Interested in auditioning for the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute but don’t know where to start? This fall, OAI is offering free audition workshops around the state to help you prepare for your OSAI audition! More info >>


Plein Air Pencil and Pastel Made Simple


In this workshop, participants will draw a variety of natural elements, working outdoors in the beautiful Quartz Mountain landscape. Focus will be on drawing in a loose and fast style on toned, slightly toothy papers such as Rives BFK, and Canson Mi-Tientes using materials such as soft, dark graphite pencils and chalk pastels to bring drawings quickly to life. The class will take some short hikes to nearby drawing spots, weather permitting, or work indoors using still life setups.

Some drawing experience is helpful, but all skill levels are welcome.

Integrated Cover Book Binding


In this class, participants will work on creating and binding an edition of collaborative books featuring images and content from each of the participants. The interior pages of the book will be laser printed, covers will be a screen printed, drawn (ink pen), or painted (acrylic or watercolor). Each student will make and edition of three books. The interior content of each book will be the same for everyone and feature at least one piece of work from each participant. The covers will be unique to each person and feature only their own work.
Books will be hand stitched (coptic stitching) and students will learn to make integrated cover from book board, book cloth, and their own prints/drawings/paintings.

All skill levels welcome.

Introduction to Audio Storytelling


From the "on" button to a short, edited story- learn how to gather sound and craft it into a compelling narrative.

Participants will gain familiarity with recording equipment, editing software, methods for audio storytelling, and other skills that can be applied to radio and podcasting. Already have some editing / sound experience? Come hone your skills.

All skill levels welcome.

Musical Theatre: From Choosing a Production to Curtain Call


Whether you're a seasoned professional in your community, a school teacher trying to get a program off the ground, or someone in between, we've all been challenged these past few years trying to create live performance opportunities. Let's get refocused together. Get inspired with fellow creators as we remind ourselves (or learn for the first time) what it REALLY takes to reach our communities through the art of Musical Theatre: production selection, design, auditions, direction and choreography, music, etc. We can all be successful at all skill levels, on all budgets, and with all age groups.

All skill levels welcome.

Ceramics: Focus on the Face


Accomplished sculptor and educator, Misty Gamble will direct this hands-on figurative sculpture workshop where participants will work together in a shared studio to create a self-referential narrative ceramic wall work. Students will learn basic anatomical construction and proportion of the face, including facial features and hair. Misty will simultaneously sculpt to demonstrate hand building techniques, anatomy, bone structure, and planes of the face. Participants will learn approaches to both idealized and expressive facial constructions. The participants will create a life size face or “mask” that operates as a vehicle for telling a story with a personal meaning. In this workshop, class time will be focused on the hands-on experience of sculpting, and participants will be able to take home their work at the end of the weekend. While there will not be sufficient time in the workshop weekend to fire the work, there will be discussion on kilns and firing processes.

Though ceramic experience is recommended, it is not required.