Each Learning To See lesson is inspired by the life and work of a Focus on the Masters Documented Artist.

Artwork by students from Mrs. Garo’s 4th and 5th grade combo class at Montalvo Elementary 

This residency was generously funded by the California Arts Council.

Hiroko Yoshimoto

Biodiversity inspired by Hiroko Yoshimoto

Students learned about the importance of biodiversity and how to translate that into art.

Embossed Tiles inspired by Richard Keit & Mary Kennedy of RTK Studios

Students create a symmetrical tile on metal in the tradition RTK Studios with historical roots in Catalina, Malibu, Mexican, Spanish and  Islamic tile and design.

Botanical Contour Line Drawings inspired by Karen Kitchel

Students honed their observation skills and hand/eye coordination as they drew plants from life.


Our standard 8-week in-the-classroom residency is $600 (including instructor and supplies).
You can “Adopt A Classroom” for $600.00. Click HERE to Donate

Four week and single lessons are also available. Our lessons are cross-curricular and support the California content standards. Many of them can be tailored and grouped to work with a particular unit of study, i.e. zoology, social studies, history, language arts, sciences, etc. They are adaptable to a wide range of grade levels from elementary through secondary grades and beyond, including community groups and programs. Programs are supported in a variety of ways, including school and PTA funds, grants, or personal donations from an individual or group of parents/grandparents.

Our program is taught by professional artists who have extensive educational experience. We feel that this criterion helps to guide the student with a deeper understanding of the art making process.

For more information, or to arrange a residency in your neighborhood, call 805.653.2501 or email [email protected].


Your donations support the programs that are at the heart of the FOTM’s mission…

to document and archive extraordinary artists and their work through photographic portraits, audio and video interviews and biographical research that encompass each artist’s experiences, artistic reflections and development; and 2) to present this work to a broad public through extensive education outreach to all ages – including at-risk youth through our Learning to See Youth Outreach program, Art & The Creative Spirit Enrichment Program for Seniors, a public monthly Artist Spotlight Series, exhibitions, publications, website and an extensive resource library.


Ventura County Community Foundation
Hilton Foundation
Passion Flowers
Reed Foundation for the Arts
Museum of Ventura County
Dennis Mitchell at i Cappelli Salon
Ventura Breeze
California Arts Council