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Camp | Art + Music Rock Camp - WK9

  • When 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday, July 26-30, 2021
  • Cost $225
  • Location Main Building | Howard Family Charitable Foundation Studio Three
  • Instructor / Presenter Leslie Hensley
  • Age Requirements ages 5-6

Work together to create visual art while listening and singing to rock music. You’ll construct multiple art pieces and musical instruments using repurposed materials all while being inspired by contemporary and classic rock tunes.

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Camp | Projection Dancing powered by Google - WK9

  • When 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday, July 26-30, 2021
  • Cost $225
  • Location Main Building | Christian Keesee Founders Hall Dance Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Josh Okpara
  • Age Requirements ages 7-9

Combining art and technology, this high-energy camp will explore projection mapping and design while also learning a short-choreographed dance. Be on the cutting edge of contemporary dance all while having fun and learning new skills.

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Camp | Creative Robotics - WK9

  • When 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday, July 26-30, 2021
  • Cost $225
  • Location Main Building | In Honor of Bryan and Kendall Hall Studio Two
  • Instructor / Presenter Angel Little
  • Age Requirements ages 7-9

Creative Robotics introduces the elemental concepts of artistic engineering through simple engineering and algorithmic exploration. Learn the basics of functional coding, creative designing and the If-Then-Else approach to problem solving.

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Camp | Fantastic Creature Creation - WK9

  • When 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday, July 26-30, 2021
  • Cost $225
  • Location Main Building | Clements Family Studio One
  • Instructor / Presenter Jenny Elton
  • Age Requirements ages 5-6

Imagine a bear with feathers or a turtle with wings! As you look at and learn about contemporary artist Paola Pivi, put your own silly twists on regular animals to create wondrous and wild paintings and sculptures.

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Camp | Contemporary Clay - WK9

  • When 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday, July 26-30, 2021
  • Cost $225
  • Location The Studios Building | Hand Building Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Liv Egan
  • Age Requirements ages 10-12

This camp will explore the dynamic world of contemporary ceramics. Practice throwing clay on a pottery wheel plus learn hand building as well as experience kiln firing and glazing processes. Practice various ways to express personal creativity through surface design, texture and color.

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Café Contemporary

  • When 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, except Tuesdays
  • Location Lobby
  • Age Requirements All ages

Café Contemporary -- featuring a gourmet menu of contemporary comfort food -- is now open for takeout, curbside pickup and limited on-site seating. Visit us in person or call 405-768-2845 to place your order.

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Shop Contemporary

  • When Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, except Tuesdays
  • Location Lobby
  • Age Requirements All ages

Shop Contemporary, our retail space, is dedicated to art-forward items unique to Oklahoma Contemporary. It's your source for thoughtfully crafted gifts that inspire through art, home goods, stimulating products for kids, fun branded items and all points in between.

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Crystal Z. Campbell: Flight

  • When May 27 - Oct. 28, 2021
  • Cost Free
  • Location Main Building | Artist-in-Residence Studio Gallery
  • Age Requirements All ages

Using light, sound and digital film projection, Flight explores the physical, architectural and cultural residue of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre into the present.

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We Believed in the Sun

  • When May 6 - Aug. 9, 2021
  • Cost Free
  • Location Main Building | Mary LeFlore Clements Oklahoma Gallery
  • Age Requirements All Ages

Honoring the significant legacies of the Civil Rights Movement in Oklahoma City, We Believed in the Sun pairs Ron Tarver, a nationally recognized artist born in Oklahoma, with Ebony Iman Dallas, an emerging Oklahoma artist.

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Teen Course | Ceramics for Teens

  • When 1-4 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, July 7-30, 2021
  • Cost $265 (Includes all materials)
  • Location The Studios Building | Lynda and Chuck Nelson Wheel Throwing Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Liz Parham
  • Age Requirements 13-17

Discover ceramics in a class designed with teens in mind. This course will focus on the three hand building techniques, including pinching, coiling and using slabs of clay. Toward the end of the course, you will also have the opportunity to explore the potter's wheel.

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Eight-Week Class | Intermediate Wheel Throwing

  • When 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays, July 7 - Aug. 25, 2021
  • Cost $265
  • Location The Studios Building | Lynda and Chuck Nelson Wheel Throwing Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Liv Egan
  • Age Requirements 18+

This course will focus on wheel-thrown forms that are altered and reassembled at the leather-hard stage of the clay using hand-built clay slabs. Students will explore faceting, darting, paddling and carving techniques while creating a series of unique clay vessels.

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Eight-Week Class | Intro to Jewelry Making and Metalsmithing - Wednesday

  • When 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays, July 7 - Aug. 25, 2021
  • Cost $295
  • Location The Studios Building | Flex Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Taylor Martin
  • Age Requirements 18+

Learn basic metalsmithing to create unique jewelry objects. The course will include the demonstrations such as texturing metals, sawing, finishing work, ring sizing and stone setting. Students will learn skills in design, technique and craftsmanship and complete one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces.

