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
Thursday, October 26 3rd & 4th periods School of Visual Arts
Monday, November 6 3rd & 4th periods California College of the Arts
Monday, November 13 3rd & 4th periods Laguna College of Art and Design
Thursday, November 30 3rd & 4th periods Maryland Institute College of Art

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 info at: / Check out the NPDA Guide to What to Bring.
For questions, call 800-545-ARTS, or email

Dea de los Muertos exhibit Inktober art challenge

Reflections 2017-18 Competition

Submission Deadline October 30,3:00pm
This year's theme is "Within Reach", and Dancers, Choreographers, Writers, Photographers, Film Producers, Musicians, Composers and Visual Artists are invited to be part of a nationwide competition that will build your portfolio, look impressive on your brag sheet, and will boost your confidence as an amazing artist. For more info, visit the PTA's Reflections website >

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: 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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