Events
  • Sitting in Sound

    Jul 15| Special Event
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    Image: Electronic Sound Bath
     

  • L: Nora Jane Slade, Kate Mouse Mickey Moss, 2014, Photo transfer and fabric paint on sweatshirt, cardboard and found objects. R: Marisa Takal, I Love My Sister, 2016, Oil on canvas, 65 x 50 inches.

    Opening Reception: I Wish I Was a Telephone: Nora Jane Slade and Marisa Takal

    Celebrate the opening of the two-person exhibition of work by Los Angeles-based artists Nora Jane Slade and Marisa Takal.

    Light snacks and refreshments.

    Exhibition on view July 15 - August 19, 2017.

  • Amelia Gray is the author of the short story collections AM/PM, Museum of the Weird, and Gutshot, as well as the novels Threats and, most recently, Isadora, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She is winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, of FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. 

  • Image: BijaRi, On the rooftops of Santa Domingo-Savio neighborhood as part of the project Contando con Nosotros, 2011

    Opening Reception 3-5pm /  Curator and Artist led walk-thru of the exhibition, 3pm  /  Free

  • Talking to Action

    Sep 17| Exhibition
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    Image: Eduardo Molinari, Confluencia 2: Los Angeles River, 2016.

    Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy, and Activism in the Americas is an exhibition and bilingual publication that investigates contemporary, community-based social art practices in the Americas. Talking to Action is part of the Getty’s initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles.
     

  • Luis J. Rodriguez was Los Angeles Poet Laureate from 2014-2016. The twenty-fifth edition of his first book, Poems Across the Pavement, won a 2015 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. He has written fourteen other books of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction, including the best-selling memoir Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. Rodriguez is also founding editor of Tia Chucha Press and co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. In 2016 Tia Chucha Press produced the largest anthology of L.A.-area poets, Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles. Rodriguez’s last memoir It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest poetry collection Borrowed Bones appeared in 2016 from Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press.

  • Raised in Philadelphia, with roots in South Africa and Trinidad, Zinzi Clemmons’ writing has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Transition, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and support from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction. She is co-founder and former Publisher of Apogee Journal, and a Contributing Editor to LitHub. She teaches literature and creative writing at the Colburn Conservatory and Occidental College. Her debut novel, What We Lose, as well as a second title, are forthcoming from Viking.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Learning Lab?
The Learning Lab for Technology is a computer lab open to ComArts students for a variety of technology instruction. The workshops and open lab hours supplement what students are already learning in class. Learning opportunities include: soft-ware specific workshops, one-on-one instruction during open lab hours, and in-class training.

What and when are the workshops?
Communication Arts students are required to pass three workshops prior to graduation. Passing the workshops counts toward their Practicum grades. Workshops vary in length and are offered during Practicum courses, Tuesday–Thursday. Students work on a project or set of exercises along with the instructor in order to acquire specific software skills. Check the schedule for the workshop descriptions.
 
How do I know what workshops I need?
That’s entirely up to you. The workshop descriptions should help you decide, but you can always ask one of your teachers.

How do I sign up?
Visit the learning lab and add your name to the sign-up sheets posted on the door. Workshops fill quickly, so sign up early. Prior to reporting to your first workshop meeting, students are required to provide their Practicum teacher with a completed Workshop Attendance Form.

How do I, and what if I, drop the workshop i signed up for?
That depends. Once you sign up for a workshop, you have until 1 week before the workshop begins to cross your name off the list. It is best to sign up for 
a workshop only if you plan to attend.

What if I have to miss a week?
If you must miss one meeting of the workshop, please give the instructor or Tanya Rubbak (trubbak@otis.edu) 24 hours notice. If you neglect to give 24 hours notice you will be marked absent (-10 pts) in Practicum class.

Is it true the Learning Lab has typefaces for student use?
YES! The Communication Arts Department has acquired a few typefaces for student use, you can pick up your copy in the learning lab after you sign a EULA. Visit the Typefaces section of the ComArts website to learn more about the student-use font program and to get recommendations for other typefaces and type foundries.

What does Open Lab mean?
Open Lab is a time when you can come into the learning lab for one-on-one instruction or, if there are computers available, just to hang out and work. 
If you need one-on-one help, come prepared with project-specific questions for the lab tech or teacher.

What if I have suggestions to make the Learning Lab better?
Please talk to or write Tanya at trubbak@otis.edu with your suggestions.

Where can I go to work if the Learning Lab is closed?
As always, the computer labs on the 4th floor are available for ComArts student use, anytime a class is not in session.

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