Studio V 4 Arts  is an intergenerational arts organization whose mission is to provide excellent acting classes, experiential arts classes, performances, showcases, and festivals to people of all ages. Our focus in training is on the transferability of critical thinking and communication skills which are necessary to compete in the
 creative economy of the twenty-first century. Communication, 
connection and collaboration are fundamental skills of theatrical and media arts that can - and should - be learned by all. Studio V teaches skills that give youth an academic advantage in the classroom and adults an advantage in the workplace and in life. STUDIO V 4 ARTS is being created using the model of Inner City Arts In LA. I am committed to the idea that Ventura County will create such a treasure for our students and the seed for Studio V 4 Arts has been planted.

Ventura County

When budget cuts eliminated arts instruction from Ventura public schools in the late 1970s, it was up to local communities to fill the gap. In 1979 the arts took a major funding hit, from which it has never fully recovered. One of my brothers was fortunate to attend Buena High (grad 1977 with the fabulous Marvin 
Stytes) and the other graduated 1980, where we got to experience first-hand the immediate dismantling of programs. The same happened, almost overnight, at Ventura College. By 1982 rigorous and valuable arts programs were diminished to skeletons of their former selves, and have never been fully restored. 

I went to high school in Brookfield, Wisconsin, and the arts flourished there. They were part of a comprehensive education and given as much weight as academics and sports. When cuts hit in Wisconsin, parents stepped in and demanded the programs be kept, and created funding sources to make it possible. I did not marry and start my family until I was well into my 30’s, thus turning my attention to the education, so it didn’t occur to me that Ventura County would not have done the same.

When my son turned five, I looked around at the schools, and learned that arts funding had been cut so severely in California that many schools had NO arts classes. The schools who had managed to salvage some programs were poorly funded and depended on outside funding and teachers purchasing supplies or funding programs themselves. I determined that my son would have good art programs in his education, even if I had to create them myself.

So I did, creating a performing arts program at OLA grades k-8 and at St. Bonaventure High School and my son attended both schools. I worked hard to create funding to support the two programs and learned a lot about the difficulties of creating and maintaining arts programs. As I worked the performing arts programs at the two schools, I wrote my Master's Thesis on Arts Across the Curriculum, using the classes as my study. I learned how powerful having an arts specialist on staff working with the students and modeling work to the teachers, who, when encouraged, can create their own projects incorporating art. 

I am a big believer in giving back, so our high school curriculum always included doing something for the community. Throughout the fifteen years we earned many awards and served our community by teaching improv workshops at the Boys and Girls Club, creating community projects bringing plays to City Hall on three occasions, working projects with CLUE, Citizens for Peaceful Resolution (CPR), Besant Hills High School’s Actor’s Festival, and with the Rubicon through summer camps for local students. I also received the Mayor’s Arts Award for Arts Education and the Earth Charter Award from Citizens for Peaceful Resolution for a touring performance of A Line in the Sand. 

I am disturbed that the many students who can't afford to attend private schools or private art classes, don’t get the arts programs they so much deserve. Arts are a vital part of education in the 21st Century and are considered a core curriculum for grades K-12. But most students in the State of California do not receive twelve years of sequential arts education, as mandated by law, so they are drastically undereducated for the conceptual age they are entering.

STUDIO V 4 ARTS

OUR HISTORY AND CURRENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS

After my son had graduated from high school, I began the groundwork for Studio V 4 Arts using Inner City Arts as a model. In 2015 I left St. Bonaventure, took a small business class through 
Women's Economic Ventures and began the hard work of creating a county arts organization to serve our community. We filed our paperwork to become a 5013c and began operations as an LLC on January 5, 2016 (my birthday), launching Studio V 4 Arts with three acting classes with a focus on theater and 21st Century soft skills. And I began my ongoing relationship with Inner City Arts, commuting to Los Angeles once to twice a week to volunteer in the studios, administration, etc. and to take their award-winning educational programs for teachers and professionals.

Since January 5, 2016, we have completed three series of acting classes:  winter, spring, and a performance series and are well into our second series. This fall we are creating an original piece for youth entitled The Contest, the
Island and the Beast, and an adult piece entitled Class Acting. Each series included classes for youth, teens, and adults. Currently, classes are held at Studio Channel Islands, serving students ages 5-82. 

Studio V 4 Arts also created and completed a cross-curricular project with Art Haycox Elementary School in Oxnard using theater arts to improv reading and listening skills for  fourth graders (83% ESL population, 30% Mixteco), The Lighthouse Learning Center in Ojai, and workshops for various schools in Ventura County. We participated in CSUCI’s 2015 Steam Hackathon, VUSD’s Summerfest, and created an improv workshop for Pleasant Valley School of Engineering and Arts with a focus on Shakespeare for 7th grade students. In the summer we offer three Theatre & Creativity Camps for ages 5-18 and our hope is to get funding to enable many of our underserved students to participate in the day camps. 

Our challenges are money. And that’s where you come in. How much do you believe that arts education is vital to remain competitive in the 21Century Workforce? How many of you are starting to realize that only the people who have a deep vein of creativity and a keen ability to make connections across disciplines seem to be succeeding? We need to fill the need for rigorous arts and creativity class to ensure the next generation’s success. And we need arts program to teach humans compassion, tenacity and non-judgement of the differences between our many cultures.

FUTURE PLANS

As I continue my relationship with Inner City Arts, Studio V 4 Arts will create a groundbreaking—and enduring—partnership with the School Districts in Ventura County bringing students to our center where they will receive hands-on instruction in the visual and performing arts. In its inaugural year, Inner-City Arts served a total of 60 elementary school students. Studio V 4 Arts 
has already surpassed that number! 

We are in negotiations with California State University Channel Islands Community Partners to create a program where the CSUCI students will create classes for Studio V and teach students as part of their curriculum at the University. Our launch date for this program is Fall, 2017. We will continue our relationship with Art Haycox Elementary School and Pleasant Valley School of Engineering and Arts and are actively seeking more school partnerships. 

We are currently looking for a 10,000 square foot space to build out into our center and are looking for community donors to support us in this cause. With the new space, we will offer dance, theater, visual arts, music, media arts, and creativity lab (using math & art to create projects). We will offer classes at the center where schools can bus students in twice per week for classes using the Inner City Arts model. We will also provide after-school institutes for middle school and high school expanding into photography, rap, spoken work, playwriting and more. We will also offer senior outreach arts programs as well as intergenerational classes at the center.

As you can see, we need you. Please give generously and spread the work to other people and organizations that can help us create this center for our county!

We hope to list further support as we grow:

CURRENT DONATIONS INCLUDE:

2016

$100
Linda Stallard 9/7/2016

$100
Jodi Farrell
24 days ago

$200
Brian Martinez
1 month ago

$50
Alison Teague
5 months ago

$100
John & Betsy Demshki
5 months ago

$100
Adela Trainor
6 months ago
I believe in you Patty Strickland, and your passion is inspiring!

$25
Anonymous
6 months ago

$100
Anonymous
6 months ago

$50
Dawn Norkewicz
6 months ago

$100
Julie Horne
7 months ago

$50
Karyl Lynn Burns
7 months ago

$30
Brad & Anna Strickland
7 months ago

$5
Matt Cardoza
7 months ago

$25
Michael Minkoff
7 months ago
You have supported
myself, Adri, and my family in every way imaginable! I could never thank you enough for all the ways that you have changed my perspectives in life and shaped me into the person that I am today! Love you Patti!

$100
Anil & Sandy Aggarwal
7 months ago

$100
Lisa Minkoff
7 months ago

$50
Becky Marzec-Contreras
7 months ago

$50
Sierra Noriega
7 months ago

$42
Anthony Khodanian
7 months ago


$25
Sylvia Cochrane
7 months ago

$25
Kendall VanConas
7 months ago

$50
Thomas Bird
7 months ago
Good Luck!

$100
Jodi Farrell
7 months ago
Patti, I believe in you and in your cause. Wishing you much success! Here's to keeping the arts alive and well!

$5
Morgan Mitchell
7 months ago

$75
Jenna Gillespie
7 months ago
Let's get started! I will be sending $20 every month for the next 13 months!

$25
Adri Benavides
7 months ago
A small thanks for all the wonderful things you've done for us students. I
loveyou Patti!

$50
Bill Warren
7 months ago

$100
Deborah Poole
7 months ago
Best of luck Patti! Thank you so much for all that you have and continue to do for all of Ventura County's creative thinkers!

$100
Mindy Beckham
7 months ago
I'm donating on behalf of my children, Michael, Brian & Jamie - all tremendously influenced by you, Patricia Strickland ♥

Communication, connection and collaboration are fundamental skills
of theatrical and media arts that can - and should - be learned by all. Studio V teaches skills that give youth an academic advantage in the classroom and adults an advantage in the workplace and in life. 

CLASSES LOCATED AT:

2222 Ventura Blvd.,

Camarillo, CA 93010



Studio V 4 Arts  is an LLC privately owned intergenerational arts organization whose mission is to provide excellent acting classes, experiential arts classes, performances, showcases, and festivals to people of all ages. Our focus in training is on the transferability of critical thinking and communication skills which are necessary to compete in the
creative economy of the twenty-first century. 

We have recently obtained our non-profit which will be the entity which will create our world class intergenerational arts center.


Patricia Lynn-Strickland
acting classes and performances
acting classes for kids
adult acting classes & workshops in Camarillo

“What I feel about the theatre is very simply: it is the art that is closest to reality ...The living presence of the actor means that you are creating art with the same means that you create life.”
“If you will pick and incident that has within itself some motivation, it may suggest to you what to do. Otherwise, frankly you will stand there on the stage, you will not know what to do, and the only thing you will know to do is to remember the lines. And that is not how we become actors. The very word acting has nothing to do with memory. It has to do with what we do. How we behave on the stage how we make whatever we’re doing real.”  - Lee Strasberg... yeah.

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STUDIO V 4 ARTS - Founded: January 5, 2016

Patricia Lynn-Strickland Acting Classes & Performances

Our mission

OUR FOCUS

Our founder, Patti Strickland,  is a Graduate of American Academy of Dramatic Arts West, holds a BA Interdisciplinary Studies from NYIT, an MA Communication & Leadership from Gonzaga University and a Drama Therapy Certification from BYA,. Directing & acting credits - over 200 productions throughout Ventura & Los Angeles Counties. 2013 Earth Charter Award - Education and Outreach, 2009 Mayor’s Arts Award for Arts Educator, 2007/2005 City of Ventura Artist’s Fellowship Award directing/playwriting, 2001 REP award Excellence in Performance, 1990 County of Ventura Arts Commission’s Outstanding Achievement in the Performing Arts, 2011 4 Star Awards - Directing, Set Design and Outstanding Drama. Artistic Director - Elite Theatre Company for 8 years. Taught music and drama at St. Bonaventure High School (15 years), Rubicon Theatre Company - 6 years (still current), Our Lady of Assumption School (music/drama 10 years). This will be one of the finest acting schools in the city.

 















Favorite thoughts of the month: Lee Strasberg

About us...

Attn: [Studio V 4 ArtS & Patti Strickland]
2222 Ventura Blvd.
Camarillo, CA 93010