Instructor: Andrea Wijkowski, 11/1 & 11/8 (Saturdays: Noon - 3 p.m.) Create outdoor ceramic decor to beautify any garden or deck. Using hand building and low-fire glazing techniques, we will be making nature-inspired wind chimes, birdhouses, herb tags and planters. Enjoy 2 Saturday afternoons with terra cotta clay in a fun and relaxing environment. No experience required.
Instructor: Kara Lane, 9/29/14 - 11/20/14 (Mondays: 7 - 9 p.m., Thursdays: 10 a.m.) This class will provide students with the fundamentals of working with clay and glazes. Students will be introduced to hand-building, wheel throwing, and glazing through instructor demonstrations and one-on-one attention. Intermediate students are encouraged to further explore wheel throwing methods. Supplies and clay are not included with tuition.
Instructor: Matthew Murray, 10/1 - 11/19 (Wednesdays: 7-9 p.m.) This class is designed to help students with a basic foundation advance to the next level. Students till further explore in both hand-building and wheel throwing methods. The basic cylinder, bowl and plate forms are built upon to create more complex pieces. Advanced surface design, glazing and firing methods are also introduced. Supplies and clay are not included with cost of tuition.
Instructor: Pat Travis, 9/30 - 11/18 (Tuesdays: 10 a.m. - Noon) Designed for intermediate and advanced students, this class focuses primarily on hand-building and surface design. Extruder and slab techniques are covered along with some alteration using the wheel. Unique surfaces are created through the introduction of advanced glazing and texture methods. The instructor guides the class through a new project each session with a focus on creating original work. Supplies and clay not included with the cost of tuition.
Instructor: Janet Massad, 10/2 - 11/20 (Thursdays: 7-9 p.m.) This intensive class is designed for students who have mastered centering and pulling techniques and/or basic hand-building methods. Instruction focuses on the creation of complex forms and multi part vessels. Advanced glazing, surface design and firing methods are also covered. Self-direction by students is expected at this level with instructors sharing advanced techniques and helping individuals to refine skills. Supplies and clay are not included with cost of tuition.
Sculpting the Human Body Parts
Instructor: Glen Thomas, 10/1 - 11/19 (Wednesdays: 7-9 p.m.) Express your creative vision by working in a class of students with varied backgrounds and skill levels. Using water-based clay, students will learn to sculpt selected body parts using a live model. The atmosphere of the class is pleasant and productive and the challenges are rigorous. New students are always amazed by their rapid progress. Tuition includes cost of model.
2-D Studio Arts
Instructor: Glen Thomas, 10/1 - 11/19 (Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m.) Students learn to render the human figure quickly and accurately by working each week with live models. Early emphasis is on creating quick gestural drawings. As the class progresses an emphasis is placed on expressive line, value, perspective and proportion. Glen gives weekly demonstrations and provides individual attention throughout. Basic drawing skills are recommended. Tuition includes model fee.
Instructor: Bert Seabourn, 9/30 - 11/18 (Tuesdays: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Tuesdays: 7-9 p.m.) Explore the bridge between realism and abstraction while painting alongside renowned artist Bert Seabourn. This class focuses on creating unique works through fusion of design, color, form, and composition. In addition to painting techniques an introduction to transfers and collage is tailored to the development of each artist. All students receive individual attention. Supplies are not includes with tuition.
Instructor: Alison Harris, 10/4 (Saturday, 1-4 p.m.) Create a delightful fall felt project using natural wool roving and simple materials. Artists will walk away with an adorable felted pumpkin adorned with a black cat, bat or squirrel and the skills to create much more! Supplies are included with tuition. Supplies are included with tuition.
T-Shirt Memory Quilting
Instructor: Jackie Nelson, 12/6 & 12/13 (Saturdays: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. ) Do you have a pile of t-shirts? Create a unique gift for your child or loved and use them all in this two day workshop to create a unique memory quilt. Students will learn how to use a sewing machine as well as hand sewing techniques. Bring your own machine or rent one from us.
Sewing machine rental
Instructor: Nancy Peterson, 9/30 - 11/20 (Tuesdays: 7-9 p.m., Thursdays: 10 am - 12 p.m.) Our weaving class provides instruction for beginning weavers, as well as for intermediate and advanced students. Beginners will learn the fundamentals by weaving a sampler on a 4-harness table loom. Intermediate weavers can choose from traditional or contemporary designs to weave on a 4 or 8-harness floor loom.
