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    SCREENING AND CONVERSATION with Margaret Prescod, Founder, Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders and host of “Sojourner Truth” on Pacifica Radio’s KPFK.
    Nana Gyamfi, Lawyer-Black Lives Matter, Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders.

  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Oliver Payne, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Kimberli Meyer trained as an architect and an artist, and has been the director of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House in West Hollywood since 2002. She has initiated and curated many programs there, including the exhibitions How Many Billboards?

  • Industry Spotlight

    Oct 15| Special Event

    An advertising creative director for more than 25 years, Otis alumnus Josh Weltman was the Mad Men co-producer responsible for Don Draper's credibility as an advertising genius.


    Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the hit series, plus hear key insights from Weltman's new book Seducing Strangers: How to Get People to Buy What You're Selling.


    October 15, 6:30 - 9:30 pm

  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Yutaka Makino. He lives and works in Berlin.  Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.

  • Joe Sola (‘99)’s work has been exhibited internationally in galleries and museums including: The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Hammer Museum, The Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, The Andy Warhol Museum  and Kunsthaus Gras, Austria, Museum of Modern Art Jean-Duc, Luxembourg. Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City.  His performances have taken place at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, MOT International in London, 356 Mission Rd, Los Angeles.


Continuing Education Course

SEM: 42

The Art of Kite Building with Tom Van Sant

Kites have traditionally been thought of as toys; a light frame usually of wood, covered with paper or cloth, to be flown in the wind at the end of a string. Join renowned artist, sculptor, and kite-builder, Tom Van Sant for this hands-on kite design and construction workshop. In this course, students construct, under guidance from the instructor, a large (6 foot), durable, collapsible, easily flyable, life-lasting kite of their own creative design. Course covers basic aerodynamics, global and local wind flows and weather, management of events, use of dissimilar materials, banners, flags, inflatables, puppetry, caricatures, life drawing, castle making, and body painting on children and adults. Course culminates in the first Otis Kite Festival to be held at the beach, featuring the students’ kites, inflatables, flags, banners, and some of Tom’s kites, for the benefit and pleasure of the Otis student body, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends…and of course their children and grandchildren. Class members assist with festival management in their interest area. Course also reviews “life lessons” essential to relations with the public and to their successful representation of themselves and Otis College: courtesy, honesty, patience, positive attitude, good humor, and safety. Class meets on campus with field trips to the Tom Van Sant studio in the Santa Monica Canyon.

Prerequisite: None

First class materials: Note-taking materials; $50 materials fee payable to the instructor for structural elements.

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