Events
  • Lecture presented by Kata McNamara. From contemporary art museums to independent project spaces to college art galleries, Otis College Director of Galleries and Exhibitions, Kate McNamara, will discuss her dedicated engagement with alternative and not-for-profit art spaces and the vital role these kinds of institutions play in today’s contemporary art world.

  • Open Studios

    Jun 23| Special Event
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    Open Studios: L.A. Summer Residency

    The artists and designers of the first-ever L.A. Summer Residency invite you to their open studio event! The public can join family and friends as they tour the studios and view all of the incredible work produced during the past three weeks. A closing reception will follow from 4-5:30pm.

    The L.A. Summer Residency at Otis College of Art and Design offers an opportunity for artists and designers to work side-by-side in an immersive three-week residency within the vibrant art and design community of Los Angeles.

  • Closing Reception

    Jun 23| Special Event
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    Closing Reception: L.A. Summer Residency

     

    The L.A. Summer Residency at Otis College of Art and Design offers an opportunity for artists and designers to work side-by-side in an immersive three-week residency within the vibrant art and design community of Los Angeles.

    More information about the L.A. Summer Residency Program.

     

    Join us for the closing reception of Otis College’s first residency. 

    Friday, June 23, 2017  

    The Forum | 4:00 PM

  • Sitting in Sound

    Jul 15| Special Event
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    Jesse Fleming, A Theory of Everything, 2015, Installation view.
     
  • Opening Reception

    Jul 15| Special Event
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    L: Nora 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 for the two-person exhibition of work by the Los Angeles-based artists Nora Slade and Marisa Takal

    Light snacks and refreshments.

    Exhibition on view July 15 - August 19, 2017.

    Bolsky Gallery located across from Ben Maltz Gallery, ground floor, Galef Center for Fine Arts.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

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Workshops and Schedule

Workshops
All Communication Arts students are required to pass three workshops prior to graduation. Passing the workshops counts toward their Practicum grades. Workshops vary in length; students work on a project or set of exercises along with the instructor in order to acquire specific software skills. See the schedule and workshop descriptions below for more information.

Still have questions? Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page in the menu to the left.
Have an idea for a workshop you don’t see listed here. Email Tanya with your suggestion at trubbak@otis.edu.

FALL 2012 SCHEDULE
Here is the schedule and the descriptions of workshops for the fall semester. All workshops take place in the Learning Lab for Technology, Ahmanson Building, Room 501A.

Downloadable Schedule

Date/Time

 

Instructor

 

Workshop

 

 

Tuesday, 3:45 to 6:45 pm

 

Rebecca Chamlee

 

InDesign 2

 

SEPT 4, SEPT 11, SEPT 18, SEPT 25

 

 

 

 

Photoshop 2

 

OCT 2, OCT 9, OCT 16, OCT 23

 

 

 

 

Illustrator 2

 

OCT 30, NOV 13, NOV 20, NOV 27

Wednesday, 3:45 to 6:45 pm

 

Salvador Orara

 

Web 1

 

SEPT 12, SEPT 19, SEPT 26

 

 

 

 

Web 2

 

OCT 3, OCT 10, OCT 17

 

 

 

 

Web 1

 

OCT 24, OCT 31, NOV 7

 

 

 

 

Web 2

 

NOV 14, NOV 28, DEC 6

Thursday, 3:45 to 6:45 pm

 

Alex Maloutas

 

InDesign 1

 

SEPT 6, SEPT 13, SEPT 20, SEPT 27

 

 

 

 

Photoshop 1

 

OCT 4, OCT 11, OCT 18, OCT 25

 

 

 

 

Illustrator 1

 

NOV 1, NOV 8, NOV 15, NOV 29

 

Illustrator 1 • November 1–September 29 • instructor: Maloutas
This workshop is an introduction to Illustrator as a program best used to create and manipulate vector image files. We will cover in very simple terms the tools and windows you will need to navigate and use the program to create vector files as well as importing image files. From this 4 week workshop you will be able to create, manipulate and save vector objects and files for use in other software.

Illustrator 2 • October 20–November 27 • instructor: Chamlee
In this Intermediate Illustrator workshop you will learn advanced path manipulation and appearance controls. This workshop covers working with layers, color swatches, symbols, brushes, blends, masking techniques, the pen tool and step and repeat to create ornaments and seamless patterns.

InDesign 1 • September 6–September 27 • instructor: Maloutas
This workshop is an introduction to InDesign as a program best used for design layout of multiple page documents. We will cover in very simple terms the tools and windows you will need to navigate and use the program to execute design plans. From this 4 week workshop you will be able to use the program with basic knowledge of where the tools and information/selection windows are.

InDesign 2 • September 4–September 25 • instructor: Chamlee
In this four-week InDesign 2 workshop you will learn how to use InDesign as a publication tool. You will develop your typesetting and layout skills by creating a multiple page publication project. We will address character, paragraph and object styles, baseline grids, linked text boxes, columns, images and output.

Photoshop 1 • October 4–October 25 • instructor: Maloutas
This workshop is an introduction to Photoshop as a program best used to manipulate and create pixel based image files for further use in other applications. We will cover in very simple terms the tools and windows you will need to navigate and use the program. From this 4 week workshop you will be able to scan, manipulate and save files for use in other software.

Photoshop 2 • October 2–October 23 • instructor: Chamlee
In this intermediate level workshop you will get a better understanding of PhotoShop as an effective image making and production tool. While creating a complex multiple layer collage project you will be introduced to various advanced selection techniques including image manipulation, color effects and color adjustment techniques using layer masks, adjustment layers and batch processing, all non-destructively.

Rebel Web 1: Fundamentals Through Play • September 12–September 26  • instructor: Orara
Rebel Web 1: Fundamentals Through Play • October 24–November 7  • instructor: Orara
The Rebel Web 1 workshops will discover the fundamentals of web design in playful and experimental ways to develop familiarity, intuition, and a fearless attitude with the medium of the web and its syntax. Specifically tailored and constrained exercises involving: layout, color, typography, image, sound, video, etc., will be provided to inspire and challenge the student to be creative.

The students will develop a personal collection of simple web experiences which will be curated into an on-line open source gallery of fun experimental web work, and archived on a class drive.

Rebel Web 2: Breaking Is Making • October 3–October 17 • instructor: Orara
Rebel Web 2: Breaking Is Making • November 14–December 6 • instructor: Orara
The Rebel Web 2 workshops will take a look at the WordPress framework, Javascript/JQuery, HTML5/CSS3; and through a series of destructive exercises learn how they function and how to be creative within them. Part of this process will involve sharing and exploring personal workflows from practicing professionals ie. tips, tricks, trade secrets; expressing how the knack for breaking is a way of making.

Specifically constrained experiments and exercise topics will include: strange interactions, broken themes, unplugging plug-ins, Javascript/jQuery jamming, authorship and acknowledgment.

The student’s work will be curated into an on-line open source gallery of fun experimental web work, and archived on a class drive.

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