The Oxbow School Semester Program & Summer Camp
530 3rd St, Napa, CA 94559Contact School E-mail the School Visit School's Website
Mission – Think, create, and grow.
The Oxbow School: an innovative, interdisciplinary program combining visual arts with academics – helps and encourages high school students learn and develop the skills necessary to succeed in an increasingly complex and interdependent world. Through rigorous studio art practice grounded in creative and intellectual inquiry, the program extends each student’s critical thinking abilities. Oxbow students develop a new sense of identity, self-worth and confidence that enables them to take more active responsibility for their own learning and lives.
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, printmaking, and photography/digital media. 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 those that 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.
Visiting Artist Program
The Visiting Artist Program is one of the most compelling aspects of the Oxbow experience; there are three facets to the program: artist residencies, a lecture series, 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. The residencies are opportunities for you to gain firsthand experience in how artists think and work.
The lectures showcase emerging and established artists who introduce you to a broad range of approaches to art-making and art careers. 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 is a unique 16-day residential program for 14-16 year olds that encourages the exploration of each student’s creativity and vision. Summer faculty members support the discovery and development of camper’s individual artistic process in an inspiring, fun, and challenging environment. Teens develop art skills, conceptual ideas, life-long friendships, and personally significant artwork during the art-immersion camp program.
- Arts Focus
|Academic Orientation||College Preparatory, Visual Arts|
|Grade Range||Boarding — Coed Grades 11-PG|
|Coed, Boys, or Girls||Coed|
|Full Address||530 3rd St, Napa, CA 94559|
Tuition & Financial Aid
|Need-Based Scholarships Awarded||40|
|Value of Need-Based Scholarships||$500,000|
Academics & Athletics
|Administrator's Title||Head of School|
|In Office Since||1998|
|Director(s) of Admissions||Holly McVeigh, Director of Admissions|
Enrollment & Faculty
|Secondary Enrollment (Grades 9-PG)||96|
|Average Class Size||16|
|Male Teaching Faculty||3|
|Female Teaching Faculty||7|
|Faculty Ethnicity||White 80%, African-American 10%, Other 10%|
Campus & Endowment
|Buildings on Campus||14|