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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
  • Join Otis’ new President Bruce W. Ferguson and new Director of Galleries and Exhibitions Kate McNamara at a special reception for alumni and friends at the historic National Arts Club.

    Tuesday, October 6, 2015
    7:00 – 9:00 pm

    National Arts Club
    15 Gramercy Park South
    New York, NY 10003
    Business Casual attire is required by the National Arts Club
    For dress code information, visit: www.nationalartsclub.org (under About Us/FAQs)

  • Angela Flournoy’s first novel The Turner House was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She lives in Los Angeles.

  • Adam Linder is a choreographer based between Berlin and Los Angeles, working both in theatre and visual art contexts. He has been developing a dance based  format he calls Choreographic Services since 2013. This aspect of his work is focused on underscoring real time and economic conditions that are integral to the discipline of  choreography. At Otis Linder will introduce this format both conceptually and practically, discussing why 'servicing' is the relevant way for his work to publicly engage.  

  • 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



PAINTING is one of three areas of study in Fine Arts.  World-class faculty, who are active professional artists, teach all classes.  Students in Fine Arts study each of the core disciplines—Painting, Sculpture/New Genres, and Photography—before selecting one or more areas to pursue in depth. 

Painting students learn the basic principles, techniques and concepts of painting and drawing while developing their talent.  Students learn to invent visual images of their ideas, passions and interests.  Student artists in the program work on surfaces ranging from paper, canvas, panels, and walls among many other possibilities.

Students are exposed to the ideas and methods that make up the long, rich history of painting.  Classes include abstract and representational approaches to the medium and how to use them to make successful paintings.  Students experiment using a wide variety of materials (oil, acrylic, watercolor, spray paint and others) as part of their journey to become professional artists with their own unique direction.  For Materials, Methods and Skills taught in the Painting Progam Download (PDF).

Students in the Painting Program work in three studio environments.  The Galef Center Painting Studio has 24/7 access, a storage facility, an outdoor work area, and adjoining clean space where students present work for critique. 

The Otis Midtown Studio on Wilshire Boulevard is the site of an unprecedented relationship that Otis has with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  Students take classes at the Midtown Studio, which is just one block away from the museum.  They are able to visit the museum weekly to study the LACMA collection and use it as a primary resource for their work.

The Senior Studios offer each student a private space to work in for the entirety of their senior year in the Fine Arts Program.

Areas of emphasis within the Painting Program include Drawing and Artists, Community and Teaching (ACT).

Learn more about degrees offered by Otis in our view book, open with Page Viewer or Download (PDF).