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.
11 Students from West California Academy of Art and Design Win 2019 “Love the Earth” Children's Drawing Contest
The annual EDI Media Children’s Drawing Contest announced the winners on July 13, 2019. 11 students from West California Academy of Art and Design won the awards.
4 students won the 2nd Place awards, including Aden Li, Cody Li, Leland Shi, Hayley Wu；4 students won the 3rd Place awards, including Helen Xu, Ethan Guo, Stella Fang, Riley Wang; 2 students won Outstanding awards, including Jacob Yang and Terra Huang; Braden Guo won the Best Composition award.
The drawing contest has been held annually for 19 years. This year’s theme is “Love the Earth.” Children from the age groups of 3-5, 6-8, 9-11, 12-15 years old in Southern California are invited to participate and encouraged to draw in their originality, creativity and ideas for environment protection.
The criteria of judging include creativity, color, the techniques of the drawing, and how related the content is to the themes of the contest. Students from West California Academy of Art and Design take active part in the contests and win awards every year at the contest.
Themed with “Love he Earth,” this year’s drawing contest is more than just an art competition. Environmental protection is no doubt a major issue confronting the modern society. The issue is certainly relevant to each individual citizen and teachers, along with parents, should lead the efforts in addressing the environmental problems to children.
Koala Know Cup Children’s Live Drawing Contest Successfully Held at West California Academy of Art and Design
The Koala Know Cup Children’s Live Drawing Contest was successfully held at the San Gabriel main campus of West California Academy of Art and Design on July 20, 2019. More than 100 children ages 3-18 took active part in the contest themed Space Journey and Koala.
Koala and Space are two of the children’s favorite elements for artworks. This contest encouraged children to express their imagination through art, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of man’s first landing on the moon.
Winners will be selected for Age Group 3-5, Age Group 6-8, Age Group 9-11, Age Group 12-15, Age Group 16-18. One 1st Place Award, two 2nd Place Awards, three 3rd Place Awards will be selected for each age group, and other award categories include: Most Creative Award, Best Color Award, Best Composition Award, Best Story Award, Best Imagination Award, Best Technique Award. Besides, one Best Live Drawing Visual Effect Award will be selected from all entries.
All contestants received gifts including T-shirt, toys, and brand markers.
Koala Know is an online Chinese learning platform, and West California Academy of Art and Design is a WASC accredited art training center. The two joined efforts to host such an art contest for children, in order to deliver an important message to the children and their parents: Art and Chinese language are two essential skills for our next generation to be equipped with.
Through art, children can absorb the perceptions of others. They become interested in other cultures, traditions, and lifestyles. 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. This is the very beauty of art education.
Chinese is a fascinating, unique, and extremely rich language. Counting roughly 1.2 billion native speakers, it is the most spoken language on earth. Moreover, China’s rise as a global superpower is making it an increasingly significant means of communication for people in Asia and beyond. These two reasons alone should be enough to convince parents to encourage their children to learn Chinese.
West California Academy of Art and Design and Ivy Excellent Education Group Jointly Present 7/28 Open House
West California Academy of Art and Design and Ivy Excellent Education Group will jointly present Back to School Open House on July 28th, 2019, Sunday, 4:00pm—8:00pm. The venue is West California Academy of Art and Design’s main campus, 420 S Pine Street, San Gabriel, CA91776. For detailed information, please call 626-292-1783，626-235-2135，657-444-2575.
The joint effort will offer: K-12 accredited art education and counseling services for over 20 years and now: full college /high school art and supplemental portfolio preparation service and SAT/ACT test prep and academic tutoring.
All students from 2018-19 WASC accredited Portfolio Preparation Class of West California Academy of Art and Design are accepted into their dream colleges with scholarship offers-total of half million dollars!
Over 91% students from 2018-19 Class of Ivy Excellent Education Group have been accepted into top 50 colleges, 51% into UCLA, Berkeley and Ivy League universities.
The open house activities offered by West California Academy of Art and Design include: school presentations: find out about the Academy’s programs K-12 and college and high school portfolio preparation; meet the college counselor and learn about careers in art and strategies for a better unique portfolio 100% admittance year after year; free trial art classes and demos, art activities and giveaways and cool art displays.
The open house activities offered by Ivy Excellent Education Group include: college application lectures by Darren (UCLA faculty) and Wendy (educational expert; free assessment for children’s academic potential; Q&A for parents.
