Entertainment Design students (beginning and advanced) - class assignment challenge.
Using a vegetable they designed a character in a three hour span.
This assignment limits their option yet still produces various creative options and forces students to research, apply and have fun in their assignment for better design solutions.
The crisis of global warming is at the heart of most students. Amber Liu constructs an experimental work using paper mache and found objects.
The fish is constructed out of paper mache and she is concerned of the natural food we consume are now covered with unnatural pollutants. Her topic of conversation is that we the art can trigger a conversation about being more responsible in our world to save the planet and our humanity
WCAAD 17-year-old student Lucy Liu’s illustration demonstrate experimentation as she takes on a challenge in attempting to merge a 2D painting and a 3D construct. As discussed in class Lucy admired other student works that were grand and sculptural.
Lucy wanted to shift her more conservative illustrations into something intimate and fun. As she researched and thought about material, she decided on a more modest scale and playful experience for viewers while breaking conventions of a traditional painting. This multi-dimensional art focuses on illusion, space, material and texture among other elements and principles of art and design.
Melissa Guo (15 yrs. old) takes us into a surreal world as she experiments with color in this digital artwork full of mystique and mystery.
Her decision to use a split complementary color scheme creates an ethereal mood to take the viewer in an underwater adventure.
WCAAD student Didi Fu (age 15) takes us into an intimate experience as her digital illustrations communicate a timeless cultural experience through the pictorial representation of food. Food is an exploration of culture! What we consume, how we acquire it, who prepares it, where we eat, and who eats with us is a form of communication, rich a cultural base. As we see in metropolitan areas especially in Los Angeles and China, we find commonalities and strengthen our bonds creating, inspiring and strengthen the bonds between individuals, communities, and even countries. We find a sense of identity with it.
Didi Fu masterfully captures the allure of space, taste, smells, and other euphoric senses. She chose colors carefully creating mood and connection between father and daughter.
Interior designers make interior spaces functional, safe, and beautiful for almost every type of building. Interior designers make indoor spaces functional, safe, and beautiful by determining space requirements and selecting essential and decorative items, such as colors, lighting, and materials.
Here we see 16 yr. old WCAAD student Gianna Ouyang, in an interior design project focusing on exterior space that combines bohemian style aesthetics, yet can become intimate with the latest design features and amenities to create integrated personal experience.
WCAAD student Jonas Ma’s artwork is an exploration of identity. In a changing world that connects or disconnects a community is relevant to many 1st generation artists. The continued existence of diaspora cultures, (the cultures of communities living outside of their “home” lands), is a key element of cultural diversity today across the globe.
Diaspora communities represent and maintain a culture different from those of the countries within which they are located, often attempting to maintain strong ties with their country of origin, yet wanting to assimilate to their new environment without feeling like “outsiders”. This culture or “perceived” culture is the search of our interconnection to past and present. Artists have explored this genre for many decades.
As the viewer looks into the imagery and symbols in the work, the use of paint to represent the relation with found objects and digital is an intentional awareness of how social media has strong influence on perceptions- the way we are viewed or view others. Found objects and the mass production of these kische objects is often “a go-to” identifying cliché motif. Jonas is questioning the theme of representation. Perhaps a call to reject these iconic artifices that often bind a person into a stereotypical perception. As we see the type in the backdrop comes to view, we are bombarded with words converging and interrupting the space with ideologies, commands, and false and realized ambitions.
This artwork is a call for inter-reflection of diasporic relationships in the context of how cultural diversity, intercultural understanding and tolerance can be a benefit for our world view.
WCAAD student Yuki Gu, 17 years old：“The Earth in the painting is no longer habitable due to years of pollution and human ruin. The planet's surface is littered with waste and construction debris that could collapse at any time. Many humans have migrated to other planets due to the harsh environment and scarcity of resources. Small number of human, however, have chosen to remain in the hope of assisting the planet's recovery. Please do not wait for the situation to worsen before acting. Please begin preserving our world immediately.”
WCAAD student Aurora Zhou，14 years old：”“We cannot survive if we leave the Earth, common destiny brought us together, how nature can return to their homes, and looking forward to it for the Earth to put the heavy responsibility on human, let nature no longer sigh, Earth no longer cry, let the scars of the Earth scars disappear, let the world in the future be beautiful and strong.”
(By Omar Gallegos, WCAAD Vice Principal and Director of Education)