The Totem Project

The Lila Totem Project is the outcome of the 2017 Artist in Residence program with Greg and Jude Beylerian and 180 children in Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades.

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The Dream Big Project


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  • “The Dream Big Project”
  • Size: 10 feet x 40 feet
  • Medium: Acrylic, archival pigment and canvas on wall with an archival glaze coating.
  • To view the complete project CLICK HERE



“Imagination is more important than knowledge” – Einstein

The Dream Big mural and mixed media works of art were created thru the support of the Artist in Residence program at LILA (The International School of Los Angeles) with Greg & Jude Beylerian. 160 students from third, fourth and fifth grade collaborated to “Dream Big” and explore the possibilities of their imagination as a tool of value that is applicable to any field or career path. Einstein said that the imagination is more important than knowledge, thus this project emphasizes the insight he was referring to. The Dream Big  project emphasized the importance of practicing art exercises to nurture imagination as a means to becoming innovative contributing members of society.
The students were first guided thru a creative visualization process, then organized into brainstorming groups. Each student learned to collaborate and co create a vision, bringing their consious dreams into reality using the mediums of sketching, watercolors, pigment inks, styling, costumes, hair & make-up and a photography studio shoot, all accomplished in 3 sessions. Each child visualized where they would be placed in their constructed artwork, what they would be doing and wearing. 160 kids were photographed individually and according to their artworks vision and then photoshopped into their respective places within the art.
Every child fulfilled each step of the process, thus completing the full scope of the project. The satisfaction of bringing an idea to reality was a satisfying experience shared by everyone involved. From art, medicine, science, entrepreneur, etc.. It is the dreamer who bring their visions to life that give us the magic of the world we live in today, this is the message of The Dream Big Project..

Mr. Robot – Created with Kindergarten class



  • Collaboration with 5 kids from Laurel Elementary kindergarten class to create a work of art together.
  • Medium: cereal boxes, toilet paper tubes, water bottles, tissue boxes, marker, tempura paint, hot glue and lots of odds and ends.
  • Mr. Robot is the result of a two hour exploration into transforming available materials, learning to create collaboratively, having lots of fun and figuring out how to bring a dream to reality.
  • Mr. Robot features a tiara, retro rockets, lots of hearts and messages about pizza and fairies, pixie dust, a few dinosaurs and messages to the ones we love.
  • Did you know that Kindergarten comes from the German word for “children’s garden”

Opening Eye’s Public Art Project with Students

a public art project of LA Commons created with artist Gregory Beylerian and students from the Rose & Alex Pilibos School was unveiled.

Gregory Beylerian collaborated with a group of students aged 11 to 14 to develop a large work of art that was installed in the heart of Hollywood on a building exterior wall at the corner of Hollywood Blvd and Normandie.

Beylerian guided the students thru a process to first create a mission for which the artwork would be based.

“Our mission is to celebrate diversity and open the eye’s of Armenians and all people of the world through the work of art we create together.”

The students were then exposed to the mediums of drawing, painting, poetry and photography. Then together, the art was built on a well constructed framed canvas, a mixed media collage, which was coated with a weather protective resin glaze. The mission was written on the back and each student signed their name on the finished art as well. Then it was mounted on the exterior wall on Hollywood Blvd for many years reflecting the mission of the students in a multi medium art form.

The City of Los Angeles honored each of the students an award certificate at the unveiling ceremony for contributing to cross cultural unification.

To Learn more about the organization that facilitated this project:



Photos by: Yvette Khalafian


Project Timeline With Students:


”Our Mission is to celebrate diversity and open the eye’s of Armenians and all  people of the world through the work of art we create together.”

May 23 – Collect images, stories and “Celebrate Diversity” in multiple languages. Set up photo studio in class and create imagery for artwork.

May 30 – Begin creating the artworks base layout using photoshop… Scan in drawings and other materials.

June 6 – Class does not meet – Group continues to collect and create materials for artwork based on clear vision of artwork’s developed layout. Mural base material (Sintra) is acquired and cut to size (2’x 2’ – making 8’x 8’).

June 13 – Scan in any final materials, finalize layout. Have layout tiled and printed for following class.

June 20 – Glue down photographic elements to Sintra board.

June 27 – Paint on/in designated areas.

July 4 – Continue paint process.

