It's So Weird! Non-Traditional Public Art


For grades 7 - 8



Course Description:

What is public art? Who makes it? Who is it for? How can it defy our expectations? We’ll answer these questions and more as we explore some of the issues, historical and contemporary, surrounding public art in Los Angeles. We will visit several neighborhoods in the city, looking at different kinds of public artworks, both traditional (monuments, museums, and murals) and innovative (video installations, community gardens, alternative spaces). Site visits may include the Museum of Jurassic Technology, the Broad Museum, and Watts Towers, among others.  In addition, we may visit working artists' studios to experience first-hand what it’s like to create art on a large scale. Equipped with sketchbooks, students will be asked to keep a journal of their own visual experiences and to collect creative ideas for a public art project proposal of their own. After our visits to artspaces and projects throughout Los Angeles, we'll be working on our proposals-- they will take the form of maquettes (miniature 3D versions of full-scale artworks). We will present them to the school at the end of the immersion period. You don’t have to draw or sculpt to dream big, though: what will you bring to this project?



Schedule and detailed information is available to students and their families via Oakwood Connected.


Emergency & Faculty Contact information:

Since this course will be off campus several days, make certain your child’s emergency contact information is up to date. Check with Tree in the front office if you need to make changes.

In the event of an emergency, you can contact us at the following numbers.  We will have direct access to all travel groups.

During school hours: Call Tree at (818) 732-3000 or Phu Tranchi at (818) 732-3195.

Dina Dean:

Alicia Bergman:

Madeleine Zygarewicz: