Ocean View School District Summer School

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

Self Portraits

A primary goal of Learning To See is for students to embrace their own unique individuality.  Creating self portraits is a common practice for artists, with results as diverse as any other type of art.  It helps the budding artist understand the academics of proportion and form, gain appreciation for their identity, and explore the more abstract depths of their inner selves.


World renowned for her exquisite luster glazes and whimsical figures, Beatrice Wood’s fascinating life beckoned the most avid art historians to her door. She was one of the last survivors of one of the most influential periods in art history, the Dada movement.  

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Frank Romero is best known as a muralist.  He was a pioneering figure in the rise of the Chicano Art Movement in the early 1970s.   Romero was one the founders of Los Four, an influential Chicano art collective who were featured in a landmark exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  This recognized Chicano Art as a unique movement in the history of American art.

Frank’s self portrait reflects the bold shapes and colors of his Mexican heritage.

Student Artwork

Click on each image to see the full view!


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