Mark Shamlian has a bachelor of fine arts in drawing and painting from the University of Delaware and a Masters degree in Painting from Boston University. He also studied at the University of the Arts and Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. He has taught drawing, painting, and illustration at the University of Delaware, University of the Arts, and various continuing education programs. He also taught environmental design at the former Art Institute of Philadelphia. These days he divides his time between fine arts pursuits, commercial design, illustration, writing, carpentry, and music related activities.
2nd Saturdays every quarter at ArtCenter Manatee
Join us on Dec 10 from 10:00 to Noon for the second FREE ArtistStudio
Silk Painting Demo
Simple Floral Abstract
with new instructor, Joel Auerbach
Watch for other ArtistStudios:
March 11, 10-Noon
June 10, 10-Noon
Jan received her Masters Degree in Art Education from Boston University, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Visual Arts from Bemidji State University. She was a high school Art Teacher for 14 years teaching students in grades 9-12. Jan has taught classes at ArtCenter Manatee in Mixed Media and Drawing. She really likes to teach beginning students in Studio Arts, adding a dash of Art History and Art Critique. “Welcome to the Wonderful World of Art!”
I am originally from Massachusetts and grew up in a beautiful town 30 miles north of Boston, now living in North Port, Florida. My interest in the arts started at a very young age, and by the time I was 13 and a freshman at Billerica Memorial High School I decided that being an artist was going to be my career of choice. I have been Illustrating portraits of various subjects for well over 20 years.
I attended the Art Institute of Boston in 1984 and studied Illustration with a minor in Graphic Design, hoping to become a successful Magazine Illustrator. Back then, my artistic path took me down the road of printing and mechanical drawing. I worked at various printing companies from 1984 to 1997. Even though my path as an artist seemed to change to graphic design it has never stopped my passion to draw and illustrate the subjects that I love which are people, wildlife and pets.
I lived in Great Britain for eight fantastic years and loved the vast amount of culture, arts, nature, and the fabulous countryside. Then in 2005 we moved to the US and have been enjoying the beauty of Florida living, culture, wildlife and fabulous scenery that only the Gulf Coast of Florida can give to you each and every day.
Today my passion for animals and nature has taken me to create color and graphite pencil drawings of some of my most favorite subjects. I will draw from the largest of wildlife creatures to the smallest of domestic pets. This has become my passion and interest of choice but I still love to do Portraits of people as well.