July 11 – Final paint and touch up work. Resin coating process begins.

July 18 – Final resin coating and mural mounting hardware prepared.

July 21 – Mural presented!


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A Tee for Carnegie Hall

The Wind Ensemble at Santa Monica High School was invited to play at Carnegie Hall.

8 different woodwind instruments and a drum!

They asked if I would make art for Tee Shirts and Hoodies that they could wear on their trip to New York City.

This is what I created for them:

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Art & Drum Circles on Current TV

Current TV broadcast of Drum Circle, February 2006. Directed by Ari Macht. Features clips from In His Shoes Drum Circle facilitated by Artist Gregory Beylerian at Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles, October 2005.



Photo Seminar in The Sequoia Mountains

Was invited to teach 120 kids during a summer camp retreat in the beautiful Sequoia Mountains. There were 3 groups of 40 students, ages ranging from 12 to 21. Although technical knowledge was reviewed, the majority of the time was spent demonstrating the fun of photography.

Some out-takes:

Drum Circle with 120 Kids

We were invited to spend some time with a group of 120 kids that were part of a summer camp in the beautiful Sequoias. The Grand Wagoneer was loaded with camping gear, art gear and some drum circle drums that were graciously provided by Stephen Nigohosian of Latin Percussion.

The grand finale of a beautiful time together was introducing the experience of a drum circle to 120 people, many of which had not played an instrument before. Naturally, the experience was beautiful!


65 Roses


This drawing is created from 65 different types of roses and donated to auction to raise funds and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis.

“65 Roses” is what little children suffering from Cystic Fibrosis call their disease. As the following story illustrates, the words are much easier for children to pronounce….

Mary G. Weiss became a volunteer for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in 1965 after learning that her three little boys had Cystic Fibrosis. Her duty was to call every civic club, social and service organization seeking financial support for CF research. Mary’s four year old son, Richard, listened closely to his mother as she made each call. After several calls, Richard came into the room and told his mom, “I know what you are working for.”

Mary was dumbstruck because Richard did not know what she was doing, nor did he know he had Cystic Fibrosis. With some trepidation, Mary posed the question back to Richard, “What am I working for, Richard?”

“You are working for ’65 Roses’,” he answered so sweetly. Mary was speechless. She went over to him and tenderly pressed his tiny body to hers. He could not see the tears running down Mary’s cheeks as she stammered, “Yes, Richard, I’m working for ’65 Roses’.”


To learn more about Cystic Fibrosis, visit:

Varoujian’s Guitar

Varoujian and his brother Sevan spent a week in the studio, learning about paint, resin and the dynamics of flow in regards to creativity and living. Varoujian brought the guitar he had built and decided he wanted it to be a blank canvas for which the three of us had a great time painting on! After the various mediums of acrylic and other mediums were applied, the art was then glazed in a pure grade resin that provided protection to the art while giving great visual depth to the color and texture.


Cover created for Mosaix Magazine


This cover was created from a photo shoot created with 60 Armenian kids attending summer camp in the High Sierra mountains. It was a summer workshop, teaching them about creativity and flow with photography and drum circles.



7×77 on April 24

“Ninety years after the Armenian Genocide of 1915, a group of men and women — many of whom were descendents of survivors — marched onto a desert. On Sunday, April 24, 2005 this group donning t-shirts with the mathematical notation “7×77″ lined up with their palms united in a human ribbon of love and solidarity. They walked in the shoes of a generation who knew only suffering. They walked in the shoes of Christ knowing that love is a greater power than evil.” – LGZ

To learn more about 7×77: www.7×

Participants hand in hand at Vasquez Rocks:



Panoramic View of Participants at Vasquez Rocks, hand in hand:



Father Vazken Movsesian speaking about the mystical formula of 7×77 and its meaning regarding forgiveness and peace:





Jude and I met Jessica at The Par Wars Fundraiser to help raise money and awareness about Cystic Fibrosis. She was a beautiful and vibrant spirit who brought so much happiness with her smile. Jessica passed away a few years later from Cystic Fibrosis. “Cystic fibrosis is a life-threatening, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and progressively limits the ability to breathe.”

To learn more about Cystic Fibrosis:




Painting With Aline


This is a collaboration painting with Aline Goganian when she was about 14 years old. Thru the process of painting together, we are able not by words but thru action, capable to demonstrate the dynamics of flow and how it can be a foundation for creative constructing and quality living.