About the Fiber Arts Program
Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center offers a vibrant and extensive fiber arts program, with two weaving studios and thirty floor looms.
Weekly classes for both beginning and intermediate students are offered year round, as well as frequent workshops on specific techniques and projects.
Weaving classes are held in our beautiful and newly expanded studio space.
During the eight week session, beginning students weave a sample project, learning how to warp a loom, create different weave structures, and finish edges. Intermediate students choose their own project and yarn with the help of the instructor. Popular projects include scarves, shawls, table linens, kitchen towels, rugs, tote bags and baby blankets. Our weaving studio houses a broad collection of hand weaving magazines and books to help students in project selection.
We have a broad variety of floor looms
offering students the choice of weaving on 4 or 8 harness, jack, countermarche or counterbalance looms, in 22" to 54" widths. In addition, we offer interested students the opportunity to pursue projects on table looms, inkle, tapestry or rigid heddle looms.
Our students enjoy opportunities to exhibit their work at both the Midwest City and Norman libraries and at an annual studio open house.
Campbell Park, Automobile Alley. Opens October 20, 2014
In May 2013, American artist Orly Genger created a monumental art project in New York's Madison Square Park.
Commissioned by the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Genger's sculpture used 1.4 million feet of hand-knotted, paint-covered lobstermen's rope that wound throughout the park and around its features.
In November 2013, Genger re-installed the sculpture in deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, just outside Boston.
This time, the exhibit used 1 million feet of rope, and was installed with the idea of encouraging visitors to travel throughout the sculpture park. The deCordova exhibit closes in Summer 2014.
In October 2014, the exhibition will begin its "third life" when Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center brings the sculpture to Oklahoma City.
Genger will install her sculpture in Campbell Park, located at 11th and N. Broadway in Oklahoma City, just across from the site where Oklahoma Contemporary will build its new facility.
What will it look like in Campbell Park?
Genger has started planning the exhibit design. Whatever shape it takes, it will be colorful, massive and a great new artistic attraction. In both the first two exhibitions, the public was highly engaged with this unusual sculpture: closely watching its installation, climbing on it, photographing it, and lounging against it. We expect that will also be the case in Oklahoma City.
Border || Land || Other. October 7 - December 19, 2014
Border || Land || Other is a series of works, which evolved from K. Yoland's four-month artist residency at Marfa Contemporary in West Texas.
While on the border between Mexico and the United States, K. used video, photography, sculpture and performance to investigate sites of division and restriction.
K. Yoland undertook several field excursions
along the borderland, some of these were alone, while others incorporated border patrol guards, oil industry workers and cattle ranchers. On these trips K. observed the effects that natural and artificial boundaries had on these different factions. Interaction with the ranchers revealed how tumbleweeds freely crossed boundaries such as barbed wire fences or the national border. K. learned that this icon of the American landscape is not indigenous, but originated in Russia. Henceforth, the paradoxical nature of these plants became a source of inspiration for the current body of work, and a means through which to investigate notions of borders, invasion, migration and the alien.
Other imagery used to explore these ideas included barbed wire and the commonplace red paper used by construction workers in the area.
As a response to the 95% of land in Texas that is privately owned K. used these markers of division to delineate and conquer both the landscape and the figures within. K. explored the importance of mapping and possessing as an attempt to assert jurisdiction over the vast landscape and upon ourselves
As K. continued to develop Border || Land || Other
the work began to involve more portraits and bodies, often wrapped, unclothed and masked. The fluctuating depictions of the body explore the concept of territory in terms of public/private, invasion, refugee and migration, examining what it means to be viewed as other, alien or unknown. The recent development of children crossing the border also features in the work.
In addition, several video performances were documented by K. on the border land: Military Cut is one video featured in the exhibition.
The film documents a real soldier having a buzz cut in factual time on the Chihuahuan Desert bordered with Mexico. The visuals are accompanied by surreal subtitles from an anonymous character, who discusses aliens observing planet Earth and a haunting depiction of the nature of territories on a border land.
These works attempt to unpick the concept of ownership in relation to both the landscape and the bodies within it.
Through performance, sculpture, photography and video's K.'s work considers how the physical and conceptual demarcation of the land creates its own limits on the way we think and how we come to determine our notions of hierarchy, control and freedom.
Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center offers progressive and innovative art exhibitions year-round in the Eleanor Kirkpatrick Gallery with free admission to the public. A variety of classes and workshops for adults and children are offered six days a week in the arts of drawing, ceramics, creative writing, fiber arts, painting, photography, sculpture and more.