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Matthew Lord

Adult & Youth Visual Arts


Matthew Lord was born in Marysville, Kansas in 1975. His art career began in elementary school, where he would swap drawings for better grub at lunch. As a child, Matthew voraciously consumed television, played video games, collected comic books and entertained himself for hours by drawing at the kitchen table. This early love of pop culture, storytelling and mark making greatly influenced his decision to pursue a creative life.

 

In 1999, Matthew graduated with a BFA in Illustration from the University of Kansas. In the years since, he has achieved many distinct milestones in his career, including several solo and group exhibitions, featured editorial illustrations, lectures and workshops. Being an artist has allowed him to take on the roles of teacher, facilitator, mentor, curator and storyteller. Matthew’s ultimate goal in creating is to spark awe with his weird wonderful beautiful art.

Matthew’s artwork communicates a sense of playfulness and absurdity while incorporating elements of fantastic realism. Using his preferred media of gouache, ink and printmaking, Matthew seeks to tell thoughtful visual stories drawn from his curiosity for the natural world and a love of mythology. His projects, commissions and collaborations vary from small paintings, to gigantic woodcut prints, to a moving mural on wheels resembling a jackalope. He celebrates his creative community through collaborations that have encompassed art installations, monthly themed drawing events and an artist-run non-profit creative space.

Matthew lives and makes artwork in Lawrence, KS— his fingers are often covered in ink and he still draws at a kitchen table.

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Draw & Dine Club: May the 4th Be With You![24WSP]
05/4/24 - 05/4/24, 12:30PM - 2:00PM | SA
Ages 5 to 120 | Matthew Lord | Lawrence Arts Center
Enrolling Now | SYFWI
Members $63 | Non-Members $70
Calling all Jedi’s to this special meeting of the Draw & Dine Club that will teach you to draw with the force. We’ll meet at Latchkey Deli for lunch and special Yoda Soda Italian Sodas to learn fun dinner table drawing exercises and games inspired by a galaxy far, far, away. The cost includes a meal for one adult and one child and a drawing kit.

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Teen Drawing: Pop Portraits & Big Heads[24WSP]
03/18/24 - 04/22/24, 4:30PM - 6:00PM | MO
Ages 13 to 18 | Matthew Lord | Lawrence Arts Center
Enrolling Now | SYTDB
Members $117 | Non-Members $130
Make portrait drawing fun as we learn to draw faces with accuracy and likeness. We’ll learn facial proportions and draw with close observation while also cutting loose to draw oversized stylized portraits. This class will combine drawing from photographs of pop culture icons with opportunities to draw from a dressed model to make piles of portrait pictures.

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Intro to Water Media[24WSP]
03/18/24 - 05/6/24, 7:00PM - 9:00PM | MO
Ages 14 to 120 | Matthew Lord | Lawrence Arts Center
Enrolling Now | SAP11
Members $207 | Non-Members $230
This introductory watercolor class invites students from all levels to explore different water-based media and techniques. Discover mark making, color mixing, and a variety of subjects to render in this course.

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Beginning Drawing[24WSP]
03/20/24 - 05/8/24, 5:30PM - 7:00PM | WE
Ages 14 to 120 | Matthew Lord | Lawrence Arts Center
Class is Full - contact about waitlist | SAD13
Members $171 | Non-Members $190

Class is Full - contact about waitlist

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Drawing II: Blending the Rules[24WSP]
03/20/24 - 05/8/24, 7:30PM - 9:00PM | WE
Ages 14 to 120 | Matthew Lord | Lawrence Arts Center
Enrolling Now | SAD23
Members $171 | Non-Members $190
This class offers students further instruction designed to build drawing skills and confidence by introducing drawing exercises, concepts and media explorations that go beyond what is offered in Beginning Drawing.

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