Due to state and government mandates, we will reschedule school re-opening until further notice. Some students have already taken advantage of the fantastic online classes with successful outcomes. We encourage students to participate in this enrichment program that is as nurturing as our in-person classes. Our Academy wishes to continue the great relationships with families and staff to remind you that academic achievement is our priority. Thank you!
For questions or enrollment in our online classes please contact: 626 292-1783.
West California Academy of Art and Design
No matter where you live and how far away you are from the school, now your children are able to take the art classes of West California Academy of Art and Design (WCAAD), the WASC accredited school.
WCAAD provides online art classes for students starting March 20, 2020. The WCAAD faculty and teachers have prepared online lessons that are accessible at home and nurturing to students. As long as you have Internet access, you can register the online art classes for your children right away.
During the period of school closure due to the COVID-19 epidemic, the online course tuition fee is only charged at half price. Don’t miss out the opportunity!
The platform WCAAD uses for online class is Zoom.
It is highly advised to have the Zoom platform downloaded on your computer or phone. This is because，if accessed Zoom through a browser, the gallery view ( the view in which you can see the instructor) can’t be seen. Next, create an account with Zoom with an email that is most convenient for you or your child’s use. During the time of your lesson, the instructor will send out a Zoom invitation.
Please note: Instructors will be sending out a confirmation email 24 hours prior to your scheduled time to notify students materials needed beforehand.
If you would like your children to take the online art classes, please contact the Academy via:
1. Phone: 626-235-2135
2. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
3. WeChat by scanning the QR code or searching "myartedu"
The Academy will give you instructions of online class registration, info of class time and other related preparations in detail.
The Academy highly encourages parents and students to try out these online classes. These are available resources for parents and students who wish to continue to learn art and create productive and proactive art during the period of school closure due to the COVID-19 epidemic.
The Academy understands that not every student will have internet access or available parent supervision to enroll in these online classes, which is why these online classes are optional. For those who prefer in-person classes, your tuition will be on pause until the school reopens.
For any further questions, WCAAD staff will happily share more information as it becomes available. The WCAAD team will continue to support the community as best they can.
West California Academy of Art and Design students have been taking active part in the annual Doodle4Google art contest every year since 2016.
Doodle4Google is an annual contest open to students in grades K-12. Students are invited to create their own Google doodle for the chance to have it featured on the Google homepage. 2019’s theme is “When I Grow Up…"
As a world-famous high-tech company, Google holds such art event with a purpose of encouraging creativity in United States school students through a logo contest.
The contest provides opportunities for students to convey their ideas and thinking through creativity. Each year contestants are inspired by a pre-selected theme. These themes raise community awareness of the importance of creativity for our future development.
From crayons to clay, graphic design, or even food, young artists can utilize any materials to bring their creation to life. Like all Google Doodles, each doodle must incorporate the letters G-o-o-g-l-e.
West California Academy of Art and Design student Eric Chang, 7 years old, won the California State 1st Place in the 2016 Doodle4Google contest.
The National Winner will have his or her doodle featured on the U.S. Google.com homepage for one day. He or she will receive: A $30,000 college scholarship；A $50,000 Google for Education grant for his or her school. The four National Finalists who do not become the National Winner will have their doodles featured in the Doodle 4 Google gallery. The 48 State and Territory winners who do not become National Finalists will have their doodles included in the Doodle 4 Google gallery.
22nd Senate District Award winners of the 2019 Fitness Day & Health Fair Drawing Contest were announced recently. Six students from West California Academy of Art and Design (WCAAD) won the awards: Kendrick Lin, 13 years old, theme: Protect Environment; Dai Jun Li, 7 years old, theme: Water-in-Motion; Sofia Huang, 7 years old, theme: Water-in-Motion; Amy Luo, 6 years old, theme: Water-in-Motion; Celia Zhou, 6 years old, theme: Water-in-Motion; Lucas Liu, 5 years old, theme: Water-in-Motion.
Besides, 4 WCAAD students won the Rosemead Park & Recreation Award of the 2019 Fitness Day & Health Fair Drawing Contest: Jieni Liao, 9 years old, theme: Protect Environment; Xinyu Chi, 8 years old, theme: Protect Environment; Kexin Lei, 7 years old, theme: Healthy Living; Jayden Liu, 5 years old, theme: Water-in-Motion.
Every year students from West California Academy of Art and Design take active part in the Rosemead Fitness Day and Health Fair Children’s Drawing Contest, a contest celebrating the importance of creativity and healthy lifestyle expressed through art. The 2019 contest provided three themes - “Healthy Living,” “Protect the Environment” and “Water-in-Motion” for contestants to choose.
WCAAD instructors take efforts in their daily teaching, cultivating children with the concept of environment protection. “It is important to teach our next generation to contribute to green and sustainable development,” the WCAAD Principal Lei Wang said, “introducing environment protection education into schools is crucial for the next generation, and instructors have the responsibility to help students develop the habit of healthy lifestyle at a young age.”