The Open House Promotion Discount offered by West California Academy of Art and Design include: a waiver of registration fee ($30); sign up for a 12-session package, get 1 gift session; 5% discount of tuition for the 24-session package with extra 2 gift sessions; 10% discount of tuition for the 48-session package with extra 4 gift sessions. (for Open House Day only, portfolio class not included)
The Open House Promotion Discount offered by Ivy Excellent Education Group include: 5% discount of tuition for new students with free assessment on academic performance, career, etc.; 10% discount of tuition for whole-semester package with free textbooks and waiver of registration fee (for Open House Day only).
Koala Know Cup Children’s Live Drawing Contest – West California Academy of Art and Design Special Contest on July 20, 2019
Koala Know will host a children’s live drawing contest on July 20, 2019 celebrating the 50th Anniversary of man’s first landing on the moon. The theme of this contest is: Space Journey and Koala. The contest will be held on July 20, Saturday 17:00-19:00, and the venue is West California Academy of Art and Design San Gabriel Campus, 420 S Pine Street， San Gabriel, CA91776. Tel: 626-366-6789，626-292-1783.
The contest opens to children ages 3-18, and winners will be selected for Age Group 3-5, Age Group 6-8, Age Group 9-11, Age Group 12-15, Age Group 16-18. One 1st Place Award, two 2nd Place Awards, three 3rd Place Awards will be selected for each age group, and other award categories include: Most Creative Award, Best Color Award, Best Composition Award, Best Story Award, Best Imagination Award, Best Technique Award. Besides, one Best Live Drawing Visual Effect Award will be selected from all entries.
Prizes are: Koala Know Earphone plus State Congressman Signed Certificate for 1st Place Award winners, Koala Know Schoolbag for 2nd Place Award winners, Koala Know School Stationary for 3rd Place Award winners, Earphone + State Congressman Signed Certificate + Schoolbag + School Stationary for the Best Live Drawing Visual Effect Award winner.
Any painting tools, materials and genres are welcome. The drawing paper will be provided by the organizer and contestants should bring their own drawing tools to the contest.
（Live drawing contest held at West California Academy of Art and Design San Gabriel Campus during past years）
Congratulations to WCAAD Students on Their 2019 College Admissions and Half Million Dollars Scholarship Offers!
100% first-tier college admission rate Again!
All of the six students from 2018-19 Portfolio Preparation Class of West California Academy of Art and Design (WCAAD) have been accepted into their dream colleges with impressive scholarship offers-total of half million dollars!
Tiffany Kao earned acceptance to the following universities and colleges:
She made a decision of selecting Otis--Animation.
Matthew Leung received offers from four prestigious colleges: Pratt Institute, Woodbury University, Southern California Institute of Architecture (Sci–Arc) and University of Oregon.
Two universities provide scholarships for him：University of Oregon $4,000/year，total $16,000；Woodbury University $16,000/semester，total $80,000.
Matthew chose Woodbury University-Architecture. He was selected for an extra Counselor Scholarship which totals his scholarship up to $82,500 after he took Woodbury’s offer.
Jason Chiang earned acceptance to Art Center College of Design- Entertainment Design with a scholarship of $7,000 per semester and a total of $56,000.
Tina Lu earned acceptance to her dream college-- the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)-Graphic Design with a scholarship of $18,000 per year and a total of $72,000.
She studied Graphic Design at WCAAD in the portfolio preparation program while attending community college. She is achieving her dream as a transfer student entering her first pick college.
Mingkun Yan earned acceptance to the prestigious Art Center College of Design--Transportation Design, which is a world-class program.
They chose West California Academy of Art and Design for its 100% admittance rate. The WCAAD portfolio preparation program helps students with fundamental knowledge of art/design processes, and help them properly arrange their artworks to demonstrate its relevance to the major to which they are applying to.
West California Academy of Art and Design offers college-bound students a unique combination of practical expertise and mentorship to help them develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence to choose the right school for them – and get in. Students will work one-to-one with faculty to develop an intense individual focused and disciplined-specific portfolios. Students can have a productive dialogue with an expert faculty member and fellow students.
This program is especially targeted for students seeking High school Art school admittance, college admittance and college transfers national and international students. It caters to both supplemental and art and design portfolio by using art portfolio that makes them uniquely stand out among others including their peers.
