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 throughout the Tampa Bay Area. He currently teaches at the Morean Art Center in St. Petersburg Florida, and most recently, at the innovative Veterans Art Center of Tampa Bay. He has also created an innovative online photography class.
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Drawing and Illustration For Teens (Saturdays, 6 classes, 9:30am – 11am) – The class that started it all, which is sold out on a regular basis, this class focuses on skills such as sketching, developing creativity, figure drawing, learning how to create proper perspective, charcoal pencil and inking techniques, and more.
Students focus on what they like to draw, learning techniques and concepts that help them to refine and improve their skills, while learning about different artists and art genres. Because each student works at their own level, there is no need to “keep up” with other students. Additionally, students are pushed to try new concepts and techniques they may not be familiar with in order to foster their development as artists
Drawing and Illustration For Teens: The Next Level (Saturdays, 6 classes, 11:30am -1pm) – This fun class is for teens that have drawing basics covered and want to take it to the next level. Students will learn perspective, shading, adding detail and realism and using color, as well as charcoal pencils, inking and other things to make drawings come alive. This class revolves around what students want to learn, with no pressure to “keep up”. Students should have a solid drawing foundation and desire to learn new techniques. Open to ages 15 years and up.
Create Your Own Graphic Novel (Mondays, 6 classes, 6:30pm – 8pm) – This fun six-class course will teach students the process for creating their own 5-page graphic novel, from writing the script, to story-boarding the panels, to illustrating the finished product, which will be ready for scanning into a digital format.
The emphasis will be on creating a fun, pressure-free environment that allows students to experience a new way to express themselves creatively. All students, from age 18 and up, are welcome to take this course, and all drawing styles are welcomed. Student should have above beginner drawing skills.
Students should have an interest in creating a comic-type story, an intermediate -to-advanced skill in drawing, and be prepared to work on their projects between weekly class meetings in order to finish the graphic novel by the end of the class.
To help students along the way, templates, visual examples, online resources and hand-outs will be made available by the instructor. A web page set up by the instructor will provide the goals of each class along with tips and helpful links to help students stay engaged in this fun process.
(Center of Hope shelter, St. Petersburg, other times, locations to be determined)
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.
People who have been through traumatic experiences (such as combat, police work, fire and rescue operations) bear the emotional impact of their experiences, with society’s demand that they appear strong and in control.
The resulting stress can cause high blood pressure, mood swings, insomnia, to more severe symptoms such as alcoholism, drug abuse and suicide; a shocking twenty-two veterans commit suicide every day in this country, and that is probably a conservative estimate (source: wikipedia).
Art therapy is a proven method for helping at-risk veterans and first responders channel the emotional toxic waste in a way that is far more effective than medication, and this program teaches students how to have a conversation with their spirit and express their feelings in a safe, non-judgmental and supportive environment.
The art therapy program relies on funding and donations from grants and sponsors; if you are interested in contributing, your assistance will go a long way. Please call 727-492-0135, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how you can support this very critical program.
Magnum 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 email@example.com!
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.”
The 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.
Most 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.
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.
Michael 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.
During 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.
Michael Lyman has given numerous presentations over the years, popular at comic conventions, art festivals and libraries, on the following subjects:
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:
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.
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!