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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 Program

Young Artist Workshops and Summer Camps

2016 Spring Session

Note: Only the courses that are linked (clickable) are available this semester.

Weekly Courses (Sat or Sun, 8 Weeks)
Summer Camp / Session 1: June 8-June 19 (Mon-Fri)
  • Fundamentals of Drawing (A): Ages 13-15
  • Painting Studio: Ages 13-15
  • Patterns and Painting: Ages 5-8
  • Patterns and Painting: Ages 9-12
  • The Portrait in 2D and 3D: Ages 5-8
  • The Portrait in 2D and 3D: Ages 9-12

Summer Camp / Session 2: June 22-July 2 (Mon-Fri)
  • Cartooning for Kids: Ages 5-8
  • Cartooning for Kids: Ages 9-12
  • Introduction to Character Design - Drawing Your Favorite Heros, Heroines, and Fantasy Figures: Ages 13-15
  • Introduction to Sculpture: Ages 13-15
  • Sculpture, Installation Art, and Sound: Ages 5-8
  • Sculpture, Installation Art, and Sound: Ages 9-12

Summer Camp / Session 3: July 6-July 17 (Mon-Fri)
  • 3rd Dimensionality: Ages 5-8
  • 3rd Dimensionality: Ages 9-12
  • Illustrative Painting: Ages 13-15
  • Inventive Environments: Ages 13-15
  • Painting: Fantasy, Fairytales, and Science Fiction for Ages 5-8
  • Painting: Fantasy, Fairytales, and Science Fiction for Ages 9-12

Summer Camp / Session 4: July 20-July 31 (Mon-Fri)
  • Fundamentals of Drawing (B): Ages 13-15
  • Introduction to Digital Photography: Ages 13-15
  • Painting with Watercolors and Acrylics: Ages 5-8
  • Painting with Watercolors and Acrylics: Ages 9-12
  • Printmaking and Collage: Ages 5-8
  • Printmaking and Collage: Ages 9-12