Aug
15
Aug 18

Clay for Kids

Instructor: Jeff Blandford, Ages 7-10, $135

This class will introduce students to the art of the pottery wheel.  Using Ox-Bow’s premier ceramics studio, students will get hands-on experience on their own wheel.  During the days of class students will watch a series of simple demonstrations, then dive into making their own works in clay!  The goals for the course will be to have fun and gain a basic understanding of the ceramics process.  All of the works will be fired at the end of the course and ready for pickup at a time TBA.

Aug
8
Aug 11

Creative Wire Techniques

Instructor: Jessica Bohus, Ages 13 and up, $160

Using very basic tools we will explore manipulating steel and copper wire to create sculpture and jewelry.  Class can be combined with the morning bead class if students are interested in incorporating glass elements. All levels welcome. 

*Special afternoon time- Lunch is not offered for this class unless it is taken in tandem with Glass Beadmaking...in which case lunch is free!

Aug
8
Aug 11

Glass Beadmaking

Instructor: Jessica Bohus, Ages 13 and up, $190, beadmaking materials provided

Using a Hot Head torch, learn the basics of making, shaping, and decorating unique flame worked glass beads. Explore techniques in depth through demonstration, hands-on classroom time, and personalized instruction. Beginning students will learn how to make many shapes of beads, as well as pulling stringers and decorative cane. Advanced students can focus on decorative surface techniques, sculptural beads or individual projects.  This class can be combined with the afternoon class to incorporate glass elements into wire sculpture and jewelry. 

*Free lunch plan if students take both Glass Beadmaking and Creative Wire Techniques!

Aug
1
Aug 4

Patterns in Nature: Scavenger Hunt

Instructor: Kim Meyers Baas, Ages 8-12, $135

scav·eng·er hunt: a game, typically played in an extensive outdoor area, in which participants have to collect a number of miscellaneous objects

Explore, discover, and collect natural and found objects found within Ox-Bow’s great outdoors in a scavenger hunt game each day. Each list will challenge the young artists to complete the tasks in the most creative manner. Collaboratively, the artists will juxtapose items from the hunt into still-lives and create 2D designed patterns. We will explore fundamental principles such as repetition, positive/negative space, organic and geometric shapes, and form. The young artists will be encouraged to experiment with a variety of media and color while exploring beginning ideas of realism, abstraction, and imagination. 

Aug
1
Aug 4

Finding the Soul in Watercolor: The Watercolor Portrait

Instructor: Jill Lareaux, Ages 13 and up, $150

With the goal of expressing the essence of the human face, we will experiment with creative brush techniques, laying and overlapping beautiful washes, and use of non-traditional surfaces.  Beginners and experienced painters alike are welcome to learn this open-minded approach to portrait painting.

Jul
25
Jul 28

If They Could Only Speak – Ox-Bow Architecture in Watercolor

Instructor: David Baker, Ages 13 and up, $150

A part of Ox-Bow’s unique experience is her architecture. From historical designs to functional studios, from the thoughtful integration of new buildings to the whimsical touches on the cabins; all add delight and inspiration to our visits. As we explore and paint these structures with watercolor, we will also learn a bit about their history. 

*Special afternoon time- Lunch is not offered for this class unless it is taken in tandem with Let's Paint Like Impressionists...in which case lunch is free!

 

Jul
25
Jul 28

Let’s Paint Like Impressionists

Instructor: David Baker, Ages 13 and up, $150

The landscape at Ox-Bow inspires so many artists to try painting “en plein air”.  Why not emulate the master of that genre?  The focus of this oil painting class will be to employ the techniques, the compositional devices, and the palette of Claude Monet.  

*Free lunch plan if students take both Let’s Paint Like Impressionists and If They Could Only Speak- Ox-Bow Architecture in Watercolor!

Jul
23
Aug 13

Landscape Painting

Instructor: James Brandess, Ages 13 and up, $225 for all four workshops, or $60 per workshop

Four consecutive Saturdays: July 23, July 30, August 6, and August 13, 10am-1pm

In the grand tradition of Ox-Bow and of Frederick F. Fursman, aspiring artists will gather on Saturday mornings for the purpose of painting in the historic Ox-Bow landscape.  In these workshops we will learn what it means to work from observation. We will study the relationships in size, color, shape, placement and value of elements in the natural surroundings.  We will learn to paint the differences and similarities, we will paint, ‘in context’.  For example, if we hold up a color chip that has been labeled ‘green’, how is this different or similar to all the colors we see around us that our minds also label as ‘green’?  This is a multi-level landscape painting class. Participants may sign up for one or all four of these three-hour landscape painting workshops.

