The Oxbow School

The Oxbow School—an innovative, interdisciplinary program combining visual arts with academics

Mission — Think, create, and grow.

The Oxbow School is a semester program in Napa, California focusing on studio artmaking and interdisciplinary humanities. Oxbow provides juniors, seniors, and gap-year students the opportunity for an intensive art experience and thought-provoking academic instruction.

The atmosphere at Oxbow is one of artistic and social exploration combined with rigorous academics designed to prepare students for college and beyond. Oxbow alumni often go on to earn distinguished art and writing awards, and earn offers of admission and win scholarships at top colleges and universities.

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!

Oxbow also offers a spirited and engaging summer art program for students ages fourteen to sixteen.

Summer Camp

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 it's 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!


School Facts

Semester Size


Student Teacher Ratio


Grade Levels

Junior, Senior, Gap Year, Summer

Focus / Specialty

Art, Design, Writing


Napa, California



Admission Deadlines

Rolling, Priority Feb. 15th


Accepting Applications for Spring 2021
Accepting Applications for Fall 2021
Accepting Applications for Spring 2022

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Think, create, explore, learn, grow.

For more information and to apply, please visit — The Oxbow School Web Site.

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