Katie Ruiz Art Lessons

Katie Ruiz Art Lessons

5.0 (21)
1 employee
8 years in business

About this pro

Individual or small group art lessons with focus on the things that matter. Things like composition, tone, and exploration. I believe my foundation method asks a lot of the student and they are pushed to learn foriegn methods that train the eye to see relationally. 

I am a trained in watercolor, acrylics, Oil painting, and traditional back strap weaving. 

I have a master's degree in painting and currently teach at San DIego Community College District. 

What I love most about teaching is what the students come up with. They always surprise me with what they come up with. Its very exciting to see students realize they can learn to paint!

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San Diego, CA 92116
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21 Reviews


  • Susanne Davies

    Katie was a good teacher and was very passionate about her subject

  • Leslie Thomas

    Katie is a great instructor. She is patient, insightful, and inspiring. I highly recommend her!

  • Crystal Engleman Lampe

    Katie is a friendly and challenging art teacher. She is practical and starts with the basics while also encouraging and motivating you to reach past what ever limits or expectations which may hold you back from experimenting and growing within the art making process.

  • Maureen Ostrich

    Lot of different and unexpected approaches to painting and drawing, good communication

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Typically with a new student I ask them what art they like and why. Then I try to find out what their learning interests are in order to build a custom class for them. 

I will ask for examples of previous work to determine needs and address strengths and weaknesses. From there we will tailor lessons to help the artist achieve their goals.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I hold a masters degree in Painting from the New York Studio Schoool of Drawing, Painting & Sculpture and and bachelors degree in Fine Art from Norther Arizona University. 

I have several years teaching experience with children, adults and older adults through continuing education, public education and private lessons. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

$75 for two hours includes driving up to 25 miles. after 25 miles the price is $1 more per mile. 

How did you get started teaching?

I started my teaching career with the New York City Teacher Fellows. 

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with all ages from toddlers to older adults. 

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Look at their artist website and see if you like their work and if they make the type of art you want to learn. 

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