Oklahoma Contemporary will serve as a nexus for the creative community and identify ways to make meaningful connections between veterans and contemporary art, artists and creative practice. Ten percent of Oklahoma's adult population are veterans of the U.S. military. By engaging in studio practice, veterans will discover new ways to connect with each other and their community. The arts are proven to build resilience, strengthen coping skills and improve self-esteem and well-being.
Oklahoma Contemporary's program will employ teaching artists and university faculty to support veterans in the technical, intellectual and creative aspects of developing their studio practice. Building on the success of the Veterans Initiative in Ceramics, we will expand our ceramics offerings exclusively for veterans and also reserve spaces for veterans in all of our Studio School classes.
Applications for the Veterans Initiative will be accepted on a rolling basis, and there is no cost to participate.
SPRING SESSION | March 30 – June 6, 2020
Class | Ceramics for Veterans - Tuesday Afternoon | Tim Sullivan | Free
1-3 p.m. Tuesdays, March 31 - June 2, 2020
In this 10-week class, students will work under the careful supervision of a professional artist with an emphasis on learning and building community. Students will be introduced to hand building, wheel throwing, basic extruder techniques and glazing. The instructor will provide guided demonstrations and one-on-one attention. Participants will leave the course with essential skills and original works of art.
Class | Ceramics for Veterans - Friday Morning | Liv Egan | Free
10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Fridays, April 3 - June 12, 2020 (no class on May 15)
Students will learn the essentials of creating clay forms using hand building techniques such as coil, slab and molds. The course will also cover the basics of throwing at the potter’s wheel. Students will learn to wedge, center, manipulate, construct and decorate clay while exploring different approaches to creating forms. The class will also discover many ways to adorn the surfaces of their works, including slip trailing, sgraffito, wax resist, underglaze and glaze application.
Workshop | Veterans Knife Making with Antler Handles | Gabriel Friedman | $40
10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday, May 18, 2020
Students will learn the basics of high-carbon steel tool making, knife theory, blade and edge shaping, high-carbon steel heart treatment and tempering, and antler handle construction. All materials will be provided. Students can bring their own antler for their knife and will leave with a finished, functional knife at the end of the workshop.
Spring Session | March 30 – June 6, 2020
Summer Session | June 29 – Sept. 5, 2020
Fall Session | Sept. 28 – Dec. 12, 2020