Jul
18
Jul 21

Sandstone Carving

Instructor: Marcia Perry, Ages 7-11, $145, sandstone provided

Yes, YOU can carve in stone! This course will experiment with three-dimensional form and surface textures using reductive, abrasive carving techniques on non-toxic sandstone. Participants will create individually and then collaboratively, exploring the potentials and limitations of shaping a solid object. The class will combine an awareness of our sandy dunes environment with ways to express human experience and culminate in a site-specific group sculpture.

Jul
18
Jul 21

Poetry Is Everywhere at Ox-Bow

Instructor: Jack Ridl, Ages 13 and up, $150

What better place than Ox-Bow to get away from your To Do lists that keep you from what you keep hoping to dosome writing!  Ox-Bow has just what you need: a quiet, pastoral setting filled with fellow artists all going about doing what they love and knowing that everyone else is also.  In this workshop, there will be no work that is mere labor.  This is work that children know as work, only it's been labeled play.  This is the work that brings you to the place where you get to be you, just you accompanied by all that really matters to you.  Off we'll go to do some writing, maybe on the porch on a collapsing sofa, maybe on the dock, or under a trellis or treesomewhere that feels just right to you.  And we'll do some useful chattering about writing.  And if I can be of any assistance, well, that's why I'll be there.  Then for the last part of each morning we'll have our own little reading, celebrating each piece be it finished, flawed, a mess, started, a draft, or a ninth draft.  You don't have to read aloud.  But then again, you will want to because everyone will want you to and none of us is going to worry if we're good at this or not.  Who cares?!  What's important is what happens for YOU!  And us, too.

Jul
11
Jul 14

Abstraction in Gouache

Instructor: Michael Pfleghaar, Ages 13 and up, $150

This gouache-painting workshop will explore abstraction and design, as subject matter. Gouache is an opaque water based paint often favored over watercolor because of its ability to layer and cover.  It is also a simple transportable media for finished paintings or preliminary studies on paper. Artists of all experience levels are welcome to explore the versatile qualities of gouache on paper. A suggested supply list will be sent to students prior to the workshop.

*Special afternoon time- Lunch is not offered for this class unless it is taken in tandem with Still Life in Oil Pastel…in which case lunch is free!

Jul
11
Jul 14

Still Life in Oil Pastel

Instructor: Michael Pfleghaar, Ages 13 and up, $150

This oil pastel workshop will explore this unique drawing material, perfect for drawing from still life, landscape or interiors on paper.  Open to all levels of artists, oil pastel can be easily mastered.  This oily crayon-like material lends itself to layering, blending, bright or subtle color. A suggested supply list will be sent to students prior to the workshop.

*Free lunch plan if students take both Still Life in Oil Pastel and Abstraction in Gouache!

Jun
27
Jun 30

Introduction to Performance Art for Kids

Instructors: Catlin Lancaster and Lucia Earle, Ages 6-12, $135

This workshop offers a chance for kids to be active outside as we explore the basic principles of performance art:  what happens when art intersects with life?  We will tell stories, draw, make masks, dance, and construct hideouts with the aim of creating symbolic artifacts to use in our own playful, ceremonial adventures!  Students will work together as a tribe as they incorporate natural objects from Ox-Bow’s campus, recycled material, body paint, and a variety of art supplies, modeling our creative pieces after those of indigenous peoples from around the world. 

Jun
27
Jun 30

Still Life and the Unexplainable

Instructor: Dawn Stafford, Ages 13 and up, $180, all paints included, Additional short list of supplies will be provided

One of my favorite questions in life and in painting is: What if? So I jump in, and start making marks.  At first I feel brave and optimistic, some time later in the midst of great fun my brain begins to analyze, so I gently derail it, and that’s when the unexplainable happens.  From early classical examples to the most contemporary departures, the genre of still life is the perfect starting point for exploring color, form, and illusion. In this oil painting workshop we will explore “how to approach the still life”, and “what to do when we arrive”!  Drawing skills are always extremely helpful, but not required. A pre-selected palette of pure-pigment oil paints is included in the price of the class.  All skill levels welcome. 

