• 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.


Jason Burton: Design + Demo

Jason presenting at showcase


Jason Burton (Product Design) took his blended Design Studio I class to the next level by rethinking the Course ePortfolio design and including video demonstrations.

"With the help of my new tools, I plan to offer online content which, instead of trying to replicate the in-class experience, reveals more relevant learning objectives for the digitally enhanced art and design professional." - Jason Burton


Jason built his syllabus into an online Course ePortfolio in O-Space creating a more interactive and dynamic experience for students. Aimee Suen (Communication Arts alumna) helped Jason create a streamlined design providing easy user navigation.

Jason ePortfolio homepage


Video demonstrations provide students a means of accessing important content outside of class for review and further study. (Learn more about Next Gen Presentation Tools.) Jason spent over a year creating his own demonstrations for use in his courses. He likes using a combination of the following software and hardware to create a unique and relevant experience for the students:

  • SketchBook Express (desktop application)
  • Quiktime + Camtasia (screen-recording)
  • iMovie (for editing)
  • Wacom (for drawing)

Each video takes approximately 2 hours to create. About 45 minutes is spent using the Wacom and SketchBook express application to draw his demonstration while screen-recording the drawings. He then cleans up the visuals in iMovie adding in his audio narration to the screen-recording. The finished videos are embedded into the Course ePortfolio for students to access. These videos can also be resued for future classes. 

So far, he has created over 30 video demonstrations to support specific course projects and technical skills. Each video is about 3 - 5 minutes in length keeping instruction short and focused for easier viewing and use. Jason's teaching assistant, Brad Richardson, also contributed by creating a few videos about Adobe Illustrator for use in the course.

Jason's video demo

Jason's drawings


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