The Best Public School in LA…Has No Curriculum
November 3, 2009
I found out about The Public School a few months ago. I’m just now getting around to writing a post about it. The Public School is supported in part with grants from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Annenberg Foundation.
THE PUBLIC SCHOOL is a school with no curriculum. At the moment, it operates as follows: first, classes are proposed by the public (I want to learn this or I want to teach this); then, people have the opportunity to sign up for the classes (I also want to learn that); finally, when enough people have expressed interest, the school finds a teacher and offers the class to those who signed up.
THE PUBLIC SCHOOL is not accredited, it does not give out degrees, and it has no affiliation with the public school system. It is a framework that supports autodidactic activities, operating under the assumption that everything is in everything.
Los Angeles is not the only city with The Public School. Apparently, you can find this school in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Brussels, and Paris.
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This class focuses on: drawing, collaboration, interpretation, catharsis, relational aesthetics, subversion, perversion, mobility, negotivity, comics, head shots, etc. etc.
All show sign up for the one night class will be invited to draw and collaborate as stated (or not) in the following manifesto:
Nude models will be on site.
The purpose of a Fucked Up Drawing Party is to get fucked up (i.e. intoxicated) and draw things that are fucked up (i.e. disturbing). What constitutes a Fucked Up Drawing is different for everyone. Some people discover the Fucked Up in aberrant sexuality or perverse violence, for others it may be politically charged. Styles range from abstract mark making to soft-core realism- being eccentrically overt or delicately subtle. The ultimate test is that when you look at a drawing, you think to yourself, “that’s fucked up.”
Fucked Up Drawing Parties are for everyone, including “non-artists.” No one is pressured to make a “good” drawing in the conventional sense, meaning: perspective, accurate anatomy, composition, chiaroscuro, crosshatching.. such skills are not required. Collaboration is encouraged, especially between “artists” and “non-artists.” The resulting collective momentum ensures that each individual has a network of creative support. With this momentum, Fucked Up Drawing Parties can happen anywhere.. the alley, the foyer, or Texarkana. And while these events are considered “parties,” production of drawings is essential.. and of course getting fucked up.
Ideally, the Fucked Up Drawing Parties create a space where all types of people can gather and feel free to indulge their deepest, darkest, most inappropriate fantasies with out fear of castigation. This creation of abject imagery, and our exposure to it, disrupts the hegemonic flow of mass media. The affects of a Fucked Up Drawing Party can be seen in the residue of drawing and inebriation the morning after. To exit a Fucked Up Drawing Party is to embark on a walk, not of shame, but of revitalization towards your freshly fucked up life.
- January 16, 2010 at 8:00pm
- The Public School
- Robert Summers
- $5 per class or membership
- Other information
- BYOB and BYODS (Bring Your Own Drawing Supplies) Some Drawing Supplies Will be Provided and Live Models