College Visits
College visits are in Room Art 103. All students are welcome, providing you have permission from your teacher to leave your assigned class.
Date Time School
Monday, October 23 3rd & 4th periods Kansas City Art Institute
Tuesday, October 24 3rd & 4th periods School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Monday, November 6 3rd & 4th periods California College of the Arts
Thursday, November 30 3rd & 4th periods Maryland Institute College of Art

SAIC DaySAIC Day Sunday, September 24

SAIC Day is designed to provide information about the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's curriculum, scholarship opportunities, life on campus, and career development, as well as time for an in-depth review of your portfolio. Sunday, September 24, 2017, 12:00–3:00 p.m., Japanese American National Museum, 100 N. Central Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012. More info >

LA Emerging Artists Showcase

To submit, students should send an email to with the following:
1) full name
2) date of birth,
3) high school
4) two-sentence description of the work's interpretation of the theme, and
5) jpg image of the work
The deadline to submit is 9/29/17 / GET INFO >

Claire Freedman

Artist in Residence Opportunity

Aspiring high school artists have the opportunity to learn more about their craft while gaining leadership skills. Each artist works closely with a master artist, Beatriz Valls, on mural approach and technique during a library refurbishment. They also oversee a crew of volunteers and are the “crew leader” and responsible for each volunteer working on the task and completing the mural. Access Books The students get a great opportunity to paint murals and gain leadership skills working with a diverse set of volunteers, while the library gets beautiful murals.
Artist in residence Claire Freedman of Samohi

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 >

Pico Block Party 201718th Street Arts I Pico Block Party

October 14th, 2017 | 1-4pm | 18th Street Arts Center
Celebrate a cross-cultural exchange, art, and community festival in the Pico Neighborhood at the 18th Street Arts Center Family-Friendly Festival. Interactive performances, artists workshops, tours of the PST: LA/LA exhibition, art-making workshops, open studios, food trucks, live music & more. GET INFO >

NY Times Editorial Cartoon ContestNY Times Student Editorial Cartoon Contest

The New York Times invites students to channel their thoughts into images by creating an editorial cartoon about current events. If you have something to say about President Trump, immigration, fast fashion, football, robots, standardized testing or anything else The Times covers, try making an editorial cartoon that shows what you think. Due October 17, 2017
Get info and inspiration >

National Portfolio Day, CalArts, Saturday, October 21, 2017

Bring your portfolio and get feedback from counselors and faculty from more than 40 different art schools and universities. Representatives will be able to discuss your work, guide you in pursuing an arts education, and give you information about their respective institutions. This is an opportunity to learn more about the next steps in an education in the Arts.
Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
More information about National Portfolio Days can be found at:
Not sure what to bring? Check out the NPDA Guide to What to Bring.
If you have any questions, please contact us at 800-545-ARTS, or at

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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