Michael Lyman
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Michael Lyman

Michael L.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
The Cartooning and Drawing for Teens class provides online art instruction tailored to each student's needs in a secure online setting where there is no pressure to keep up with other students, with an emphasis on self-acceptance and nurturing the creative spirit. With humor and a relaxed environment, students are guided to move beyond their comfort zones to try new techniques and learn about other noteworthy artists.

About Michael L.

I have been an artist ever since I was old enough to hold a pencil, and started teaching cartooning to children at a day camp in upstate New York in 1991. Since then I have taught drawing at art centers, crafts schools and through private lessons in New York, Vermont, and currently Florida.

I draw constantly, and have used my drawing skills to get through difficult times (such as long, dull corporate meetings, before I left that world forever). I did a lot of training and teaching of new employees, until I made the leap from corporate life to art instructor and have not looked back.

I'm a little bit goofy, a quality that my students respond to and puts them at ease as I help them develop the self-confidence to try new techniques and develop a healthy connection with their creative spirit. Besides art centers, I have provided art therapy to incarcerated at-risk teens, and women and children fleeing domestic violence at the area's largest shelter, The Spring. It is truly a privilege to be able to do this.

I am also a longtime member of a Star Wars costuming organization called The 501st Legion, whose members have movie-accurate Star Wars costumes and raise millions of dollars for charity worldwide, participate in parades and other goodwill events. I have organized numerous "invasions" of All Childrens Hospital in St. Petersburg to bring cheer to kids struggling with illnesses, as well as other high profile events, some of which have included live television appearances. I have movie-accurate Imperial Stormtrooper armor and an Imperial Officer uniform.

I am engaged to a wonderful woman and currently live in Clearwater, and teach at the Morean Art Center in St. Petersburg as well as online through home-school co-ops and private lessons. My first graphic novel, Dark Office, has been published online on Amazon, with another graphic Novel in the works. To supplement my income I am a crossing guard with the Pinellas County Sheriffs Department.

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Experience

Art Instructor
Apr 2017 - Present

Arts4All (Formerly Very Special Arts)

Art instructor conducting art therapy residencies to adolescents incarcerated at area juvenile detention facilities, assisting with job search and life counseling

Event Planner
Oct 2008 - Present

501st Legion (volunteer costiming organization)

Plans and organizes Star Wars-themed events for a variety of causes to raise money for charity and benefit the community, including: • "Invasions"of All Childrens Hospital, St. Petersburg, bringing Star Wars characters to children struggling with injuries and illnesses • "Trooping For the Troops", an annual series of visits to VA hospitals to thank veterans for their service • "Star Wars Day" at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, an annual, high-profile promotional event that includes appearances on live television • "Dark Sky Festival", an annual event for the town of Harmony, Florida that promotes solutions to light pollution • "Night At the Museum", at the Tampa Bay History Center, which included a staged "invasion" of the museum and interaction with the media and the public

Drawing Instructor
Sep 2007 - Present

Morean Art Center

Drawing instructor at one of the largest art centers in the Tampa Bay area, one of the few art instructors who has taken classes online

Art Instructor
Oct 2014 - Jun 2016

The Spring Domestic Violence Shelter

Art instructor providing free drawing lessons to women and children at secure safe house for women escaping domestic violence

Drawing Instructor
Apr 2004 - Aug 2007

Dunedin Fine Art Center

Cartooning and drawing instructor at fine art center in Dunedin, Florida

Art Instructor
Mar 2005 - Aug 2006

Towns of Belleair, Safety Harbor, Largo, Clearwater

Drawing instructor for recreation departments of several towns in the Tampa Bay area, conducting classes and workshops in the arts

Independent Living Counselor
Sep 1991 - Apr 1992

VIP Program

Counselor and advisor to behaviorally challenged adolescents, providing guidance on independent living and job-search skills

Art Instructor
Sep 1991 - Nov 1991

Shelburne Craft School

Drawing instructor for local craft school, Shelburne Vermont

Art Camp Counselor
May 1991 - Aug 1991

IMPACT Summer Camp

Cartooning and drawing teacher / camp counselor to children at summer day camp in Dobbs Ferry, NY

Education

Certificate, Business Development
May 2017 - Aug 2017

Co.Starters Entreprenurial Program

Certificate, Web Development
Sep 2013 - Mar 2014

Pinellas Technical Education Center

Bachelor's of Arts, Graphic Design
Sep 1987 - Jun 1991

Lyndon State College

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