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Teen Course | I'd Rather be Drawing

  • When 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, July 6-29, 2021
  • Cost $195
  • Location The Studios Building | Fudge Family Photography Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Vanessa Larwig
  • Age Requirements 13-17

Using a variety of conventional and unexpected materials, this action-packed class for teens will grow your drawing skills through participatory activites and challenges.

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ArtNow 2021

  • When July 29 - Sept. 13, 2021
  • Cost Free
  • Location Main Building | Eleanor Kirkpatrick Main Gallery
  • Age Requirements All ages

This year’s ArtNow represents the first iteration of the biennale model, an approach adopted to better showcase the new works of selected artists with active studio practices in Oklahoma.

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Eight-Week Class | Beginning Drawing

  • When 6-8 p.m. Thursdays, July 8 - Aug. 26, 2021
  • Cost $195
  • Location Main Building | Bryan and Kendall Hall Studio Two
  • Instructor / Presenter Chris Brizzard
  • Age Requirements 18+

Learn the fundamentals of drawing, the underpinnings that set you up for a strong piece of work. Elements include the block-in, shape accuracy, proportion, separating light from shadow, establishing values and conveying light on form.

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Four-Week Class | Collage Basics

  • When 6-8 p.m. Thursdays, July 8 - July 29, 2021
  • Cost $105
  • Location Main Building | Clements Family Studio One
  • Instructor / Presenter Danny Joe Rose
  • Age Requirements 18+

Collage Basics will teach students to explore collage in a variety of ways and encourage them to experiment with several mediums, themes and outcomes. Students will learn about contemporary artists working in collage as well as a brief overview of its history as a practice.

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Eight-Week Class | Sewing Fundamentals

  • When 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, July 8 - Aug. 26, 2021
  • Cost $265
  • Location The Studios Building | Josie Eresch Fiber Arts Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Amber Layne
  • Age Requirements 18+

Sewing Fundamentals is designed for those new to sewing, those who haven’t sewn in a while, those afraid of their machines, those who want to build a stronger foundation in their sewing knowledge or those needing a refresh on the basics of machine sewing.

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Eight-Week Class | Beginning Wheel Throwing - Thursday

  • When 6-8 p.m. Thursdays, July 8 - Aug. 26, 2021
  • Cost $195
  • Location The Studios Building | Lynda and Chuck Nelson Wheel Throwing Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Joe Cox
  • Age Requirements 18+

This beginner-friendly course is an introduction to the potter’s wheel. Each student will discover and practice the fundamental techniques of throwing — preparing, centering and pulling clay — and acquire the skills necessary to create a variety of clay vessels. 

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Eight-Week Class | DJ School

  • When 6-8 p.m. Thursdays, July 8 - Aug. 26, 2021
  • Cost $225
  • Location The Studios Building | Flex Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Angel Little and Tony Tee
  • Age Requirements 16+

An exciting step into the world of DJing, DJ School dives into the ins and outs of what DJing is, how it began and where it can take you. Technical skills addressed include switch grooving, scratching and mixing, in both digital and vinyl. DJ School is where your next level begins.

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Camp Contemporary Showcases

  • When 3-4 p.m. Fridays, June 4 - Aug. 6, 2021
  • Cost free
  • Location Multiple campus locations depending on camp
  • Instructor / Presenter varies
  • Age Requirements all ages

Come see what your child has been creating during camp! Due to COVID-19 protocols, there is a strict two adults per-camper admittances to the showcase. All attending adults must wear a mask while attending Camp Contemporary. The Camp Contemporary Showcase is subject to alteration.

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Eight-Week Class | Beginning Ceramics

  • When 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Saturdays, July 17 - Sept. 4, 2021
  • Cost $195
  • Location The Studios Building | Hand Building Studio and Lynda and Chuck Nelson Wheel Throwing Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Marissa Childers
  • Age Requirements 18+

Explore the art of ceramics with an experienced instructor. This course will focus on the three hand building techniques: pinching, coiling and using slabs of clay. Toward the end of the course, you will also have the opportunity to explore the potter's wheel.

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Four-Week Class | Intuitive Quilting

  • When 1-4 p.m. Sundays, July 11 - Aug. 1, 2021
  • Cost $145
  • Location The Studios Building | Josie Eresch Fiber Arts Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Katrina Ward
  • Age Requirements 16+

We will quilt without a pattern and use improvisation, intuition and play to compose unique shapes and patterns, bringing fluidity and movement into a traditionally measured practice. We will learn about the history of quilts, letting our ancestors inspire us to make things that are our own.

