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Lyon Arts Professional Art Instruction

Photography Intensive - September 7th

Photography and Photoshop Skills for Artists

September 7th - 10 am - 5 pm

We will stop for a 1-hour lunch break at 1:00 p.m.

Limited to 20 spots. The class will carry if there is a minimum of 10 students, so spread the word to your friends that you think will be interested!

I will start with some photography basics so that you know the terminology and better understand how to get the most out of your camera. Then we will move into a live photo shoot with a model and I will show how to get the most of your shoot. We’ll focus on the whole pose, but also getting the right hands, feet, face, and fabric. From there we’ll jump into Lightroom and Photoshop to show how to take your raw photos and process them to get vibrant skin tones. After that, I will composite the photos to get a finished color comp for painting reference. Lastly, we will cover how to photograph your artwork.

At the end of the workshop, after 5:00 p.m., for those that bring their cameras and have questions, I can help you better understand your camera and get the most out of it.

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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:

August 28

September 4, 11, 18, 25

October 2, 9

October 16 NO SESSION (please attend the Springville Spiritual and Religious show opening reception! 6-8pm)

October 23, 30

November 6, 13, 20, 27

December 4, 11, 18







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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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4 day painting from Life with Joshua LaRock

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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.



4 days in the studio with Joshua LaRock!

WORKSHOP DATE - 8/24 - 8/27, 2020

WORKSHOP TIMES - 10:00 AM - 5pm daily with a 1 hour lunch

TUITION - $590

SKILL LEVEL -  Intermediate to Advanced


Capturing a likeness is among the most elusive yet emotionally satisfying of artistic endeavors and a good drawing is undoubtedly the most critical component in achieving a good result.  In this 4 day workshop Joshua will walk students through the steps necessary to create a luminous, indirect portrait painting from life, beginning with a drawing in graphite and white chalk.

From Joshua:

My demonstration and critiques will center around the principles of form and how to understand and achieve the illusion of three-dimensions.  By better understanding the importance of form the student will gain new insight into values, structure, expression and indeed, color.

Each morning session will begin with a thorough portrait demonstration from the model including a dialogue of all key concepts, while the afternoon will focus on personal critiques as you create your own painting.  We will progress each day, working on the same pose, through a clear method which you will be able to easily apply to your own work. The first day will begin with the block-in, or line drawing, including a discussion of both two and three dimensional conception and problem-solving strategies.  With a solid start, we will move on to an in-depth investigation of the portrait's forms and large value relationship, as well as the practical and conceptual techniques of modeling which can often be counter-intuitive. The drawing will be transferred to canvas.

On the second day we will begin the first of three layers of paint, one each day.  I will be teaching the the indirect approach to oil painting which is distinct from the alla-prima, or wet-in-wet, method in that it is done in layers and can therefore achieve wonderful and subtle effects by the use of semi-transparent veils of paint.  The first layer consists of a thin neutralized underpainting to establish large value relationships. The second is a slightly thicker layer where the form is built up and more color context is added. And finally, a refining pass with a discussion of glazing and scumbling will be applied the third day.

Day 1: Block-in drawing – lighting, 2 dimensional vs 3 dimensional concepts.  Render drawing in graphite focusing on form and structure. Transfer to canvas.

Day 2: Underpainting – discuss various methods, intro to color space – hue/value/chroma

Day 3: Building up form – lighter lights, darker darks, with more color context. Anticipate final layer.

Day 4: Finishing - Polishing and refining by glazing and scumbling; consider edges.

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