• Design Fair

    Jul 09| Special Event

    The annual Design Week for the MFA Graphic Design program at Otis College of Art and Design will launch with a Design Fair on July 9, 2017, from 12-6pm. Held on the college's newly renovated campus, the fair will feature lectures by visiting international designers from 12-1:45pm followed by the book fair from 2-6pm. 

  • Sitting in Sound

    Jul 15| Special Event

    Sitting in Sound is a guided meditation led by artist Jesse Fleming, and an immersive sound experience performed by Los Angeles-based musical duo Electric Sound Bath (ESB).

  • Opening Reception: I Wish I Was a Telephone: Nora Jane Slade and Marisa Takal

    Light snacks and refreshments.

    Celebrate the opening of the two-person exhibition of work by Los Angeles-based artists Nora Jane Slade and Marisa Takal.
    Exhibition on view July 15 - August 19, 2017.

  • 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

    Opening Reception 3-5pm /  Curator and Artist led walk-thru of the exhibition, 3pm  /  Free

  • Talking to Action

    Sep 17| Exhibition

    Image: Eduardo Molinari, Confluencia 2: Los Angeles River, 2016.

  • 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.


Gary Geraths

Gary Geraths at eLearning Showcase


Gary Geraths (Foundation/Digital Media) explored new virtual ground in offering online synchronous drawing courses as part of a unique and exciting collaboration with Stanford's Online High school (OHS). 

What began as a 3-hour online synchronous Portrait Drawing workshop in fall 2014, quickly evolved into an 8-week Portrait Drawing seminar offered to 7-12 grade students enrolled in Stanford OHS spring 2015.

The seminar was the foucs of discussion at the spring 2015 eLearning Showcase and was featured in O-Mag Issue 16


The goal was to provide 2-D drawing skills in a virtual environment. Gerath collaborated with Jean-Marie Venturini, Instructional Designer, to develop the course. The goal was not to sacrifice the pencil and paper medium just because students were working online. To accomplish this, a digital document camera was used focused on Geraths' drawings that could be zoomed in and out to capture different details. Venturini also provided in class instructional technology support.

We used three computers:

  • one streaming the document camera feed,
  • the second computer webcam was used to show Geraths speaking, and
  • the third computer was used to monitor the live chat feed by a Teaching Assistant.

This ensured Geraths could focus on the drawing and lecture. Adobe Connect was the platform used to host the virtual classroom.

Gary Lecture Online Set-Up

Dedicated recording space is available for faculty interested in experimenting with recording demos or online synchronous instruction. One space is located in the basement of the Ahmanson Building. The other space will be part of the new Teaching Learning Center.

There was some initial hesitation.

"I thought it was going to be kind of dry with the distance learning routine, but after a couple of weeks the students got more comfortable, and when I saw the chat feed, I realized they were really into this." - Geraths


Student work was turned in through email. Geraths would provide digital drawing overlays on the student homework using Adobe Photoshop to provide feedback. Live critiques were held in the virrtual classroom with students holding up drawings to their webcams for comments.


Photoshop Overlay 3

Photoshop Overlay 1

Photoshop Overlay 2

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