The Oxbow School is excited to announce the launch of two-week Online Courses! These courses will give students the opportunity to participate in innovative art and academic experiences. All online course participants will receive a certificate of completion for each course they complete.

Course Offerings

All online courses are for students ages 14 to 19 years old. Pricing per courses ranges from $500 to $3,200 depending upon which course you enroll in. Need-based tuition is available.

Hair Club (Online, 2 weeks)

This interdisciplinary studio/seminar, led by the collective HAIR CLUB, explores hair as a lens through which to examine a diverse array of contemporary issues, events and experiences. The first week will focus on hair as cultural content with lectures, readings, and discussions around how hair carries expressions of power into gender, politics, and consumerism.

The second week will delve into hair as material subject in writing, fashion and visual culture. Through these generative discussions, students will create responses that can take any form of the students' choosing.

English: The Art of the Memoir (Online)

What role does storytelling play in society? How does telling our own story shape the lens through which we live and help us understand our connection to the world around us? What is the relationship between memory and narrative? How can we use the written word to reconstruct memory, not only as a tool for telling our own story but for recording our place in history? Why is the memoir the most popular genre today?

In an attempt to answer these questions, students in this course will read a collection of memoirs as a vehicle to explore their own craft as memoirists. There is strong emphasis on close reading, collaborative discussion, experimental writing, critique, and presentation. Students will be required to purchase (or check out) the following memoirs: Fun Home by Alison Bechdel, Brother, I'm Dying by Edwidge Danticat, Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas, Hunger by Roxane Gay, and Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward.

Film, Identity, & Representation (Online, 4 weeks)

How can we harness the tools of film/television to share our diverse stories? What role does media play in constructing our identities? How can we become more critical of the images around us? This course will be two-fold. The first is a technical understanding of animation, film, and video.

The second is a critical media studies course that examines how representation in television/film/media affects identity and culture. This course will look closely at the construction of race, class, gender, and sexuality in the media. Students will create their own videos or animations focusing on their individual stories and perspectives.

Food, Race and Power (Online, 2 weeks)

The food system is one of the arenas where the power structures of neocolonialism are deeply etched and often go unchallenged. Due to the nature of erasure and class violence, food agriculture has been the site of massive shifts in labor/land use/advertising, consolidating corporate control just beyond earshot of residents of the developed world. This workshop is inspired by the work of Indigenous farmers and Food Sovereignty organizers across the food system fighting to guarantee food as a human right.

During the two week course, we will seek to discern where Power lies in this system by reading about the frontline of the food justice movement and writing about our own food stories. We will culminate in the workshop by learning how to create our own podcasts. Developing new storytelling skills, we practice taking control of the narrative and becoming better allies in the battle for justice and food sovereignty.

Strange Fruit: An Inquiry into Music and Politics (Online, 2 weeks)

Music is often relegated to the sphere of entertainment. It plays in the background and serves as a soundtrack to the events of the day. However, music possesses a profound capacity to evoke emotion and inspire action. This course is an investigation into how we can use music to create new social and cultural realities. Together we will listen to music, annotate the lyrics, understand the social context, and engage in lively debates about the role of music in our society.

We will span several decades of history and cross many genres of music. Our inquiry will be guided by a curated playlist that includes artists Billie Holiday, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, Fela Kuti, Grandmaster Flash, Bikini Kill, Tupac Shakur, Rage Against the Machine, and several others.

The Great American Still Life: Dream or Nightmare? (Online, 2 weeks)

The Great American Still Life is an interdisciplinary art class exploring contemporary America through mediums of drawing, painting and sculpture. Through artmaking, you will explore your personal relationship with the “American Dream” alongside urgent national issues such as income inequality, racism, mental health, and consumerism.

In this online class, you will get to stretch your creativity and explore different ways to express your ideas. You will also learn new techniques. You will learn to make sculptures with found objects, create representational still-life drawings, and learn to carve and paint foam.

Class slideshows and videos will expose you to diverse examples of contemporary artists, and you will learn to share and discuss your work through small group video meetings. You will explore the genre of still life through drawing, painting, found objects, and fabricated sculpture. The class will conclude with a final project where you choose an aspect of American culture to explore on your own terms.

The class will also provide instruction and resources on photographing and documenting your artwork and writing a short artist statement. It will conclude with an Instagram exhibition of student art. 

Objects in Photographs (Online, 2 weeks)

A 2-week online course focusing on the specific genre of sculpture made expressly to exist in photographs and photographs whose subject matter is manmade objects. Additionally, we will talk about photography as a practice used by sculptors as a form of research, journaling and capturing ephemeral art and performance.

We will look at the work of artists such as Andy Goldsworthy, Thomas Demand, Robert Kinmont, Daniel Gordon (to name a few) and instances of art/objects by one artist photographed by another. This class is intended to demystify photography and render it accessible as a useful tool for all creative thinkers.

To learn more about session dates and how to apply, check out our website!

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