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Apply for AP Art - Submission Info

Due date is Friday, March 2, 2018
AP Art is a rigorous federal program engineered to give high school students the opportunity to gain college credit. The class requires a great deal of talent, motivation and dedication. Consult the College Board website for information about the Studio Art program at:

AP Portfolio Checklist:
Work: Your portfolio will consist of 10 pieces, including one each of the following:
. A still life (collection of objects);
. A self-portrait; and
. A figure drawing (part or all of a person, preferably from real life, not a photo.)
Media: Your portfolio will include at least three different media: photo, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, clay, wood, etc.

. Include your name, ID number, phone number and the year you will graduate on all pieces.
. Your work should be presented in a portfolio or large piece of folded paper.
. Include a list of art experience (Samohi classes, outside classes, workshops, etc.)
. Include an essay (typed, one page) that explains why you want to be in AP Art.
. Be sure to address your personal motivation for being in the art program as well as your ability to work independently and consistently.

Click here to see examples of past submissions. If you need any more information, please contact Ms. Bouse (extension 71443).

Apply for the 2018 UCLA Summer Art Institute

Registration begins on February 15, 2018
The Summer Art Institute is designed for talented and highly motivated high school students. Each two-week session carries three units of UCLA college credit, and is structured around a combination of daily, focused studio work, artist lectures, field trips, and a final exhibition. Students may enroll in one, or both, two-week sessions. Learn more >

PST: LA/LA Student Arts Contest

Deadline Extended to March 1, 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 >

Congressional Art Contest

Submission Deadline April 6, 2018 at 5pm
An opportunity for high school students in the 33rd District to be recognized for their artistic talent.
* 1st place winner: Scholarship prize & trip to Washington DC
* 2nd and 3rd place winners: Scholarship prizes
* All student participants: Participation prizes
Click here for more info about the Congressional Art Contest >

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.

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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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