Message from the Director

Message from the Director

WELCOME to the OCSA portal for the Visual Arts Conservatory 

  • HAPPY NEW YEAR 2021! We are now in the 2021-2022 school year.

From the very beginning of last year 2020-2021 (actually the end of 2019), we knew moving forward was going to be an unpredictable and challenging learning experience. So far we have survived the 2020-2021 Fall and Spring semesters through the sheer will power and very hard work on the part of our administration, staff, teachers, parents and students.

Looking back in the 2021 Spring semester, we had several exciting events and lots of Art Exhibits to showcase our Talented Students. As with most things, many of these were online virtual events.

On this page we will be posting highlights, events, and opportunities so that you can be better connected and help support the VA Conservatory here at Orange County School of the Arts.

The Visual Arts Conservatory consists of 200+ students which includes approximately 47 new students this year. We have grades 7 through 12. Our returning students are a great support to our new students as well as each other. Our conservatory is a culture of creativity, support and friendship.


As the director and a visual arts instructor myself, I want to share with you that our Conservatory has two main goals and we follow those goals all year long.

  • 1st is to help our students develop their artistic skills to the very best of their abilities. We help them via lecture, demonstration and hands on assistance as well as critique and praise.
  • 2nd goal is to help our students get to where they want to go next, usually that means helping them create the best college admissions art portfolio possible, for their specific school of choice.


Our VA classes are staggered progressively so that each grade level leads to the next level. Our students participate in fixed requirement studio classes from 7th grade all the way to 10th grade.  That means they don’t have to worry about choosing arts classes until 10th grade.


This layout allows them to build their skills in many types of art media, and not just expand on the skills they came in with. For example if your child came to OCSA because they love to draw animated characters and because they want to pursue a career in Character design, well, we make sure they can draw characters by guiding them through several years of rigorous drawing classes as well as animal drawing and figure drawing and painting. Throughout their years here at OCSA we also teach them Color Theory, Watercolor painting, Beginning and Advanced Oil Painting and Outdoor Atmospheric Painting. So even though when they first arrived at OCSA, they insisted they only wanted to focus on improving their character design skills, but eventually they see that our list of required classes has actually made them a far better character design artist and colorist and they far more prepared to get to the next step of their career goal.


After completing 10th grade, our students get to choose from 10 elective classes that allow them to focus on their own chosen style and medium, and helps them find their own artistic voice. By creating works that reflect their own chosen ideas and images, the students are on their way to building a portfolio of advanced cohesive artwork that is personal and reflective of their own artistic voice. That advanced portfolio will help them gain admittance to the college of their choice.  And that goes back to our 2nd Goal of helping our students get to where they want to go. We feel our curriculum of specific but diverse advanced classes will allow our students to develop into versatile and advanced visual artists as well as creative, dynamic and well-rounded people.


Our VA instructors (check out the “Meet the Team” link below) are all artists in their own careers. The 7th and 8th grade teachers also have a K thru 12 teaching credential so that they can better handle certain issues but each is also an artist with a BFA or an MFA degree. And our 9th thru 12th grade teachers are all working artists who sell their work in galleries, online or as a commercial artist.  What this means is our students are learning from professional artists who know how hard it is to be an artist.


As the VA director I make myself available to all of the students and parents to discuss their class schedule and their goals. I am available to help edit and organize college art portfolios for juniors and seniors. You can contact be at

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Check out our Visual Arts Conservatory

--Preview Days--

This year 2021-2022 we will be on campus with important updates

on Admissions for the 2022-2023 school year.

At OCSA, we are a like-minded community of supportive teachers and creative students who are passionate about the arts. You’re invited to attend a special Preview Day to discover how our award-winning arts and academic programs, combined with our unique school culture, empower middle and high school students to develop their talents and reach their full potential for a successful future.

What you'll do at a Preview Day:

  • Hear from school administrators and learn about our college-preparatory academic program
  • Learn more about our 16 arts conservatories in the schools of applied arts, dance, fine & media arts, music and theatre
  • Take a self-guided campus tour
  • Learn about the admissions process
  • Ask questions
  • Find out if OCSA is the right school for you!

Preview Days are scheduled for October 2November 6 and December 4Register here 


See our OCSA students welcome in last year's 2020-2021 school year.

See video below.

Created and directed by Avalon Lafosse, one of our (2020) graduated VA senior, this was a great way to welcome in the new school year!

OCSA- VA School year 2021-2022

FALL 2021 events



  • Aug. 11           Academic Instruction begins
  • Aug. 16           Conservatory Instruction begins
  • Sept. 2             Academic Back-to-School Night (remote) (No Conservatory)
  • Sept. 3             Staff Professional Development (No School)
  • Sept. 6             Labor Day (No School closed)
  • Sept. 18          VA New Parent mixer
  • Oct. 9               Homecoming Dance Grades 9-12
  • Oct. 13             VA Art Challenge show opening
  • Oct. 15-20        VA Painted Pumpkin auction (online)
  • Oct. 21,22,25   Painted Pumpkin Pick up
  • Nov. 11             Veterans Day (No School closed)
  • Nov. 12             Teacher Day (No School)
  • Nov. 22-26       Thanksgiving Break (No School closed)
  • Dec. 2-3           VA Winter Market
  • Dec. 13-16       1st Semester Final Exams (No Conservatory)
  • Dec. 17            Teacher Planning (No School)
  • Dec. 20-Jan. 4    Winter Break (No School closed)
  • Jan. 5               School Resumes - 2nd Semester Begins

Art shows   Art Shows   Art shows !

Last year's Spring semester was all about showing our student's works! 

You can view these wonderful shows by going to our website.


Now, let us Review some of the Happenings in the Fall of 2020.

Check out the things happening on our FACEBOOK page.

News & Updates

comings and goings
What to know

In the Classroom

rooms with a view
Learn More

Past Events

Winter Market
More Pictures

Artful Outings

art museums, shows, events

Art requests

art opportunities and competitions
Learn More

Alumni News

What are they doing?

VA Support Donations

Would you like to support the Visual Arts Conservatory by by underwriting an exhibit, or making a cash donation for needed materials?  Please note that these donations should be above and beyond the annual parent Voluntary Contribution Agreement, which provides core funding for the arts conservatory programs.

If you should have any questions or concerns regarding these donations, feel free to contact Paige Oden at 714-560-0900, ext. 5820 or by email at:

Orange County School of the Arts is organized as a non-profit organization under IRS code 501(c)(3) our Tax ID is 33-0891574.
All cash donations are fully tax deductible as provided by law.

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