• Sitting in Sound

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

    Jul 15| Special Event

    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. 

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

  • 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.

  • Louise Sandhaus is a graphic designer and graphic design educator. She was previously Director of the Graphic Design Program at CalArts where she currently is faculty. Her recent book on California graphic design, Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires and Riots: California and Graphic Design 1936-1986, co-published by Metropolis Books and Thames & Hudson, has received laudatory reviews from The New York Times, The Guardian, Eye, and Creative Review. The book received the Palm d’Argent for best art book at FILAF (International Festival of Art Books and Films on Art).


Art and Design Fundamentals for High School Students

"Art and Design Fundamentals for High School Students" is facilitated by Roni Feldman with instructional design assistance from Jean-Marie Venturini. The course was developed in partnership with Katie Phillips and Joanne Mitchell with contributions from faculty at Otis College of Art and Design



This MOOC was funded by a generous grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation.

Canvas Listing


  • Type: Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)
  • Platform:
  • Length: 10 Weeks + 2 Optional Weeks for Art/Design Portfolio Preparation
  • Dates: Offered March 9 – May 31, 2015
  • Modules: Assignments Organized into Thematic Modules (Life Drawing, Drawing Form, 2-Dimensional Design)
  • Assignments: 10 Required, 10 Optional Challenge, 2 Quizzes, 1 Optional Certificate, 1 Portfolio Development   
  • Learning Object Videos: 30 content/demonstration and 8 instructor assignment introduction
  • Enrollment: 2,328 participants
  • Cost: Free



  • 64% from North America
  • 11% from Western Europe
  • 6% South America
  • 6% Africa, Middle East, East Asia
  • 5% Eastern Europe
  • 3% Southeast Asia
  • 3% Central America, South Asia, Australia & South Pacific



  • 33% signed up for groups and regularly participated = 768 students, 13% completed the course
  • 80% of the MOOC’s active participants report that the course increased their ability to employ basic art and design skill
  • 83% agree that the course positively impacted their learning
  • 39 students earned a Certificate of Completion, 51% of these students were between the ages of 13-18
  • 20 students participated in Portfolio Preparation, 40% of these students were between the ages of 13-18

Student Feedback

  • Thank you for your guidance and advice throughout the entire course which had allow people like me who have no artistic formal training to gain better appreciation and putting up with our endless queries. I think you and your team had done a good job in the entire coordination, Q and A, assignment evaluation which it is not easy in parallel with your daily events in the school. Last but not least, my grateful appreciation for the OTIS College of Art and Design and her people for making all these possible and available. I look forward to future courses offer from the college...Thank you! 
  • This course was a breath of fresh air, I LOVED IT! I only wish it could have lasted longer (no, 10 weeks was simply not enough!). Awesome video presentations, interesting assignments, great lecturers. One of the most interesting and best MOOC's I have ever taken.
  • I want to thank the whole team , it was an incredible experience , I hope you do more courses like this
  • I really enjoyed it.
  • I am foreign, I live in Mexico and is not easy for me to travel, so I would like to have the opportunity to take some postgraduate in visual arts online, that would be amazing.
  • I really valued the commitment to the course by Roni Feldman and my fellow students.
  • I thoroughly enjoyed the course and learnt much more than I had expected. This was my first online course hence took me some time to get acquainted with the online style of teaching. But overall it was a very positive experience.
  • Students were very friendly and generous with their comments. Would love to do some more courses with OTIS. Especially on abstract and contemporary painting. Interested in practical work then theoretical. Roni your feedbacks were very constructive! Happy...happy..happy!
  • The course was really amazing. It was a real pleasure to learn from such honorable professors, the most amazing instructor (Roni Feldman) and very helpful assistant (Jean Marie). I would definitely recommend it to my friends.
  • This course was like a whole school to me. We got to make friends and appreciated each other, helped each other and got a really positive response from the instructor (Prof. Roni Feldman) and her assistant (Ms Jean Marie). I learnt a lot from this course and would surely recommend it to my friends.
  • The instructor did a great job of dealing with the large class size. I really liked getting feedback, and even when I wasn't one of the students commented on, it's absolutely refreshing to have a MOOC instructor mention a student by name, which makes the rarity of it surprising. I thought the order of topics was great and that the next module seemed to build off the foundation of the previous ones.
  • I'm very grateful to OTIS college, Roni Feldman and Jean-Marie Venturini for the idea and implementation of this course and really look forward for new courses! It would be great if you inform us about coming courses by email - so that we do not miss them!


Note: Data collected from two course surveys offered at the start and end of the MOOC.


Reflection from Roni Feldman

This MOOC was a very successful endeavor in as far as it met the teaching and outreach goals that we sought. We provided a variety of fundamental art and design skills to dozens of students who did not have easy access to such curriculum. Many of the students expressed their appreciation for the experience. In addition to the dozens of high school students who followed the course from beginning to end, we also had about six stay at home mom’s from different countries who were considering pursuing an arts education and this was their first serious foray back into the field. They were so engaged that they acted almost like TAs, providing a great deal of discussion and peer-to-peer critique for the rest of the class. 

The quality of work was broadly mixed as were skill levels. Some students paid close attention to the lessons and project criteria, while others did not. Those that did not were generally less attentive, compounding their lack of ability. Many of those students eventually disappeared. Those that were more engaged would revise their work in response to critique and thus saw more improvement.
The course did not demand revision, which if I was teaching a college level course for credit, I almost always demand it. In person, they can show me their work, I can suggest how to improve it, and sometimes in as little as a few minutes, they can revise it and show it to me again for further critique.  The limitation in a MOOC, however, is that students might submit their work then not check back in for a few days. That sort of process via online messaging can stretch out for days, making revision rare unless it is built into the curriculum (i.e., projects would have a draft and pre-grading phase).
One of the challenges for teaching an online visual arts course was my inability to provide immediate demonstrations when students did not understand something. I would sometimes download their projects and draw on them using Photoshop, but even this was time-consuming and somewhat limited, so I tried to reserve that effort for moments when words could not be effective. If neither was possible, I would refer them to a certain scene in the demonstration videos.

In addition to meeting our teaching and outreach goals, I enjoyed teaching the MOOC and learned a great deal. By the end of the course, I found that I had bonded with several of the students, just like I do in my traditional classes. Some of them took my new MOOC and a couple have even visited my recent art exhibitions in their respective countries. Although I think everyone involved is keenly aware of how much work it is to execute such a course, I think we helped out a lot of young artists, and it is definitely something I would enjoy doing again.


Second MOOC

In an effort to continue to reach students, we launched a condensed 5-Week version of this MOOC in July, called "Introduction to Art Fundamentals for High School Students"


Next Steps

After the success of this 12-week MOOC, the Otis College Continuing Education program offered an adapted version of the MOOC as an online course. The first course launched spring 2016 facilitated by Roni Feldman. This course continues to be offered through the Continuing Education program at an incentivized rate.





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