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Andy Sjodin

Portrait drawing
Self Portrait in a Hat
by Andy Sjodin

Andy Sjodin, Full-Time Program Instructor at The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Arts, was born in 1981 in Pipestone, Minnesota, and grew up in Forest Lake, Minnesota. He attended St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota, where he received an undergraduate degree. In 2010 Sjodin returned to school to begin his formal training as an artist. Sjodin spent four years studying the drawing and painting methods of the old masters at The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In the fall of 2015 Sjodin began teaching part-time classes at The Atelier. In 2018 he became an instructor with The Atelier's full-time program, where he continues to teach. Sjodin holds a B.A. in Philosophy from St. John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota (2004), and is a graduate of The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Arts (2014).

Sjodin's work combines a French Academic drawing foundation with an impressionistic approach to seeing and interpreting color. His subject matter focuses on the figure, portraiture, still life and interiors, as well as the occasional landscape. Through his work Sjodin strives to honestly represent nature and light while exploring human expressiveness, thoughtful composition, and aesthetic beauty.