Isaac Ruff

Teaches at The Art Studio NY

Isaac Ruff is an artist and educator who believes in the power of self-expression. Isaac discovered his love for drawing and painting at a young age, and he followed his passion and immersed himself in a wide variety of artistic mediums, techniques, and styles throughout his studies at the University of Minnesota, where he received a Bachelors in Studio Art.

Isaac believes that art provides access to a more meaningful life. "Once you begin to look at everyday objects and experiences as a potential painting, the world around you becomes more beautiful," shares Isaac. Currently, he is most excited about expressing himself through acrylic and watercolor paints to capture the beauty of his surroundings. His expertise spans the spectrum of art materials, including oil painting, guache, drawing in pencil, charcoal, and pastels.

Reviews of Isaac Ruff

(57 Reviews)
Intermediate Watercolor: Painting from the Heart

3/1/2022
Helene H.

Attended: Intermediate Watercolor: Painting from the Heart


Carla is a wonderful teacher and this class is very enjoyable!

Beginner’s Drawing in 90 Minutes

2/19/2022
Madeleine T.

Attended: Beginner’s Drawing in 90 Minutes


Madeleine T. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Beginner’s Drawing in 90 Minutes

2/7/2022
Heidi H.

Attended: Beginner’s Drawing in 90 Minutes


The teacher, Isaac, was patient, encouraging and knowledgeable in teaching us the drawing and shading of basic shapes. This was the best class I have had in shading with pencils and I learned a great deal.

Watercolor Painting: How to Paint a Bird

1/31/2022
Karen J.

Attended: Watercolor Painting: How to Paint a Bird


Good instructor. Class was informative and relaxing.

Beginner’s Drawing in 90 Minutes

1/23/2022
Anonymous

Attended: Beginner’s Drawing in 90 Minutes


Isaac went through everything so clearly with simple explanations. The 90 minutes flew by!

Beginner's Intro to Watercolor Painting: Single Session

1/22/2022
Dinah E.

Attended: Beginner's Intro to Watercolor Painting: Single Session


Dinah E. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Beginner’s Drawing: How to Draw a Portrait

1/16/2022
Dinah E.

Attended: Beginner’s Drawing: How to Draw a Portrait


Dinah E. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Beginner's Intro to Watercolor Painting: Single Session

12/23/2021
Leslie H.

Attended: Beginner's Intro to Watercolor Painting: Single Session


I had never used watercolors before and had never taken a painting class. By the end of it, I had discovered a new activity that I could play with, and on a personal level I recognized my old perfectionism trying to reassert itself. By allowing myself to paint and not be concerned with doing it “right” or “perfectly,” I gained not only the enjoyment of experimenting with paints, but also a feeling of satisfaction knowing I hadn’t cheated myself out of a lovely experience. Claire was a wonderfully encouraging teacher!

Watercolor Painting: How to Paint a Bird

12/5/2021
Claire V.

Attended: Watercolor Painting: How to Paint a Bird


Claire V. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Beginner's Intro to Watercolor Painting: Single Session

11/17/2021
Amy G.

Attended: Beginner's Intro to Watercolor Painting: Single Session


Amy G. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Beginner’s Drawing in 90 Minutes

10/25/2021
Ben C.

Attended: Beginner’s Drawing in 90 Minutes


Ben C. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Watercolor Painting: How to Paint an Ocean Sunset

10/16/2021
Diana C.

Attended: Watercolor Painting: How to Paint an Ocean Sunset


Diana C. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Watercolor Painting: How to Paint a Bird

10/11/2021
Diana C.

Attended: Watercolor Painting: How to Paint a Bird


The instructor was very polite and continually checked with the participants during the painting process. I have a great painting, of which I'm very proud of... thanks to the instructor!

Beginner’s Drawing in 90 Minutes

12/29/2020
Holly M.

Attended: Beginner’s Drawing in 90 Minutes


Holly M. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Beginner's Watercolor Painting

7/30/2020
Anonymous

Attended: Beginner's Watercolor Painting


The class was good and the teacher was good. But some of the work was to uniform and I don’t think that’s a good way to teach beginners to do their artwork. In life flowers are not uniform and should not be painted as such. They are random. Otherwise I learned a lot from that class and enjoyed it. I felt like the teacher was very easy-going with the students and good for a beginner class.

