Aimee’s aviary by Aimee French of the award winning education program “Learning To See”

In addition to heading up Focus on the Masters’ award winning education program, “Learning To See”, Aimee French is an artist whose latest creations are for the birds.

Well, not exactly for the birds. Rather, they are birds lovingly created by Aimee out of hanks of wool, assembled with bits of wire and a few sticks and stones.  Each creature has a distinct personality and is named accordingly. Shown in the photo above are Sasha, Bronson & Fernando!

Aimee’s aviary has been featured in several recent art boutiques, most notably Studio Channel Islands Art Center and Focus on the Masters, where a portion of the proceeds is dedicated to Learning To See Outreach. This program was originally designed for middle school students.  Typically an eight-week program with lessons that highlight the life and work of local master artists, Learning To See expands the students’ greater understanding of the relationship of their core curriculum studies to the world they live in.  The program has been modified for use with adults dealing with mental illness in a joint effort with Turning Point Foundation.  Children and adults quite literally learn to see the world through a different prism, one that nurtures focused concentration and the wonders of creativity.

Artwork by Learning To See students from DATA (DeAnza) Middle School in Ventura and Fremont Middle School in Oxnard is currently on exhibit at the Main Oxnard Library through January, 2017.  For additional information about Learning To See, go to

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