Summer Camp

2019 Summer Art Camp


What's more exciting than a summer filled with inspiration, friends, and art making?! Give your teen the gift of Oxbow Summer Art Camp!

Each day, campers mix studio time with participation in activities such as inspiration evenings, skit nights, campfires, yoga, outdoor films, and visits to Bay Area galleries. The first week, they will explore a variety of techniques and concepts in each of our studios. The second week, they will focus on creating a personal project. All levels of art experience are welcome! No portfolio required—just the desire to dive in and see what happens! Register Now!

SESSION 1: June 23-July 8 | SESSION 2: July 14-29 | Rising 9th-12th Graders Painting | Drawing | Photography | Sculpture | Printmaking | Video | & More!  

Susan Lynn Smith, Summer Camp Director

Artists In Residence

Judith Belzer


Artist Judith Belzer will be joining our faculty for Spring 2019 to work with students on projects.

Artist Biography

Judith Belzer is an artist who lives and works in Berkeley, California. Using primarily oil paint on canvas, she explores human engagement with the natural world, often looking to the man-made landscape in order to consider this dynamic and sometimes fraught relationship.

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Artists In Residence

Natan Daskal


Artist Natan Daskal will be joining our faculty for Spring 2019 to work with students on projects.

Artist Biography

When does Life become Art? Natan's interest lies in the performance of everyday life and how the artist mind and creative experience can aid us in living better lives. Primarily an educator, Natan is Teacher-As-Artist, approaching the classroom/studio as a laboratory of living, co-creating experiences with students that aim to deepen awareness and to open new possibilities for personal and worldwide change. 

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Admissions - It's Time to Apply!


The Oxbow Admissions office is accepting applications for the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters. Interested applicants should try to complete all parts of their application in the next few weeks.

Most students and their families hear about Oxbow from alumni. So Ox-bohemians, please spread the Ox-word to friends and neighbors. You can also help by setting up a presentation about your Oxbow experience at your high school!

Alumni and parents, you can write Oxbow reviews to get the word out to other students and families at the following sites: Greatschools.orgFacebookPrivate School ReviewTeenlife.

Or you can help by posting about your Oxbow experience on your blog, Instagram, and Facebook!

Holly McVeigh, Admissions Director


2019 Oxbow Summer Art Camp - Apply Now for Counselor, Teaching Assistant/Social Media Intern, & Sculpture Faculty Positions


Oxbow Summer Art Camp was founded in 2004 for rising 9th-12 graders. The camp features high-level professional art instruction using an interdisciplinary approach consisting of short-term projects, a personal final project, field trips, and co-curricular activities.

As a residential program, staff members are involved with the students throughout the entire day, both inside and outside the studios. Staff members must be willing to make a full-time commitment to the students during the course of the camp and accept the demands this will place on their time and attention. All staff reside on campus mid-June through early August. These are paid positions and room and board is provided. The exceptions to is the teaching assistant intern who may live locally and be available minimum of 5 hours per day. These interns positions include stipends and meals will be provided. *Please note that the minimum age requirement for a staff position is 20, and 19 for interns.

Preference will be given to applicants who meet the following:  

• You are passionate about art!
• You enjoy working with teens and have prior teaching or leadership experience in a school or camp setting.  
• You are able to make a full-time commitment to the program and bring a high level of participation to camp for the duration of the program.  
• You have a college degree in art, youth development, or teaching, and/or have a career in the arts.  
• You thrive in intense environments, are conscientious, willing to work hard, and are committed to the safety, well-being, and growth of each member of the camp community.  

To Apply:  

The Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter by email by the PRIORITY DEADLINE of 1/25/19 to: After that date, applications will be accepted until each position is filled.  

•Please write the subject line of the email as follows:
OSAC 2019 - "Position Applying For Application - "Your Full Name."
(I.e. OSAC 2019 - Faculty Application - Sarah Clarke)  

•Please attach your resume and cover letter to your email according to the following conventions:  
"Last Name-Resume" and "Last Name-Cover Letter" 
(I.e. Clark-Resume & Clark-Cover Letter)  

*Only applicants who follow these application instructions will be considered. Please do not call.

