Aug
14
to Aug 17

Creative Wire Techniques

Instructor: Jessica Bohus, $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!

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Aug
14
to Aug 17

Clay for Kids

Instructor: Jeff Blandford, ages 8 and up, $145

Held in Ox-Bow’s ceramics studio, this class will introduce students to clay using the pottery wheel and basic hand-building techniques. Students will start each day by watching a series of simple demonstrations, then move to hands-on experience making and creating their own pieces.  The goals for the course are to have fun and gain a basic understanding of the ceramic process. All of the works will be fired at the end of the course and ready for pickup at a time TBA.

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Aug
14
to Aug 17

Glass Beadmaking

Instructor: Jessica Bohus, $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!

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Aug
7
to Aug 10

Portrait Painting

Instructor: Rick Beerhorst, $150

This is a course that will demystify portrait painting by leading you through a simple process using photography as a spring-board into creating your own oil portrait. Though the technique you will learn is basic and mechanical it will serve to open a door for further painting explorations and personal expressions should you choose to continue. 

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Aug
7
to Aug 10

Puppet Making

Instructor: Michael Schwabe, ages 8-12, $135

This class will introduce students to the art of puppetry.  Students will get hands-on experience making their own puppets from a variety of materials. While they work throughout the week, students will be shown examples of how to use the materials at hand to design and construct a variety of different kinds of puppets. This class is designed to be informative and fun!

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Jul
31
to Aug 3

Day of the Dead: Artsy Altars and Sugar Skull Face Painting

Instructor: Catlin Nell and Lucia Earle, ages 9-13, $135

It's August, and autumn is around the corner!  Every year on November 1st and 2nd, Dia de los Muertos is held as a celebration of our ancestors and our loved ones that have passed on.  It is a happy holiday in which many people all over the world get dressed up, paint their faces like skulls and tell stories about their grandmothers and grandfathers.  This workshop will be an opportunity to prepare your costume for this holiday, learn how to use face paint, and create an artsy altar in memory of someone special.  We will make and decorate sugar skulls that can be used with our altars.  Additionally, we will delve into the study of skeletons by examining and drawing from posters and picture books using vivid colors that capture this expressive holiday!

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Jul
31
to Aug 3

Expressing the Human Figure

Instructor: Jill Lareaux, $150

Drawing the human body can be daunting even for an experienced artist. We will use dry media and washes to train your eyes to really see and interpret the figure, to hone your drawing skills and increase your comfort level with this challenging subject. Principles of color use, drawing technique, and composition will be touched upon while working from the model.

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Jul
24
to Jul 27

Expressions through Mixed Media

Instructor: Sarvin Haghighi, $150

This course will explore different mediums we can use to create a mixed media piece. We will discover how to incorporate Calligraphy into art and how to create different layers, bringing more depth to our pieces. 

My goal has always been to share the beautiful part of my culture with others and create a piece that is not only visually interesting but also prompts dialogue. We will look into different ways you can do the same by exploring materials and mediums that are nostalgic to you but are also easy to access while telling a story. We will also explore ways to freely express our feelings, how to turn something negative into something positive, and to basically use the unconscious mind to create an artistic visual expression.

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Jul
24
to Jul 27

Animals of Ox-Bow

Instructor: Kim Meyers Baas, ages 7-10, $135

Charming • Delightful • Wonderment

Taking inspiration from the natural environments of Ox-Bow, students will create charming and delightful illustrations of their favorite animals/insects/birds/reptiles on the beautiful campus. We will observe the subject, experience the landscape, explore traditional illustration, learn some rules of abstraction, and how to design and draw delightful creatures with inks and washes. We will develop techniques in contour drawing and watercolor application in this drawing and painting class. Each day the students will take home final artworks that will be surreal, soft, colorful and full of wonderment.

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Jul
22
to Aug 12

Landscape Painting

Instructor: James Brandess, $225 for all four workshops or $60 per workshop

Four Consecutive Saturdays: July 22, 29, August 5 and 12, 10am-1pm

In these multi-level Saturday morning oil painting workshops, participants will paint outdoors in the historic Ox-Bow landscape.  We will study the relationships in size, shape, color, and value of elements in the natural world. Through this process of learning to see, we will create paintings that have veracity and strength.  We will also learn the tools and materials needed to set-up and paint anywhere we choose.  Participants may sign up for one or all four of these three-hour landscape painting workshops.  

