In addition to classroom time, he also takes a group of dedicated students to weekly life drawing classes at a Toledo-based teaching studio.
“It’s a chance to work ‘in the artistic trenches’ with my students as they see the value of drawing from the human form,” he said/ “As a result, my work tends to be a bit more academic in nature and most are left unfinished, as when working with students, I sacrifice my work for theirs.”
But not all of Sanderson’s art is purely for his students’ benefit. He finds time to exercise his own imagination when creating the fantastical chalk drawings that display the names of beers at Toledo’s Earnest Brew Works.
“I really enjoy how much people enjoy them,” he said. “The owners have given me quite a bit of creative freedom on many of them, and I've really enjoyed the challenge of working in chalk markers.”
When he’s not teaching art or creating his own, he’s heading up the school’s yearbook club, fishing in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, or participating in racing events at Toledo or Flat Rock Speedways. He’s also involved in the National Art Education Association as well as the Michigan Art Education Association.
Sanderson is also director of the Focus Art Show at the University of Toledo. Since taking the reigns there, he’s expanded the show to include multiple sites and has coordinated with the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo to integrate it with their popular monthly Art Loop series.