School & Studio


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:

January 2, 9

JANUARY 16 NO SESSION (we’ll be attending the artist symposium at the Springville Museum, you should to!)

January 23, 30

February 6,13,20,27

March 6,13,20,27







Add To Cart


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. "

Studying the old masters workshop

Students working on their master copy in a previous workshop help at the Lyon Arts Studio. 

Students working on their master copy in a previous workshop help at the Lyon Arts Studio. 

Howard will be teaching this class again in January 2018 in Scottsdale, Arizona! 

WORKSHOP DATES - 01/03/2018 - 01/07/2018

WORKSHOP TIMES - 9:00AM - 4:00PM on Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

TUITION - $650/ 5 days

SKILL LEVEL - Intermediate to advanced


This workshop will provide the opportunity to deeply study an old master painting (figurative or portrait) and learn from the past. Students will spend time reviewing various processes of the several old masters. Students will do a small color study of the chosen work, develop an accurate drawing to work from, and then create final painting.  This experience will provide a better understanding of the painting process, how to draw for an underpainting and explore several different approaches to creating a painting from start to finish.  The workshop will also cover the painting process used throughout the 19th century and by illustrators such as Norman Rockwell and Dean Cornwell.  Additionally, the course will cover how to apply modern tools to this process and your own work.

Click here for more details and to register!



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.