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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

Large Scale Figure Drawing: Construction and Form Analysis

This drawing course focuses on drawing the oversized or life size human figure, constructing the form and capturing the gesture. This class will be divided into three major drawings with lectures on some anatomy given. Students learn methods of gesturing and measuring, designed to create a convincing structural illusion and transparent beauty of the human figure. The human figure is the most amazing machine ever designed. Gain power in your drawing by learning anatomy. Lectures and demonstrations are given on each major anatomical part of the human figure. Students do direct drawing in three week studies. Students draw with charcoal or Conte pencil. All work is done on 32”x48” paper, or larger. At home studies are encouraged.

Prerequisite: XDWG1014 Life Drawing or equivalent knowledge

First class materials: Pencil Sharpener, Retractable Breakaway Knife, Large Kneaded Eraser, Charcoal Pencils - HB, 2B,
18” x 24” Newsprint , Extra soft vine charcoal, chamois cloth, 4 extra large alligator clips, 48”x 10’ roll of drawing paper

COMPLETE GUIDE TO LIFE DRAWING, Gottfried Bammes, Search Press, ISBN-10: 1844486907
ARTISTIC ANATOMY, Dr. Paul Richer, ISBN-10: 0823002977
FIGURE DRAWING: DESIGN AND INVENTION, Michael Hampton, ISBN-10: 0615272819
THE HUMAN FIGURE, David K. Rubins, 1953, Penguin Books, ISBN 0-14-004243-1

There are no sections for this course for this semester.
Course Details
Course Code: XDWG1018
Meetings: 10
Credit Hours: 1
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