The Oxbow School

     Tel: (707)255-6000
Grades: 11 - 12 | 71 students
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The Oxbow School is a single-semester academic and art  program for juniors, seniors, and gap-year students located in Napa, CA.
Oxbow also offers an excellent summer camp for ages 14 to 16. Our vision is for Oxbow students to develop a stronger sense of identity, self-worth, and the confidence to embrace the responsibility for their own learning and lives.

School Overview

School Type School with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc. Other school association(s)
Grades Offered Grades 11 - 12
Year Founded 1999

Student Body

Total Students 71 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 25%
State avg.: 45%
Students by Grade The Oxbow School Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 7 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 10:1
National avg.: 13:1
Admission Deadline None / Rolling

School Notes:

The Oxbow School is a semester program focusing on studio artmaking and interdisciplinary humanities. This program provides juniors, seniors, and post-graduate students the opportunity for intensive studio experience in painting, sculpture, photography and digital media, and printmaking. Each art discipline occupies a fully equipped 1,250 square-foot studio with eighteen-foot ceilings and roll-up doors that open to an inspiring view of the Napa River. Studios are open during the evenings and on weekends and students are encouraged to create independent work in addition to the assigned projects.The atmosphere at Oxbow is one of intense artistic exploration combined with the rigorous academics necessary to complete high school and be ready for college. The art curriculum is taught along with the English, history, mathematics, and science courses necessary to enable students to fulfill their graduation requirements. Studio art and academic topics are interwoven. The course offerings are similar in depth and structure to what students encounter in the first year of college. The student’s immersion in a project-based approach to research, writing, and making art becomes an internalized working model for personal growth. We invite students to enlarge their artistic vision and enhance their technical skills in an environment dedicated to supporting artistic inquiry. Take this opportunity to further your education, expand your social horizons, explore your passion for art, and create a new foundation for your future.

The Visiting Artist Program is one of the most compelling aspects of the Oxbow experience. There are three facets to the program: the artist residencies, the lectures, and studio visits. Taken together, these elements comprise a new model for art education at the high school level. Each semester two established artists are invited to work with students on a collaborative project. Each of the residencies is an opportunity for you to gain firsthand experience in how artists think and work. This is a unique opportunity to engage in aesthetic decision-making with artists of national and international stature.In addition to the residencies, the lecture series features emerging and established artists who introduce you to a broad range of approaches to art-making and art careers. The lectures are open to the general public free of charge and represent Oxbow’s commitment to our local community.The studio visits are perhaps the most potent elements in the Visiting Artists Program as you get ‘behind-the-scenes’ in the artistic process—where and how artwork is created.

Oxbow Summer Art Camp offers an engaging residential art-immersion program for high school students. Our 16-day sessions inspire participants to discover and develop their art practice and sense of self. Young artists experience what its like to live and make work in community of passionate teachers, learners, and creators.Instructed by experienced teaching artists, teens are supported through all steps of the artistic process, from idea to creation, critique, and exhibition. The first week, studio time is focused on exploring painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, and printmaking. Young artists will strengthen their abilities in creative and critical inquiry as well as develop their technical skills. The second week, students propose and create a personal project, working under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Each day, studio time is mixed with participation in activities such as Inspiration Evenings, skit nights, campfires, yoga, outdoor films, Art Olympics, and visits to Bay Area galleries.We believe there is no limit to what one can create given an environment of high-level instruction and support. Oxbow students will cultivate their art skills, connect with fellow artist peers, and create personally significant artwork. No portfolios or previous art training are required—just the desire to dive in and see what happens!

Profile last updated: 01/29/2015

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Kolbe Academy (1.1 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is St John The Baptist Catholic School (0.6 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Hopper Creek Montessori (1 miles away)
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