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Peter Santa-Maria ’01 to Showcase at SD Comic-Con

Art teacher Peter Santa-Maria ’01 was recently named the Kevin Workman Foundation 2019 Sponsorship Recipient.

Since 2014, the Kevin Workman Foundation has been offering a scholarship of sorts, granting one talented individual each year the opportunity of a lifetime to showcase, promote, and sell their work at San Diego Comic-Con. Recipients get an entire booth to themselves, plus a myriad of opportunities for networking with professionals, peers, and fans.
“I teach all week and all day on Tuesday. I actually teach a few sections of printmaking. My teaching philosophy has always been based around developing independence,” Santa-Maria said. “I am extremely hands on when the semester begins and try to impart an understanding of the medium. As the semester goes on, I am able to work alongside my students as a studio atmosphere develops. At this point, I taper off my involvement and call on the best students to help the ones who are struggling and only step in when that doesn’t work or if I am introducing a new concept or technique.”
Santa-Maria specializes in linoleum block printing — a unique art form that caught the eye of a KWF member at Designer-Con in Anaheim in 2018.
“I draw a design on a piece of material called linoleum, which has a leathery feel,” Santa-Maria said. “The image has to be drawn in reverse because after I carve out the design, apply the ink and press the paper onto it, it prints a mirror image. It’s a lot like making a stamp.”
“There’s nothing quite like Comic-Con in the world. The sheer size, scale, and history of the event is a treasure to communities of fans in San Diego and around the world,” Paul Wynns, president and co-founder of the Kevin Workman Foundation, said. “It’s a place to make connections, be inspired, and find your ‘tribe’ — those fellow nerds who share your passion.”
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Christopher Columbus High School is a private, Roman Catholic, college-preparatory high school, conducted by the Marist Brothers of the Schools. We aim to make Jesus Christ known and loved, as we prepare young men for higher education and for their continuous challenge of harmonizing faith, culture and life. We foster a family spirit among all who are committed to the success of the school and promote opportunities to work together as a community of learners. 

Columbus is fully accredited by Cognia and is a member of the Marist Association of Secondary schools, the National Catholic Education Association and the Independent Schools of South Florida.