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 

These residencies were generously funded by the California Arts Council.

Learn more about Gayel HERE.

Learn more about David HERE.

Still Lifes inspired by Gayel Childress and David Leffel

Students compared and contrasted the still lifes of two great, yet very different artists.  They then created their own still lifes.

Tapestry Weavings inspired by Porfirio Gutierrez

Porfirio’s Zapotec ancestors have been passing his family’s weaving traditions of using natural dyes for their fibers and incorporating important symbols from generation to generation.  Learning To See students learned this time-honored tradition and gained appreciation for the dedication it takes to create a weaving.


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.

Thanks to Our Sponsors

Reed Foundation
Hilton Foundation
California Humanities
City of Ventura
Ventura County
Museum of Ventura County
Image Source
Ventura Picture Framing
BofA Performing Arts Center
Custom Printing
California Arts Council
The Breeze