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  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring John Houck, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Jesse Benson (b. 1978) is an artist based in Los Angeles. Benson's complex practice is driven by the perversion of roles and representation that characterize his generational moment. In obsessively "skillful" objects like the Bureau Paintings, Catalog Page Paintings, Future Sculptures, and Repaintings, Benson constantly questions the authenticity of the document, the function of style, and the value of both art and artist. Benson is equally committed to a curatorial/organizational practice that openly overlaps and inspires his object production.

  • The Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Department at OTIS College of Art and Design is pleased to announce a lecture by Nick SeierupPrincipal | Design Director of Perkins+Will, Los Angeles, on Thursday, December 3, 2015.


  • Marisa Silver is the author most recently of the New York Times bestselling novel Mary Coin. Her other books include the novels No Direction Home and The God of War (a finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize), as well as two story collections, Babe in Paradise and Alone with You. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker and been included in many anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories. Silver lives in Los Angeles.

  • Jesse Lerner is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles.  His short films Natives (1991, with Scott Sterling), T.S.H. (2004) and Magnavoz (2006) and the feature-length experimental documentaries Frontierland/Fronterilandia (1995, with Rubén Ortiz-Torres), Ruins (1999) The American Egypt (2001), Atomic Sublime (2010) and The Absent Stone (2013, with Sandra Rozental) have won numerous prizes at film festivals in the United States, Latin America and Japan.

  • Otis faculty member Dana Berman Duff will present a program of short 16mm and digital films in her "Catalogue" series.

  • Performing the Grid is an exhibition that brings together an intergenerational group of artists and cultural producers that utilize the grid as a performative strategy to examine, challenge and position philosophical, political, social, domestic, corporeal, and mythical perspectives. Rosalind Kraus famously wrote that the grid “functions to declare the modernity of modern art” in her 1979 essay, Grids.


Continuing Education Course

SEM: 43

Watercolor Painting

Open to beginning through advanced students this course explores the techniques, styles, and materials, which are unique to watercolor painting. Course focuses on layering of color to create contrast and texture in a two-dimensional composition. Also examines characteristics of transparent pigment, color mixing, basic brushstroke, and painting techniques. Covers different weights and textures of paper, as well as the tools needed to complete the job. Course emphasizes the basic rules of good design. Projects are designed to expose students to various challenges specific to the medium.

Prerequisite: None

First class materials: Transparent watercolors: ultramarine blue, winsor violet, winsor yellow, winsor red; #8 round watercolor brush (sable, sable mix, or synthetic,) pencil, kneaded eraser, paper towels, water bucket, palette (Robert Wood or one of similar size – round or rectangle,) 12”x16” block of 140 lb. cold pressed watercolor paper or a single large sheet

Course Details
Course Code: XPTG1750
Meetings: 10
Credit Hours: 1
Section 1 Painting
Instructor: Deborah Swan McDonald
Meeting Day(s): Saturday
Meeting Time(s): 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Meeting Date(s): January 30, 2016  -  April 09, 2016
No Meeting/Special Note: No mtg: 3/26/16
Class Size: 15
Meeting Room:
Location: Goldsmith Campus
9045 Lincoln Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045-3505
Credit: Reg #: Fee:
Non-Credit 15370 $435 Add to Cart
Certificate 15371 $475 Add to Cart
Credit 15372 $1320 Add to Cart
12 of 15 seats available (last 2 seats are not available online)
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