Welcome to the Learning To See Outreach Gallery

Learning To See Outreach is an in-school, cross-curricular art program taught by professional Teaching Artists.
Each student artwork is inspired by a Focus on the Masters Documented Artist.  

Find out more about Learning To See HERE.

Click on an image below to see the full gallery for each category!

2021

Ocean View School District Summer School

Shibori Banners

Shibori Banners

Students learn about color mixing and the symbolism of color while experiencing how to trust the process and surprises of art.

Painting To Music

Painting To Music

The music of FOTM Documented Artists blend sound and movement into visual statements.

Bus Home Revisited

Bus Home Revisited

Dennis Oppenheim’s Bus Home gets kids really excited to build their own functional and fantastical sculpture.

Embossed Metal Tiles

Embossed Metal Tiles

The Malibu and Catalina tiles of RTK Studios inspired these beautiful metal embossed tiles.

Wire and clay sculpture

Wire and clay sculpture

Artists Susan Kaufman, Len Poteshman and Albert Stewart inspire students sculptures with rhythm and lots of soul!

Magical Surrealism

Magical Surrealism

Middle school students let their imaginations fly with the inspiration of Christine Brennan’s Magical Surrealism.

2020 – 2021

Congratulations to EVERYONE for making it through this most challenging school year.   Your creative spirit is always within you, even when it may feel dark and quiet and confusing and too hard to express.  Thank you for showing up, even when it was hard.  Thank you for rolling with the constant changes.  We made it!  I look forward to seeing everyone in the classroom in the future!

All the best,
Aimee French
Learning To See Outreach Education Director

All Learning To See classes were taught on Zoom this year.  1,000 art supply packets for students were prepared and delivered to schools for parent pickup.  Classroom teachers, students and our LTS Teaching Artists supported each other with patience and compassion.  With the nature of the pandemic and distance learning, we were unable to collect, photograph and exhibit the student artwork in the community as we usually do.  We are grateful to all the parents, students and teachers who helped to get us the images for our 2020-2021 gallery.

Mrs. Rodriguez’s Fifth Grade Class, Blanche Reynolds Elementary

Mrs. Rodriguez’s Fifth Grade Class, Blanche Reynolds Elementary

Learning To See Student Gallery Each lesson is inspired by the life and work of a Focus on the Masters Documented Artist. Artwork by students from Mrs. Rodriguez's 5th grade class at Blanche Reynolds Elementary2020-2021These residencies were generously funded by the...

Mrs. Aguilar’s Class, Montalvo Elementary

Mrs. Aguilar’s Class, Montalvo Elementary

Learning To See Student Gallery Each lesson is inspired by the life and work of a Focus on the Masters Documented Artist. Artwork by students from Mrs. Aguilar's 5th grade class at Montalvo Elementary 2020-2021These residencies were generously funded by the California...

Mrs. Garo’s class, Montalvo Elementary

Mrs. Garo’s class, Montalvo Elementary

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 2020-2021This residency was generously funded by the California Arts...

Anacapa Middle School, Cabrillo
Middle School, DeAnza Academy of 
Technology and the Arts and Rio del Valle Middle School residencies
funded by

2019 – 2020

Paper Weavings

Paper Weavings

Paper Weavings inspired by mixed media artist Christine Morla Having learned Filipino mat weaving as a child from her father, Christine has incorporated these elements into her artwork.  Learning To See students learn the basic elements of weaving and explore color,...

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Gallery Paper Sculpture

Gallery Paper Sculpture

Paper Sculpture inspired by BiJian Fan Paper sculptor BiJian Fan learned paper folding and cutting art from his grandmother while growing up in Communist China.  With this inspiration, Learning To See students explore the infinite possibilities of a piece of paper...

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Symbols

Symbols

Symbols inspired by Porfirio Gutierrez Students studied the symbols of Porfirio’s Zapotec heritage and how they are designed to be used in weavings.  They started with sketches of their own ideas and adapted them into symbols that followed a grid of squares and...

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Gallery Pierpont Elementary School

Gallery Pierpont Elementary School

Pierpont Elementary SchoolThis artwork was created by the 1st grade students of Mrs. Steinhoff and Mrs. Novstrup.  Funding Our standard 8-week in-the-classroom residency is $600 (including instructor and supplies).You can "Adopt A Classroom" for $600.00. Click...

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Gallery Cruisin’ Cars inspired by Frank Romero

Gallery Cruisin’ Cars inspired by Frank Romero

Left:  Frank Romero getting ready for his live interview for documentation.  Right:  Cousin Mary Helen-Chevy Nomad, serigraphCruisin' Cars inspired by painter Frank Romero Frank Romero was a pioneering figure in the Chicano Art Movement, and is best known as a...

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Paper Weaving Collaboration

Inspired by mixed media artist Christine Morla

Botanical Drawings

Inspired by Karen Kitchel

Symbols

Inspired by Zapotec weaver Porfirio Gutierrez

Traditional Weaving

Inspired by Zapotec weaver Porfirio Gutierrez

Paper Sculpture

Inspired by sculptor BiJian Fan

Learning To See Outreach inspires students in elementary & middle school classrooms
in Ojai, Ventura, Santa Paula, Oxnard and more!

Cruisin' Cars

Inspired by Frank Romero

Pierpont Elementary

Artwork inspired by Karen Kitchel, Hiroko Yoshimoto, Albert Stewart & Michael Rohde

Funding

Learning To See has been adapted for comprehensive online learning!  We utilize Zoom (& other video platforms) and have webpages to support each lesson.  Art supply packets are provided for each student.

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 Education@FocusontheMasters.com.