My daughter, Gracie, now a Junior in High School, has taken art classes from Mr. Lyman over periods since 7th grade (September, 2010). My daughter has attended his classes at different locations in Pinellas County, including the Dunedin Fine Arts Center, in Safety Harbor and at the Morean Art Center. Mr. Lyman has instructed by daughter in both group settings and private lessons.

My daughter has only glowing things to report of Mr. Lyman as a teacher, describing him as “very relatable -he’s gets what I’m trying to create,” he “keeps our interest,” and he can be a “friend to bring out my creativity, but always in a teacher-student professional way.” My daughter has previously provided a testimonial for Mr. Lyman, which reads: “My art teacher Mike has really impacted my life in a way that he helped me become more observant and to keep an open mind. The most important thing that he taught me is that…it’s okay to not fit into what’s going on, you make your own normal, you make your own niche…you don’t have to change for anyone. Thank you for teaching me all this, and for being my art teacher.”

From a mother’s perspective, I know my daughter was well prepared for a week-long summer intensive of drawing at SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) as a rising Sophomore, due to Mr. Lyman’s instruction.

Claire H.

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Michael Lyman has a lot of positive energy and enthusiasm as a teacher. People really enjoyed his free 5-minute drawing lessons at our local Comic Con. He knows how to encourage people to connect with their creativity and not be afraid of expressing it in art.

Greg Plantamura
Computer Graphic Specialist at City of St. Petersburg

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Michael is an awesome artist and a great art teacher too! I highly recommend him for anyone or group that would benefit from instruction in drawing and graphic arts.

Ron D

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In addition to being a very talented designer and illustrator, Michael is extremely reliable and one of the best designers with whom I’ve worked. He has a knack for taking limited information from clients (like me!) and creating several options to meet their needs. I’d highly recommend Michael for any type of design work and web site development.

Pat Huston
SCORE Vice-Chair

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Michael K. is an excellent event coordinator. He has helped me organize my outdoor festival at Lowery Park Zoo along with recording and capturing my bands performance. A highly recomend Michael K as an event coordinator, photographer and illustrator.

John Sammel
President, CJS Productions Inc


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Michael coordinated costumed characters from the 501st Legion to attend several large-scale functions at the Tampa Bay History Center in the last year.

From the grand opening of an exhibit which entailed a massive parade down the Riverwalk leading to an “invasion” of the museum to our Night at the Museum trick-or-treat events, Michael’s attention to detail allowed these events to run smoothly and the crowds loved it! His strong leadership and respect for his Legion members was obvious, as was their respect for him.

I can’t imagine what I would have done this year during our Night at the Museum event if it hadn’t been for his dedication. I had to call Michael at the last minute to pull together several people for the event only days away. Not only did he come through, he saved the day! We had more than our initial anticipated need. I can’t thank him enough and welcome any opportunity to work with such a dedicated, helpful, enjoyable professional in the future.

Jen Tyson
Assistant Curator of Education
Tampa Bay History Center

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You could not ask for a better person to have on a team than Michael. He is amazingly insightful and talented. Michael played an essential part in the development and coordination of the very first Safety Harbor Comic Con and has been a constant supporter of the library. His classes are superb and we received an overwhelming amount of praise from the participants with whom he interacted. I am excited to work with Michael again in the future.

Gina Bingham
Reference Librarian, Safety Harbor Library

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I’ve had the pleasure of working with Michael on several Star Wars related group events, with more to come! Michael was instrumental in coordinating appearances by the 501st Legion. His timeliness and attention to detail ensured the troop was an overwhelming success. As a result of Michael’s work, our very first Star Wars event gained national attention, and Lucasfilm Ltd.’s, accolades!

Chris Farnkopf
Manager, Corporate Hospitality Sales at The Madison Square Garden Company

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