Advice to New AP Art StudentsAdvice to New AP Art Students
Current AP Art Students share what they've learned in the form of advice letters to incoming students.
Top 3 Take-Aways from This Year's Letters:
1. Do your 12 summer pieces
2. Find inspiration on Instagram
3. Work hard - but have fun
Get some good advice - read the letters >

Advice to New AP Art StudentsVintage Images of Samohi

When photography teacher Martin Ledford came to Samohi in 2012, he rescued a collection of glass plate negatives that were about to be trashed. He stored them in the photo room where they sat until this past spring when photo student Nico Young found them. Intrigued by the shooting style, he and Mr. Ledford decided to scan some of them to see what they would look like. Because they were very dirty and had to be treated carefully, Nico was only able to finish about a dozen of the glass plates. We think you'll enjoy seeing these vintage photos of Samohi. The file names contain any information Nico found written on the glass plates. View Photos >

Apply to YoungArts CompetitionApply to YoungArts Competition

If you're a 15-18 year old visual artist, you're eligible to apply to YoungArts' national arts competition. Winners will:
. Receive cash awards of up to $10,000
. Take master classes with accomplished artists
. Become eligible for a U.S. Presidential Scholarship
. Receive a lifetime of mentoring & professional support
. Connect to educational and artistic development opportunities
Applications are open until October 13, 2017.
More info >

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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