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Beyond the Classroom with Joanne Mitchell

Joanne Mitchell, assistant chair and full-time faculty member in the Foundation program, is a 2017 Teaching Excellence Award winner and an artist in her own right.

Finding Inspiration at the Museum

A group of Otis College assembled in the open courtyard of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) on a sun-filled Tuesday morning. They were visiting the museum in what has become a cornerstone of the Foundation year at Otis College.

The Foundation program is part of the core curriculum and provides an opportunity for students to build a platform of skills, knowledge, and experience that supports them in the future, both educationally and professionally. It provides an experiential understanding of the rich relationships between all of the art and design disciplines.

Cathy Lightfoot's Sensation of Color

In 2013, Cathy Lightfoot, Adjunct Associate Professor, started an informal exploration of color relationships in her sketchbook. A painter, Lightfoot used the series of informal gouache exercises to explore color gradations, and color relationships that appear to generate light energy. The project grew into a focused and systematic investigation numbering over 120 gouache paintings that she intended to arrange in combinations for use when planning her larger paintings.

Faculty Maura Bendett Featured in Artillery Magazine

As a student, seeking respite from the relatively hidebound painting department, I often retreated to the sculpture studios. There, the critical gaze of teachers seemed less intense; sculpture students did as they pleased. Around that time about a decade ago, I took Beginning Sculpture from Krysten Cunningham, who fostered critical dialogue around fundamental techniques of welding and casting.

Otis Faculty present at AICAD Symposium

 

Otis Faculty Present at AICAD

France-Foundation Paris Trip

Headlines

  • Otis College Board of Trustees Chair Mei-Lee Ney
    Otis College Announces $1M Gift in Support of Anti-Racism Initiatives
    August 13
  • Otis College's Fashion Design Program
    College Magazine Names Otis College’s Fashion Design Program Number 2 in the Country
    August 7
  • Melissa Lo joins Otis College of Art and Design
    Otis College Welcomes New Liberal Arts and Sciences Department Chair Melissa Lo
    July 31

Ongoing Foundation: Paris Trip

Headlines

  • Otis College Board of Trustees Chair Mei-Lee Ney
    Otis College Announces $1M Gift in Support of Anti-Racism Initiatives
    August 13
  • Otis College's Fashion Design Program
    College Magazine Names Otis College’s Fashion Design Program Number 2 in the Country
    August 7
  • Melissa Lo joins Otis College of Art and Design
    Otis College Welcomes New Liberal Arts and Sciences Department Chair Melissa Lo
    July 31

2014 Foundation: Principles of Design

Headlines

  • Otis College Board of Trustees Chair Mei-Lee Ney
    Otis College Announces $1M Gift in Support of Anti-Racism Initiatives
    August 13
  • Otis College's Fashion Design Program
    College Magazine Names Otis College’s Fashion Design Program Number 2 in the Country
    August 7
  • Melissa Lo joins Otis College of Art and Design
    Otis College Welcomes New Liberal Arts and Sciences Department Chair Melissa Lo
    July 31

2014 Foundation: Life Drawing

Headlines

  • Otis College Board of Trustees Chair Mei-Lee Ney
    Otis College Announces $1M Gift in Support of Anti-Racism Initiatives
    August 13
  • Otis College's Fashion Design Program
    College Magazine Names Otis College’s Fashion Design Program Number 2 in the Country
    August 7
  • Melissa Lo joins Otis College of Art and Design
    Otis College Welcomes New Liberal Arts and Sciences Department Chair Melissa Lo
    July 31

2014 Foundation: Painting Elective

Headlines

  • Otis College Board of Trustees Chair Mei-Lee Ney
    Otis College Announces $1M Gift in Support of Anti-Racism Initiatives
    August 13
  • Otis College's Fashion Design Program
    College Magazine Names Otis College’s Fashion Design Program Number 2 in the Country
    August 7
  • Melissa Lo joins Otis College of Art and Design
    Otis College Welcomes New Liberal Arts and Sciences Department Chair Melissa Lo
    July 31