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Jul
17
to Jul 20

Fantastic Creatures

Instructor: Danielle Hanna, ages 7-10, $135

Have you ever wondered what really resides under the sunny waters of the lagoon? Young artists will explore the natural surroundings of Ox-bow's woodlands, dunes, and waterways as possible habitats for the fantastic, mythical creatures that call Ox-Bow home.  Participants will use the power of creativity and imagination to document their creatures (and their creature's environments) in both two and three-dimensional works of art.  A variety of mediums and techniques will be explored including painting, drawing, and sculpture.

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Jul
10
to Jul 13

Form, Fragments, Marks, and Meanings

Instructor: Meridith Ridl and Jack Ridl, $180

Even when we read words we are seeing words...From handwriting to typewriting our words are filled with both lines and spaces: they can twist, list, layer, evoke, illuminate, confuse, hold, disappear, connect. Join us as we explore ways to use words to make art. We will collect phrases, alter texts, and explore ways to let words wander into your visual work with painting, drawing, and collage. No prior writing or making experience is necessary...just a willingness to explore. 

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Jul
10
to Jul 13

Imagine Nation: Imaginative Minds Unite!

Instructor: Lucia Earle and Catlin Nell, ages 9-13, $135

Have you been to AFRICA?  This workshop will inspire you to get there someday!  Your tour guide for this workshop is a native of South Africa, seasoned sailor, and world traveler, Lucia Earle.  She will introduce you to some of the amazing art from different regions of Africa including Mali and West Africa.  With her assisting partner, Catlin Nell, she will share with you her love of mask-making and how they are traditionally used in ceremonies.  You'll learn about the ancient ways masks have been made and you'll create your own mask over the course of 4 days using ancient and modern techniques.  We'll also take on the adventure of travel by studying and then re-purposing maps to create journals, jewelry, toys, and collage treasure boxes.  Dive into geography, social studies, world travel, and art.  With this workshop you will be that package shipped and delivered to Imagination Nation!

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Jun
26
to Jun 29

My Charcoal Fantasy

Instructor: David Baker, $150

Drawing is the most direct vehicle for visual story telling. And charcoal is the most versatile and easily edited of the drawing media. We will use found images to design a collage that suggests a narrative. The theme might be: fantasy, personal history, mythology, or a surrealistic dreamscape. This collage will then be scaled up to create a charcoal drawing… perhaps a large one!

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

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Jun
26
to Jun 29

Let’s Pastel Like Impressionists

Instructor: David Baker, $150

The Impressionist era was highlighted by some remarkable work in the medium of pastel. Our class will focus on the techniques and compositions of some of these pastel masters: Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, Berthe Morisot, and Henri de Toulouse Lautrec.

*Free lunch plan if students take both Let’s Pastel Like Impressionists and My Charcoal Fantasy!

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Jun
19
to Jun 22

Inspired By Nature: Story Telling

Instructor: Ellen Sprouls, ages 6-10, $135

While learning to observe and interpret the forest, the dunes, and the waterways of Ox-Bow, students will be inspired to develop and create stories in a variety of genres incorporating a variety of artistic media.  Students will draw comics, write and illustrate books, assemble a story box (in the tradition of the American artist, Joseph Cornell) and create a shadow puppet show.  Come prepared to make a mess as we use charcoal, pastels, paint, and glue, with a smattering of junk to tell your own stories.

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Jun
19
to Jun 22

Drawing from Nature

Instructor: Dawn Stafford, $150

In this multi-level workshop we will explore the rich botanical world of Ox-Bow’s 115 acre campus. Together we will practice mixing the mediums of charcoal, conte crayons, and ink on paper as vehicles for what inspiration and sense of connectedness we may find.  Special emphasis will be given to the individual and expressive personality of line-making, the relationship between figure and ground, how drawing intersects painting with color, and where observation intersects interpretation.  Prior experience is helpful, but not necessary.

 

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