Irene Yitian Xue
SiYue (Steve) You
Talented Young Artists of West California Academy of Art and Design Cody Li
Children are born artists and they show different art patterns at different ages. At the stage of 3 years old, children manipulate drawing tools and make random marks, dots, and lines with little concern for the appearance of the marks they make. A drawn symbol can stand for a real object in the environment, just like Cody Li’s art project of Spider done at the age of 3. At the age of 4, children begin to draw in a more realistic manner. Symbols become more complex, reflecting children’s observations on the world around them. By looking at Cody’s Spider drawing at the age of 4, we can see that he starts to produce representative symbols which are formed with more details of circles, squares, and lines for the object.
At just 14yrs. old, Qiuya Chen is a young talent that is sure to make waves in the near future. She has been studying at West California Academy of Art and Design for some years now and has won numerous awards entered several competitions. Recently, winning both, the 37th Annual Bookmark Contest (Live Oak Library) conducted by the County of Los Angeles Public Library and 2016 Rosemead Fitness Day and Health Fair Drawing Contest. She won the 1st Place for 6th-8th Grade for both contests, which are conducted to encourage children’s artistic expression, nurture their love of art and allow them to share their joy of artistic experiments. Her natural abilities have grown since and due to, her resilience and ability to allow herself to grow. In her studies she has taken digital classes, foundation, drawing and painting and even venturing into sculpture. Her interest are; Entertainment Design as a possible major. Currently she will be applying to (LACHSA) L.A county High School of the Arts. Featured are current pieces and a glimpse of her figure drawing demonstrates her control and variation of mixed media and sophistication of design at such a young age. We hope to see great things from Qiuya!
Alan Jian is our latest Graduate from West California Academy of Art and Design to have earned an acceptance to the very prestigious Art Center College of Design. His story is a very unique in the sense that his commitment, discipline and goals was what set him apart from other candidates.
I had worked with Alan before at another institute. Seeing his drive and talent early on was satisfying and having to leave was disheartening. Alan eventually arrived here at West California Academy of Art and Design because of the quality education. His goals have always been clear. To be a fashion illustrator. As an Instructor and counselor we had great communication and his adaptability to methodologies, and to analyze his work after criticism gave him the edge to take the work to another level.
Alan could not see himself going anywhere else but Art Center. Usually I advise students to apply to several institutes. It is a risk but his work alone demonstrates the power of a strong portfolio. He will be missed and will be an asset to the Art Center community. Though his major is illustration, his work has always been political and rich in cultural discourse. Never self reflexive and diverse in media from painting, drawing, film, sculpture, digital, photography, installations and fashion related work. He has always taken criticism well, taking on a new perspective quickly to come out with the best possible result in his work to have a provocative appeal. It has been a pleasure getting to know him and see him achieve her succeed
Educational Coordinator/Director of Art and Education
Congratulations to Alan Jiang on his acceptance to Art Center Spring term 2017.
Alan has been a stellar student, dedicated and producing quality work. His interest includes fashion and illustration. He pulls from culture, gender and political issues and Buddhist upbringing. His passion for learning and thirst for knowledge will carry him further in his endeavors. He has been a model student inspiring his classmates.
“My educational goals are to earn an undergraduate degree in illustration at Art Center, and become a fashion illustrator. I hope I can enhance my intellectuality in art through the cultivation of Art Center and its mentors. To become a more successful artist. My greatest strengths are taking pleasure in helping people, having great adaptive capability, and loving animals and nature. Furthermore, I also volunteer at Buddhist associations such as Amida Society.”
West California Academy of Art and Design strives to offer only the highest level of art education for your children!