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Create Your Own Graphic Novel
Create Your Own Graphic Novel - Learn the entire process of telling a story visually, from writing the story to printing the finished product. Each student creates their own 5-page graphic novel in this fun, innovative class! REGISTER HERE

Drawing and Illustration For Teens - The Next Level
- For teens who have the basics down and are ready to step up their drawing game with new tools, tricks and skills! REGISTER HERE

Drawing And Illustration For Teens

Drawing and Illustration For Teens - The original drawing class for teens who want to learn the basics of drawing, sketching, and coloring, or improve on the skills they already have! NOTE: This class sells out on a regular basis, so be sure to register EARLY! REGISTER HERE

Art Classes For Healing - This innovative program offered by Magnum Arts is available only to veterans, first responders and their families and is conducted through the Veterans Art Center of Tampa Bay, of which Michael Lyman is a board member. The program provides emotional healing and therapy through the arts, with the primary goal being to channel damaging stress and emotional trauma in constructive ways that offer a path to healing.


About The 501st Legion

The 501st Legion is a global Star Wars costuming organization consisting of thousands of members who have movie-accurate costumes and raise millions of dollars annually for good causes, in addition to participating in events, parades, hospital visits and, of course, comic book and art conventions.

The 501st Legion is a global Star Wars costuming organization consisting of thousands of members who have movie-accurate costumes and raise millions of dollars annually for good causes, in addition to participating in events, parades, hospital visits and, of course, comic book and art conventions.
The 501st Legion is a registered 501c charity. Michael Lyman has been a member since 2008, was the leader of the Tampa Bay Squad in 2011 and has organized a number of high profile events involving the 501st Legion. To learn more about the 501st Legion visit The 501st Legion Florida Garrison
Some of the recurring events Michael Lyman has organized include:

Star Wars Day at the Tampa Bay Times Forum

All Childrens Hospital

The Dark Sky Festival in the town of Harmony, Florida

Night At the Museum at the Tampa Bay History Center, which also involved live television appearances to promote the event

Trooping For the Troops, annual visits to VA hospitals to thank veterans for their service

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To Learn more About The 501st Legion

Watch the video to experience a 501st Legion visit to All Childrens Hospital, the largest one I've organized, with almost thirty costumed members, two news crews, two wagons filled with toys, and a trip to the helipad for an epic group picture!
(Video by Alyssa Hopkins)

This news feature has an excellent segment about the 501st Legion, including coverage of visits to All Childrens Hospital and members talking about why we do what we do:

WTSP News: Meet The Members of the 501st Legion

In this fun video, I lead two Stormtroopers into a local restaurant to secure lunch for the Empire. Being in The 501st Legion is about fun and making people smile!

To see 501st Legion events I've organized and participated in:

Visit the Magnum Arts Blog Star Wars Posts!

My daughter, Gracie Hancock, now a Junior in High School, has taken art classes from Mr. Lyman over periods since 7th grade (September, 2010). My daughter has attended his classes at different locations in Pinellas County, including the Dunedin Fine Arts Center, in Safety Harbor and at the Morean Art Center. Mr. Lyman has instructed my daughter in both group settings and private lessons.

My daughter has only glowing things to report of Mr. Lyman as a teacher, describing him as "very relatable -he's gets what I'm trying to create," he "keeps our interest," and he can be a "friend to bring out my creativity, but always in a teacher-student professional way." My daughter has previously provided a testimonial for Mr. Lyman, which reads:
"My art teacher Mike has really impacted my life in a way that he helped me become more observant and to keep an open mind. The most important thing that he taught me is's okay to not fit into what's going on, you make your own normal, you make your own don't have to change for anyone. Thank you for teaching me all this, and for being my art teacher."
From a mother's perspective, I know my daughter was well prepared for a week-long summer intensive of drawing at SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) as a rising Sophomore, due to Mr. Lyman's instruction."
--Claire Hancock

"Michael Lyman has a lot of positive energy and enthusiasm as a teacher. People really enjoyed his free 5-minute drawing lessons at our local Comic Con. He knows how to encourage people to connect with their creativity and not be afraid of expressing it in art."

--Greg Plantamura
Computer Graphic Specialist at City of St. Petersburg

Michael coordinated costumed characters from the 501st Legion to attend several large-scale functions at the Tampa Bay History Center in the last year.
From the grand opening of an exhibit which entailed a massive parade down the Riverwalk leading to an "invasion" of the museum to our Night at the Museum trick-or-treat events, Michael's attention to detail allowed these events to run smoothly and the crowds loved it! His strong leadership and respect for his Legion members was obvious, as was their respect for him.

I can't imagine what I would have done this year during our Night at the Museum event if it hadn't been for his dedication. I had to call Michael at the last minute to pull together several people for the event only days away. Not only did he come through, he saved the day! We had more than our initial anticipated need. I can't thank him enough and welcome any opportunity to work with such a dedicated, helpful, enjoyable professional in the future.

--Jen Tyson
Assistant Curator of Education
Tampa Bay History Center

"In addition to being a very talented designer and illustrator, Michael is extremely reliable and one of the best designers with whom I’ve worked. He has a knack for taking limited information from clients (like me!) and creating several options to meet their needs. I’d highly recommend Michael for any type of design work and web site development."

--Pat Huston, SCORE Business Consultant

"Michael K. is an excellent event coordinator. He has helped me organize my outdoor festival at Lowery Park Zoo along with recording and capturing my bands performance. A highly recommend Michael K as an event coordinator, photographer and illustrator."

--John Sammel
Founder, CJS Music Productions

"I've had the pleasure of working with Michael on several Star Wars related group events, with more to come! Michael was instrumental in coordinating appearances by the 501st Legion. His timeliness and attention to detail ensured the troop was an overwhelming success. As a result of Michael’s work, our very first Star Wars event gained national attention, and LucasFilm Ltd.’s, accolades!"

--Chris Farnkopf
Manager, Corporate Hospitality Sales at The Madison Square Garden Company