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New L.A. Arts Retreats and More for Continuing Education's Summer Session

Summer Classes Begin June 3

Take your skills to the next level or delve into a new creative practice this summer through Otis College's Continuing Education program. From young artist workshops to portfolio preparation, professional development, or recreation, continuing education offers over 130 courses in a variety of fields and mediums. 

New this summer, Otis College launches several L.A. Arts Retreats, for those wanting a creative getaway. These one-week intensives offer the opportunity for artists and makers to learn from master artists in a specific medium. Participants will live and create on campus while exploring their choice of book arts, watercolors, Shibori dye techniques, shoe design, figurative painting, or enameling, for a full listing of retreat and dates, click here. The retreats include Otis College residence hall housing, meals, instruction, guest speakers, bus transportation, and field trip admissions.

Another one-week intensive program, L.A. Past Lives, explores Los Angeles as a creative community and a cultural center with historians, writers, artists, and designers. L.A. Past Lives visits historical and ecological sites such as the Watts Towers, L.A. River, recreational parks, Olvera Street, Bunker Hill, and other neighborhoods in relation to cinema and its image production.

In addition to the intensives, regular courses in Hand Knitting, Sewing, or Product Design are great choices for those interested in the handmade, while Web Design or Introduction to 3-D Digital Modeling are perfect for those looking to add new skills to their resume. 

For those looking for a course of study, certificate programs are offered in the areas of art educationdigital media artsfashion designfine artsgraphic designinterior designlighting designphotographyproduct design, and textile/surface design. "These programs are intended to prepare students for a broad range of opportunities in art and design practices and creative industries," says Amy Gantman, Dean of Continuing Education & Pre-College Programs at Otis College of Art and Design.

Summer classes begin on June 3, 2017. To view current course listings, visit