39th Congressional Award winners of the 2019 Fitness Day & Health Fair Drawing Contest were announced recently. 12 students from West California Academy of Art and Design won the awards, including Keqin Chen, 16 years old, theme: Water-in-Motion; Hannah Zhou, 14 years old, theme: Protect Environment; Amy Guo, 9 years old, theme: Protect Environment; Jing Qi Liang, 9 years old, theme: Protect Environment; Bernard Zhang, 9 years old, theme: Water-in-Motion; Yuhan Kong, 9 years old, theme: Water-in-Motion; Jacquelyn Cheng, 8 years old, theme: Water-in-Motion; Hannah Kong, 7 years old, theme: Protect Environment; Annabel Ly, 6 years old, theme: Water-in-Motion; Michelle Huo, 5 years old, theme: Water-in-Motion; Roy Leung, 5 years old, theme: Water-in-Motion; Blair Li, 4 years old, theme: Water-in-Motion.
This annual art contest requires contestants age 3-19+ to submit art work on either of the following themes: 1. Healthy Living 2. Protect Environment 3. Water-in-Motion. Basis for judging entries: Originality, artistry, and thematic expression. The selection was judged by visual arts, cultural majors and official representatives.
U.S. Senator Award (Kamala D. Harris) and U.S. Senator Award (Diane Feinstein) winners of the 2019 Fitness Day & Health Fair Drawing Contest were announced recently. Seven students from West California Academy of Art and Design won the U.S. Senator Award (Kamala D. Harris), including Irene Xue, 11 years old, theme: Protect Environment; Mingxi Yan, 11 years old, theme: Protect Environment; Thy-Van Nguyen, 10 years old, theme: Protect Environment; Bella Luo, 10 years old, theme: Water-in-Motion; Jessica Sun, 7 years old, theme: Protect Environment; Jacob Yang, 6 years old, theme: Healthy Living; Damian Edward Li, 6 years old, theme: Protect Environment.
Four students won the U.S. Senator Award (Diane Feinstein): Ziyao (Emily) Zhuo, 15 years old, theme: Protect Environment; William Wu, 9 years old, theme: Water-in-Motion; Sofia Zhou, 8 years old, theme: Protect Environment; Amelia Zhen, 5 years old, theme: Water-in-Motion.
Four Students from West California Academy of Art and Design Won 1st Place Award in the 22nd LA Web Children’s Drawing Contest
Seven students from West California Academy of Art and Design won top awards in the 2019 LA Web Children’s Drawing Contest. This year’s theme is “My Imagination”.
Kaylee Ha, 13 years old, Eric Chang, 10 years old, Angie Li, 9 years old and Victoria Wang，6 years old, won the 1st Place Award for different age groups respectively.
Two students from West California Academy of Art and Design won the 2nd Place Award: Katelyn Peng, 10 years old, and Serena Li, 8 years old. One student won the 3rd Place Award: Annie Wang, 5 years old.
55 students won the Excellence Award, including: Alisa Chang，Chang Li，Alice Gan，Amy Guo ，Alexandra Wang，Hayley Wu，Weixi Liu，Bernard Zhang，Jerry Li，Bethany Yim，Meixi Wang，Charmaine Cheung ，Madison Ho，Venita Ye，Lawrence Zhao，YingYi Gao ，Sariah Chan，Elsa Jiang ，Adam Liu ，Julian Zhao，Braden Guo，Eliana Chung，Kyle Lai，Wynnston Ma，Sophie Lin ，Hayden Liang，Sophy Yang，Sophia Nguyen，Damian Li，Alexander (Alex) Wang，Karly Lai ，Boyi Yu，Aileen Fang，Abbriana Guan，Ada Yao，Felicia He，Natalie Huynh，Caleb Lee，Helen Xu，Iris Zhou，Lucas Zhao，Isabella Sun，Amy Luo，Amali Arambegedara，Albert Tang，Emma Fung，Amber Zhao，Chloe Zhao ，Jocelyn Zhou ，Zarah Yang，Brian Wang，Sherry Li ，Kevin Jiang，Sabrina Hann，Abigail Bai.
The winning artworks will be framed and exhibited at L.A. Web Culture Center and the Museums.
LA Web Children’s Drawing Contest, the largest and most prestigious event of its kind for kids ages 3 to 16 years old in California, has been held for 22 years and attracts thousands of children to participate each year.
For every age category, the top three (first-place, second-place and third-place) winners receive a trophy, a certificate, a mounting frame and special gifts. Excellence Award winners receive a trophy and a certificate. All other contestants who are not selected for an award also receive a certificate of recognition.
“Allowing a child to draw with freedom and without boundaries is a critical component to childhood development because it opens the mind and frees the spirit.” Lei Wang, the principal of West California Academy of Art and Design said. She believes that children can form thoughts and ideas in their artworks that may be surprising to the adult. “LA Web art contest is a very good opportunity for children to express unlimited imagination through the broad subject so that we could understand the beautiful and colorful world of children of different ages.”
