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Ryan Greis

Ryan Greis is Founder and Head of Instruction and Research at Drawn Studio. Guided by an active interest in late 19th/early 20th Century American Realism art, he has identified and located a number of previously lost works by painters such as Frederick Oakes Sylvester and Frank Duveneck. Ryan is also a specialist in representational drawing and brings his unique intrigue in historic art and illustrative drawing techniques to his teaching studio.

His artwork has appeared on the pages of New York Press, St. Louis Magazine, Riverfront Times and other local and regional publications around the United States, earning him numerous awards year after year from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia.

Ryan is a Kentucky Governor's School of the Arts alumni. He earned his Bachelor's of Arts degree in Visual Communication from Northern Kentucky University and his MBA from Lindenwood University.

Ryan teaches the following:

Drawing the Head & Face - Children, Adults

Drawing the Figure - Children, Adults

H2D - Hard to Draw Series

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Dr. Michael Faris

Dr. Faris teaches the following:

Drawing with Graphite for Beginners

Intermediate Drawing with Graphite

Dr. Michael Faris is an artist and art instructor. He is a former Assistant Professor of Art Education at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri. He has also taught at Shawnee Community College (SCC) in Ullin, Illinois; Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville (SIUE); and Centralia High School (CHS) in Centralia, Illinois. He has also taught at various community art centers, including the St. Louis Artists' Guild, the Center of Creative Arts in St. Louis, Stone Soup Gallery, the Centralia Cultural Society, the Little Egypt Art Association, the Hartley Art Gallery and Event Center, and Carbondale Community Arts.


Faris has exhibited his paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures at the Kranzberg Gallery, the St. Louis Artists’ Guild, the Evansville Museum of Arts and Science, Cottey College, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, The University of Nebraska, The Indianapolis Art Center, Columbia College, The Springfield Art Association, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Swope Art Museum, Carbondale Community Arts, the Centralia Cultural Society, South Suburban College, Southeastern Illinois College, and many other locations.


Faris earned his PhD in art education at Indiana University, Bloomington (IUB). He earned his MS and BS in art education at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville (SIUE). His dissertation explores racial inequity in community arts centers in the United States, with part of the study involving a specific arts center in the Midwest. 

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