By Brentwood Art Center March 29


Born in Los Angeles, Hayley studied at Otis College of Art and Design, where she received a BFA with Honors. She spent the next 7 years living and working in Europe, mainly in the UK and France. In 2016 Hayley returned to Los Angeles, where she currently resides and works, both as faculty at the Brentwood Art Center and as a practicing artist at her studio in Inglewood. 


From jewel-like watercolors to larger-than-life-size portraiture, Hayley repurposes traditional art making processes to explore her vision of male representation in contemporary art.



"My artistic voice is inherently a part of me and how I see the world. In a way it feels easy: if you’re an artist you do the things you like, and you’re never going to be ‘done’. In other ways it is very difficult: technique, subject, medium, concept – I’m trying to find the moment where a piece becomes more than the sum of its parts."


 "I strongly believe anyone can learn to draw and make art. In my classes I break down complex subjects with simple, reproducible skills firmly rooted in observation. This means really learning to see, and this is a large part of my approach to teaching art. Ultimately, my teaching style involves lots of individualized time with each student using a positive yet constructive approach. I want students to know that a “mistake” is just an opportunity to learn, to trust in their new skills, and not to be afraid to try something new."

Hayley is currently teaching Begininng Drawing, Intermediate/Advanced Drawing, Figure Drawing and a Teen Drawing and Painting Class. Please see our schedule for more information!

By Brentwood Art Center March 22
Melissa received her MFA at the Pennsylvania Academy for Fine Arts and has exhibited in multiple galleries and cultural instiutions across the United States. She has also created digital backgrounds, storyboards and illustrated children's books.

"I create work that revolves around the concepts of time, memory, sense of self, place and fantasy. Many of my narratives stem from everyday life fused with how I imagine situations, places and people to be or how I remember them. I allow media to help 'complete  the  story' when I work, since painting and drawing has always been a very immediate and open process for me. I also use a variety of tools, from oil paint, acrylic and spray paint to mixed media collage, sculpture and film. I tend to look for what the art work needs, and complete it based on that information." 

"In Beginning to Intermediate painting, we start with delving into color, how it relates to value and how the "magic" of color separates painting from all other media. Working with various still life objects, students explore classic to contemporary painting techniques. We also study the works of a master artist of your choosing to assist in developing a personal painting series which is started at the end of the session. Oil, acrylic and mixed media techniques are explored. My main goal is to introduce each student to painting fundamentals while helping to guide them into finding their own, unique voice in their work." 

All artwork by Melissa Dyanne