"Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere."

    Carl Sagan

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     My name is Chuck Ruffino and I am proud and honored to be your child's
    Art Teacher.
    I love teaching children that anything is possible, as long as you try your best and think outside the box! 
    Each art class is a new chance for me to connect to a child and inspire them with Knowledge about the visual arts. Graphic symbolism and Visual Communications are so important in helping kids become smart consumers and producers of art. To navigate today's world filled with digital media experiences, I strive to help children explore new tools and techniques in the creative process. My strategy is to think of and create about new ways children can ignite their imaginations. My goal is to have students in my room quickly learn that 
     Mr. Chuck Ruffino

    Fredonia, New York  14063




    Masters of Science Interdisciplinary Studies, 2004.

    State University of New York at Fredonia; Fredonia New York.

    Art, Education, Science Curriculum.


    Bachelor of Science Elementary Education (pre K-6 certified), 2000.

    State University of New York at Fredonia; Fredonia New York.



    Associate of Applied Science Commercial Art, 1982. Model making, 1982.

    Genesee Community College, Batavia, New York.




    Permanent Art Education Pre K-12; 2004

    Permanent Elementary Education Pre K, Kindergarten - 6; 2005




    Elementary Art Teacher-LAKE SHORE CENTRAL DISTRICT: Tailored Academic Program (TAP),  William T. HOAG,  BRANT, HIGHLAND, ANTHONY J. SCHMIDT, JOHN T.WAUGH-2003 - present. Teach disciplined-based art to approximately 400 children (Kindergarten-5) according to the New York State Standards in the Visual Arts. Responsible for art curriculum development and teaching children of all abilities.



    2000 - 2003. Taught disciplined-based art to over 500 children (Kindergarten-5) according to the New York State Standards in the Visual Arts.  Taught  English Language Arts enrichment after school curriculum designed to help students raise their scores on New York State standardized tests.


    Instructor & Co-founder- GREAT LAKE FX, Inc.

    2001 - present. Created in partnership, Great Lake FX, an after-school and summer enrichment program for children. The program integrates art, science, math, and community service in a environmental study of the Great Lakes Basin. Great Lake FX  is a tax-exempt, 501(c)3 charitable organization.



    2001 - present. Teach Kids College courses:

    Toon Time, Toon Time II, Invention Room,  Arbormasters, Fur, Fish, and Game, All Wings Considered,

    Landscape Drawing,  Move Over Picasso,  Greenology


    Freelance Designer PROTOTECH, DUNKIRK, New York

    1989 - present Provide full model making and prototype services. Produce sketches, renderings and creative illustrations for a wide range of new and re-designed products.


    Industrial Designer HASBRO INDUSTRIES, INC, Pawtucket, Rhode Island

    1985 - 1989 Designed and stylized new and existing toys and childrens' products.