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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Learn to make your drawings come alive! Whatever you decide, whether to begin with basic exercises in movement, or to plot out your own story from scratch to final video output, I can guide you through all the steps needed to produce animation. Making cartoons is never easy, but if you have persistence of vision and don't mind hard work, this is for YOU!

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Ruth teaches



Ruth delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6+ and special needs

Teaching since:

As an Emmy award winning animation artist with 27 years in the animation industry, I founded the non profit, EDU DESIGNS, to bring the arts back into schools. Check out my blog there for more information.

I created the first Art Textbook to reference Math Standards to help teachers without an art background share skills with students that expand their ability to see what they are looking at.

My art presentations, videos and lessons help thousands of teachers and students improve character development and increase motivation for learning.

Stories are a powerful vehicle to impact a child's mind and develop positive character. In the animation industry I brought other people's stories into being. Now I mentor younger artists to learn the skills required to bring their dreams into reality.

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Animation Teaching and Production
Jan 2017 - Jun 2017
Connecticut Broadcasting Network

Animation teaching and production for High School Level students.

Animation, Assistant Animation, Layout, Storyboard, Flash Animation
May 1978 - Sep 2004
Various studios in Southern CA


Verified Screen Credits on IMDB
Feb 2002
Internet Movie Data Base

All listings in IMDB are certified by the Industry, and only allowed when the items can be verified by screen credits.


VIP Member of WHO'S WHO
Sep 2012
Worldwide Who's Who
Award for Best Author
Jul 1999
Partnership Publishing
Emmy Award for the First Season of The Simpsons
Jul 1990
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

Photos & Videos

Ruth Elliott's art textbook:
 "See What You're LOOKING AT! 
More info here: 

Photo by Ruth H.

Read about it: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/0979501768/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_dp_T2_bS.szb1ZPGMD8

Read more about my award winning book! http://www.edudesigns.org/RichestKid_book.html

As a teenager I animated these little goofy flip books.  Get inspired to make your own! I can show you how!
WATCH the video of "Somebody NEEDS You" here!
I produced it with Dani Bowman, who has autism, and other students.

7 Reviews

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MATT Oct 8, 2018
Animation · Online

Wonderful experience!

Jasmine Feb 13, 2018
Drawing · Online

Ruth brings her years of professional training & experience along with a humble, cheerful, teacherly personality. She is a jewel and I count myself very lucky to have found such a genuine & gifted artist.

Renata Jan 6, 2018
Animation · Online

Ruth is an absolute delight! She is not only talented but also kind which makes her a wonderful teacher. I would highly recommend her without any reservations!

Yitzy Oct 29, 2017
Cartooning · Online


Maryann Jul 27, 2017
Cartooning · Online

Declan LOVED his lesson. He wants to do it daily. He's very inspired! He's very excited to continue and learn. How great for us!

Satyam Pal Mar 19, 2017
Animation · Online

Do I really have to give review after giving 5 star?
But this is for those who need it,
First of all she is classical former Disney artist and for the basics it's necessary to learn 2d in today's time.
Ruth mentored me from the beginning of my career and I have learned a lot, she is so caring, kind and loving. I will recommend you to take lesson from her
You will get the best knowledge out of her, whatever I'm today is because of her.

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Stephen Mar 18, 2017
Animation · In studio

Quite honestly it's difficult for me to write a review that truly describes Ruth Elliot-Hilsdon, she is that talented an individual. I've known Ruth for several years now and I'm well aware of her outstanding career in animation. That said, as an educator, Ruth is phenomenal. Ruth worked with my daughter in animation. Her kind nurturing approach to teaching was amazing. My daughter learned, accomplished much and enjoyed the experience. Ruth is a delightful individual, a true professional and an individual dedicated to whatever goal she sets. I recommend her highly.

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