Learn about Mural Making with Brandon Hawkins

Brandon Hawkins with a Youth Apprentice on “A Song of Freedom” mural. Photo by Bergette Photography.


Join ArtWorks on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, for an Mural Making Workshop with Brandon Hawkins.

This workshop is designed to introduce artists to the process of creating murals. Artists attending will learn about the materials and methods used to create murals on site, including an overview of varying surfaces and the materials used to execute a work to stand the test of time.

This is a great opportunity to network with like-minded artists and ArtWorks staff, to learn more about ArtWorks and mural-making in general, and ultimately, to learn a new skill and craft.

Join us from 5:30 – 7:00 for the workshop then stay after for some networking with fellow artists. 

Tickets are $10 for the general public and free for ArtWorks Alumni (Apprentices, Teaching Staff, Big Pitch and CO.STARTERS). This event is for those who are 21 years old and over.

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Meet the Muralist

Brandon “Illzotic” Hawkins is a visual artist and instructor with over 13 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, 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 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 their company Soul Palette, which is a unique mobile concept of customizable painting experiences.

Brandon led Artworks Apprentices as a Lead Teaching Artist to complete three projects in Avondale during 2018 and 2019. Brandon works as the Visual Arts Instructor at Elementz, an urban oasis of hope and a catalyst of change for Cincinnati’s inner-city youth. He is also the Team Building Facilitator at Visionaries and Voices, an inclusive arts organization that provides creative opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities. Brandon’s ultimate mission and dream is to bless others with his talent for painting and arts.

Brandon’s past ArtWorks projects include:

  • 2018 – Avondale Hero’s
  • 2018 – Avondale Walking Trail Murals
  • 2019 – A Song of Freedom

About ArtWorks

Since 1996, ArtWorks has been transforming people and places through investments in creativity. The organization is a workforce development and job-training program where art is the vehicle that trains and employs local youth and professional talent to create art and community impact. ArtWorks has hired over 3,500 youth and 3,000 professional artists who have completed over 12,000 public and private art projects. ​