The Learning To See 2019-2020 Student Art Showcase is online!  

Click HERE to enter the Gallery!

Many thanks to those who helped make this exhibit possible:

Christine Beirne
BiJian Fan
Donna Granata
Porfirio Gutierrez
Christine Morla
Andre Vasquez
Gale Willhite

Learning To See Teaching Artists

Aliza Bejarano
Aimee French
Michelle Glass
Rima Muna
Mariana Peirano

Through a generous grant from the California Arts Council, LTS was able to serve 13 AVID classrooms in Ventura and Oxnard during the 2019-2020 school year.  Each lesson was inspired by the 3 artists below whose indigenous roots inspire their artwork today.

Due to the shutdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our scheduled exhibit, reception and Family Day at the Museum of Ventura County had to be canceled. We hope you enjoy our new online gallery to permanently share on this website!

Porfirio Gutierrez is a Zapotec weaver from Oaxaca, Mexico, whose family has been weaving for generations.  Porfirio’s rich heritage inspired students as they learned about symbolism, plants and natural dyes and weaving on a loom.
Learn more about Porfirio HERE

BiJian Fan learned paper folding and cutting art from his grandmother while growing up in Communist China and has elevated it into a true art form. This inspired our students to explore the infinite possibilites of a piece of paper.
Learn more about BiJian HERE.

Christine Morla is a first generation Filipino-American who uses the paper weaving that she learned from her father in her own artwork.  Students learned basic weaving techniques and color relationships inspired by Christines’ work.
Learn more about Christine Morla HERE.


Our standard 8-week in-the-classroom residency is $550 (including instructor and supplies).
You can “Adopt A Classroom” for $550.00. 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


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