Art is a door to spark the imagination, ignite the heart and illuminate the world around us.  Illustrators are visual communicators that tell a story, illustrate a concept or convey a message. There is a passion in God’s heart to speak through your art. Through God’s creativity you have the power to illuminate the world.

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Grow closer to the Lord and use your artistic talents to share God’s love through illustration. This training is for those who want to grow in godly character and apply biblical principles in their lives, in addition to broadening their artistic skills. Strong drawing ability is recommended.

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Choose School Period





Jan 4th – Mar 28th 2018






Completion of any YWAM DTS and outreach.


Biblical foundation of the arts

Drawing concepts



Color theory

Painting techniques (watercolor, acrylic, oil, mixed media)

Art exhibit and presentation skills



The internship provides an opportunity for working experience in a design studio or missions setting abroad. Students excel in their artwork, and may have the potential for publication of their illustrations and further portfolio development. Internships are individualized for business or ministry according to abilities and area of interest.



Karen Chamalian (Founder)

Karen prayed a simple prayer to “Make A Difference” while living in California. That led her do her Discipleship Training School with YWAM Kona in 1995.  She has a BFA degree in Illustration from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.

Her favorite media are oil and acrylic and she likes to do Cultural portraits reflecting the diversity of the nations. She also has a heart for social and justice issues and doing illustrations that bring awareness.

After being School of Illustration staff for several years, she began leading the school in in 1998 and also ran an illustration school in Kenya in 2001.

Karen teaches drawing, figure drawing, colored pencil, oil and acrylic painting and mixed media.

Karen’s heart is to encourage and motivate students to use their talents to glorify God. She seeks to inspire artists to grow in godly character, and discover the extravagant creativity of God to share with others, and bring hope and blessing.


Graham Fleming (Leadership Team)


Graham is a creative catalyst, varied in his approach and pursuits. Graham’s specialty is children’s books. He leads workshops on digital art, visual storytelling, and creating children’s books. He continues to further his own education with online courses. Graham makes his home in Tokyo, Japan.

Wayne Lo (Leadership Team)


God designed Wayne to be passionate about having a pure heart, finding freedom and seeing God Himself! He presses into God’s glorious presence, hoping to see that place of intimacy & rest expand inward and outward … first into his favorite pastimes (his wife, Rebecca, and their two kids) and beyond. He sees God propelling his creativity and experience as an artist in entertainment (animation, film, visual effects, video games, etc…) into God’s wild, unstoppable march into the nations!

Contact School


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