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Lyon Arts Professional Art Instruction


Portrait Drawing/Painting night

Life and Portrait Painting

We will have a 3 - hour pose, sometimes continued over multiple weeks with the same model as schedule allows.  The longer pose is intended to provide a thorough opportunity for study of texture, detail, anatomy and lighting or to complete a finished portrait.

Students of the current workshop can attend any of the Life and Portrait painting sessions for free. Sessions are uninstructed and all levels are welcome. Please help us keep a professional atmosphere by limiting conversation during the session. 

Price - $10 per night

Wednesday nights 6:30 - 9:30pm, email or text 480.241.7907 for the address.


The following nights we will have sessions in 2019:

March 6,13,20,27

April 3,10,17

NO SESSION April 24th. Please attend and support the Springville Spring Salon opening reception 6-8pm.

May 1,8,15,22,29







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Lyon Arts student testimonials: 

"Having the ability to ask for instruction during every step of the art making process is invaluable.  Howard was able to show me tricks of the trade as I run into the circumstances that call for them.  Without this guidance, I spend hours trying to get through confusing parts of making a painting. 
Watching Howard create art and his process is also invaluable.  I now have the beginning to end comprehension of creating an art piece.. Being in the studio environment with Shari and Howard helps alot to see what I will be dealing with in my career in the business of art. "

"I cannot thank Howard and Shari enough for this amazing course. I am working on getting the money to take it again! This course is worth every penny! If you are trying to take your illustrations to the next level, this is the class."

" Just wanted to write and say thank you for the wonderful workshop this past week.  I had a blast, and learned a lot.  It was wonderfully structured, and well executed. "

Long Pose Portrait workshop with Gregory Mortenson

Self Portrait by Gregory Mortenson.

Self Portrait by Gregory Mortenson.

Gregory Mortenson will be teaching a 5 day workshop at the Lyon studio in July!

WORKSHOP DATES - 07/08/2019 - 07/12/2019

WORKSHOP TIMES - 10:00AM - 5:00PM on Mon-Fri

TUITION - $500/ 5 days

SKILL LEVEL - Beginning to advanced


In this intensive five-day workshop, artists will create a portrait painting from life. Following a lucid step-by-step approach, participants will first create an accurate graphite drawing on paper, transfer the drawing and then paint in oils on canvas.

Gregory will guide artists with daily demonstrations and in-depth personal critiques through each stage of the process – from creating a strong likeness with accurate drawing, to color mixing, modeling form and all of the finishing details. Cranial anatomy, materials, paint handling, color theory, and the physics of light will also be discussed throughout each session.

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2 hour demo and 4 hour hands on workshop with

David McClellan


About the School

Lyon Arts is located in American Fork, Utah and is a school focused on teaching illustrators and fine artists the skills needed to work professionally. We also cover professional practices and complete works relevant to todays art industry.

Howard Lyon

Howard is the primary instructor at Lyon Arts.  With 20 years of professional experience Howard has much to share.  Howard has worked for clients such as Electronic Arts, Bioware, Blizzard, Activision, Lucas Arts, Wizards of the Coast, NCSoft and many more.  He has worked as an Art Director in the video game industry and has experience giving critical feedback.

Howard is currently working as a fine artist and freelance illustrator.  Students of the workshops will be able to see projects he is currently working and learn from his day to day practices.

Shari Lyon

Shari is the manager of Lyon Arts and will share her knowledge of marketing, product development, social media, printing and distribution.  Shari has has been representing and developing Lyon Fine Art and Illustration for the last 10 years.



David McClellan will be teaching a 1 day demo and workshop at the Lyon studio in April!

WORKSHOP DATE - 04/13/2019

WORKSHOP TIMES - 10:00 AM - noon demo only, 1pm-5pm hands on workshop

TUITION - $25 for just demo, $75 for demo and hands on full day

SKILL LEVEL - Beginning to Intermediate

MEDIUM - artists medium of choice, recommend drawing for beginners with tool of their choosing

Workshop will be for beginners to intermediate artists with the focus on seeing more like a painter and drawing more accurately.

Topics include:

Seeing as a painter sees

Drawing like a painter--my process, and why I do it that way

Multiple techniques that I use for achieving accurate drawing

Using tone and value to show form

Using mass of tone to create design in a portrait

Contrast and how to use it

Application of these principles to other mediums and styles

For students taking the full day class:

From 1:00-5:00 PM hands-on instruction drawing or painting from the model (beginners are encouraged to draw only), ending with critiques, clean-up and parting thoughts.

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