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Artistic Teacher Captivates Students with His Sprawling Chalkboard Masterpieces

Teacher Hirotaka Hamasaki captivates his young students by drawing sprawling masterpieces on the blackboard. Rather than writing notes or homework assignments, he emulates artworks featuring historically-significant imagery as well as contemporary pieces. Using everyday chalk and a well-worn eraser, Hamasaki references iconic paintings like Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper as well as pop culture-inspired works like Disney’s The Little Mermaid.

Hamasaki’s ability to faithfully reproduce several types of artistic styles is awe-inspiring. In one instance, he’s drawn the cubist masterpiece Guernica by Pablo Picasso, but he’s comfortable switching gears to illustrate a colorful scene from the anime film Kimi no Na Wa. It seems his chalkboard subjects know no limit—the perfect way to engage a group who is constantly learning.

We'd love to sit in his class—for now, though, we’ll have to settle and enjoy his work through Instagram.

Hirotaka Hamasaki: Instagram
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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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