Jim Chapman is an artist, writer and instructor who has taught at Brenau University, University of North Georgia, Georgia State University in Atlanta and the University of Georgia’s Studies Abroad Program in Cortona, Italy. Additionally, he has taught art at numerous centers in the U.S., such as the Quinlan Visual Arts Center in Gainesville, GA. He has also taught urban sketching at the Kulture Schopkaufer (an arts-based culture center) in Berlin.
He holds an MFA in Studio Art from Georgia State University (2012) and a BFA in Drawing/Painting from the University of Georgia (1983).
He also studied Graphic Design there from 1986-88.
Much of his career was in newspaper illustration and design, at companies suc as The Tennessean, in Nashville, TN, and The Times, in Gainesville, GA. He also served as a planetarium artist for several years at the Cumberland Science Museum (now Adventure Science Center) in Nashville.
His artwork has been shown at Art Aqua Miami, Ernest G. Welch Gallery, the Granite Room in Atlanta, Texas Tech University and the National Watercolor Society, Museum Victoria in Melbourne, Australia; The Minolta Planetarium, Toyokawa, Japan; The Manitoba Museum in Winnipeg, Fernbank Science
Center in Atlanta, and over 100 other museums and planetariums.
Jim is a committee member of the Greater Hall County’s Chamber of Commerce VISION 2030 Public Arts. He works with at-risk communities using visual arts and critical thinking for projects such as murals and art programs.
He currently writes for Drawing Attention, a global e-zine distributed by Urban Sketchers. His work has been featured in International Artist magazine, The Artist’s Magazine, Watercolor Magic and Georgia Trend. Jim was a Contributing
Editor for The Artist’s Magazine for several years.
A good idea works at any scale or size
The design for the largest ship in the world begins as a sketch.
If the design is sound, that can be translated into any material and at any size.
The design is a physical reflection of an idea. If the idea is good, if the sketch is good, if the design is good, it translates.
if the idea isn't solid, the ships.
A good idea is everything.