Saturday, October 26, 2013 - 11:00am
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1450 Ocean - the Camera Obscura Building

Plein Air Drawing with Gary Geraths of Otis College of Art & Design

Saturday, October 26, 11am-2pm - Cost: Free!




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Plein Air Drawing - a collaboration between 1450 Ocean and Otis College of Art and Design, presented in conjunction with The Big Draw.


Derived from the French, en plein air means 'in open air'. Take inspiration amidst the breezes of Palisades Park, surrounded by lush views of the landscape, ocean, and pier, as well as the bustling street life of Ocean Avenue. In this lightly guided day of drawing outside, Gary Geraths, artist and instructor from Otis College of Art and Design, will be on hand to help you put pencil to paper. Wear sun protection and comfortable clothing. Includes drawing supplies. 


Gary Geraths, Associate Professor, Otis College of Art and Design; MFA, Claremont Graduate School; BFA, California State University, Long Beach. Clients include Disney and Mattel; sketch artist for the OJ Simpson criminal trial. Exhibitions in the U.S and abroad.


Remember when you used to draw? Reconnect with your inner doodler or current draftsman in this free Big Draw event! October is Big Draw month in twenty countries, and over 200,000 people take part in this immense drawing festival. Thousands of drawing activities connect people of all ages with museums, outdoor spaces, artists - and each other. The Big Draw was started in the UK in 2000 by the Guild of St. George, a non-profit group founded by 19th century artist, critic, and educator John Ruskin. Since its launch in 2000, The Big Draw has highlighted the power of drawing to help people see, think, invent and take action. The Los Angeles edition of The Big Draw has been presented by Ryman Arts since 2010.


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Location/Hours: 1450 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica CA 90401 in Palisades Park between Broadway & Santa Monica Blvd. Camera Obscura open Mon - Fri 9am – 3pm & Sat 11am – 4pm; stop by office to access.


Registration – Online: visit Sort by location to view “1450 Ocean”. In Person: For cash or check, advance registration accepted 1450 Ocean between 9am-5pm M-F & 11am-4pm Saturday. Day-of: Call 310-458-2239 to confirm availability by the Tuesday before class starts. * Bring cash to cover material fees on the first day of class.


Refunds/Transfers: For all multisession classes, refunds/transfers will be issued only if requested within one business day after the first class meeting. A $15.00 processing fee applies for each activity session refunded. Any material fees are nonrefundable. All single-session classes are nonrefundable. Requests must be made in person, by mail or email to


Parking and Transport: Parking is $1 for first 2.5 hours in Parking Structure 7 (off Broadway west of 4th) or 8 (off 2nd St. north of Colorado) adjacent to the Santa Monica Place Mall. Every 30 min. thereafter is $1.50 to a maximum of $14. There are also meters on Ocean Avenue; $2/hr maximum 2 hours. After hours local lots offer flat rates. Visit for info. Buses that serve 1450 Ocean include Routes 1, 7 and Rapid 7, 10. Visit

1450 Ocean - the Camera Obscura Building
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