The WCAAD Senior Art Show: "Metamorphosis" was successfully held on Nov.19, 2023. More than 100 people attended the exhibition.
The San Gabriel Councilwoman Denise Menchaca congratulated the students and highly praised the significant influence of this art show.
This is the first senior show that 14 WCAAD students from portfolio preparation class have organized before college applications.
“The art show celebrates the artistic transformation of students at West California Academy of Art and Design.” WCAAD Principal Lei Wang said, “As these students have matured, their artistic talents and passions have flourished.”
The show provides a platform for budding artists, and shows a glimpse into their passions, world views, and dreams.
“The exhibition captures the transformative journey of young artists, showcasing their evolving skills and evolving interests.” WCAAD Vice Principal and Director of Education Omar Gallegos said, “The senior art show serves as a testament to the nurturing environment of collaborative creativity, where students have forged their passions into visual works, ranging from sculpture, to paintings, to digital design, and more.”
The students shared their creative ideas and the stories behind their art creations.
“I am an optimistic, determined, and curious girl about the world. I like to spend time exploring the directions I am interested in.” Jenny Guan said, “I also enjoy reading philosophy and science fiction books and watching movies. It's a great honor to be here with you and to share in this visual feast. First of all, I want to express my gratitude to all the people who have helped me. It is you who have taught me to progress, enabling me to stand here today with better posture. After a long period of hard work, we can finally present our work to you today. I hope you enjoy it.”
"What particularly moves me is that some students are usually very shy, but they perform very well today." Lei Wang said, "We try our best to provide opportunities for students to speak in public, which is an important skill for children who are unfolding new chapters of their colorful life."
Lei said that many parents were particularly grateful for the Academy's thoughtful arrangement. They believed that children studying at the WCAAD not only greatly improved their art skills, but also overcame the fear of speaking in front of the camera. This is extremely important for children's future college life and career development.
Several artworks were sold at the exhibition and the charity funds will be used to support the young artists’ creative journeys as they transition from high school, to college, and beyond.