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
Thursday, November 30 3rd & 4th periods Maryland Institute College of Art

Photo Preservation WorkshopPreserving Pico: A Workshop on the Preservation of Photographs

November 18 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Los Angeles Archivists Collective, in collaboration with the 18th Street Arts Center, presents a workshop on how to preserve physical photographic collections. Topics covered will include best practices for handling, caring for and storing your photographs.Members of the Pico Neighborhood and wider Santa Monica area are specially invited to bring a few photographs to be digitized and contributed to the Culture Mapping 90404 Project.
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Apply for Ryman Arts Spring 2018 Semester

Deadline to Apply is December 1st, 2017
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. Students are challenged with rigorous drawing and painting classes and mentored by working artists. The program provides 3 1/2-hour classes at California 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. Students interested in applying can fill out an application form at

PST ExhibitUniversal Histories | Santa Monica Students Respond to PST:LA/LA

Opening Reception Wednesday, December 6, 4–6 pm
Universal Histories is a collection of Santa Monica student responses to works in A Universal History of Infamy: Virtues of Disparity, a LACMA-curated PST: LA/LA exhibition at 18th Street Arts Center. Students from Samohi, JAMS and Crossroads School — have developed artworks on themes around identity, migration, and censorship. More Info / RSVP >

Scholastic Art & Writing AwardsScholastic Art & Writing Awards

Entries Due December 7, 2017
Students in grades 7–12 are eligible to participate in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. They look for work that demonstrates originality, technical skill, and emergence of a personal voice or vision. More Info>

PST: LA/LA Student Arts Contest

Ends on January 15, 2018
Prompt: LA is ____. Am I LA?
Choose a word or phrase that will fill in the blank. Examples: "LA is diverse.” “LA is stylish.”
Submissions must respond to the prompt. You may choose to create works that address themes of identity, culture, place, or other concept(s) related to the prompt. More Info >

Washington University  Portfolio Plus ProgramWashington U Portfolio Plus Program

Summer Program July 8-28, 2018: If you want to be a professional designer or artist or are interested in exploring how the design process can enrich your interests in other fields, you should check out the WashU Portfolio Plus Program. The program, for rising high school juniors and seniors, offers rigorous instruction that prepares you for college-level work and provides you with the opportunity to work in a real studio and experience life on a college campus.

Bow Street Ocean Awareness Contest

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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