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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!


Check out our S2S students' exhibition work in our Student Gallery!

Apply now, and bring the studio to you!



2021 e-Mentorships:


  • 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:


Ruben has spent the past several years in Santa Maria working to bring art to more public spaces, is a prolific mural, painting, graphics, and design artist. His murals and utility box art can be viewed all over Santa Maria. He has worked in the design and animation industry for over seven years on productions like Nickelodeon’s shorts programs, Puss In Boots and Right Now Kapow. He enjoys collaborating and is a strong believer that any successful partnership is built on the foundation of good communication.


Terra Cobian is a published freelance photographer working throughout southern California, but never hesitates to travel when photography is involved. She specializes in boudoir portraits and travel photography, and has a soft spot for weddings, engagements, families, lifestyle, architectural, and product photography. Terra has traveled all over California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, New York, Colorado, Mexico, and most recently, Japan. No task is too big or too small for this traveling Cali girl.


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.


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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