Artists In Residence

James Sansing


Artist James Sansing will be joining our faculty for Fall 2018 to work with students on projects.

Artist Biography

James Sansing’s films have shown at the San Francisco International Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Images Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, New York Film Festival among others.

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Artists In Residence

Rebecca Manson


Artist Rebecca Manson will be joining our faculty for Fall 2018 to work with students on projects.

Artist Biography

Rebecca Manson is an artist based in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated with a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and has received a Windgate Fellowship Award and a Windgate Project Grant. She has been a resident artist and Zentrum Fur Keramik and California State University Long Beach. Through her sculpture work and in the classroom, Rebecca is interested in clay as a metaphor for community and the body. 

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Around the Bend

Save the Date - May 12th Benefit Dinner and Concert with Pete Escovedo and his Latin Jazz Orchestra!


Dear Oxbow Friends,

This has been a busy and unusual school year at Oxbow. The Napa/Sonoma County fires in the fall were unprecedented in their scope and impact on the broader community. Thankfully, Oxbow came through unscathed, but that is not true of so many around us. After some winter rains, the scorched ridges are turning green very quickly, but that does not diminish the damage that was wrought. As we all watched the recent mud slides in the Santa Barbara area, we are all too aware that there may be more in store. We don't take anything for granted and are grateful for a strong school spirit and resilient community.

We welcomed OS38 students three weeks ago, and they are already deeply immersed in life at Oxbow. It is always a pleasure to greet an enthusiastic group of young people ready to dive right in.

We have a busy spring in store, so please mark your calendars for some upcoming key events.

Saturday, May 12 will be a very big day at Oxbow. The Final Show Open House for the public is from 2:00–5:00 p.m. We will also be hosting our Spring Benefit Concert that same Saturday evening. We are very pleased to announce that the legendary Pete Escovedo and his Latin Jazz Orchestra will be performing, so make sure you mark your calendars. More information will be forthcoming soon.

The Benefit Concert is at 6:00pm, a short walk from Oxbow at The CIA at Copia where guests will enjoy refreshments and have the option to partake of a delicious sit-down dinner, or you may purchase a concert-only ticket. Dinner with concert tickets are $350 each, and concert-only tickets $125. Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased online at Sponsorship letters with more details will be sent shortly, so keep an eye out for yours.

Leading up to the Benefit, the Robert Mondavi Winery will be hosting a curated Oxbow Visiting Artists Art Show. There will be an Opening Reception at Mondavi on Friday, April 27 from 6–8pm. In the school's 18+ year history, over 120 professional Visiting Artists have graced our program, and so far over 70 have generously donated a piece to the Works on Paper Exhibit at Mondavi in support of the Stephen Thomas Scholarship Fund. We are delighted by their generosity—we hope you can come!

We will also be offering an online Wine Auction for the two weeks leading up to the Benefit. Stay tuned for details on this special fundraiser in conjunction with the Spring Benefit.

Finally, Oxbow will be hosting an Ox-Campout overnight on campus for all Alumni June 2nd and 3rd. Alumni, please tell your friends, mark your calendars, and most importantly, COME and enjoy two days on campus! There will be Oxbow-style art projects, bbq and a special tour of the Oliver Ranch Sculpture Garden on Sunday. We will offer dorm rooms and alums may also camp on the campus for the night. Not to be missed! More details to follow.

I hope this newsletter finds you in good health and fine spirits, and I look forward to seeing many of you on campus in May and June.

Stephen Thomas
Founding Director and Head of School

Artists In Residence

Kathleen Henderson


Artist Kathleen Henderson will be joining our faculty for Spring 2018 to work with students on projects.

Artist Biography

Kathleen Henderson is a visual artist living and working in the Bay Area.

Oscillating between fascination and apprehension Henderson’s work illuminates our struggle to make sense of a senseless world with an expansive body of work that includes drawing, painting, and sculpture.

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