Winter Courses

During our two-week winter intensive, students can take 1 of three for-credit courses. The winter session is small and hosts no more than 30 students on campus. It is a great time to enjoy the winter landscape while taking advantage of the space for quiet and uninterrupted artmaking. Our campus is located in Saugatuck, Michigan, about 2 hours away from Chicago. Students must reside on campus and take the course for school credit.

Winter 2020 session will take place January 5th - 18th, 2020.


2020 Winter Courses


Multi-Level Painting: Form, Process and Meaning

Taught by: Mike Cloud
PAINTING 605 001
3 credits
Lab Fee: $50

This course for beginning to advanced students will include extensive experimentation with materials and techniques through individual painting problems. Emphasis will be placed on active decision-making to explore formal and material options as part of the painting process in relation to form and meaning. Students will pursue various interests in subject matter. Students may choose to work with oil-based media. Demonstrations, lectures and critiques will be included.


(left) Mike Cloud. Removed Individual, Oil on canvas, 240 x 120 inches (609.6 x 304.8 cm), 2013. Image courtesy of the artist and Thomas Erben Gallery, NYC, NY.

Image courtesy of the artist and Thomas Erben Gallery, NYC, NY.


Winter Weaving

Taught by: kg
3 credits
Lab Fee: $50

Weaving is a process for contemporary makers to explore narratives of identity, labor, history and the body. This course explores weaving’s connection to narrative, addressing how meaning can be made through conceptual and process-based approaches. Students will learn weaving techniques and execute a number of finished works. Students will focus on narrative in relationship to weaving through imagery, found objects, woven structure, performance, display, warp, and weft relationships, color, and dig into the process of weaving itself as narrative work.


(left) kg The Way the Wind Blows; Size: 11” x 10”; Year: 2018


Grad Projects

Taught by: Matt Morris
MFA 6009-01H (171)
3 credits

Ox-Bow offers currently enrolled MFA students the opportunity to independently study at Ox-Bow over the winter session. Students have their own studios and can work on projects of their design, either in response to the specific environment of Ox-Bow or to prepare for their thesis shows.


(left) Matt Morris. Batons My First Slide Lectures After the 2016 Presidential Election, 2018

Ruched satin digitally printed with slide lectures from the artist's courses at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago;

dried flowers scented with hand blended fragrances held in cut glass containers

Dimensions variable


Registration for our 2020 Winter Session begins on November 11, 2019.

In-Person Registration & Work
Scholarship Sign-up:

8:30 am in the Ox-Bow office: Sullivan Building, 36 S Wabash, 14th floor, Suite #1425

Online Registration:  1pm CST and continues until classes are full.

Tuition + Funding

Ox-Bow's courses cost the same as SAIC's for-credit tuition. Additional costs include room + board. Merit and Work Scholarships are available. Information regarding 2020 tuition/fees + scholarships/financial aid can be found below:

2020 Winter Faculty

Take a look back to 2018 Winter Courses: