The Art program includes two important facets; an inpatient program and an outpatient program.
The inpatient program offers more individualized opportunities to current pediatric inpatients at Rancho Los Amigos. Art provides both an opportunity for the development and control of fine motor skills, but also provides an outlet for these young people to express themselves and the complex emotions that can accompany a life changing illness or injury. Inpatients are offered the opportunity to paint using mediums and styles appropriate for their developmental level, and often the instructors tailor the material to be characters or scenes that are favorites of that specific patient.
The outpatient program offers further development of a young artists skills through Saturday workshops, and a summer intensive session. Both of these provide longer time frames to work on specific pieces and to develop skills they began as inpatients. These sessions also include field trips to local art museums, and have also included an opportunity to paint at the beach through a partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors.
The Rancho Foundation provides funding for similar art projects for adult artists. This means that pediatric patients who have aged out of the program are able to take more specialized art classes taught by more advanced artists in order to improve their crafts. In previous years, this has also included sessions on how artists should price their art, and skill such as creating a website and applying for a business license in order to be able to sell their art.
In a typical year, artists are invited to showcase their work at an annual on campus art show, “The Art of Rancho.” While this program has not been able to happen in person since October 2019, we hope that it returns to an in person format soon. In the meantime, the Rancho Foundation has set up a digital art gallery.