PopArt 2917

PopArt 2917

5.0 (4)
1 employee
5 years in business

About this pro

I believe my approach two motivating & instructing others to paint is much different than most others. I have no formal training, I choose not to watch teaching videos about different techniques & styles. I teach with passion I was born with. My love talking art & helping others find their own style is rewarding. We all have something different to learn from each other.

I have been teaching at Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale for over a year now. The class completely changed my life from the inspirational students who continue attend my classes. I believe they teach me more than I teach them. 

I enjoy putting smiles on other people's faces. I don't look at it like I'm doing work, I look at it like we're having fun together living life, the way we need to live to be happy. I put endless hours into my paintings, my class, & anyone who asks me for help. Whether it's getting started, different techniques, ideas, whatever it is I'm doing it never seems like work to me. I'm grateful I found art.

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Phoenix, AZ 85042
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4 Reviews


  • Brandi Halcrow

    He has done an amazing job helping me recognize the areas in my life I need to improve, and showed me ways that has kept me positive in more ways than I could have ever imagined. I've seen huge changes in last month solely due to the guidance I received. I would highly recommend Danebread Art for anyone ready and willing to make changes from the core! 💜

  • Jessica Guzman

    He is a very talented and creative teacher who implements easy ways to help you achieve the look you are going for in your art. Very patient and communicative in his teachings. I absolutely loved and enjoyed every moment of working with him. I had such a blast with this wonderful person and teacher.

  • Judy Stack

    I have attended quite a few classes that Michael (Danebread) has instructed. He is very passionate about art and enthusiastic to share they in his classes. Every class has been a fun experience for me and I have enjoyed seeing others in the class create some amazing paintings. I highly recommend any of these classes.

  • Pamela Shippey

    I meant Mike at The Southwest school of healing arts. He told me his story about how Art has changed his life. I told him about my daughter who passed away in 2015. And I told him l always wanted to do Art. Mike went on to say that doing art can help me to heal and that he could help me learn to do what he does. And the rest is history he’s right Art did help me to heal and he stood right by my side when I got stuck. Mike is a very patient an encouraging guide. He showed me how to get started on a project using acrylic painting, then he stood out of the way as I developed my creativity and allowed it to flow so I could develop my own style. Mike was my first instructor. He helped me get started with a portrait of my daughter who died in 2015. It was a very healing event for me. I was afraid to try and didn’t know if I could do it. Through his encouragement I finished that painting. I gained the confidence shortly after working with him to start other paintings and then move into oil painting. If it had not been for Mike I don’t think I would have had the confidence advancing into oil painting. I always share my progress with Mike to this day. He helps me to see something’s without putting me down. Mike is a great teacher In my opinion he should be teaching a large audience. Plus he is funny and light hearted. He is organized and takes great care when planning to teach, taking his students step by step helping them to master each technique he teaches. He cares about his students growth. He puts his heart into it!


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

My process is identifying their own strengths and weaknesses, using their strengths to gain enough confidence within themselves that they feel like they can do anything. By any saying anything, I mean any type of art they are passionate about. I think artists putting themselves into uncomfortable positions, extracts the most growth. It's about all about confidence.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have no formal training. My training consisted of me wasting thousand of dollars in paint in my room. By screwing up repeatedly and learning what works and what doesn't, it helped me identify what I needed to know.

Then one day in Jan. 2018, I met an artist/teacher in the park. We started talking, we became good friends, but within a month she offers me her art teaching job. At the time, I felt like I didn't know anything about art, so I responded to her & I don't know anything about art, she responded back with I have been in the business my entire life. This job it's for you, I wouldn't offer it to anybody else and I know dozens of people in the art business. I'm incredibly grateful has she seen something in me before I seen something in me. At the time I was just trying to sell my paintings. I thought that's what artist do is sell their paintings. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

I charge $100 per lesson, this price includes cost of quality Lukas paint, art materials, a 3 page typed list of helpful tips to take after the class is over, & Life Coaching we paint if needed. This price is for one artist ONLY.

If more than one artist wishes to attend a lesson, it will be an additional $40 per artist. Six artist limit per lesson based on amount of room we can use. Lessons will end whenever the artist, or artists  wishes to stop inside the 3-hour maximum time limit. Light snacks & refreshments are included upon request, in a smoke free, safe environment.

I do not travel outside my home anymore for classes unless students would like to plan a large class. That would include a minimum of 11 artists.

How did you get started teaching?

I was in Kiwanis Park in Tempe painting Martin Luther King jr. The day before Martin Luther King Day boo 2018. A woman jogging and I park stops me and says you look really familiar have you been to Jerry's artarama? I said yes we got to talk in them and we were both so passionate about art that we became friends. Within a month she had me substitute teach for her which scare me to death cuz I had no training at all. I struggled making it through the class, I have no idea what I was doing, but I knew it was for me. Suddenly selling my artwork wasn't near as appealing as teaching my artwork to others.

What types of students have you worked with?

I've worked with all types of adults. I've had well experienced artist's attend my classes, as well as people who have never painted before. I enjoy both types, it's fun watching both types in a class work together, help each other, & inspire each other. The more relaxed I can make the atmosphere, the better their artwork comes out. 

The students never fail in my class, they only learn what does & doesn't work. If they paint something that looks like trash, that's because I didn't give them enough direction. When that happens I look for the imperfections within my teaching to improve next time. Sometimes they teach me something about myself that I wasn't aware of.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

In April of 2017 I was in a really dark place in my life. I had no family or friends who were speaking to me. I was depressed I burned every bridge I could was every person I knew & I never hated myself more then I did during that time. I thought to myself, what am I going to do? I was so bored. I was sitting there & something told me just go get some paint start painting. I went to the art store, I was lost. I grabbed spray paint and made stencil outlines can you spray paint for my first couple pieces of Art.

The first time that I layed paint on canvas, I knew I had struck gold. It was the most incredible feeling. I felt invincible, my depression was immediately over. I went from being the most miserable person in the world, to the feeling like I could cure cancer. At that moment I started to change 3 decades of pain & suffering

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

My advice would be find a teacher that paint paintings that make you feel good when you see them. If you feel good by somebody else's work, it's because you're inspired by them. If that is something that you would like to replicate within yourself? By finding your own similar style, you'll have the best success finding someone you look up to who gives you the right guidance that you require. 

If your car has problems with the tires, you wouldn't go to a muffler shop to get it fixed. My point is there's thousands of different doors within the art community. It's all about finding the right door for you, there's no right or wrong answer. It's all on you and what makes you feel good. Art isn't a look, art is a feeling. Go where people make you feel better.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

 I think an important one is how much to expect from yourself immediately. Learning to paint is a process just like anything else. It takes hard work, dedication, passion, & you have to want to do it.

I struggled a lot starting out & I have passion bleeding out of me. One of my students expected to paint this high level professional piece of art that was flawless for very first time painting. She had a picture of an image with at least 40 different colors in it. This person was emotionally destroyed why this art piece wasn't coming out the way they intended it to.

Important things to think ask yourself is why? Everyone has different needs & wants, I started painting because I thought it'd be cool to sell paintings. I thought piano someone who sells their art for a career would be a really cool job to have. And 3 1/2 years later I have no interest on selling my paintings at all. So what you may think you want? Might be the exact opposite? I think it's important to just be happy in the beginning and not expect too much too quickly.

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