Otis College of Art and Design

Upcoming Events

Event

Date & Time

How to Create and Sell an NFT: for Artists and Designers

Description: This workshop empowers artists and designers with the tools and knowledge needed to create and sell their own NFTs (Non Fungible Tokens). Participants engage in a robust discussion of what NFTs are while learning critical terminology and other important aspects surrounding NFTs (e.g., crypto assets, public ledger, blockchain, wallets, gas fees, etc.). Participants leave the workshop with a functional NFT that can be uploaded to a marketplace account. While the workshop will focus on the process using the Rarible marketplace, participants will also learn how to make an NFT without the cost of gas fees, as well as other available options.

Date: Thursday Sept 23, 2021 - Sept 30, 2021

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

Location: Online via Zoom 

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How to Sketch Animals

Description: This 3-hour workshop covers the materials and techniques of sketching from observation using watercolors, pen and ink. Students learn the basics of drawing animals through quick sketching techniques with watercolor and pen, color mixing,  composition, linear and atmospheric perspective.

Students will have time to ask questions during the presentation. There will also be a Q&A session at the end of the class.

Date: Sun Sep 26, 2021

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT

Location: Online via Zoom 

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How to Draw Portraits

Description: This 3-hour workshop covers the basics of head construction and portraiture. Demonstrations cover a variety of drawing methods used by artists to create a convincing likeness.

Students will have time to ask questions during the presentation. There will also be a Q&A session at the end of the class.

Date: Sun Oct 3, 2021

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT

Location: Online via Zoom 

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How To Get Unstuck: A Designers Toolkit

Description: Getting Unstuck: A Designer’s Toolkit workshop is ideal for design students, professionals, and aspiring designers who have a developing student, client or personal project that would benefit from support and guidance. Students are guided to select best ideas and mockups, and identify a path for developing with renewed enthusiasm and rapid completion. They achieve new tools, tips, and techniques for their design practice and presentation so that they are prepared for the professional design world with confidence. To take full advantage of this workshop, students should bring a current project for which they are seeking feedback and guidance.

Date: Sun Oct 3, 2021

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

Location: Online via Zoom 

 

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Designing Your Vision: Creating a Cohesive Brand Identity

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 develop an individual brand presence and build a sustainable creative business by clarifying, refining, and elevating the values and visuals associated with their brand. Students learn essential tools that help with launching a dream business in a well branded package through achieving:

- Interactive brand survey
- Road map that refines brand clarity
- Case study inspiration for cohesive brand design
- Decision process for color, fonts, and imagery that can be useful for online design assets

Note: Students may develop the work of this workshop by attending Designing Your Vision: Creating a Cohesive Brand Strategy.

Date: Sun Oct 3, 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

Date: Tue Oct 5, 2021

Time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 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 perfection!

Date: Sat Oct 9, 2021

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

Location: Online via Zoom 


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How to Paint with Gouache

Description: This 3-hour workshop covers the materials and techniques of painting with gouache. Students learn about essential materials (including brushes, papers, and paints) and techniques that take advantage of this unique painting medium. Over the course of the workshop the instructor will do a painting demonstration and address questions about the process.

Date: Sun Oct 10, 2021

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 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 experience healing while practicing shamanic meditation techniques through drawing.

Date: Sun Oct 10, 2021

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

Location: Online via Zoom 



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Recording Los Angeles with Mixed Media: Workshop

Description: Explore the intersection of photography and drawing with the city of Los Angeles (or an alternative location) as the subject. In this workshop, students create a work of art on paper that translates a location into visual information. When a snapshot is taken, this document is missing so much - topography, smells, sounds, textures, temperature, etc. This workshop employs digital photography, graphite, acrylic paint, collage, and image transfer as the mediums to document your surroundings. The results will vary, some may be representational, while others will be quite abstracted. The first half of the workshop will prepare students to create a piece by learning a variety of mark making techniques with a range of materials and also examining the work of contemporary artists working in the field of mixed media. Then, students will create one final piece that records the location or memory they are most interested in investigating. This could be as micro as a corner of their neighborhood or as macro as a slice of the city they are most familiar with. 

Date: Sat Oct 16, 2021

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

Location: Main Campus



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Mad About Mini Books

Description: In this workshop participants will be introduced to the art of making handmade books. Participants will learn foundational book structure skills, including 1-sheet, explosion, hard cover, accordion, and notebook with fan fold. They will create each of these during the workshop, and learn techniques that can be applied to future book designs.

Date: Sat Oct 16, 2021

Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm PDT

Location: Main Campus


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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 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: Sun Oct 17, 2021

Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 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: Tue Oct 19, 2021

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

Location: Online via Zoom 


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How to Create and Sell an NFT: for Artists and Designers

Description: This workshop empowers artists and designers with the tools and knowledge needed to create and sell their own NFTs (Non Fungible Tokens). Participants engage in a robust discussion of what NFTs are while learning critical terminology and other important aspects surrounding NFTs (e.g., crypto assets, public ledger, blockchain, wallets, gas fees, etc.). Participants leave the workshop with a functional NFT that can be uploaded to a marketplace account. While the workshop will focus on the process using the Rarible marketplace, participants will also learn how to make an NFT without the cost of gas fees, as well as other available options.

Date: Thursday Oct 28, 2021 - Nov 4, 2021

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

Location: Online via Zoom 


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Digital Painting in Procreate

Description: This workshop explores the creative possibilities of the award-winning Procreate program, a favorite of many professional illustrators, designers and artists. This course is open to those new to Procreate as well as experienced artists with a focus in introduction to essentials, brushes and tools, layers, and shading. Students develop essential knowledge that can be the foundation for a personal style within this highly versatile tool. 

Date: Sunday Nov 11, 2021

Time: 9:30 am - 1:30 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 learn how to build a Squarespace website and related social media identity for their personal brands. They will acquire online resources for developing an online website building platforms and branding visuals. Topics include: 

- Connecting with your ideal clients and selling your work: structuring your website more effectively.
- Making sure your website looks up to date: following recent changes to website design.
- Creating cohesive online visuals without spending a fortune: access to essential online tools.

Note: Students are encouraged to attend Launching your Brand Online in advance of this workshop.

Date: Sunday Nov 14, 2021

Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 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 perfection

Date: Sun Nov 14, 2021

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

Location: Online via Zoom 


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Drawing Using Visual Thinking

Description: Refine your visual perception skills to improve realistic drawing. In this 2-hour workshop, students will participate in drawing exercises that train the "eye" as well as the brain for thinking in new ways. All levels are encouraged, including those who are curious about drawing, from beginners to experienced level drawers who want to explore new concepts in drawing.

Date: Wed Nov 17, 2021

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

Location: Online via Zoom


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3D Visualization Lab for Fashion Design

Description: 3D Visualization allows designers to create, design, and prototype CGI garments without any use of material resources. This groundbreaking and innovative process of virtual sampling allows for flexibility and efficiency with apparel design and development process, and new creative possibilities for designers to work from home in this virtual space. In this 3-day exploratory workshop, students are introduced to 3D digital concepts and digital tools while translating their design ideas into 3D using existing templates. Under the instructor expertise of Amy Bond (Project Runway, Season 16), students develop understanding with tools so that they may adapt their own ideas from concept to completion, to achieve a finished 3D pattern.

Date: Tue Nov 23, 2021 - Dec 7, 2021

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm PDT

Location: Online via Zoom 


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