Master Scratchboard Artist & Teacher

Paul Hopman

About

Since 2008 when I became a full time artist, I’ve toured over 230 shows in 9 states. My artwork has been displayed in art galleries in Florida, Arizona, Colorado, and Utah. My work is collected around the world.

I’ve taught art to hundreds of kids and adults in numerous schools and organizations, and continue to promote art education through my organization, Scratchboard University.

Experience

Author
First Book of Scratchboard | 2015

Founder
Scratchboard University | 2017

Vice President
Treasures 4 Teachers Non-Profit | 2020-present

Founder & President
Boys & Girls Club of Waukegan, IL | 2001

About

Since 2008 when I became a full time artist, I’ve toured over 230 shows in 9 states. My artwork has been displayed in art galleries in Florida, Arizona, Colorado, and Utah. My work is collected around the world.

I’ve taught art to hundreds of kids and adults in numerous schools and organizations, and continue to promote art education through my organization, Scratchboard University.

Experience

Author
First Book of Scratchboard | 2015

Founder
Scratchboard University | 2017

Vice President
Treasures 4 Teachers Non-Profit | 2020-present

Founder & President
Boys & Girls Club of Waukegan, IL | 2001

Education

Associate Degree
American Academy of Art | 1971

Awards

  • People’s Choice Award
    Phippen Museum Art Show | 2021, 2019-17, 2015-13
  • People’s Choice Award
    Red River Arts & Wine Festival | 2016
  • Best of Show
    4th Annual Art on the Greene Festival | 2015
  • Peoples Choice Award
    Indio Camber Art Festival | 2015
  • Wieghorst Award / Best of Show
    Mountain Oyster Club | 2015
  • Peoples Choice Award
    Cattleman’s Art Show | 2014
  • 1st Place
    Reidoso Art Festival | 2014
  • Jeannette Gullett Award
    NEAFFAA Art Festival | 2013
  • 1st Place
    St. George Art Festival | 2013-12
  • 1st Place
    Mustang Heritage Foundation | 2011

Education

Associate Degree
American Academy of Art | 1971

Awards

  • People’s Choice Award
    Phippen Museum Art Show | 2021, 2019-17, 2015-13
  • People’s Choice Award
    Red River Arts & Wine Festival | 2016
  • Best of Show
    4th Annual Art on the Greene Festival | 2015
  • Peoples Choice Award
    Indio Camber Art Festival | 2015
  • Wieghorst Award / Best of Show
    Mountain Oyster Club | 2015
  • Peoples Choice Award
    Cattleman’s Art Show | 2014
  • 1st Place
    Reidoso Art Festival | 2014
  • Jeannette Gullett Award
    NEAFFAA Art Festival | 2013
  • 1st Place
    St. George Art Festival | 2013-12
  • 1st Place
    Mustang Heritage Foundation | 2011

A scratch is a dot that went for a walk Art in Life

My inspiration comes from witnessing animals in moments.

Paul’s inspiration comes from observing animals in the wild. The light reflecting in the gaze of a horse, the pose of a lioness as she lay beside her cubs, the heated breath of a bison on a brisk morning. These moments are filled with energy and emotion that Paul has made his mission to capture and share with the world.

Paul is a classically trained artist across many mediums. He has toured over 225 shows in nine states and three countries. Paul has taken home many prestigious awards including 7 “Best of Shows” and 7 “People’s Choice” at the Phippen Western Art Show and many more. Paul’s artwork has been displayed in art galleries in Florida, Arizona, and Utah. His works are collected around the world.

In 2015 Paul published The First Book of Scratchboard—a step-by-step guide for scratchboard. Teaching art is something that comes naturally to Paul. He has taught hundreds of kids and adults in numerous schools and organizations. In 2017, Paul created Scratchboard University: a comprehensive learning program that includes a scratchboard kit with materials, a printed guide, and a series of over 50 educational videos.

Paul continues to produce amazing illustrations of wild animals, endearing pet portraits, and educational content. Currently, Paul is focused on promoting art education and is the Vice President of the Treasures for Teachers non-profit organization.

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