Ox-Bow’s classes are designed to offer serious artists and art students the opportunity to work closely with faculty and visiting artists, while enjoying the focus and time to concentrate completely on projects and the process of artmaking.

From June through August, students can work in any of our six main studio areas – Ceramics, Glass, Painting and Drawing, Papermaking, Print, and Sculpture. Ox-Bow also offers "Other" studio courses including classes in Art History, Film, Video and New Media, Fiber, Performance, Photography, and Science for Artists. Most of our sculpture courses are metals oriented (blacksmithing, jewelry, light metals, and iron casting) or site-specific, utilizing the vast and varied landscape of Ox-Bow. We are always expanding our programming to offer unique courses that students and artists can’t get elsewhere; look for new classes in a variety of different studio areas. During our two-week winter intensives, students can take one of three courses designed to take advantage of winter in the countryside, and the experimental nature of all Ox-Bow's programming.

Respected faculty from well-known institutions are invited to each summer, supplements by a rotating group of visiting artists and scholars who arrive each week to share their work, their insight and their successes with students. In either season, we are certain the students who join us on campus will find the same rigor, inspiration, sense of community, and collaborative synergy that makes Ox-Bow such a unique environment in which to learn.

Summer Courses

Img 9089This is Ox-Bow's 103rd year as a school of art and artists' residency. We are proud to celebrate our history and the thousands of artists who have passed through Ox-Bow’s campus since 1910.

Each year Ox-Bow evolves and responds to new developments in the visual arts in order to serve artists, students, and the community in relevant ways. This year’s course selection reflects our commitment to developing a dynamic curriculum that bends genres into new formats, but also has deep roots in traditional craft-based practices. It is this dynamic between tradition and innovation that makes taking a course at Ox-Bow such a singular and rich experience. The group of faculty and visiting artists for 2013 is comprised of ambitious thinkers and makers, and we are excited to have them join us in the same remarkable landscape that inspired Ox-Bow’s founding 103 years ago. We look forward to seeing you on campus this summer!  View summer courses ››

Winter Courses


WinterventionFor Ox-Bow’s eighth winter program, we have designed three exciting courses to take advantage of Ox-Bow's unique setting and small classroom environments. Free from most distraction, these classes are ideal for the serious student who needs the time and space to take their art to the next level. View winter courses ››

Art on the Meadow Workshops

Kid Showing Work At LagoonEach year, Ox-Bow offers a series of workshops for children, teens, and adults in a variety of media. These workshops are geared towards residents of Western Michigan and seasonal residents who may live nearby for the summer (on-campus residence is not offered for these courses from June through August). Classes are timed to give participants concentrated studio time, while still allowing for the flexibility that busy summer and year round schedules require. Check back in April for 2013's Art on the Meadow schedule. View Art on the Meadow Workshops ››