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Camp | DJ School - WK10

  • When 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday, Aug. 2-6, 2021
  • Cost $225
  • Location The Studios Building | Flex Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Tony Tee
  • Age Requirements ages 7-9

DJ School takes DJing to the next level. Learn the basics of DJing, including equipment setups, DJ etiquette and how DJing fits in the hip-hop culture. Practice DJing on state-of-the-art equipment taught by local industry leaders and artists.

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Camp | Star Artists powered by Google - WK10

  • When 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday, Aug. 2-6, 2021
  • Cost $225
  • Location Main Building | In Honor of Bryan and Kendall Hall Studio Two
  • Instructor / Presenter BC Summers
  • Age Requirements ages 5-6

Create a colorful galaxy with your fellow campers! Inspired by contemporary artist by Leo Villareal, make and play with holographic cellophane, reflective Mylar and other exciting materials to build giant star projections.

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Camp | Dramatic Costume Design - WK10

  • When 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday, Aug. 2-6, 2021
  • Cost $225
  • Location Main Building | Howard Family Charitable Foundation Studio Three
  • Instructor / Presenter TBA
  • Age Requirements ages 7-9

Design and build a costume that emphasizes color, texture and pattern. Learn hand sewing, machine sewing, pattern building, alteration execution and vintage style techniques. Present your vibrant look on the runway during Friday’s Camp Contemporary Showcase in the Te Ata Theater.

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Camp | Creative Robotics - WK10

  • When 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday, Aug. 2-6, 2021
  • Cost $225
  • Location Main Building | Clements Family Studio One
  • Instructor / Presenter Angel Little
  • Age Requirements ages 10-12

Creative Robotics introduces the elemental concepts of artistic engineering through simple engineering and algorithmic exploration. Learn the basics of functional coding, creative designing and the If-Then-Else approach to problem solving.

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Eight-Week Class | Beginning Wheel Throwing - Monday

  • When 6-8 p.m. Mondays July 5 - Aug. 23, 2021
  • Cost $195
  • Location The Studios Building | Lynda and Chuck Nelson Wheel Throwing Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter David Stevens
  • Age Requirements 18+

This beginner-friendly course is an introduction to the potter’s wheel. Each student will discover and practice the fundamental techniques of throwing — preparing, centering and pulling clay — and acquire the skills necessary to create a variety of clay vessels. 

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Eight-Week Class | Beginning Watercolor

  • When 6-8 p.m. Mondays, July 5 - Aug 23, 2021
  • Cost $195
  • Location Main Building | Clements Family Studio One
  • Instructor / Presenter Jenny Elton
  • Age Requirements 18+

In this course, students will learn the basics of watercolor including materials, processes, techniques, and composition. Explore painting styles through experimentation and observing the work of other watercolor artists. Class will consist of demonstrations, work time, and group discussions.

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Four-Week Class | Happy Little Accidents: Language Creations

  • When 6-8 p.m. Mondays, July 12 - Aug. 2, 2021
  • Cost $65
  • Location Main Building | Bryan and Kendall Hall Studio Two
  • Instructor / Presenter 18+
  • Age Requirements Dr. Julie Ward

Participants in this course will create works of literary art (poems, songs, stories, essays, hybrid pieces) from prompts based on Bob Ross' famous concept of "happy little accidents." Prompts will range from text-message typos and misheard lyrics to translating birdsong and summoning randomness.

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Four-Week Class | Natural Fiber Dyeing

  • When 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, Aug. 3 - Aug. 24, 2021
  • Cost $105
  • Location The Studios Building | Josie Eresch Fiber Arts Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Rachel Denbow
  • Age Requirements 18+

Whether you’re interested in dyeing your own yarn for knitting and weaving or just love the science of extracting color from wildflowers, this course is for you! Students will learn to tend a dye pot, prep fibers, keep a dye journal and explore color shifts using pH levels and modifiers.

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Eight-Week Class | Intro to Jewelry making and Metalsmithing - Tuesdays

  • When 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, July 6 - Aug. 23, 2021
  • Cost $295
  • Location The Studios Building | Flex Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Taylor Martin
  • Age Requirements 18+

Learn basic metalsmithing to create unique jewelry objects. The course will include the demonstrations such as texturing metals, sawing, finishing work, ring sizing and stone setting. Students will learn skills in design, technique and craftsmanship and complete one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces.

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Eight-Week Class | Figure Drawing

  • When 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, July 6 - Aug. 24, 2021
  • Cost $295
  • Location Main Building | Bryan and Kendall Hall Studio Two
  • Instructor / Presenter Chris Brizzard
  • Age Requirements 18+

Drawing is learning to understand what you see, and the figure has been the tool used to train artists for centuries. Dive into understanding the human figure, mass conceptions, gesture drawing, life drawing, mass and linear approaches, anatomy and form and value painting.