Comics, Cartoons & Manga Drawing (Ages 8-13)

5/30/2020
Oliver S.

Attended: Comics, Cartoons & Manga Drawing (Ages 8-13)


Oliver S. gave this class 1 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Fear-Free Drawing: Portrait & Figure Drawing

5/13/2020
Daniela C.

Attended: Fear-Free Drawing: Portrait & Figure Drawing


Daniela C. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Fear-Free Drawing: Portrait & Figure Drawing

4/10/2020
LauraLeigh Y.

Attended: Fear-Free Drawing: Portrait & Figure Drawing


The class was perfect for a beginner. The instructor went at a nice pace, did a great job managing the challenges of online instruction, answered questions and provided feedback.

Beginner's Drawing at the MET

4/2/2020
Marta A.

Attended: Beginner's Drawing at the MET


Every session was well-paced, focused, and included a nice mix of demonstration and time to work/get feedback. The transition to online was completely smooth. Isaac clearly enjoys teaching, and enjoys his students. Thank you!

Beginner's Drawing & Painting

1/23/2020
Taylor G.

Attended: Beginner's Drawing & Painting


Taylor G. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Beginner's Drawing at the MET (Single Session)

1/19/2020
Dan Z.

Attended: Beginner's Drawing at the MET (Single Session)


Dan Z. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Beginner's Drawing at the MET (Single Session)

1/19/2020
JoAnn B.

Attended: Beginner's Drawing at the MET (Single Session)


Isaac was a wonderful teacher!! It was a great beginners class. We drove in from nj and I would do it again. The pace information and the thoughtful instruction was just what we needed. The venue was quite spectacular also. Overall excellent! JoAnn

Beginner's Drawing at the MET (Single Session)

1/19/2020
Anonymous

Attended: Beginner's Drawing at the MET (Single Session)


Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Beginner’s Drawing in 90 Minutes

1/13/2020
Nicollette J.

Attended: Beginner’s Drawing in 90 Minutes


Nicollette J. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Beginner’s Drawing in 90 Minutes

1/12/2020
Roberta G.

Attended: Beginner’s Drawing in 90 Minutes


Roberta G. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Beginner's Drawing at the MET (Single Session)

12/8/2019
Christina C.

Attended: Beginner's Drawing at the MET (Single Session)


Christina C. gave this class 3 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Fear-Free Drawing: Portrait & Figure Drawing

12/8/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Fear-Free Drawing: Portrait & Figure Drawing


Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Fear-Free Drawing: Portrait & Figure Drawing

12/8/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Fear-Free Drawing: Portrait & Figure Drawing


Anonymous gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Beginner's Drawing at the MET (Single Session)

11/17/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Beginner's Drawing at the MET (Single Session)


Isaac was great! Very helpful and encouraging instruction, learned a lot & enjoyed staying at The Met after class to draw some more. Great class!

Beginner's Drawing & Painting

11/14/2019
Adriana S.

Attended: Beginner's Drawing & Painting


Adriana S. gave this class 3 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Beginner's Drawing & Painting

11/8/2019
Trevor L.

Attended: Beginner's Drawing & Painting


Trevor L. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Beginner's Drawing at the MET (Single Session)

10/6/2019
Natalie B.

Attended: Beginner's Drawing at the MET (Single Session)


Really enjoyed the class, it was well organized and I learned a lot!

Beginner's Draw In Central Park

9/29/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Beginner's Draw In Central Park


The instructor was on time for the class. His explanation about the lesson was very clear. I enjoyed the class.

Beginner's Drawing at the MET (Single Session)

9/22/2019
Susan K.

Attended: Beginner's Drawing at the MET (Single Session)


Lovely intro class with a friendly, knowledgable instructor. The Saturday crowds at the Met receded into the background as we focused on contour, light and shading, and learned some techniques for pencil control. First hour was instruction and exercises, and in the second hour we put our new knowledge into practice as we went into the galleries to draw from observation, as the instructor went around to each of us offering suggestions and comments, atelier-style.

