• Intern Recruitment Day

    Mar 30| Special Event
    Continental breakfast will be from 8:00 – 8:45, interviews will take place from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Otis welcomes companies that are recruiting for Summer internships in the following areas: Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, Digital Media, Communications Arts, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Product Design, Toy Design.
  • A quintessentially Los Angeles artist, Larry Johnson has worked for over 4 decades investigating the inherent contradictions between the shiny surfaces and underlying cynical logics of American culture. His works reference the languages of animation (especially the fantasy worlds of Walt Disney), graphic and commercial design, and advertising.

  • A limited number of tickets are available to FUN HOME, an emotionally charged and poignant family drama, inspired by the graphic novel of the same name by Alison Bechdel, in which she explores her coming out and the suicide of her domineering father Bruce. Sign up in the Office of Student Activities located in the Student Life Center Room 150E.

  • Transfer Day

    Apr 01| Admissions

    At Transfer Day, prospective transfer students are invited to take a tour of campus, have their questions answered in a one-on-one appointment, and learn how to make a smooth transition to Otis College. If you are considering transferring into one of our programs, please join us on Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 12-3pm. 


  • Edgar Arceneaux was born in Los Angeles in 1972. He investigates historical patterns through drawings, installations, and multimedia events, such as the reenactment of Ben Vereen’s tragically misunderstood blackface performance at Ronald Reagan’s 1981 Inaugural Gala.

  • Rejuvenating Yoga

    Apr 04| Student Event

    All students and Otis College community welcomed and encouraged to participate. Visiting artist Catherine Tingey facilitates the Yoga class!

  • The Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Department at Otis College of Art and Design is pleased to announce the George H. Scanlon Foundation Lecture REDUX.5 by Michiel Riedijk at MOCA.


    Michiel Riedijk regularly lectures at universities, cultural institutions and symposia worldwide. His theories and writings on architecture have gained international recognition from fellow architects and scholars. The work of Neutelings Riedijk Architects has received worldwide appreciation through numerous publications, international awards and exhibitions around the world. - Neutelings Riedijk Architects


Continuing Education Class Sparks New Venture For Designer Paige Cleveland

This L.A. designer is putting an elegant spin on the DIY craft of marbling
By Jessica Ritz, Los Angeles Times

First came macramé, then ceramics, indigo dying and quilting.

Los Angeles designer Paige Cleveland is revisiting another DIY craft tradition: hand-painted marbling.

In this delicate process, paints are floated in a liquid. The artist then takes advantage of the surface tension of the paints, which keep their distinct color yet spread to make contact. A sheet of paper or a textile swath is then gently and quickly laid on top of the bath for the design to transfer.

Cleveland recalled the first time she saw marbling demonstrated, by Ventura-based artist Jim Anderson, as part of a continuing education class at the Otis College of Art and Design that she'd enrolled in during a period of professional soul-searching.

"Something happened," Cleveland said. The creative lightning bolt moment made her think: "I gotta figure this out. It needs to evolve and have a fresh take."

Cleveland — who at the time was a graphic designer in the fashion industry and museum exhibition fields — began to experiment with applying the time-honored technique to textiles in prints, patterns and colors.

She has since launched a home goods and personal accessories collection, under the Rule of Three brand.

Seating poufs, silk throw pillows, lampshades, eye pillows and oversized canvas totes reflect Cleveland's mastery of the process, exacting color schemes and understanding of scale.

"I'm using the [classic] technique, but in a much different way," Cleveland explained of the complex, multi-step marbling method.

Retailers include Barneys, Nickey Kehoe and Hammer and Spear, as well as interior design clients who collaborate with Cleveland on custom panels to be adapted into items such as wallpaper and window treatments.

Cleveland also practices traditional Japanese shibori dying, a kind of tie-dye treatment. Cleveland aims to keep all aspects of Rule of Three as local as possible, relying on her experience coordinating among L.A. textile contractors from the years she worked at Juicy Couture.

She said an artist and a place helps inspire each new design (Cy Twombly and New Orleans are recent examples), and she then picks a colorway to guide the chromatic combinations.

Her crafts delicately balance deliberate intention with the unpredictability of how paints floating in a viscous bath might behave when those elements make contact with a blank surface.

No two outcomes are exactly alike.

"It's a very organic thing," she says of the aesthetic result that can evoke images of paper and book arts pioneered during the Renaissance in Florence, Italy, while adding a calming, contemporary feel to of-the-moment settings.

Here, Cleveland offers an exclusive look at how she creates marbled textiles on Rube Goldberg-esque contraptions she built. Precision is key. "Everything has its place. It gets arty, and then it gets real dirty," she said.



Image: Paige Cleveland creates marbled home goods and personal accessories. (Christina House / For The Times)


Otis' Continuing Education offers a wide range of beginning, intermediate, and advanced art and design courses for all ages, including children and teens. Pursue your artistic and professional development, as well as your personal and intellectual growth. Also offering Certificate Programs (Computer Graphics, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Textile Surface Design, Fine Arts, and Photography), Children's Courses, Portfolio Preparation, and Summer of Art. The next Open House is Saturday, May 14th.


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