West California Academy of Art and Design (WCAAD) is now offering Entertainment Design 10-week workshop program for students ages 14+. Call now for enrollment! Tel: 626-292-1783, Web: www.MyArtEducation.com
The main objective of this workshop is to teach the student how to create artwork for the Entertainment Design Industry. The other objective is to reinforce and enhance the student’s artistic ability by learning and applying principles in art and design.
This course will be split into two parts of instruction. The first part is focused on learning and reviewing principles in art and design; The second part of this course is concentrated on learning Photoshop. Much of this class is reliant on doing research. Research provides the student with inspiration, provides guidance, and also provides standards that one uses to push one’s artistic ability.
Students will be proud of what they have created and be impressed by what they have accomplished from this class. They will feel empowered and know that they have a hand in molding the world in some way. Being a digital artist can be a powerful thing; something that can deeply impact the world if students use these skills properly.
The time spent on teaching Principles in Art, teaching Photoshop, and working on class assignments will vary from class to class. Some lessons will be longer than others and some assignments will take more time to execute than others. The speed at which one learns and the artistic decisions that one makes differ from student to student.
Courses are taught by WCAAD faculty, who consider the college’s admissions and requirements when structuring assignments. Providing students with competent skills level for college.
Jack Sy, the Department Chairman of the Digital Arts Department at the West California Academy of Art and Design, holds a Bachelor’s degree of Fine Arts from the Art Center College of Design in Illustration with a minor in Entertainment Design. He has 10+ years of teaching experience with students of all ages. His classes cover a wide range of subjects and majors related to digital arts such as Entertainment Design, Animation, Graphic Design, Product Design and Digital Illustration. He has various experience in multiple design fields and has worked on projects with companies such as Lucas Arts, Microsoft, Spinmaster, Mattel, and Netflix. His notable industry experiences include designing videogame consoles for Hyperkin, concept design for Star Wars Kinect, concept design for various TV commercials, digital illustration for Monster High, digital illustration for Max Steel, and concept design for various mobile games. In addition to teaching, he also is an independent videogame developer utilizing his skills in entertainment design, animation, graphic design and game design.
How do you make a good illustration? Let’s take a quick look at the breakdown of a good illustration: Has a message or story; Plays on an emotion or mood; Interesting; Creative; Symbolic Elements; Is Easy to understand but has layers of subtle complexity; Good readability; Good First, Second, and Third Reads; Good Composition; Good Lighting (Values); Good Color; Good control of the viewer’s eye; Good Balance; Good flow and lines that direct the eye; Good perspective (both scientific and/or atmospheric) ; Good edge control; Appropriate amounts of detail in the right places; Appropriate Letter Type if necessary…“Trying to understand all of this on your own takes a massive amount of time! ” Jack said, “So this is where the things I teach you in class has relevance.”
“As you research and explore, you’ll grow that mental library in your head that you use to draw upon when creating other works of art in the future. ” Jack said, “With each new project, I hope to expose you to higher levels of thought and concepts. In the end, I really do want you to have the power to change the world in some amazing way!”
11 Students from West California Academy of Art and Design Win 2019 “Save Gas & Water” Children's Drawing Contest
The Community Language Efficiency Outreach Program recently announced winners for the CLEO Energy Artist Contest. 11 students from West California Academy of Art and Design won the contest.
3 students won the 1st Place awards, including Angie Li, Charcie Chan, Adam Liu, all 9 years old; 5 students won the 2nd Place awards, including Alex Tang、 Melanie Zhang、 Amy Guo、 Irina Kim、 Eric Toy； and 3 students won the 3rd Place awards, including Venita Ye、 Queeny Zhang、 Queenie Liang.
This contest themed Save Gas & Water opens to students age 7-12.
The winners received scholarships of $50, $30, $20 respectively, as well as household gifts including air conditioner control, water saving shower faucet and kitchen tap water saving.
According to experts, we're “at the tipping point of needing to take a more active role in reducing the amount of water we use”; otherwise we will ultimately suffer “scarcity of water and higher water bills.”
Water conservation means using our water wisely and caring for it properly. It is our responsibility to learn more about water conservation and how we can help keep our water pure and safe for generations to come. Let’s look at what creative ideas our children have for saving water and gas!
Water supply is finite so that we must learn to save water now for the future. The issue is certainly relevant to each individual citizen. Teachers, along with parents, should lead the efforts in addressing the problems to children.
Next to air, water is our most precious resource. If we save water now, we are helping to ensure a water supply adequate for future generations. Saving water saves money---this is what the art contest tells children.
Lei Wang, the Principal of West California Academy of Art and Design, congratulates Angie Li for winning the 1st Place award
Instructors Cultivate Children with Environment Protection in West California Academy of Art and Design Classroom
A new household garbage sorting and reduction regulation was taken effect in Shanghai on May 1, 2019. Garbage in the city was divided into recyclable materials, hazardous waste, wet waste and dry waste. Soon, garbage sorting will no longer be an option but a requirement in China.
West California Academy of Art and Design (WCAAD) instructors encourage students to create artworks themed “Garbage Sorting and Recycling.”
In the classroom of WCAAD, instructors not only teach children to draw, but also educate them with concept of environment protection. The rapid growth of household waste not only endangers the environment and people’s health, but also limits social and economic development. The effective sorting and recycling of garbage can control this problem.
WCAAD instructors hope to increases children’s participation and consciousness of environmental protection. "Garbage sorting management is relevant to people changing their habits, and it will be a long-term process.” Lei Wang, the WCAAD principal said, “some countries have worked decades or even longer on this endeavor. In Japan, even a children ages three knows garbage sorting.” Lei said it’s very important for children to learn environment protection at a young age.
As a matter of fact, residents in Japan face a mind-boggling up to 45 separate categories for their garbage as the country aims to be "zero-waste" in the near future. They place dozens of boxes in each category of the garbage disposal facilities. People need to put garbage into correct containers if different parts of an item belong to different categories.
WCAAD instructors take efforts in their daily teaching, cultivating children with the good habit of garbage sorting to improve the living environment and contribute to green and sustainable development.
Lei said introducing environment protection education into schools is crucial for the next generation. Reading materials and drawing materials catering to children should enter kindergartens, primary schools and middle schools to help students develop the habit of garbage sorting and recycling at a young age.