Eric A. Santoli has been teaching art and art history since 2015. He has taught at various schools and institutions, both public and private. He is currently teaching at the Ridgewood Community School and the Teaching Studios of Art. Eric also teaches students privately for more individualized instruction and growth.
"As a teacher of art students, I believe it’s incredibly important to always be supportive and encouraging of all students. Being a contemporary artist means spending time contemplating where you fit into the artistic timeline; because of this, I believe it’s also important to have an understanding of what came before us in art history. Every student has different goals, interests, tendencies, fears, desire, etc. and I have learned that a generalized way of teaching is not effective. For me, the most effective form of teaching requires an individualized approach that emphasizes the principles of art, such as value, form, color, composition, and so on. As a teacher, I need to learn the goals of the student and do my best to facilitate the success of the student. Because of this, I would say that my teaching philosophy is always shifting based on my student’s goals. My common thread is to always encourage, be patient and to keep learning and growing myself. It is a great honor to be a teacher and it is a sacred charge to share my knowledge and ideas with students."