting/piecing foot. You will also need additional fabric and notions. All supplies will be thoroughly discussed in the first class.

If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can rent one through Studio School. Daily rentals are $12. Four-week rentals are $40, and eight-week rentals are $80.

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. Availability varies weekly, and times are posted outside each studio.

Four-Week Class | Printmaking Experimentation: Monotypes and More

  • Date 1:30-4:30 p.m., Wednesdays, Jan. 18 – Feb. 8
  • Cost $185
  • Location The Studios | Flex Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Kathleen Blake
  • Age Requirements 16+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org
Hands peel a printed paper from a template

Join artist and honored educator Kathleen Blake and experiment with monotype printmaking and various mark-making techniques. Learn how to use an etching press, and create one image from multiple plates. You’ll also learn how to roll and wipe ink and how to utilize registration for multiple runs. The class uses Akua non-toxic colored inks that easily clean up with water. Leave class with many prints!

Looking for inspiring prints? Check out our upcoming exhibition, The Art of Food: From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation.

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. Availability varies weekly, and times are posted outside each studio.

Eight-Week Class | Garment Construction

  • Date 6-9 p.m., Wednesdays, Jan. 18 – March 8
  • Cost $285
  • Location The Studios | Josie Eresch Fibers Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Amber Layne
  • Age Requirements 16+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org
Hands using a ruler and pen to mark fabric for cutting

Prerequisites: Sewing Fundamentals, Sewing Fundamentals Expanded

This advanced course expands the techniques taught in Sewing Fundamentals and Sewing Fundamentals Expanded. Learn the basics of taking and working with measurements and how to understand, work from and modify a simple pattern. Practice sophisticated sewing techniques while working on patterns chosen by instructor Amber Layne.

Students will purchase a course kit ($72.60) that includes a simple pattern and three of Amber’s favorite sewing tools, which aid in proper construction. Students will need some additional fabric and notions beyond what is supplied in the kit (these will be thoroughly discussed in class).

Supplies required: a serviced sewing machine, electric cord, foot pedal, machine manual and all tools, feet and accessories that came with your machine.

If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can rent one through Studio School. Daily rentals are $12. Four-week rentals are $40 and eight-week rentals are $80.

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. Availability varies weekly, and times are posted outside each studio.

Eight-Week Class | Sewing Fundamentals - Thursday

  • Date 6-9 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 19 – March 9
  • Cost $265
  • Location Main Building | Mary L. Clements Studio One
  • Instructor / Presenter Amber Layne
  • Age Requirements 16+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org
Close up image of black and white fabric being passed through a sewing machine

This class is designed for those new to sewing, those who haven’t sewn in a while, those afraid of their machines, those who want to build a stronger sewing foundation or those needing a refresher on the basics of machine sewing. Instructor and artist Amber Lynn created a curriculum that is comprehensive and empowering for students. Using project-based learning, this class teaches how needles, threads, fabrics, stitches and your sewing machine work together as a team. Gain in-depth knowledge about your sewing machine while mastering the fundamentals of sewing through fun and useful projects.

An instructor-provided materials kit ($56.25) must be purchased on the first day. Students must provide their own working, preferably recently serviced, sewing machine to each meeting.

If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can rent one through Studio School. Daily rentals are $12. Four-week rentals are $40 and eight-week rentals are $80.

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. Availability varies weekly, and times are posted outside each studio.

Eight-Week Class | Kicka$$ Kitchen Towels

  • Date 6-8:30 p.m., Thursdays, Jan. 19 – March 9
  • Cost $225
  • Location The Studios | Josie Eresch Fibers Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Sherri Dudeck
  • Age Requirements 16+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org
Kitchen towels hang on pegs. A close up of one towel is shown.

Want to chill and make new stuff? Work with fiber artist Sherri Dudeck to learn fundamentals of floor loom weaving — and weave kitchen towels that will be the envy of your box-store shopping friends. Have the exclusive use of a loom for the duration of the class while learning basic weave patterns and loom set-up. Weaving is better than you think.

Are you an intermediate weaver? Join our class and work independently on your own projects.

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. Availability varies weekly, and times are posted outside each studio.

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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