Congratulations to Tina Lu on her acceptance to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)!
Tina has been a student at West California Academy of Art and Design for over a year now. In her time here, she studied Graphic Design in the portfolio preparation program while attending community college. She is achieving her dream as a transfer student entering her first pick college.
Tina’s work is well developed, and she has matured as a designer and person through her experience here, as well as, winning the Silver Award for the 2018 local Inland Empire, and Silver Nationally in the district 15 Cover Design competition. The American Advertising Awards Inland Empire Competition is the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition attracting 40,000 entries yearly.
Tina’s graphic design campaigns showcase her talents and progress throughout her education in our program. Though she is waiting for more other colleges 2018, Tina is committing to her first choice at Chicago.
Founded in 1866, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is one of America's largest accredited independent schools of art and design. It is located in the Loop in Chicago, Illinois. The school is associated with the museum of the same name, and "The Art Institute of Chicago" or "Chicago Art Institute" often refers to either entity.
Providing degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels, SAIC has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top graduate art programs in the nation, as well as by Columbia University's National Arts Journalism survey as the most influential art school in the United States. In 2017 US News ranked SAIC the fourth best overall graduate program for fine arts in the U.S. tying with the Rhode Island School of Design. In January 2013, The Global Language Monitor ranked SAIC as the #5 college in the U.S., the highest ever for an art or design school in a general college ranking. Its notable alumni include Georgia O’Keeffe and Walt Disney.
16 Students from West California Academy of Art and Design Won “My Dream House” Art Contest
“My Dream House” Art Contest award ceremony was held at the Sheraton Hotel San Gabriel on Feb 7, 2019, and 16 students from West California Academy of Art and Design（WCAAD）won the contest.
WCAAD winners are: Alice Zhang, Celine Li, Bella Luo, Daniel Wu, Eric Toy, Sarah Liu, Genesis Guo, Roy Liang, Queenie Liang, Wynnston Ma, Helen Xu, Sophie Lyu, Chloe Shyu, Antonio Shyu, Maggie Wu, Irene Xue.
“My Dream House” Art Contest was organized by Chinese American Construction Professionals （CACP）, and the award ceremony was held as part of its 2019 Lunar New Year Celebration.
Establishedin1982，CACP has been serving the community and nurturing the construction professionals for almost 40 years. Its members are from various design, construction, and development disciplines including Architecture, Contracting, Engineering, Inspections, Finance, Material Supply, Real Estate, and Utilities.
“Our school has been teaching children art for almost 30 years and our students have taken part in many many art contests,” Lei Wang, WCAAD President, said, “this Dream House art contest is the one we think highly of. Why? Because architecture and drawing are closely related. Architecture Is Art. Many of our graduates have majored in architecture at their dream colleges. Many of our graduates have become architects. Art training during their childhood is one of the most important factors for their success.”
According to Ms. Wang, such art contest is a very good opportunity for students to hone both drawing skills and design ability, and expand their imagination and creativity. “We hope this contest will continue and more children will become tomorrow’s architects!” Ms. Wang said.
9 Students from West California Academy of Art and Design Won the 7th International Chinese-American Youth and Children Art Contest
The 7th International Chinese-American Youth and Children Art Contest Award Ceremony was held at the Nixon Center on Jan 6, 2019. 9 Students from West California Academy of Art and Design won awards.
28 students won Legacy Award for Encouragement: Ailee Fang，Aislyn Liu，Alex Tang，Alice Gan ，Allison Gao，Andy Liu，Ashley Zhou，Cadence Chan，Charmaine Cheung，Chloe Liang，Ella Chan，Genesis Guo，Hayley Wu，Isabella Sun，Isabella Zhao，Jett Jasper，Jieni Liao，Lauren Li，Lillian Wang，Lina Wu，Madison Ho，Meini Pang，Nina (Jiarong) Chen，Sarah Liu，Shekinah Chan，Sophie Lyu，Sariah Chan，Vincent Guan.
“Aren’t you impressed to see that non-Chinese native children can create great artworks about Chinese culture? This is the very beauty of art education.” Lei Wang, the principal of West California Academy of Art and Design said, “Through art, children can absorb the perceptions of others. They become interested in other cultures, traditions, and lifestyles.
Ms. Lei Wang and her students with Mr. Shaoguang Ding
According to art expert, the vividness of art experiences blurs the boundaries between self experience and the experiences of another. When children produce art, they are actually situated in other times and places, embodied in other races, genders, ages, and abilities.