Otis College of Art and Design

Upcoming Events

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Date & Time

Shibori Techniques at Home

Description: Indigo Shibori is the ancient Japanese art of resist dyeing using various binding, twisting, wrapping, tying and stitching techniques to achieve unpredictable and gorgeous results on fabric. In this interactive 3-hour workshop, students will learn shibori inspired techniques with fiber reactive dyes or indigo, a process which students can use for their own textiles from a home studio. Demonstrated techniques will include several different shape resist techniques, such as kumo and itajime.

 

Date: Tuesday June 15, 2021

Time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm PDT

Location: Online via Zoom 


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Empowering Artists and Creatives to Create their own NFTs in the Marketplace

Description: This workshop empowers artists with the tools and knowledge to create their own NFTs in a marketplace. Participants will engage in a cursory discussion on what NFTs (Non Fungible Tokens) are and learn terminology and other aspects surrounding NFTs (E.g. crypto assets, public ledger, blockchain, wallets, gas fees). Participants will leave the workshop with a functional NFT and ability to create and upload to a Marketplace account to support a variety of digital artforms for a crypto asset marketplace. While the workshop will teach the process using the Rarible marketplace, students will learn how to make an NFT without the cost of gas fees as well as available alternative options.

Participants should bring completed digitized artwork that they would like to use to create an NFT.

 

Date: Thursday June 10, 2021 & June 17, 2021

Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT

Location: Online via Zoom

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Drawing and Heart Meditation Workshop

Description: Taught by Veronica DeJesus (BFA, San Francisco Art Institute, MFA, UC Berkeley), this drawing and meditation workshop is influenced by her personal story: “Growing up my dad taught us how to heal with art. My dad wrote songs and poetry everyday all the time. My dad was teaching us the ways of Morovis Puerto Rico home of the decemos and the cuatros which are filled with healing ancestry connecting me and my family to taino.”

Through storytelling, drawing exercises, guided meditation, a group drawing activity, and final reflection, students will experience healing while practicing shamanic meditation techniques through drawing.

 

Date: Saturday June 12, 2021

Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm PDT

Location: Online via Zoom 

 

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Visual Design for UX/UI and Digital Apps

Description: Make a cohesive, engaging and memorable campaign based on your brand/story. This workshop provides a general overview of visual design as it applies to UX/UI and digital products (apps). Students will be introduced to foundational graphic design and visual communications core principles relevant to UX/UI and digital app design. Topics include composition, grids, hierarchy, placement, alignment, balance, contrast, color theory, iconography, typography, color systems, mood, imagery, photography and illustration. Students will achieve essential knowledge for creating a cohesive "visual design system" that works together, is scalable, and is on brand for the company and targeted end user.

 

Date: Sunday June 13, 2021

Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm PDT

Location: Online via Zoom 


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Blockprinting at Home

Description: Block printing is one of the oldest types of printmaking, and is still widely practiced throughout the world. Artisans working within this rich tradition create beautiful designs in relief, and print each design element by hand, creating wonderful variation that looks beautifully handmade. Block printing is a great way to instantly personalize fabrics, stationery, and much more, to create individualized decor. In this interactive workshop, students learn the techniques of block printing through designing and carving their own simple design into a block, and then using paint to apply the carved block to fabric or paper. Instruction will include choosing a design that yields the best end result.

 

Date: Tuesday June 22, 2021

Time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm PDT

Location: Online via Zoom 


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Introduction to Watercolor and Ink for Fashion

Description: Learn the basics of creating dynamic and artistic illustrations for fashion and portraiture using watercolor and ink. In this one-day workshop, students sketch from references provided by the instructor for the first part of the day. Once the sketch is complete, students experiment with watercolor and Ink techniques and arrive at their own fashion portrait by the end of the workshop. Ideal for anyone interested in fashion and illustration; all levels are welcome.

 

Date: Sunday June 27, 2021

Time: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm PDT

Location: Online via Zoom

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Launching Your Brand Online

Description: This interactive online seminar is perfect for all creatives looking to come up with cohesive brand visuals for their website and social media. Under the expertise of Agnes Pierscieniak, designer, artist, and founder of Crave Workshops, students will learn how to build a Squarespace website and connected social media identity for their personal brands. Students will learn about online resources for developing an online website building platforms and branding visuals. Topics include: 

  • Connect with your ideal clients and sell your work: structuring your website more effectively
  • How you can make sure your website looks up to date: following recent changes to website design
  • Create cohesive online visuals without spending a fortune: access to essential online tools 

Students are encouraged to bring a working or existing brand strategy to take full advantage of this workshop so that they can develop this into an online space. They may develop this by attending the “Designing Your Vision: Creating a Cohesive Brand Strategy.” 

 

Date: Sunday June 27, 2021

Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm PDT

Location: Online via Zoom 

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I Can't Draw People!

Description: I Can’t Draw People presents alternative exercises and techniques for drawing the human figure. It’s all about abandoning the stress of creating a perfectly proportioned form. Under the guidance of instructor expertise, students practice alternatives that are surprising, expressive, and delightful. Attend this 1-day workshop to see how much we can accomplish when we leave behind the idea of perfect!

 

Date: Sunday June 27, 2021

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm PDT

Location: Online via Zoom 

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Create Stunning Botanical Prints

Description: It's a great self care act to hold nature in our hands and make art with it. This interactive 3-hour workshop combines mindfulness, getting fresh air, and making stunning art out of natural materials. Students learn a special monoprinting technique using collage and plant materials.  Using geli plates and flora they will create colorful cards out of nature's imprints. This workshop is for anyone looking to connect with the outdoors and make something beautiful. Topics include creating patterns with real leaves, playing with color mixing, rolling and mixing ink onto a geli plate, and pulling prints and cards from a geli plate.

 

Date: Tuesday June 29, 2021

Time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm PDT

Location: Online via Zoom 

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Expose your Inner Critic

Description: Do you have an inner commentary that disrupts your creative process? Is there a disapproving voice, a nay-sayer, that creeps in and causes doubt? In this workshop, you will use simple writing and drawing exercises to give form to your inner critic, then begin the process of dismantling its hold on your creative process. No writing or drawing experience is needed in this fun and productive workshop.

 

Date: Sunday July 11, 2021

Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm PDT

Location: Online via Zoom 


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Get Unstuck with Mixed Media

Description: Has a lack of inspiration or fear kept you from creating? Have you ever found yourself in front of your art supplies wondering, "What do I do now?” Get Unstuck with Mixed Media is a highly productive studio class that will get you making and creating. Exercises in mixed media will have you jumping in with both feet while expanding your knowledge of the art and design concepts of composition, balance, movement, depth, and color. Participants will have several completed pieces by the end of the workshop as well as suggestions and inspiration for further exploration.

Date: Sunday July 18, 2021 & July 28, 2021

Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm PDT

Location: Online via Zoom


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