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Otis College Extension’s Laura London on the Magic and Fun of Photography

Teaching digital natives the artistry and skills behind traditional black-and-white photography—students, some of whom are accustomed to taking photos with their cell phone cameras whenever inspiration or a great selfie opportunity strikes—doesn’t require the leaps and bounds one might assume. “There’s a strong interest in learning film photography at the moment,” says Laura London, who teaches students of all experience levels as part of Otis College’s Extension program.

Building Community Online: Meet Lorna Turner

Years ago, Lorna Turner took a few massive online open courses (MOOCs) and appreciated their flexible schedule and self-pacing. She felt the format had something to offer Otis Extension students. Lorna Turner

Meet the New Dean of Otis Extension, Mark Manrose

On July 1 Mark Manrose became the new Dean of Extension at Otis College. Prior to joining the Otis community, Mark worked in continuing education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he generated over $1.5 million in revenue, supervised more than 140 instructors, and managed over 21 certificate programs. Most recently, Mark was at UCLA as an Account Director in the UCLA Anderson Executive Education Program. Mark holds an MA in Education from Pepperdine University and an MBA from University of Nevada, Las Vegas, with a concentration in New Venture Management.

Inspiration Here!

Mike Cedeno has played a major role in the creation and execution of a legion of animated characters you might be familiar with: Aladdin for one, The Little Mermaid’s Prince Eric for another (a character he says he was told to model after himself and Tom Cruise), and, oh, just one of the most popular princesses ever put to cel, Belle from Beauty and the Beast.

Mike Cedeno

Unbound Creativity with Rebecca Chamlee

Not every artist can pinpoint the experience that inspired their life’s work. But Rebecca Chamlee can: it was during her time as a student at Otis College of Art and Design. “That’s where I discovered letterpress, and it changed everything,” she says. “I was in a class and they taught us how to hand set our names, and then we put it into a big press and printed it. The fact that we were making something real, just like that—it was transformative for me.” That resonance was amplified when Rebecca paired her newfound passion with book arts.

Dedicate This Summer to Your Creative Practice

Summer Programs at Otis College of Art and Design offer artists and designers the opportunity to explore and create in the unique and culturally diverse arts community of Los Angeles. 

The Medium is the Muse

Pamela Smith Hudson knows the power of a mentor. It was one of her painting teachers that connected her with Daniel Freeman, a master printmaker for Gemini G.E.L. who had printed for Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, and Jasper Johns. And it was Freeman who steered Pam to Johns’ work, introducing her to the medium that would become her muse—encaustic painting. “It’s steeped in antiquity but it’s very contemporary,” she says of the hot wax paint, which artists have been using since Greco-Roman times. “You can do translucent layers. You can paint realistically; you can paint abstractly.

Free Arts Education Professional Development for K-12 Teachers at Otis College

Lifelong learning is an important part of Otis College of Art and Design. In that spirit, local primary and secondary education teachers have the opportunity to take free professional development courses and workshops for integrating arts into the rest of their education curriculum this fall at Otis College.

Botanical Artwork Offers the Opportunity to Enjoy Nature’s Imperfections

At the Los Angeles Arboretum, a collaboration with Otis College Extension is fostering the artistic growth of those already interested in the beauty of the natural world. Olga Eysymontt, an instructor at Otis College, has been drawing botanical figures for more than 20 years. “Unlike taking a photograph, where you may have to manipulate it to get the image you want, when you look at something with a more natural form, it has an imperfect, organic flow to it,” Eysymontt said.

Come Fly With Us: Otis College Extension Offers Build-A-Drone Workshop

This summer, you can build and fly your own drone through the Extension program at Otis College of Art and Design! The class will utilize a blended learning format to discover the intricacies of drone flying, explore the different uses and types of drones, and conclude with a one-day, hands-on workshop where students will build and fly their own.