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


By Brentwood Art Center March 09
"I'm a sculptor specializing in the human and animal form. I draw direct inspiration from life; I can regularly be found at the Los Angeles Zoo sculpting animals or in the studio sculpting the human form."

Adam Matano is a professional artist and educator specializing in figurative sculpture.
Adam studied at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in Connecticut. He received a BFA in Sculpture with honors and was awarded the excellence in sculpture award along with the student leadership award. During school he competed in multiple figure sculpture competitions held at: the New York Academy of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of Art (placing first), and the New York Academy (placing third).
Although Adam's main training was in the human figure, he has always had a special love for animals and he applies his knowledge of the human figure to sculpting them. He can be found once a week at the LA Zoo making sculptures from life.
Join Adam this semester:
All Levels Sculpture Workshop
Thursday, 2:30pm-5:30pm March 23 - May 25
"This class is for beginners as well as advanced students. Over the ten week course I'll introduce you to exercises that will enrich your understanding of sculpting fundamentals, and you'll be given the option to indulge your artistic voice by creating your own project, too. Although we don't provide models, if you wish to work from life you can always bring your own to class."
All Levels Figure Sculpture
Wednesdays, 6pm-9pm April 19 - May 31
Intermediate/Advanced Sculpture Workshop
Tuesdays, 10am-2pm (join any time, space permitting)
"Get inspired directly by our fantastic local models! By experimenting with different skills and sculpting techniques, you'll learn how to approach creating a figure or portrait based on anatomical knowledge and direct observation of the subject."
Work from Adam's students: