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Volunteer Increases Student Participation for Character Drawing Class

Welcome Chris Miles, the newest Volunteer Art Instructor at Santa Barbara Art Works (SBAW). Chris currently volunteers once a week for five hours, teaching a 12-week "Character Drawing" Class to the resident artists at the studio. According to Jacob Allio, SBAW Studio Manager, "this new class has been a great addition to the courses offered at Santa Barbara Art Works, with increased participation by several students, such as Kyle Allan, who typically prefers to work independently. Kyle and many other students have shown up to Chris’ Character Drawing Class with enthusiasm and a strong interest to learn. Plus, the students find it fun having a new teacher to interact with in the studio."

Chris has a unique talent in the arts and teaches the process of animation and 2-D drawing, from character form, to facial features, and then how to create movement on a page. His practice is unlike any of the other classes taught at SBAW, which are mixed-media collage, watercolors, and classical acrylic painting.

Santa Barbara Art Works feels very fortunate for Chris’ time and volunteerism to help our artists with disabilities learn a new art technique. Chris plans to continue his great work with the support of the paid internship program offered through the Santa Barbara Department of Rehabilitation.

To find out more about how to Volunteer at Santa Barbara Art Works, contact the studio at 805.963.8332 or email

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