Elissa Lieberman, Founder


Welcome to the San Diego Art Loft.   After many years of teaching painting, drawing ,and two dimensional design courses to college students, high school students, adults, and kids on both coasts, I have developed a way of teaching that is intensive yet personable. 

I taught university level Drawing, Painting, and  2D design from 2001-2007. I managed the Museum Art School at the San Diego Museum of Art in 2008, 2009. 

I opened my art studio as the San Diego Art Loft in 2015. The experience has been amazing. I teach most of the classes and see the studio as a place to guide  rich experiences in drawing and painting in a familial, interactive, 

collaborative teaching studio. 

I love teaching figure drawing and I am happy to help with portfolio prep.

My drawings and paintings are figurative, imaginative, and narrative. My understanding of art history and contemporary art influences my art and my teaching. 

I hope to reach as many artists young and old to discover the skills that already exist within you. 


Katie Ruiz




Katie Ruiz is a painter and sculptor residing in San Diego, CA. Originally from Los Angeles her travels took her around the world to study art and cultures. She studied printmaking and weaving and painting in Mexico. 

Her passion for figure painting drives her teaching methods in rigorous and unique lessons that engage students in drawing and painting principles.

She has a Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Art from Northern Arizona University and a Master’s degree of Fine Art from The New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting & Sculpture in NYC.

Ruiz teaches classes for the San Diego Community College District and San Diego Art Loft. She is a reoccurring visiting teacher for the New York Studio School. Ruiz is the recipient of numerous awards including the Mac Connor Scholarship and the Hohenberg Travel Scholarship.