• 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.


Teaching Learning Center Available Workshops

These workshops are available by request:


Join us for an informative session in which we will discuss the basics of assessment, from crafting strong Learning Outcomes to creating a Signature Assignment and rubrics for evaluation. This session will support department assessment efforts already underway. For more information, check out the Otis Assessment siteFacilitator: Jean-Marie Venturini

Information Literacy (Basic Database Searching)

Introduction to the various online resources purchased by the Otis Library and the methods for finding needles among the haystack of billions of pages of data. Discussion of strategies for faculty to use in teaching students how to appropriately research. Facilitators: Sue Maberry, Heather Cleary


Start a blog and use it in class or for a group with a common interest. Create and customize your own. Enhance your blog with images, forums, public and private profiles, and chat rooms.  Discuss pedagogy of using blogs. Facilitator: Heather Cleary

Capturing Your Own Photos

Learn how to scan a variety of image formats as well as capture your photos from your own camera. Once you have your images, learn Photoshop basics on how to save the photos to use for your own class or project. Facilitator: Derek McMullen

Computer Applications

Want to learn PowerPoint, Keynote, Excel, Word, Photoshop, GarageBand, etc. If we don’t know the program, we can refer you to the online software-training database, Facilitator: Kathleen Forrest

Engaging Students

Come learn about best practices for teaching less-skilled, less motivated, or potentially less-engaged-than-average students. Join us in the TLC for a screening of a dynamic keynote presentation by Michael Wesch. His presentation highlights ways in which faculty can engage students and deepen learning. Facilitator: Jean-Marie Venturini

ePortfolio Innovations

We will focus on innovative ways to use the O-Space ePortfolio as a teaching tool for presenting dynamic course content and display professional work. Facilitator: Jean-Marie Venturini

Gameplay in the Classroom (Gamification)

Join us to explore the way game structure and game play can encourage learning within the classroom. Facilitator: Jean-Marie Venturini


Join us to learn about a new web tool to support student writing in any class. Grammarly provides automated grammar tutorials, text-revision assistance as well as citation audit tools. Facilitator: Jean-Marie Venturini


This workshop will focus on the use and creation of infographics (graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and effectively) as well as eTools that can help you. Facilitator: Jean-Marie Venturini

iPad Apps for the Creative Process

Stop by the TLC to learn about some top iPad Apps being used in higher education. Facilitator: Jean-Marie Venturini

Jumpstart Your Semester

Stop by the TLC to receive assistance on O-Space, email, Grammarly or with any other questions. We have the answers! Facilitators: JM Venturini, Heather Cleary and Kathleen Forrest

Learning ePortfolios

Learn about this specific type of ePortfolio. Students will start using their Learning ePortfolios during Foundation year and maintain it throughout their years at Otis. It is an opportunity for students to reflect on their own learning and make various connections among their experiences at Otis. Facilitators: Heather Cleary, Jean-Marie Venturini

Motivation in the Classroom

This workshop and discussion will focus on strategies and techniques for keeping students engaged and motivated to get it done! We will explore intrinsic vs. extrinsic motivations and ways faculty can transform the classroom.  Facilitator: Jean-Marie Venturini

Navigating the Curriculum Map

We will discuss department efforts in using Institutional Learning Outcomes, rubrics and making connections to your coursework with O-Space Signature Assignments. Attendance is recommended! Facilitator: JM Venturini

OHKR - Instructional Technology Strategy

Unsure what technology to use in your classroom? Overwhelmed by the ever-increasing number of apps and tools? Not sure where to start? This session is for you! Meet with the Instructional Designer to get one-on-one support specific to your class and needs. Facilitator: JM Venturini

O-Space CMS (The Basics)

The online work-space for Otis Classes and Community Groups. Upload your Syllabus, articles to read, movies to watch, links to websites, or quizzes to take. Have online class discussions, use the grade book, or track attendance. Facilitator: Kathleen Forrest

O-Space ePortfolios

An Electronic Portfolio (e-Portfolio) is an online multi-media collection of written and visual work. Faculty, students, and staff may create e-portfolios for a wide variety of uses, such as a class that requires posting artwork for review. Individuals can also use personal e-portfolios as they build their body of work. Graduating seniors can direct potential galleries or employers to their site. Otis students have begun to create their own Learning ePortfolios as part of their coursework at Otis. It is an opportunity to reflect on their own learning and make various connections among their experiences at Otis. Facilitator: Heather Cleary

O-Space Short-cuts

This workshop will focus on shortcuts and time-saving tips for using O-Space. Learn about what features are available and how best to integrate such features into your class! Facilitator: Jean-Marie Venturini


General introduction to our Otis Digital Image Database (DID). Create slideshows for your classes. Learn how to sign in, search the databases, and select images to create a presentation. Practice with the presentation viewer. Organize your slideshows. Upload your personal images to supplement ours. Create canned searches. Burn your slideshow to a CD. Export your images to PowerPoint. Facilitator: Heather Cleary

PowerPoint for Beginners

Learn the basics so that you can give presentations with style! Learn about uploading PowerPoint study guides to O-Space and other fundamentals of this very versatile software. Facilitator: Shelley Forbes. Appointments are available for 60 minute one-on-one coaching.

Punch-Up Powerpoint/Innovative Presentation Tools

It is time to dust-off the powerpoint and learn new tools to give your presentations an extra kick. We will discuss converting powerpoint presentations to video podcasts as well using new tools like Nearpod to increase interactivity. Facilitator: Jean-Marie Venturini

Quick Video

Join us for a demo on how to turn your desktop computer into a video demo tool. Will include an introduction to screencasting! Facilitator: Jean-Marie Venturini

Rebooting the Syllabus

Learn about crafting a syllabus and strategies for presenting your syllabus content in a dynamic way! Facilitator: Jean-Marie Venturini

Teaching Tips

Review Chickering and Gamson’s "Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education." Since these points were developed in 1987, new communication and information technologies have arrived. Discuss how you can apply these valuable techniques today and share what may have worked for you in the world of the Net Generation.Facilitator: Kathleen Forrest

Webforms for the Classroom

In this workshop we will explore classroom applications for webforms. Webforms are useful tools for online quizzes, coordinating classroom activities and collecting material. Facilitator: Jean-Marie Venturini

What's Your Game Plan?

Join us for an interactive session in which we will play a brainstorming game to enhance the traditional lesson/lecture. Faculty will learn how to integrate educational games effectively into the classroom to increase student engagement. This is a collaborative session; we will be working in teams. Facilitator: Jean-Marie Venturini

Time to Zoom!

This session will explore all the many uses of Otis' new online web conferencing platform Zoom. Zoom is a user friendly system that allows you to communicate with your students online from office hours to live synchronous instruction - the possibilities are endless! Come find out more! Facilitator: Jean-Marie Venturini