Elementz is pleased to welcome Brandon Hawkins and Siri Imani as our newest teaching artists. Brandon will be teaching visual arts to members on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-7PM. Siri Imani will be coaching Elementz members in spoken word on Tuesdays to help them prepare for this years Louder Than a Bomb competition. Both artists will also be teaching youth at various external workshops throughout the year. Read below to learn more about their experience as artists.
Brandon “Illzotic” Hawkins is a visual artist and instructor with over 12 years of experience. He has his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Arts & Sciences in African and African American Studies. Brandon also earned his certificate in Fine Arts from DAAP. Infusing his love for history and art, Brandon has created his own “Illzotic” technique for art and design. While fine tuning his craft and gaining valuable life experience, Brandon has found time to teach and mentor young artists at his church and neighboring communities. During the summer of 2009, he assembled a group of youth to paint a 15 foot high by 30 foot wide mural of the Church and the Holy Trinity. In the summer of 2010, Brandon was awarded the key to the city of Middletown for his depiction of a multicultural playground at a newly remodeled community center. In January 2016, Brandon and his wife launched the company Soul Palette which is a unique mobile concept of customizable painting experiences. In June 2016, Brandon was commissioned to create a piece of visual art that depicted fatherhood that was given to Daddy’s Night Out honorees. Brandon’s ultimate mission and dream is to bless others with his talent for painting and arts. His goal is to return to school to earn his Master’s Degree in Art Education, continue to pursue a career in art and launch his lifestyle apparel label.
Brandon will be teaching visual art on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-7PM to youth here at Elementz. We are excited to have Brandon join our community of teaching artists in 2018!