Beginner's Draw In Central Park

9/9/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Beginner's Draw In Central Park


Anonymous gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Beginner's Draw In Central Park

9/9/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Beginner's Draw In Central Park


It was a beautiful day to be drawing in Central Park. I appreciated the initial instruction and the flexibility. However, more individual attention and guidance would have been helpful. There was one instructor for 12 people so it understandably took time for him to get to everyone throughout the 2 hours. I felt a little stuck.

Beginner's Intro to Watercolor Painting: Single Session

8/29/2019
Sigal M.

Attended: Beginner's Intro to Watercolor Painting: Single Session


Sigal M. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Beginner's Draw In Central Park

8/24/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Beginner's Draw In Central Park


Anonymous gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Beginner’s Drawing in 90 Minutes

8/22/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Beginner’s Drawing in 90 Minutes


I enjoyed the class and learned some. Just wish it had been longer. 90 minutes went by too fast.

Beginner's Drawing at the MET (Single Session)

8/18/2019
Iris P.

Attended: Beginner's Drawing at the MET (Single Session)


The class was very knowledgeable and fun.

Beginner's Draw In Central Park

8/4/2019
Jennifer J.

Attended: Beginner's Draw In Central Park


Jennifer J. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Beginner's Drawing at the MET (Single Session)

7/22/2019
Erika W.

Attended: Beginner's Drawing at the MET (Single Session)


Erika W. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Beginner's Draw In Central Park

6/23/2019
Inna S.

Attended: Beginner's Draw In Central Park


I feel I didn’t learn as much as I hoped. But instructor was knowledgeable.

Beginner's Draw In Central Park

6/23/2019
Daryl C.

Attended: Beginner's Draw In Central Park


Daryl C. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Beginner's Drawing at the MET (Single Session)

6/17/2019
Ursina S.

Attended: Beginner's Drawing at the MET (Single Session)


Hi! This class exceeded my expectations and since then I want to draw everything all the time. It was a great introduction in a fearless and warm atmosphere. Thanks so much!

Beginner's Draw In Central Park

6/2/2019
Enid G.

Attended: Beginner's Draw In Central Park


Enid G. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Beginner's Draw In Central Park

6/2/2019
Stephanie M.

Attended: Beginner's Draw In Central Park


Stephanie M. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Beginner's Drawing at the MET (Single Session)

5/18/2019
Lindsay G.

Attended: Beginner's Drawing at the MET (Single Session)


Lindsay G. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Beginner's Drawing at the MET (Single Session)

5/12/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Beginner's Drawing at the MET (Single Session)


Really great for beginners with Isacc, an awesome instructor. I never felt intimidated and I would definitely do it again.

Beginner's Drawing at the MET (Single Session)

4/28/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Beginner's Drawing at the MET (Single Session)


Isaac was great! Very knowledgeable and helpful!

Beginner's Drawing at the MET (Single Session)

4/6/2019
Deborah G.

Attended: Beginner's Drawing at the MET (Single Session)


Deborah G. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Beginner's Drawing at the MET (Single Session)

2/19/2019
Chetan M.

Attended: Beginner's Drawing at the MET (Single Session)


Chetan M. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Beginner's Drawing at the MET (Single Session)

2/18/2019
Phyllis D.

Attended: Beginner's Drawing at the MET (Single Session)


We had to either stand or sit on the floor the entire class .. seriously , I think we should have been informed of this fact in advance .

Beginner's Drawing at the MET (Single Session)

2/4/2019
Saman K.

Attended: Beginner's Drawing at the MET (Single Session)


Saman K. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Beginner's Drawing at the MET (Single Session)

2/4/2019
Francois L.

Attended: Beginner's Drawing at the MET (Single Session)


Francois L. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Beginner's Drawing at the MET (Single Session)

2/3/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Beginner's Drawing at the MET (Single Session)


Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Beginner's Drawing at the MET (Single Session)

1/20/2019
Grace M.

Attended: Beginner's Drawing at the MET (Single Session)


This class was awesome! Isaac was a great instructor who took the class, step by step, through the drawing process. He gave helpful hints and guidance throughout. A great experience!

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