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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.



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What is a rubric and why should I bother to use one?

If learning is a journey, then rubrics are like maps for that journey. We already use many different maps for students: checklists, grading criteria, rating scales, critiques, qualitative rubrics, holistic rubrics, each useful depending on the destination. A checklist is great for basic skills that have yes and no answers and don’t require any indication of where the student is on the yes and no scale. A rating scale collects information on how often something happens (often on a scale of 1-5) but the numbers don’t necessarily have any relative meaning.

A rubric is a scoring tool that looks like a matrix with a list of criteria that contains descriptors in a performance scale which tells the students what the different levels of performance looks like. They help the student understand where they are in the development of their work, and help them to become independent learners. They also help save on grading time because once you’ve made one, you can just circle the categories.


Rubric Resources

Rubric Template for Otis

A Guide to Designing a Killer Rubric

A link to a good discussion on rubrics, “Understanding Rubrics”  by Heidi Goodrich Andrade
RubiStar:  Generates rubrics. Registration may be required but there is no cost.

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