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Meet Miles Lewis of Valley Art Workshop in Woodland Hills

Today we’d like to introduce you to Miles Lewis.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I started into a serious interest in drawing and painting at 15. At 19, I inherited a college-preparatory community art school from my mentor Greg Mansi in the San Fernando Valley.

My current situation as a community workshop director, an event portraitist, and a studio artist is in the connection between those two activities over the past 10 years. This time has included my graduation with a BA in Printmaking from Cal State University Northridge.

I feel that teaching gives me a consistent insight into what I do, while making my own work gives me an insight into what can be taught. Maximizing social benefit is the combining factor that I’m thinking through as I continue to build the Valley Art Workshop.

Has it been a smooth road?
One of the difficulties with art is the expectation of audience.

I do not have a large audience for my own work, in the way that many of friends have for theirs. It’s easy to end up in a position that is respected and that exists just outside of a popular scene, where there’s something about what you’re doing that doesn’t quite fit a market or some passing standard of accomplishment.

What I do is relatively local, so it has certain limitations that might be described as obstacles.

These are problems that I’ve come to understand to be typical of the neighborhood artist.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Valley Art Workshop – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
The school that I’ve formed is the Valley Art Workshop.

At any time, it’s really been an extension of my own studio through community education. It’s gone through a few iterations. It began as a college-preparatory community workshop, then became a fine-art printmaking operation, and now it’s a more broadly-based workshop space for visiting artists and weekly uninstructed classes.

The operation is small but I’m proud of what it’s becoming.

I’ve developed a highly individualized and intellectually engaged way of working with young people, alongside a simply useful approach to creating resources for all ages, and a program for facilitating fine artists’ intuitive transition to teaching. As the organization becomes more cohesive and inventive, I see it becoming a very distinctive community resource. I think that what will set it apart as it becomes even more established is the critical connection between craft and non-formulaic education that all of these elements are constituting.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love our city’s diversity. I dislike our city’s transit system BUT I have hope.

Pricing:

  • We have uninstructed life-drawing classes for between $10 and $15 per class.
  • Instructed classes are at inexpensive monthly rates of about $100-$170.

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