OUT NOW: Your Future in Healthcare 2024!

    Oxbow Summer Art Institute: Visual Arts Immersion Program

    Oxbow Summer Art Institute: Visual Arts Immersion Program

    stars stars stars stars stars
    (10 reviews)


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Destination: United States
    • Provided By: Private School
    • Session Start: June, July
    • Session Length: Six Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: Performing & Visual Arts
    • Sub-Categories: Multi-Arts, Design, Arts
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 15, 16, 17, 18, 19
    • Minimum Cost: > $7,000+
    • Career Clusters: Arts, Audio/Video Technology, and Communications
    • Credit Awarded: Yes
    • Facebook
    • Twitter
    Write a Review


    Modeled after the semester program, students who participate in the Oxbow Summer Art Institute will have the opportunity to have the social, intellectual, and art experience that Oxbow is so well known for! The immersive visual arts residency program invites young artists to engage in a creative course of studio practice rooted in deep intellectual inquiry.

    Oxbow Summer Art Institute

    In partnership with working artists, students will create work towards an art portfolio and conclude the program with a capstone final project. Participating artists have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make art in our well-equipped studios among like-minded peers overlooking the Napa River. Students work in a variety of media spanning: drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, and animation. In addition to extensive art-making, students have opportunities to explore the sublime landscape that defines Northern California. They also have access to contemporary work on exhibition at local museums and galleries around the Bay Area. This 6-week summer term is open to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors as well as those taking a gap year after high school. Students will receive an entire year’s worth of studio art credit with an official high school transcript from Oxbow. This unique residency program is grounded in the philosophy that there is no limit to what adolescents can create when provided an open-minded environment with high-level instruction, personal and collective accountability, and support. They return home having developed their art practice and sense of self.

    Cost and Session Information


    June 18th - July 31st, 2022 (6-week intensive)


    $16,000 - Includes room and board, activities, and all supplies needed. Limited scholarships are available, please contact the admissions team for more information on oud website. 


    Students work in a variety of media of their choosing, such as:

    • Drawing
    • Painting
    • Sculpture
    • Printmaking
    • Photography
    • Fabrication & Installation
    • Animation & Video

    At Oxbow, teens’ creativity is nurtured and explored. Students come away from the program inspired by what they've seen and learned. They develop enhanced art skills, life-long friendships, and personally significant artwork.


    Who is eligible to attend? Rising sophomores, juniors, seniors, and post-grad students are welcome to attend the Oxbow Summer Art Institute.

    I have heard a lot about the “Final Project.” Will there still be a final show? Yes! All students will have an opportunity to pursue a topic in depth working in a medium of their choice presented as a final project at the conclusion of the program. Students will collaborate with the faculty to execute their vision and install the work in a gallery style format.

    How do I apply for the Summer Art Institute? All interested students will complete Part One of our application and designate Summer in the selected field. As part of our Summer application, we require a Student Questionnaire, Parent Statement, and a Self Portrait in any medium material or style. We have limited scholarships available for this program.

    Can you describe what a typical Summer day will look like? We strive to include simplicity, mindfulness, and intentionality into our everyday practice. This isn’t typical school. Let’s celebrate the fact that it’s summer and summers are meant to be fun! While you will receive inspiring, innovative, and challenging instruction from experienced faculty, we value the time that comes from sleeping in, lounging on the lawn to read a good book, sketch or paint, or heading into the woods for a day-long hike.

    A day in the life of a Summer Oxbow student might look like:

    • 9:00am Breakfast
    • 10:00am Meet in small groups for elective programming
    • 12:30pm Lunch together on the back deck
    • 1:30pm Art in the studios
    • 5:00pm Break
    • 6:30pm Dinner together on the back deck
    • 7:30pm Open studio time or scheduled events
    • 10:00pm Dorm checks

    Reviews (10)

    • Oxbow Summer Program was a transformative experience
      stars stars stars stars stars
      Reviewed on Feb/07/2020 by Amy Pear

      Oxbow, for my daughter Diana, was like opening a massive window in her mind and heart. To seeing the world in new ways, to seeing herself with a new language. For years, I've watched her draw, without instruction, and make leaps on her own, which reflected the life she was braving. But at Oxbow, she got to share that, to connect to a frequency that kids get so little of in their overwhelming pressure cooker lives. Oxbow was about community. And that sense of community awakened a sense of purpose and joy in my daughter's work and life, that couldn't carry a price tag. The instruction and exchange of ideas and opportunities were the catalyst for paradigm shifts I see in Diana's art and life. I've always told my daughter that she should fill her space. The newfound respect she's developed for her own voice was a spark that ignited at Oxbow. I'm grateful for it, and excited as I watch it grow and turn it into arrows she follows for the rest of her life.

    • Oxbow Summer Art Camp 2018
      stars stars stars stars stars
      Reviewed on Jan/16/2019 by Kira Ackerman

      Last summer I attended the Oxbow Summer Art Camp in 2018 for the first time. I loved it, to start it off, they have a beautiful campus that's right next to the Napa River. Their studios are very spacious and are full of many supplies to choose from. I shared a room with two other girls who I quickly became close and comfortable with. I was able to feel connected to all of the other campers while I learned about who they are and where they came from. The staff was very friendly and approachable and I came out of this camp learning a lot more about art and its mediums than I did going into it. Oh, and I can't forget about how absolutely tasty all of the meals were throughout camp. This summer camp experience has motivated me to want to attend the fall semester in 2019 and I would highly recommend it to anyone considering the semester program or the camp.

    • Oxbow Summer Art Camp 2018
      stars stars stars stars stars
      Reviewed on Jan/15/2019 by LT

      My summer camp experience at Oxbow in 2018 was transformative. The unique environment the school provides in a bucolic setting away from routine allowed me to discover myself both as an individual and as an artist. I was inspired daily by the diverse, welcoming and creative group of peers and faculty members surrounding me. The incredible process of creating a final project was the culmination of an amazing 2 weeks. Formulating an idea and then seeing it though each step of the process to completion was rewarding and enriching in a way that I could not have foreseen. I loved my time at Oxbow and the many friendships I made there. I would highly recommend it as a remarkable experience.

    • Oxbow Summer Art Camp 2017
      stars stars stars stars stars
      Reviewed on Dec/05/2017 by Bonnie R

      My 16-year-old, AnneMarie, attended last summer and found her tribe! She loved it so much, we have signed her up for next summer, and she is planning to apply for the fall 2018 semester. Oxbow staff are knowledgeable, inclusive, and so supportive. AnneMarie was able to delve deep within herself, and came away with a new vision and persepctive for her future endeavors. I think her first Oxbow experience continues to effect growth, despite having ended months ago.

    • Oxbow Summer Art Camp
      stars stars stars stars stars
      Reviewed on Jan/06/2016 by cloukop

      Being able to go to Oxbow's Summer Art Camp was one of the greatest experiences I have ever had. Oxbow's faculty really makes you feel welcome and at home. Oxbow helped me find my style as an artist as well as enhance my skills in painting, printmaking, sculpture and digital media. I also made so many amazing friends at oxbow, which made the experience so much better. We were able to become such a close knit community in the span of 2 weeks, which was amazing to me. being at Oxbow was so amazing because of the positive environment, great food, and the camp itself. I definitely recommend applying to Oxbow's summer camp!

    • My daughter attended Oxbow Summer...
      stars stars stars stars stars
      Reviewed on Nov/05/2014 by Cindy

      My daughter attended Oxbow Summer Art Camp for two years. I had heard about the camp from someone who worked at the NEA but there were very few online reviews when we were doing research. It's a relatively small, specialty camp for 14-16 year-olds who are interested in the arts and it was incredible to see the diversity of art that these kids produced for the final show. Besides the creative aspects, the Oxbow counselors created an environment of trust, collaboration and fun for the teens -- a unique, memorable experience. The campus is beautiful and I heard rave reviews about the quality of the food. I'd highly recommend consideration of Oxbow Summer Art Camp!

    • My daughter attended the first...
      stars stars stars stars stars
      Reviewed on Apr/29/2014 by Ana

      My daughter attended the first session in June 2013. Since she loves art but was still too young for a semester program, attending a session during the Summer was a big deal for her and her expectations were so high that worried me.
      I'm glad to say that Oxbow Summer Camp exceeded our expectations. My daughter found a great nourishing environment where she met kids that talk, think, breath, feel art as she does. She has lots of good things to say about the staff, food, roommates, friends, activities. All seemed to be so great that she definitely is coming back this Summer.
      As a parent I couldn't asked for more when we arrived the last day to see the campers art work and found that my daughter not only enjoyed art and had fun but also looked more secure of herself and interacted with her peers and staff as if she had lived there forever. Oxbow had a very positive impact in her personality and self-esteem

    • Both of my teenage daughters...
      stars stars stars stars stars
      Reviewed on Apr/28/2014 by Charlene

      Both of my teenage daughters attended Oxbow Summer Art Camp (different years) and despite being very different personalities they each loved their experience. Their exposure to professional artists and teachers in a relaxed and supportive environment helped them develop their own artistic styles and experiment with different mediums. Their instructors encouraged them to think "outside the box" and explore their creativity. What a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment each felt after finishing their very own art project! The counselors were very friendly and engaging and kept the kids busy outside the studio with field trips, sports, camp fires, drama productions, and games to name a few of the camp activities. They connected with like-minded kids and still keep in contact with friends from their summer at Oxbow. In fact, my youngest daughter fell in love with Oxbow so much she is currently attending the semester program. I can't say enough good things about the program.

    • My -year old son attended...
      stars stars stars stars stars
      Reviewed on Apr/26/2014 by Gary

      My 13-year old son attended Oxbow for the first time in July, 2013. He left somewhat nervous about being one of the younger kids there and among few boys. He returned joyful and determined to return the next summer. From my perspective, this came from three things:

      1) The thrill of creativity. For a long time, he has thought of himself as an aspiring artist. Oxbow started him thinking as a real one. He had lots of exposure to lots of art forms. The staff encouraged ambitious projects and he took advantage of that, going far further than ever before. And the kids all inspired each other.

      2) Camraderie. All of the other campers appeared interested in each others' projects. While they all did different work, they fed off of each others' ideas and supported one another's work. There appeared to me to be a lot of joy and friendship among them.

      3) Values. A lot of camps talk values and tolerate offenses. Oxbow lives up to its values of respect, fairness, and support. When kids test the limits, the camp made clear where they stood. This made artistic expression and personal risk taking much easier.

      So, I heartily recommend Oxbow for any young person interested in visual art.

    • I participated in the Oxbow...
      stars stars stars stars stars
      Reviewed on Feb/24/2014 by Creetpay

      I participated in the Oxbow summer program about two summers ago and it was one of the best opportunities that I got to be apart of. Oxbow helped me redefined my art skills and also developed my mind and perspective as an artist. I got to experiment with mediums that I've never really used before, which was great and a lot of fun. The people that I've also met there were all well-rounded, very diverse, and super friendly. It's definitely a fun and happy atmosphere. And by being a small camp, it's very beneficial for everyone because it gave/gives the staff and students a better opportunity to work together to create amazing art and form a strong bound. We were like a family. It's a fantastic camp and overall an wonderful experience!