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The Studio to Student Program (S2S) is a new arts mentorship offering by The Arts Fund created in response to the state of our community amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. Studio to Student bridges the social distancing gap and brings art, creativity, technical and conceptual skill-building, and professional mentorship right to your home in an exciting new e-Mentorship format.


The Arts Fund has been a leader in arts mentorship programs for over 30 years. Through S2S's parent program, the Teen Arts Mentorship Program, we have placed thousands of students in professional studio environments to work closely with trained art professionals who carefully join technical instruction with expanding teens’ confidence and creativity through fine art practice.


Our new Studio to Student program expands upon a long history of arts mentorship expertise and has been designed as the next-best-thing to an in-person studio experience. We are excited to be expanding our Mentorship offering to the digital realm!


Apply now, and bring the studio to you!


2020 e-Mentorships:

Apps extended to August 29th!


  • Expand your skills and experience in a specific medium

  • Create lasting relationships with other young creatives and your mentor

  • Gain direction and feedback from a professional working artist

  • Become a part of the Mentorship Alumni Network

  • Receive a signed Certificate of Completion


  • Any Santa Barbra county teenager

  • Anyone, no matter their art background or skill level (we do not require a portfolio for you to apply!)

  • Anyone! This program is tuition-free. There are no costs to participate.


Admitted students will join a highly experienced artist in a 4-week e-Mentorship experience.


Students will receive a complimentary Materials Kit, complete with any specialized materials needed for the class, and a few additional fun perks!


Classes will meet over Zoom once per week for approx. an hour and a half to discuss a topic and a carefully designed at-home exercise, as well as relevant tricks-of-the-trade and direct feedback from your mentor.


Students will receive weekly PDFs outlining the at-home exercises accompanied by curated supplemental material such as tutorial videos or helpful articles.


Upon completion of the Studio to Student program students will have completed a final work, receive a Certificate of Completion, and be placed into the Mentorship Alumni Network - a resource for aspiring young creatives to hear about art competitions, grants, art schools application tips, and more.


The Studio to Student Mentors are working artists/creatives of the greater Santa Barbara County community who are knowledgeable & passionate in their field. They are selected for their ability to uplift and engage students from many different walks of life with varying levels of artistic backgrounds. All of our Mentors uphold The Arts Fund’s strictly enforced program safety and standards, as outlined below.

Current Mentors:


Cie Gumucio is a writer, artist, and Poet/ Teacher with Cal Poets. Her stories have been selected for the Speaking of Stories series at the Center Stage Theater.  As a member of the Writer’s Guild, she's won awards for writing in the film and television industry. Cie’s explored the convergence of art, theater, and literature in a solo LA art exhibition titled Writers in Search of the Sacred.  Inspired by multi-facets of creativity, Cie designs art installations for galleries, incorporating video, poetry, dance, and spoken word. She believes in storytelling and art, in all its forms, as an on-going exploration of what it is to be human.


Michael is an actor, teacher, director, and audiobook narrator with over 20 years of experience in the industry.  His most recent projects include performing at PCPA's Theaterfest in Santa Maria and Solvang as well as at the San Luis Obispo Repertory Theatre.  Upcoming projects include an online workshop series with the Tony Award winning Cleveland Playhouse, voiceover talent for the new series Master the Classics, as well as recording a quartet of horror short stories,  Elements of Horror, Books 1-4.   He also teaches Voice, Speech & Dialects for the Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts in Santa Maria where he lives with his wife and cat.


Chad Ruyle, MM is a vocal instructor & professor of vocal music on the Central Coast. Chad holds both a Bachelors and a Masters degree of Music in Vocal Performance. In the San Luis Obispo area, Chad has worked with such companies as Opera SLO, San Luis Obispo Master Chorale, Central Coast Gilbert and Sullivan, Cal Poly Bach in the Mission,  & Symphony of the Vines. He has a vast teaching range throughout the Central Coast including Cuesta Community Programs where he instructs and directs a Musical Theater Vocal Workshop, as well as a thriving private teaching studio where he coaches students of all levels and ages. Chad is also a performing arts faculty member at Cuesta College and Allan Hancock College.  It is truly his passion to help students achieve their vocal dreams!


Yuliya is a Russian born oil painter who has trained at numerous institutions such as the National Gallery in London, the Painter Stainer's Guild of London, and also holds a PhD in Psycholinguistics, a field which studies both languages and the psychology behind the use of words. She made a career as a portrait painter in the UK with sitters like Alexander Prior, Chief conductor of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Having moved to California in 2016, she now paints in her studio downtown where she is currently working on a series of paintings that reflect her PhD research at the Prince's School of Traditional Arts in London.


The safety & comfortability of our students is a top priority. We implement multiple legal measures as well as consistent training for our Mentors so that our virtual studio environments are not only safe, but empower our students to freely explore and reach new heights in the arts.


The Arts Fund’s standards:

  • All mentors conduct and pass a background check

  • TAF administers Zoom training to all Mentors to ensure that the platform is being used in a safe, secure, and appropriate manner.

  • A member of TAF staff or board of directors sits in on each virtual class meeting to support and ensure proper use of the Zoom platform.

  • Classes always meet as a full group, never one-on-one between students or between Mentor and student.

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