Dirty those hands and maybe join a cult?
Sticking to a staycation kind of summer? Studio School is gearing up for a season of paint-, clay-, thread- and fun-splattered making and creating. Classes built for your schedule (heavy on one-offs and four-week courses, with some solid eight-week offerings for our diehards) are sure to provide the Zen you’d find sitting on a beach, sipping something sweet. Reaching from the teens to the vets, Studio School reminds us art-making is for all.
Ceramics for the Babes
We are here for the teens and tweens, baby: The 12- to 14- and 15- to 17-year-olds now have something to really sink their fingers into! They don’t care about mess, they aren’t interested in rules, and they’re totally ready to experiment. Clay on their pants? It’s SUPPOSED to be there, Mom! Pry your high schoolers fingers from their phones (godspeed), and let us give them wheels you aren’t scared for them to get behind!
Dump to Dope
That’s right, we’re hoarding garbage for creative crocheting adventures — reduce, reuse, UPcycle! What’s better than that? Studio School doesn’t care if you know what you’re doing. You bring the vibes, and instructor Rachel Lynch will fill your brain with all things repurposed and upcycled crochet techniques while your fingers churn out nothing but fashion gold.
Amber Layne Fan Club
Amber Layne (sewing master and Studio School instructor) is slowly taking over The Studios with her dedicated sewing followers! This summer, her fiber talents are spilling into machine embroidery, guiding students through the proper mechanics, functions and possibilities. Bonus: At session’s end, you can join the Amber Layne Cult … if you’re so inclined.
Know a veteran in need of a project or creative relief? “This is something that will help any veteran,” Army veteran Jen Pate says of Oklahoma Contemporary's Veterans Initiative. “It helps them deal with PTSD, their past, helps keep them focused; I would recommend this to any veteran. It’s helped me daily. There’s beauty in the nightmares if you can find it.”
Through mediums like painting, drawing and ceramics, vets can explore fundamentals of creating and understanding art alongside peers, forming creative foundations and building community.
Catch this one quick — our vet initiative is free, but space is limited.
Look to the Sky
Cloud painter extraordinaire and Studio School instructor Jenny Elton is taking students through the clouds and between the trees, exploring light, shadow, scale and layering. The medium? We’re talking oil pastels, friends. Turn photographs, memories, your imagination or the view in front of you into a gorgeous landscape of rolling hills, floating clouds or crashing seas.
Registration closes June 28, and spots are filling fast! These are only a handful of classes from the brilliant, summer session lineup. Ceramics, ice dyeing, gouache painting and so much more await. Nab — for yourself, your kids or your friends — an opportunity to shape functional vessels, design personal masterpieces and craft one-of-a-kind creations.
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