LAUSD Conservatory of Fine Arts


District schools with identified or recommended students who have talent in the visual arts have the option of applying for these students to participate in the Conservatory of Fine Arts. The Conservatory of Fine Arts combines the instructional skills of District personnel and of selected resource professionals. The program will offer instruction to elementary, middle, and senior high school students (3rd grade and above) who attend LAUSD schools and who have been identified or recommended for talent in the visual arts: drawing and painting.


The Visual Arts Division of the Conservatory of Fine Arts is housed on the campus of California State University, Los Angeles, at the eastern city limits of the City of Los Angeles. The campus is near the interchange of the San Bernadino (10) and Long Beach (710) Freeways. No District transportation can be provided. Parents of participants will be expected to furnish transportation.


It’s our 40th “RUBY” Anniversary for the Conservatory of Fine Arts.
2021 school year will be a virtual setting from Jan 23rd, 2021 – June 5th, 2021.
The Virtual Final Exhibition on June 5th.
2021 Zoom instruction is from 9 am to 11 am on Saturdays between, January 23 and May 22, 2021.

Holidays: There will be no classes on the following Saturdays:

February 13, 2021 for President’s Day

March 27 – April 3, 2021 for Spring Break

May 15, 2021 for Auditions/District Demonstrations

Last day of instruction is May 22, 2021

May 29, 2021 for Memorial Day (last break before Final Show)


End-of-the-Year Show:

Virtual Final Show is June 5, 2021

Student Artwork Pickup is June 12, 2021

Special Instructions:

  • Check every morning on the 3rd or 2nd Floor of the Fine Arts Building to see where the designated groups will meet.
  • Field Trips — Please note that we will be on a special schedule (10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). We recommend a good breakfast. Each student participating in the field activity must bring a healthy lunch along with a canned drink. Students will meet in front of the Student Union at 9:30 a.m. sharp. We will return from the museum to Cal State by 5:00 p.m. Parents are welcomed to attend. We need to know in advance to arrange for transportation.
  • Demonstrations — The Conservatory will hold its demonstration session to identify qualifying students as talented. Demonstrations will be announced for each group. There will be no class scheduled for those students in groups that are not scheduled for the demonstration session.


The work is often messy; it is suggested that students wear old clothes. There are no locker facilities available. (We recommend that you label sweaters or jackets with the student’s name.)


There are no cafeteria services available, and students will not be allowed to leave campus. It is suggested that students have breakfast before they come and that they bring a snack with them: juice, cookies, crackers, or fruit. We are restricted to an area and students may not utilize the Student Union facilities, the Cal State Food Court nor Dolcini’s Coffee Kiosk. (You cannot count on the vending machines working and students ARE NOT to leave the Fine Arts Building area.

NOTE: FOVA has a nice selection of snacks, soups and nachos on sale every Saturday for a reasonable price!

Absence or early release

If your child is absent, please send a note when he or she returns stating the reason. If you know your child will be absent in advance, please speak to your child’s teacher or send a note when student returns stating the reason. If your child has three unexcused absences (except verified school business), your child will be dropped from the program. (Three early dismissals or three tardies constitute an absence.)

Drop-Off and Pick-Up

The area directly behind the Fine Arts Building will be designated as the “Drop-off” zone. To better ensure the safety of students, all students will be dismissed at Parking Lot C at 1:00 PM. Teachers and staff will walk students to the parking lot. Parents may walk with their students, but students will not be released until they arrive at lot C.  A staff member will be assigned to make sure that all students are picked up and released properly at the end of the day. For the safety of your child, we are asking that whenever your child needs to be released early that you pick him/her up in the classroom. We WILL NOT release your child to anyone except a parent or legal guardian.


All students should have a designated Saturday phone number and the student should know this number by heart. We need this number in case of any emergency or to notify you when your child is to be picked up at the campus police. If you are going to be late, please notify us at the Saturday Conservatory phone (213) 280-9503. This phone number is strictly for emergencies and school matters of utmost importance.


Parents and friends are not to visit classes except on Open House or specifically designated days, which will be announced.
It is essential that all participants demonstrate good conduct, punctuality, and engaging participation. All must also have regular attendance to continue participation in the Conservatory of Fine Arts.