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Michael Lyman has been teaching people how to draw for over fifteen years, from summer camps in upstate New York, to craft schools in Vermont, to the Dunedin Fine Arts Center, as well as the towns of Largo, Belleair and Safety Harbor. He now teaches at the Morean Art Center in St. Petersburg Florida, and most recently, at the brand new Veterans Art Center of Tampa Bay. He has also created an innovative online photography class.

New Classes For 2018!

Big changes for 2018! Magnum Arts classes will be held at the Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg, the innovative Veterans Art Center of Tampa Bay, and for the first time, lessons are available for home-schooled students!

Drawing and Illustration Classes, Morean Arts Center – Saturdays 9:30 – 11am (six classes per session)

Winter 1 – January 13 -February 17  SOLD OUT

Winter 2 – March 3 -April 7

Spring – April 21 – May 26

Michael Lyman is a long-time art instructor at the prestigious Morean Art Center, where he teaches students ages twelve and up how to improve the quality of their art and enjoy the process at the same time. Some of the subjects taught include:

Basics of sketching and developing a creative mindset


Drawing people and figures

Inking and using art pens

Shading and creating depth

Classes revolve around what the student wants to learn, not what the teacher wants to teach. Students are encouraged to move beyond their comfort zones to try new techniques, and are exposed to different artists and genres, as art is not created in a vacuum. Emphasis is on developing a creative spirit that has benefits beyond the classroom.

Home School Art Instruction Now Available!

Morean-Arts-Center008_optMagnum arts is expanding in 2018, and art classes are now available at your location, at your convenience, to home school students! At your home, church, the local library, drawing lessons come to YOU!  For more information, or two arrange for lessons, call 727-492-0135, or email!

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One parent’s testimonial:

“My daughter, Gracie, now a Junior in High School, has taken art classes from Mr. Lyman over periods since 7th grade. 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 that…it’s okay to not fit into what’s going on, you make your own normal, you make your own niche…you 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 H.


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Morean Arts Center007aThe environment of a Magnum Arts class is quiet, relaxed and comforting, to foster a creative mindset. Drawing is a healthy practice, a way to lower stress levels, decompress after a difficult day, foster better problem-solving and is a way to let your spirit know you’re listening.


Morean Arts Center006aMost importantly, drawing is about the process – not the end result. Whether your drawing is good or not is completely irrelevent. Much like yoga or meditation, it is the process that is beneficial.

Private Lessons

Michael Lyman is also available for private lessons as well, for both children and adults, in either the comfort of your home, or at a public location, such as a library or even a park on a sunny day. Private lessons with students under 18 require a parent or legal guardian to be present for the duration of the lesson, unless the lesson is conducted in a public place.

Lessons are $50.00 an hour, with discounts for multiple lessons. Private lessons offer less distraction and more personalized attention to what the student wants to learn, in a relaxed, contemplative and fun atmosphere.

Call for information about art classes or private lessons!

(727) 492-0135


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PCCC-1_optMichael Lyman has conducted numerous workshops over the years, at such locations as libraries, comic conventions and art festivals, and at The Spring, the domestic violence shelter at which he volunteers.

Workshops are available on drawing, Manga and a fun workshop that teaches participants how to create their own comic strip or mini-graphic novel.

5-Min-Lessons-PosterDuring comic conventions and art festivals, he offers Free Five-Minute Drawing Lessons to attendees as away to open their minds to creative potential. People who say, “I can’t draw” quickly realize they can, opening up a new world. The seats are nearly always filled for this fun activity.

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Michael Lyman has given numerous presentations over the years, popular at comic conventions, art festivals and libraries, on the following subjects:

How To Create Your Own Graphic Novel

Costuming On A Budget

Manga Drawing

Improving Your LinkedIn Professional Profile

What Is Marketing? Marketing For Small Business

Presentations are concise and image-rich to keep attendees engaged, and supplemental material and links are available to attendees at the conclusion of each presentation to increase the usefulness and benefits.

Below is a presentation on the process of creating a graphic novel, from creating compelling characters, to different types of plots, to panel arrangement:

Call for information about a workshop or presentation for your next function or event!

(727) 492-0135


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Upcoming Class: Dazzling Digital Drawing

Take your art to the next level: DIGITAL! Learn to use a computer drawing tablet to enhance your art with dazzling, dynamic tools such as shading, brushes, markers, perspective guides and tools that steady your lines as you draw. Sketchbook Pro is a powerful, easy-to-use program that gives you enormous control over your art while keeping the intuitive drawing experience. Best of all, you can use Sketchbook Pro at home for less than the cost of a grocery bill! Students ages thirteen and up will learn how to unlock the potential of this powerful program. Some of the tools Sketchbook Pro offers artists include:

  • Huge number of brushes, markers, pencils and spray paint tools

  • Enormous control over shading, inking, opacity and other drawing settings

  • Steady Stroke, a feature that allows users to create perfectly smooth curves and lines (no jiggles!)

  • Perspective tools

To get a basic overview of what Sketchbook Pro can do, check out this very informative video from Trent Kaniuga (visit his website HERE).

Three-class sessions are planned for 2018, with the dates yet to be determined. Call 727-822-7872 to put your name on the list (on-line registration link coming soon).

Fun Resources

Below are links to fun resources created exclusivly for students and attendees of Magnum Arts classes, workshops and presentations:

Rocket To Me – The Magnum Arts Tumblr Blog – A cool sharing site filled with animated gifs, pictures, quotes and other fun odds and ends that don’t fit on the blog or the Facebook page. Share my stuff, comment and check it often, as new content is added often

Visual Resources For Head and Figure Drawing – Downloadable resource images to help you draw the human body

How To Learn To Draw – It’s More Than Having the Right Pencil – A blog post that helps you discover and develop your creative spirit, without which you will not be able to draw (or create, for that matter)

Various Art and Drawing-Related Links – There are some good posts here to help move your creative potential forward; feel free to take advantage of them.

Do you have a creative need? Let’s Talk!

(727) 492-0135

Sketching For Peace of Mind, Starring Sharonda and Mike Lyman – Below is a fun comic strip I created using Bitstrips, a site in which you can create your own comic strip characters and put them into strips. Sharonda is an intelligent, classy lady who explains the proper mind set for sketching; I put in a cameo at the end. Enjoy!