For the past four months, artists and designers in training from the Otis College of Art and Design in Westchester have been collaborating with students and teachers at the Ocean Charter Waldorf School in Del Rey.

As part of a new college-wide program, first-year students are participating in an initiative that combines art and design in an educational setting.

On Friday, May 26th, the two schools demonstrated their collaboration.

Professor Patricia Kovic and Otis’ integrated learning director Marcie Begleiter presented teacher Charlene Haney’s third grade class with books and educational games.

These interactive objects were devised by first-year students in Otis’ new Integrated Learning Program, which takes undergraduates out of the traditional classroom and partners them with a variety of organizations to solve real-world art and design challenges.

Launched in January, the project is developing a new understanding of the trans-disciplinary nature of art and design.

These community-based projects are characterized by an inter-departmental approach to site-based problem solving.

Current projects connect Otis students with the Natural Resources Defense Council, Friends of Ballona Wetlands, and Patagonia.