Jun
20
Jun 23

Embracing Alchemy

Instructor: Andrea Peterson, Ages 13 and up, $190, Most Materials Provided

In this class we will use home-based handmade methods for creating soap, beeswax candles, lip balm, toothpaste, and yogurt.  We will discover answers to questions like why does a bar of soap wash away the dirt from your hands?  How does a candle burn without dripping?  Alchemy is occurring all around us, elements change, fuse, and align to take on new forms.  See the world around you in a new light.

*Special afternoon time- Lunch is not offered for this class unless it is taken in tandem with Indigenous Fiber…in which case lunch is free!

Jun
20
Jun 23

We be Pirates, ARRRRR!

Instructor: Captain Jon HookAges 8-12, $135

Spend 4 mornings from the lagoon edge to deep in the woods learning how to be a swashbuckling pirate. Pirate training begins with learning the secret pirate code. A good pirate needs fine scavenging skills to survive the wilds, such as shelter building, fire starting to make grub and knot tying. Captain Hook will be instructing on how to use common pirate sense and ingenuity.  Brush me barnacles I almost forgot, we be huntin’ treasure too!

Jun
20
Jun 23

Indigenous Fiber

Instructor: Andrea Peterson, Ages 13 and up, $175, Most Materials Provided

 Learn how to make your own paper from locally scavenged plant fibers using common household blenders and a few tools we will make in class.  We will process plants and blend them into pulp to make gorgeous sheets of paper.  We will also explore dying our sheets with natural dye vats of black walnut husks and indigo.  Leave with a stack of beautifully made and dyed papers and the knowledge to set up this process at home.

*Free lunch plan if students take both Indigenous Fiber and Embracing Alchemy!

Jun
13
Jun 16

Create a Character, Write a Story, Build a Set

Instructor:  Ellen Sprouls, Ages 7-12, $135

Who designed Hogwarts? Why does it have so many turrets? Why does the library have blue carpet and blue chairs? Architects design buildings. Set designers create the scenes for plays and movies.  They create the plans that are used to build them. Interior designers plan and decide what should go inside the rooms of all types of structures including schools, libraries, restaurants, and even houses. Taking inspiration from the natural environments of Ox-Bow, students will each create a series of characters, write a short script or story starring their characters, then design, build, and decorate a building and design a model set.  Students will use materials found in the natural environment along with paint, fabric, fancy papers and many other materials, to create your dream set! 

Jun
13
Jun 16

Smudge-Blop-Mark-Pour-Rip

Instructor: Meridith Ridl, Ages 13 and up, $150

Working with acrylic, watercolor, ink, and collage, this experimental painting workshop will explore surface, texture, color, and pattern (both observed and invented) in order to develop non-representational work. Come improvise, experiment, abstract, and play. Looking for inspiration in the natural landscapes, structures, and actions around us...woods! weathered walls! paint spills! coffee stains!...artists (of any level!) will be encouraged to wallow in the wonder of the intricacies or expansiveness of mark and design. 

Jun
10
10:00 am10:00

My (Your) Ox-Bow Story

Instructor: Marcia Perry, Ages 13 and up, $150, lunch included

*1-day workshop

Every artist for over a century has stored memories, feelings and image inspired just by being in the extraordinary setting of Ox-Bow. This workshop will facilitate expressing your personal experience in this landscape. Led by a local writer, artist and naturalist, the day will include hiking, writing, genre-based coaching as requested (non-fiction, personal memoir/journaling, short story, poetry, etc.) and relaxed sharing. If you don’t have a memorable old story when you arrive, you’re sure to go home with  new ones you’ll never forget.

Jun
6
Jun 9

Let the Wild Rumpus Start: Illustration for Children’s Books

Instructor: Christina Mrozik, Ages 13 and up, $150

In this 2D course we will be exploring the theme of children’s illustration and how to tell complex story with image. Using pencils, paints, pens or other medium, we will explore how to connect our imaginations with that of our inner child, brainstorming ideas and discussing how to create images that are honest, passionate and so accessible that a child might find it of importance. This course is for any level drawer/painter because the most important tool for letting the “wild rumpus start" is one’s curiosity. 

 

“Grown-ups desperately need to feel safe, and then they project onto the kids. But what none of us seem to realize is how smart kids are. They don’t like what we write for them, what we dish up for them, because it’s vapid, so they’ll go for the hard words, they’ll go for the hard concepts, they’ll go for the stuff where they can learn something. Not didactic things, but passionate things.”  ― Maurice Sendak