Michael K. Lyman is founder of Magnum Arts, an art-instruction business whose motto is Inspire, Create, Engage. He is an Army veteran with a degree in graphic design and a certificate in web development who provides inclusive art, photography and Photoshop instruction to home-school students and at art centers in Pinellas County. You can reach him via email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 727-492-0135.
In Florida, he has taught cartooning and drawing since 2007 at various locations such as the Dunedin Fine Arts Center, the towns of Belleair, Safety Harbor and Largo, Seminole, and the Arts Center in St. Petersburg, where his classes sell out on a regular basis. He is a registered instructor with Varsity Tutors and an art instructor with Very Special Arts, providing drawing instruction to at-risk teens at the Pinellas County Juvenile Detention facility.
Michael Lyman also participates in comic conventions and festivals, providing Free 5-Minute Drawing Lessons and is an annual guest art teacher at the Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg and the Lighthouse Center for Creative Learning in Brandon.
Michael Lyman also participates in comic conventions and festivals, providing Free 5-Minute Drawing Lessons and showcasing his work; he was recently a guest art teacher at the Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg (below) and participated in Shorecrest’s Artful Evening event as well.
He has participated in the Pinellas ComicCon, Megacon and the Tampa Bay ComicCon, as well as street festivals for the town of Safety Harbor, and also volunteers at The Spring, a domestic violence shelter, providing drawing workshops to residents and their children.
He is also a member of The 501st Legion, a global Star Wars costuming organization that raises millions of dollars for good causes; the Tampa Bay Squad, of which he is a member, raised over seven million dollars for charity in 2015 through the events in which they have participated.
In this capacity he has organized and managed a large number of high-profile events, such as annual visits to area VA hospitals to thank veterans for their service (above), as well as Star Wars Day at the Amalie Arena in Tampa (previously known as the Tampa Bay Times Forum).
These events involved appearances on national television; in the photo below members assemble on field for their television appearance.
Other events he has organized include annual “invasions” to All Childrens Hospital; the visit in 2015 was covered by two local news stations and involved almost thirty costumed members (below, members pose for a group picture on the helipad of the hospital; Michael Lyman is in the blue shirt beside R2-D2).
Below is a video of this visit shot by Alyssa Hopkins, guest photographer for Legion hospital visits:
Other 501st Legion events he has organized and partcipated in include:
The annual Night At the Museum Halloween party at the Tampa Bay History Center (which involved live TV appearances to speak about the event and the Legion’s involvement)
The Dark Sky festival in the town of Harmony, Florida
Weird Al Yankovic concerts
Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (below, he leads a contingent of Stormtroopers through the park)