Celeste Baross, Director and Teacher

Teaching art to children and expressing myself as a painter have been the primary focus of my adult life. I have taught children of all ages in public and private schools in the Santa Cruz area for over 25 years. During that time I have continued to pursue and develop my own artistic expression.

I founded Santa Cruz Studio School in 1993 to offer art classes to children and young adults that would encourage and assist them in realizing their ideas, experiences, dreams and interests. My goal is to give to students that which painting has given to me. Essential to that is the knowledge that one’s self expression is deeply meaningful. It is my belief that the reward for the time and self-discipline invested and the curiosity and introspection involved is a better understanding of oneself, the world and one’s purpose.

young art student with self portrait