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Four-Week Class | Portrait Painting

  • When 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays, Aug. 4 - Aug. 25, 2021
  • Cost $145
  • Location Main Building | Clements Family Studio One
  • Instructor / Presenter Andrea Duran-Cason
  • Age Requirements 16+

Have no painting experience? Or want to broaden your skills? Students of all levels will learn the process of painting a portrait in oils, step by step. Learn how create an underpainting, block in lights and darks and build up layers of paint and glazes to create a realistic portrait.

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Online Four-Week Class | Crafting the Personal Essay

  • When 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Aug. 4 - Aug. 25, 2021
  • Cost $85
  • Location Online
  • Instructor / Presenter Jezy Gray
  • Age Requirements 18+

Explore the craft of writing and publishing personal narrative essays. Part book club and part workshop, this course includes readings based on a different weekly theme. Students discuss classic works by James Baldwin and Joan Didion, along with essays by writers publishing in print today.

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Four-Week Class | Art Collecting for Everyone

  • When 6-8 p.m. Thursdays, Aug. 5 - Aug. 26, 2021
  • Cost $65
  • Location Main Building | Fudge Family Photography Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Emily Reynolds
  • Age Requirements 18+

You don't need to be a zillionaire to collect original works of art. From defining your personal taste and developing relationships with galleries and independent artists to caring for and storing your collection, this course addresses the nuts and bolts of collecting.

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Friday Night Workshop | Pet Portraits in Acrylic

  • When 7-9 p.m. Fridays, August 6, 2021
  • Cost $45 - all materials included
  • Location Main Building | Howard Family Charitable Foundation Studio Three
  • Instructor / Presenter Jenny Elton
  • Age Requirements 21+

Whether you want to depict your Dachshunds, immortalize your iguana or commemorate your cockatoo, this course will give you the skills and know-how to create a personalized pet portrait on canvas. No experience is needed, and the workshop price includes all materials.

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Workshop | Hang Art like a Pro

  • When 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021
  • Cost $45 - all supplies included
  • Location The Studios Building
  • Instructor / Presenter Johnny Antonelli
  • Age Requirements 18+

So you’ve purchased a work of art … now what? From hanging 60 inches from center to nailing that gallery-wall look, you’ll discover the secrets of installing works of art from Oklahoma Contemporary’s own preparator extraordinaire, Johnny Antonelli.

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Workshop | Raku Ceramics

  • When 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 8 and 15, 2021
  • Cost $50 - all supplies included
  • Location The Studios Building (indoors and outdoors)
  • Instructor / Presenter Liv Egan
  • Age Requirements 16+

Join us for a two-day, hands-on workshop as we dive into Raku. We'll explore Japanese Raku as it relates to religious and cultural practices and its expression among American ceramicists in the mid-1900s. During the first workshop session, you'll use hand building techniques to create tea bowls.

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Performance | RACE Dance Collective: Community Audition Experience Class

  • When 12:30-1:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021
  • Cost Free
  • Location Main Building | Te Ata Theater
  • Instructor / Presenter RACE Dance Collective and Hui Cha Poos

Join RACE Dance Collective for an inside look into the world of dance through an audition experience class with Hui Cha Poos, RACE Academy Director. Hui will share inside tips on what a choreographer, director, producer and company director are looking for at an audition. This event is free!

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Artist Talk | Pulse of the Plains

  • When 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021
  • Cost Free
  • Location Main Building | Te Ata Theater
  • Instructor / Presenter Helen Opper, Jeremiah Matthew Davis, and ArtNow artists

In celebration of the ArtNow 2021 exhibition, join guest curator Helen Opper and ArtNow artists for a lively discussion of contemporary art in Oklahoma. Artistic Director, Jeremiah Matthew Davis will moderate the free and in-person discussion, located in our beautiful Te Ata Theater.

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Friday Night Workshop | Snack Attack

  • When 7-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13, 2021
  • Cost $65 - all materials included
  • Location Main Building | Howard Family Charitable Foundation Studio Three
  • Instructor / Presenter Liv Egan
  • Age Requirements 21+

Are you curious about clay? Join us for a low-key workshop addressing basic hand building techniques to create a one-of-a-kind cup and plate. Students will pick up their glazed and fired work a few weeks after the workshop. With table service from Café Contemporary.

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Thursday Night Workshop | Abstract Works

  • When 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021
  • Cost $45 - all materials included
  • Location Main Building | Howard Family Charitable Foundation Studio Three
  • Instructor / Presenter Virginia Sitzes
  • Age Requirements 21+

Intimidated by abstract art? In this workshop, we'll use compositions exhibited in ArtNow and Abstract Remix as a departure point to discover the nuts and bolts of looking at, talking about and creating abstract works of art.

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