Jeremy’s Triptych


Jeremy returned to the studio in Los Angeles from New York City for a week, this time to create a triptych together . The first project was to create a painting depicting his self portrait as seen here. This time we decided to be free of an objective and really let go on 3 canvases, each 30″x 40″. The process was exhilarating and the dynamics of the sub concious flowed thru as can be seen when the paintings are examined more closely.jeremys_tryptych

Lainies Love Angel

Lainie was 10 years old when she was diagnosed with cancer and passed away 2 years later. Her parents asked if I could portray her in some powerfully loving way, in remembrance and to support their organization,

Lainie as a wild and powerful love angel!


Jeremy, Before & After


Jeremy flew out to Los Angeles from New York City to apprentice in my studio for a week. For 7 days we awoke and went in the studio until 5pm working on his self portrait mixed media painting built to 60″x 72″ on well stretched canvas. This was an opportunity for Jeremy to have new experiences and expose him to the possibilities of a creative life. The portrait on the left was created on the first day in the studio and the painting on the right was completed on the 7th day. Under the images is Jeremy’s writings about his experience, he was about 15 years old at the time.


My Most Rewarding Experience

It was the twenty-eighth of December. That was the day that I embarked on a journey. A journey, which may change forever the way I look at life and my artwork. For my birthday, my grandparents bought a painting for me, by an artist whom they know. Gregory Beylerian, the artist came to my home in order to personally sign the painting for me. The night turned out to be much more special than a signing. We got along so well, that he invited me to come to Los Angeles for a week, to work on a painting with him. That is exactly what I did. On December twenty-eighth, two thousand one, I ventured into a whole new world.

Although I have been away from home before, I never quite experienced anything like what followed. For starters, I was flying alone and it was post the September 11th period. This trip certainly taught me how to depend upon myself. It definitely was my first step towards independence. The plane acted as a bridge, which brought me into a whole new world. Going on a trip to a place where I have never been before and going without parents was exciting. Staying with an artist and his wife, who I hardly knew and adapting to their lifestyle and culture was unique.

It was a rewarding experience because on this journey I formed a foundation, which shed a whole new light on art, in ways I had never seen before. It had always been a hobby for me, picking up a piece of paper, doing some scribbles and that was it. Now I saw it in a way that made me consider the possibility of venturing into this talent of mine, and pursuing it as a passion, which could lead me into my eventual career.

I have always been fascinated with computer art, but was only familiar with the basics. Greg’s teachings helped me to learn much more about computer art. His teachings also helped me become more knowledgeable of art in general. Just the fact that I was being taught by a professional artist, and was his apprentice was beyond cool, it was thrilling and rewarding.

Greg and his wife, Jude, treated me differently from my parents. Parents tend to be overly protective, no matter how old one is. Greg & Jude treated me like a full grown adult. They introduced me to their friends, who asked me many questions about myself. It was fun telling everyone I met, what my life was like in New York, because I had never done that before. Just sitting down discussing real situations and asking and answering dozens of questions, helped me to get to know them better.

Living as an artist seems to mean planning your own schedule, setting up your own limitations and planning your creative time. It often means going to bed late, waking up at will and working as long as the inspiration lasts. This lack of schedule is so different from getting up; showering; eating breakfast; going to school; coming home; doing homework; having dinner and then going to bed.

Although the trip was only a week, it truly changed my whole way of thinking. I knew I had matured. My parents realized it very quickly because of the way I acted and handled situations. They even made jokes as to whether I was in a pre L.A. or post L.A. mode.

Bennington College is where I would like to be this summer. I would like to be primarily involved in the art and literature programs, because these are the areas in which I have the greatest interest and where I could offer my best support.

Mathew Medecine Buddha

Mathew was the first young child I knew to pass away due to an illness, he died on his 2nd birthday.

This drawing depicts mathew in the form of a Medecine Buddha.


Long Boards With Aram

Aram was 13 when he had a dream to build longboard skateboards, and he did it! Next was what to do about art, so he brought the longboards over to the studio and together we had a lot of fun covering both longboards with photographs, drawings and paint. Then both boards were glazed in a thick coat of pure grade hi gloss resin, they looked amazing and ride even better!

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