The Best Public School in LA…Has No Curriculum

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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.

From the About Section:

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.




Where is the Public School located?

Classes can be held anywhere, but they almost always happen at 972B Chung King Road.
For more directions visit:

Who can go to classes?

Classes are open to anyone. In most cases, the classes do have a small fee associated with them. If you find the fee prohibitive, there are several alternative options available.

Why aren’t classes free?

Much like a magazine, there are certain costs that are required to keep the Public School running. We try to make the total class fees collected for a month match up with the amount of money that we are spending in a month.

So what kind of classes are offered?
Anything from basic, practical classes like: Preparing a Cash Flow Statement to
artistic, ambiguous classes like:The Fucked Up Drawing Party (Warhol would be proud!) and Intro to Latex Mold Making.
I’ll probably be signing up for the latter two!
More on TFUDP below:


The Fucked Up Drawing Party

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

One thought on “The Best Public School in LA…Has No Curriculum

  1. Beth says:

    Geez, Carrie– I love your blog! I don’t know how you hear about all these cool things, but I love to learn about them. Thanks for all the info!

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