Vito-Leonardo Scarola is and has been a full-time professor of Art in Drawing and Painting at Saddleback College since 2000. Prior to coming to Saddleback College he served as the Dean of Visual Communications at The Laguna College of Art and Design. Here he was one of the chief administrators instrumental in defining the school’s philosophy, direction, curriculum and ultimately helping it become a fully Accredited College of Art with The National Association of Schools of Art and Design Today, LACD is considered one of the top Figurative Art Schools in the US.
As a professional artist and consummate educator he has been practicing his craft and teaching all facets of two-dimensional visual arts and Art History for well over forty years.
Professor Scarola holds a MFA degree in Painting and Drawing from California State University Long Beach, in California, a BA degree in Studio Arts from the State University of New York at Brockport and an AA degree from St. Gregory’s University, Oklahoma. He has lived and studied abroad in France for several years, where he earned certificates in, Art History, Civilization and Language from La Sorbonne and L’Universite de Caen, respectively.
Professor Scarola a native of Italy. He speaks five languages fluently and has been instrumental in organizing and leading successful art workshops and study tours to Europe since 1984. He and his wife currently reside in Laguna Niguel, California and Rosarito, Mexico.