My name is Ruth Santer, and I am excited to have the opportunity to develop an art program at COA.
I grew up outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and began exploring art at age 6, practicing drawing and ceramics. I attended Yale University for my undergraduate education, majoring in painting and printmaking. I studied printmaking at Pratt Graphics Center in New York City, and Graphic Design at California State University, Chico. I worked as a professional graphic designer for over 20 years in New York City, New Orleans, Albuquerque and in the Bay Area, before beginning to teach art in 2006. I studied art education at the University of Michigan and received my teaching credential from The University of California, Davis in 2011.
I am committed to helping all students discover that they are artists. My goal is to guide them in developing the skills needed to express their unique creative vision through a variety of tools. In addition, students will be encouraged to explore the long history of art with the aim of understanding the significance of the visual arts in human cultures around the world. The California Visual and Performing Arts Standards guide the curriculum.
Some of the projects we will take on this year are:
- Drawing, focusing on theory of shadows and perspective to creative realistic images
- Painting, focusing on color theory and mixing, and adding depth and interest to images. We will use watercolor pencils and tempera paints.
- Printmaking using water based inks. We will start with single plate prints, using blended rolls, and move on to multiple plate images.
- Mask making using papier-mâché
- Stop action animation using animators clay to make characters.
I am always delighted to hear from parents.