Otis Summer of Art

Kiel Johnson SculptureApply to Assist Kiel Johnson with an Art Installation this Summer

The City of Santa Monica and the Annenberg Community Beach House seek artist assistants for a site-specific installation tentatively titled Oneida by Kiel Johnson at the Annenberg Community Beach House for five days in mid-August, 2017. Applicants must demonstrate experience working in sculptural mediums, and must be comfortable taking direction from a lead artist. Applicants must commit to participation until completion of the work. Participation may be eligible for course credit; please request and submit any applications or documentation in advance. Lunch and parking will be provided. Learn More >

Apply to Ryman Arts for Fall 2017 Semester

Ryman Arts offers professional studio art classes with college and career guidance, free of charge, to talented youth who want to pursue a future in the arts. The Ryman Arts program provides 3 1⁄2-hour classes at Cal State Fullerton on Saturdays and Otis College of Art and Design on Sundays for two 12-week sessions a year. The program includes discussions with visiting artists, field trips and college planning/career guidance workshops. Each accepted student receives a full scholarship that covers the cost of instruction, art supplies, field trips and public transportation reimbursement.
Applications for the Fall 2017 semester are currently being accepted - fill out an application form at Deadline to apply is May 19, 2017.
Ryman Arts will host an Application Day on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Cal State Fullerton. This is a free drawing workshop for current 8th - 11th grade students interested in learning about or applying for the Ryman Arts program. Families are welcome to attend to learn more about Ryman Arts or submit applications. Workshop is free and suitable for all skill levels. All supplies and materials will be provided.To sign up, students must email their name, grade, high school name and preferred session at:

Ocean Awareness Student Art Contest

The Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Student Contest invites middle and high school students from around the world to participate in this year's contest, whose theme is Ocean Pollution: Challenges & Solutions.
It’s easy to become discouraged when you think about the challenges facing our ocean ecosystems. Ocean pollution is an ever-increasing global concern that threatens marine life, our environment, the economy, and human health. Yet there have been many inspiring conservation stories and ocean “wins” in the last year: cities implementing plastic bag bans; governments establishing new Marine Protected Areas; and the rise of citizens and businesses embracing zero-waste mentalities. Optimism is contagious, and sharing messages of hope around the world has never been easier than in this digitally connected age. Let’s ride the wave of #OceanOptimism, and think creatively about how our ocean-loving community can turn the tide of global ocean pollution. Entries due June 19, 2017, 11:59 PM Eastern Time. Learn more >

Support Your Art Student
SAMO4ART is a nonprofit group looking for a few parents of current Samohi art students to continue its legacy of supporting Visual Arts at SAMO.
  • Help manage SAMO4ART
  • Help support exhibits and Opening Receptions in the Historic Roberts Art Gallery
  • Help manage donations
For more information or to volunteer, please contact Laurie Ann Gutierrez at

Donate to SMAPA Visual Arts

Please consider making a tax deductible donation which will allow us to provide much needed supplies so our students may continue to create amazing works of art! If you want your donation to go to a specific Art Teacher or program, please state this in the check memo line or in the message box via PayPal.

Please makes checks payable to: "SMAPA Visual Arts"
c/o Santa Monica High School
601 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica CA 90405
Attn: Art Dept, Martin Ledford

SMAPA Visual Arts and SAMO4ART operate through the Santa Monica Arts Parents Association, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Federal ID 95-2563339.

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