After careful consideration, Oklahoma Contemporary has made the difficult decision to cancel the spring session of Studio School as part of our ongoing effort to respond to the developing public health emergency created by COVID-19. While we remain disappointed by the need to cancel classes, the health and safety of our community comes first.
Initially set to launch this spring, Studio School will debut this summer with classes and workshops offered year-round for teens and adults. Courses will be taught by professional visual and performing artists, makers and university faculty with significant teaching experience. Studio School’s wide selection of courses is perfect for artists of all levels, whether you’re first exploring a new medium or technique or an expert seeking to refine your practice. Studio School courses of all levels will challenge learners to take creative risks, try new materials and processes and build productive relationships with area creatives.
Studio School students will use state-of-the-art equipment and materials to complete their class projects. Our flagship programs in ceramics and fiber arts will take place in The Studios Building, a 10,000 square foot renovated warehouse equipped with gas and electric kilns, a glazing room, wheel throwing and hand building studios as well as floor looms and extensive fiber dyeing equipment in the Josie Ersech Fiber Arts Studios. Painting, drawing and printmaking classes will be held in the massive Flex Studio and in the main building’s Keesee Family Education Wing. A full suite of digital equipment will support designers, photographers, performers and multimedia artists in the Devon Energy Digital Media Studio, Fudge Family Photography Studio and Jodi and Ed Sanchez Sound Studio, also in the main building. Movement and Performance students will convene in the Te Ata Theater and the nearly 3,000 square foot Dance Studio.
We are working to reschedule cancelled spring classes and workshops, along with exciting new courses, during the summer (June 29-Sept. 4) and fall (Sept. 28 – Dec. 11) sessions. This June, we will also launch Friday Night workshops — a series of brief, experience-driven courses for visitors ages 21+.
In the coming weeks, we’ll continue to push creative content through this blog and on our various social media platforms, including demos by some of the artists teaching in Studio School. These videos, posts, projects and photos will give our audiences a preview of the amazing creative potential of our new spaces. Stay tuned for these posts -- and for updates on future sessions of Studio School.
- Jeremiah Matthew Davis
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