From academic planning, to essay review, to portfolio preparation and creating and presentation, the program provides the advice and information that a student needs to lay the foundation for a rewarding college experience and, eventually, a career in their chosen field — be it an engineer or a professional artist. Whether you require the full range of mentoring services or just one or two, your experience can be tailored to your needs. It’s all about making you the strongest college candidate you can be.
West California Academy of Art and Design Summer Portfolio Intensive Program is now enrolling! Take advantage of the summer to create a quality portfolio!
(Written by: Omar Gallegos, WCAAD Vice Principal and Director of Education)
On Saturday June 1, 2019 the Life Drawing/Portfolio Preparation of West California Academy of Art and Design （WCAAD）took a field trip to the Norton Simon museum of art. The trip was design to give an opportunity and dynamic educational experience, activities and resources, and to encourage discussion.
To explore a rich and educational environment, with the instructor, helping them engage with the arts community and deep understanding of chosen topic. They were allowed to see the value of creative and historical work and broad understanding of the past. Through tours and lectures by the instructor, students explore and involve their own creativity, and ask questions.
Bringing students to museums opened them up to different ideas and perspectives that are relevant in their lives, and building critical and creative thinking skills, which are integral to their future success. It’s proven that children of all ages regularly exposed to museums provided a strong foundation for intellectual growth and development and at West California Academy of Art and Design we also share that belief.
A memorable, immersive learning experiences, provoking imagination, introducing unknown cultures and subject matters, and offering unique environments for quality time with each other is crucial for a well rounded experience in and outside the classroom. Bringing them to the museum reveals the group as being equally active in learning and a shared understanding. A chance to connect, understand, and explore perceptions, feelings, and innovative thoughts. Museums provide a space for reflection, experimentation, inspiration, creativity, enjoyment and allow for authentic learning experiences and play.
Through interactive sketching of Old Master and real intimate exposure to the art itself away from text book or visual, children have the ability to take ownership of their own learning and develop and explore curiosities. This unique exposure provides the foundation for creativity, critical thinking, and connection to the world around them. It gives students the opportunity to explore the textures of paintings up close, techniques of artists, and the scale of works. This puts art in a completely different perspective.
At WCAAD, we always encourage them to look at it as a shared intergenerational learning experience in which they grow together. This evokes discussions that can lead to a very natural free-flowing dialogue.
Art boosts the emotional intelligence of people, giving them experiences of empathy and exposing them to new worldviews and ideas. Not only will it help them develop personally, but it will also give them a greater sense of the historical identity they hold, as well as the identities of others. Seeing art made by cultures of others, can really help contextualize their place in the world, what ideologies were held in the past, and evidence of how the human experience has changed. Exposure to museums creates lifelong museum visitors of the future.
(Written by: Omar Gallegos, WCAAD Vice Principal and Director of Education)
26 Students from West California Academy of Art and Design Win 2019 Ranch Market Mother's Day Gift Card Design Contest
99 Ranch Market hosted an award ceremony on May 19 to announce Mother's Day Gift Card Design Contest winners. 26 students from West California Academy of Art and Design (WCAAD) won various awards.
Cindy Cui, 12 years old, won TAWA Charitable Foundation Special Prize with a scholarship of $300.
Shannon Liu, 11 years old, from WCAAD Yorba Linda Branch, won Grand Prize for the 9-13 Age Group.
WCAAD Outstanding Award winners include: Alice (Muqi) Zhang，Angela Pan，Ada Yao，Ariston Zhong，Brian Li，Clarissa Cheng，Donny Gao，Ethan Chen，Eason (Mingyi) Feng，Kevin(Gengtai) Li，Ivory Liu，Jaylen Lin，Jeremy Wang，Rose Pan，Scott Wang，Stella Min Fang，Venita Ye，Weixi Liu，William Liu，Sarah Liu（Yorba Linda Branch ），Michelle Huo（Yorba Linda Branch），Hannah Zhou （San Dimas Branch ）, Xin Yu (Alina) Chi（Rancho Cucamonga Branch）, Daniel Luo（Rancho Cucamonga Branch）.
To bring kids' imaginations and celebrate 2019 Mother’s Day, this drawing contest called for children to design Tawa gift card for the year of 2020.
Children from the age groups of 4-8 and 9-13 years old in Southern California, Nevada, and Texas are invited to participate and encouraged to draw in their originality, creativity and love for family.
The criteria of judging include creativity, color, the techniques of the drawing, and how related the content is to the themes of the contest.
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