Miha Sarani is a visual artist, art educator, and art historian. He was born and raised in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and moved permanently to the United States in 2007, after spending a decade in Italy.
He earned a BFA (painting + drawing, 2015) and an MA (art history, 2019) from the University of Washington.
Miha’s work has been shown at art museums and galleries, featured in art journals, publications and music album covers. His large “Koncentrik Painting” series is owned by the University of Washington and on permanent display at the Mary Gates Hall.
He lectures regularly on the subject of art history, as well as the practical aspect of art making for the Seattle Central College Continuing Education, OSHER program at the University of Washington, Bellevue College Continuing Education, and Kirkland Arts Center.
Also passionate about music, Miha released his debut music album Emona Au Revoir in 2016. It was included in Seattle Public Library's PlayBack program the following year.
He lives and works in Seattle with his wife Tomitha, and their dog Blue.
Miha's Teaching Style & Approach
Miha structures his art history classes around interactive, engaging lectures Each presentation includes relevant terminology, historically significant information and high-resolution artwork images.
Practical art classes are structured on demos by instructor, followed by student hands-on practice. When it comes to his hands-on art classes, he aims to create a safe environment for students to share their creativity and creations. He explains, "Being creative can be challenging and that can feel powerful, liberating and also terrifying. When my class intention is successful, the students often tend to build their own art community in class and begin sharing work safely, with encouragement and respect."
His teaching style is inclusive and he wants every student to feel important, welcomed and respected. Over the years he has learned that, "No two students are alike, nor do they share the same interests. Some prefer to participate, others wish to observe silently - I aim to respect each individual attendee, by making them feel at ease."
He welcomes and encourages students to participate and become fully engaged in the topics, as well as contribute their own lived experiences.