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Program Description:
FOTM’s award-winning art program, Learning to See Youth Outreach, is a multi-lesson, sequential art program for at-risk elementary and middle school youth, integrating arts education and school curricula with an emphasis on critical thinking, innovation and tolerance.  The art lessons stem from the inspiration of FOTM documented artists, teaching about the artwork and life stories of extraordinary Ventura County artists.  This framework provides present day role models who have succeeded in pursuit of their passions for our youth.

LTS is founded in the disciplines of creativity, observation, construction and reflection, nurturing visual literacy and each student’s confidence in his or her own unique expression.  Each lesson is carefully crafted to support the education standards using a cross-curricular foundation.  With an emphasis on experiential learning, the students reap the rewards of creativity and concentrated endeavor.  These learning techniques benefit the student beyond the art class and enhance their capacity to learn.

The lessons are sequential, beginning with a brief PowerPoint presentation about the life and work of these artists, followed by a round table discussion. Students then apply themselves to their own art projects and gain respect for themselves and others. Art anchors them to a greater caring for their community and to a greater tolerance of cultural diversity.  To see a sample "Menu of Lessons," click here.

Our standard 8-week in-the-classroom residency is $500 (including instructor and supplies). 

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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

Studies show that students who participate in fine art programs:

• Raise their grades
• Achieve higher S.A.T. scores
• Reduce delinquent behavior
• Develop greater self-esteem
• Engage in more community activism

LTS Artwok
Pictured at left is an example of student artwork. The exercise is a blind contour drawing and a cool/warm color study by a 8th grade student named John.

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For more information, to schedule a residency or make a donation, please call 805.653.2501.

Thank you for valuing Arts Education!