The Rosemead Mayor Award winners of the 2019 Fitness Day & Health Fair Drawing Contest were announced on January 14, 2020 at the Rosemead City Hall. Six students from West California Academy of Art and Design won the awards:
Ming Zhi Jiang, 5 years old, Theme: Water-in-Motion
Riley Wang, 5 years old, Theme: Protect Environment
Annabelle （Yi Ling）Hu, 6 years old, Theme: Water-in-Motion
Wynnston Ma, 7 years old, Theme: Protect Environment
Angie Li, 9 years old, Theme: Protect Environment
Edwin Jiao, 9 years old, Theme: Protect Environment
The Rosemead Mayor Margaret Clark presented the awards to the winners.
Boyi Yu, 7-year-old student from West California Academy of Art and Design (WCAAD), won the Grand Prize at 2019 International PHE Art Contest. The theme of the contest is: Peace, Health, Environmental Protection, and Boyi’s winning artwork is titled “Firefighters, Our Hero.”
Three students from WCAAD won the 1st Place: Charcie Chan, Chloe Shyu, Emily Ziyao Zhuo.
The 2nd Place winners are：Scott Wang, Madison Ho, Hayley Wu, Angie Li, Brian Wang, Wynnston Ma.
The 3rd Place winners are：Kristy Peng, Cody Wang, Victoria Wang, Caleb Lee, Kingston Zheng, Jade Jagger Zheng, Jade Jasper, Alyssa Phuong, Irene Xue, Sariah Chan, Aden Li, Sophie Lin, Abbriana Guan, Cody Li, Irina Kim。
The Excellence Award winners are：Tracy Chuqiao Cui, Avril Deng, Eason Xue, Helen Xu, Lydia Gao, Lawrence Zhao。
Besides, WCAAD won the Group 2nd Place Award.
The purpose of this art competition is to encourage young students in creating arts and developing their individual creativity, leading to better living qualities and beautiful lives for all.
The winning artworks were selected by professional judges consisting of well-known artists, and the criteria of judging include creativity, color, composition, the techniques of the drawing, and how related the content is to the theme of the contest.
In addition to Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday’s schedules for portfolio preparation classes, West California Academy of Art and Design will offer portfolio preparation classes on Sunday starting January 2020.
Sunday Portfolio Preparation Class Schedule: 9:00am-12:00pm，1:00pm-3:00pm， 3:00pm-6:00pm.
Steve Ohlrich, the instructor for Sunday’s portfolio preparation classes, is an artist who comes from an artistic heritage including painters and wood workers. He has been drawing since early childhood and received awards at an early age. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a minor in psychology. After serving the psychology community in and around Chicago for three years, Steve pursued artistic training at The School of Representational Art. He received a certificate after four years of extensive training in academic drawing and painting, and the study of composition and impressionistic color. Steve draws inspiration from a wide variety of artists including the Old Masters, American and European Impressionists, and modern painters. His work includes realistic figurative works, portraits, still life and creative compositions. He has sold his works to private collectors and has displayed in public exhibitions held in Switzerland, Canada and U.S. Media exposure includes interview and articles on Study Drawing, Voyager LA, American Artist, Drawing, American Artist Magazine, Artbeat Chicago. He is an instructor at Pasadena City College’s Extension program, and works with students privately in his studio.
The Academy offers course preparation in: Animation, Product Design, Transportation Design, Entertainment Design/Game Design, Illustration, Graphic Design/Advertising, Fashion Design, Fine Art, Figure Drawing, UI/UX Design, Architecture/Urban/Environmental/Interior Design, etc.
Courses are taught by West California Academy of Art and Design faculty who consider the college’s admissions and requirements when structuring assignments. Providing you with competent skills level for college. Staff will guide you into the right path and plan for each individual’s needs. Constantly evaluating work for the best outcome.
West California Academy of Art and Design has 100% admittance rate. The Portfolio Preparation Class will help you with fundamental knowledge of art/design processes, and help you properly arrange your artworks to demonstrate its relevance to the major to which you are applying to. Students will work one-to-one with faculty to develop an intense individual focused and disciplined-specific portfolios. From academic planning, to essay review, to portfolio preparation and creating and presentation, the Academy provides the advice and information that a student needs to lay the foundation for a rewarding college experience and, eventually, a career in their chosen field.
How to earn acceptance to your dream college? How to be recognized by admission officers and faculty? How to distinguish yourself from you peer competitors? West California Academy of Art and Design provides developmental caring and dynamic counseling and expertise services. Families and students alike can learn about colleges and specific factors of how to create an individual plan with the Academy’s credentialed professionals. For students applying to Ivy League schools, Art University, college transfers or supplemental, the counselor can help you showcase your talents in a creative and engaging ways by providing guidance, plans and feedback on portfolios and arrangement including: essays/artists statements, applications etc. The Academy can help consult on how these, and additional factors can fit to specific applications depending on schools. Art production can play a crucial role into the admissions process, and though the Academy’s experienced team will explain the admission process from the perspectives of a highly selective university, and various institutes for a better understanding of career options and education.
West California Academy of Art and Design offers college-bound students a unique combination of practical expertise and mentorship to help them develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence to choose the right school for them – and get in. It’s all about making you the strongest college candidate you can be.