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Illustrator, Educator and Break Dancer Batlina Boulandi’s is Colored By Synchronicity andBlessings

podcast March 21, 2023

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Batlina Boulandi’s tailor knew of his artistic talent. Next thing he knows another tailor is introducing him to an author. Just like that, Bat becomes a published illustrator of The Spider Weaver: A Legend of Kente Cloth by Margaret Musgrove. Then there’s the time he got to hang out with folks behind his favorite movie while in Brazil. His life flows like that.


Batlina is both an educator and artist whose preferred mediums are oil paint, spray paint, and watercolor. Starting as an educator in Baltimore City teaching elementary school art, he now teaches at the Norwood School in Bethesda, Maryland, He earned a BA in illustration from Towson University in Baltimore and his graduate degree in educational studies from Johns Hopkins University. He speaks fluent French and Portuguese, understands Chadian Arabic and is currently learning Spanish.


Favorite words: Seek first to understand, then to be understood.


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