Congratulations to Esther Yahan Yang, age 20, on her acceptance to Art Center!
Esther’s journey started a year ago where she came to West California Academy of Art and Design to transfer in a Graphic Design concentration to her dream school, Art Center. She enrolled in the Portfolio, Digital and Life Drawing classes to submit a stronger art and design portfolio admission work. Her educational experience included other prep schools’, however something was severely missing and Esther knew it. The work lacked the quality West California Academy of Art and Design would soon offer her.
Esther was determined to gain a better understanding on her field and submit a superb and persuasive portfolio for competitive schools in her admission process.
Knowing she had to produce all new work, Esther was up to the challenge attending classes almost every day to meet her goal.
Ultimately through professional guidance, her creativity, work ethic, and commitment pushed her to produce a vast amount of work that demonstrated refinement and sophistication.
Though, Esther is waiting on other schools she already has sent her commitment letter of acceptance to Art Center.
“Do your best and regret nothing.” We wish her well and know that she will have a stronger better future.
The annual Fitness Day & Health Fair will be held on Sunday, November 17, 10:00am—3:00pm. The location is Rosemead Center, 3936 N. Muscatel Avenue Rosemead, CA 91770. The web is www.FitnessAndHealthFair.org
West California Academy of Art and Design will hold the Children’s Environmental Art Creation in Room 3 of the Rosemead Center. The first 30 students are free participation. Registration number: 626-292-1783, 626-235-2135. The Academy will prepare the materials. Between 10:00am and 2:30pm bring your child to have fun! Teachers will be helping at the site.
Bring the screenshot of this news to receive one set of BIANYO markers valued $12, while the gifts last (one set for one child only). Total of 100 sets available, sponsored by BIANYO. Bring the completed artwork to West California Academy of Art and Design to get 2 free art classes valued up to $120! (for new students only, portfolio class not included).
“We hope this activity will spark ideas for parents and children who want to learn about the importance of reusing and recycling resources for environmental sustainability.” Wang Lei, the principal of the Academy, said. She said it will raise awareness about the importance of reusing and recycling, and recyclable items can be easily found in the home, such as milk and juice cartons, plastic bottles, plastic containers, jars and cereal boxes.
The 2019 Paint the Future Art Contest Award Ceremony was held by Chinese Institute of Engineers-SoCal on October 12. 32 students from West California Academy of Art and Design won the contest.
This year’s contest theme is “How Would You Recycle Water?” The contest opened to students of TK-5 Grade.
WCAAD 1st Place winners include: Ruijie Yang (TK), Clarissa Cheng (K), Sheldon Shi (1st Grade), Eliana Chung (2nd Grade), Angie Li (3rd Grade), Eric Chang (4th Grade), Alisa Chang (5th Grade).
2nd Place winners include：Simon Su (TK), Ashley Tang (TK), Symone Nicole Teng (K), Jacob Yang(K), Aileen Yue Feng (1st Grade), Roy Liang (1st Grade), Megan Cheng (2nd Grade), Wynnston Ma (2nd Grade), Stella Fang (3rd Grade), William Wang(5th Grade).
3rd Place winners include：Chloe Zhao (TK), Albert Tang (TK), Amy Luo (TK), Kaylie Lin (K), Angela Yu (K), Emma Fung (K), Ethan Gao (K), Lucas Zhao (1st Grade), Eason Feng (1st Grade), Jacob Yang (1st Grade), Eason Liang (2nd Grade), Ethan Chen (2nd Grade), Jessica Sun (2nd Grade), Rene Xu (2nd Grade), Alexandra Wang (4th Grade).
Found in 1917, Chinese Institute of Engineers – USA (CIE-USA) is a non-profit professional organization of Chinese-American engineers, scientists and other professionals. The objectives of CIE-USA are to promote Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics (STEM) in all communities across United States and provide recognitions to the APA professionals at the national level.
Since 2017, Chinese Institute of Engineers-SoCal has been hosting Paint the Future children’s art contest annually themed innovative thinking on better living of the future. The program aims to introduce engineering cogitation in earlier age and incorporate irresistible art work to present engineering ideas.
The Koala Know Cup Children’s Live Drawing Contest award ceremony was held in City of Industry on the evening of Sept. 28. Students from West California Academy of Art and Design (WCAAD) swept top awards，including Aden Li, 8 years old, winning the only Best Visual Effect Award.
Aden Li’s winning artwork
The 1st Place winners include: Chloe Shyu for Age Group 6-8，Ella Chan for Age Group 9-11，Melissa Guo for Age Group 12-15，Sydney Liao for Age group 16+。
The 2nd Place winners include: Sophia Nguyen and Verna Liu for Age Group 3-5；Melanie Zhang and Stella Fang for Age Group 6-8； Freya Fu and Claire Li for Age Group 9-11； Carissa Zhang and Jessica Qiu for Age Group 12-15. The 3rd Place winners include: Ariston Zhang for Age Group 3-5，Helen Xu, Maggie Shen and Raymond Li for Age Group 6-8， Jeremy Wang, Hayley Wu and Weixi Liu for Age Group 9-11. The Best Color Award winners include: Jayden Cao for Age Group 3-5，Laurence Earley for Age Group 6-8，Jerry Li for Age Group 9-11； The Best Creativity Award winners include: Albert Tang for Age Group 3-5，Kevin Yuan for Age Group 6-8，Alan Liao for Age Group 9-11，Lisa Chang for Age Group 12-15； The Best Composition Award winners include: Kelly Yeung for Age Group 3-5，Elsa Jiang for Age Group 6-8，Felicia Dong for Age Group 12-15； The Best Skill Award winners include: Rachel Wang for Age Group 3-5，Cody Li for Age Group 6-8，Isabella Dong for Age Group 12-15； The Best Story Award winners include: Qiuyao Chen for Age Group 6-8，Angie Li for Age Group 9-11；The Best Imagination Award winners include: Julian Zhao for Age Group 6-8，Lillian Li for Age Group 9-11，Kristy Peng for Age Group 12-15.
The Koala Know Cup Children’s Live Drawing Contest was held on July 20, 2019. More than 100 children ages 3-16 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 were selected for Age Group 3-5, Age Group 6-8, Age Group 9-11, Age Group 12-15, Age Group 16+. One 1st Place Award, two 2nd Place Awards, three 3rd Place Awards were selected for each age group. One Best Live Drawing Visual Effect Award was selected from all entries.
Ever wonder how cars are designed? Now you can sketch like a pro automotive designer! West California Academy of Art and Design is offering 16-week intensive Transportation Design course for students age 12-18+. Seats are limited!
This course will put students at the very center of transportation design. Students will learn innovative creative skills with transportation vehicle design and related components, and develop compelling, sustainable and valuable transportation and mobility solutions for a better future. Courses will cover merging gap between aerodynamics and efficiency, performance and safety including motor vehicle, highways, roads, bridges, bus, train, and aviation transportation. The program encourages creativity and budding strategically thinking beyond but including sketchpad. Students will have discussions on impact of the vehicle manufacturing industries, creating better transportation solutions at a system and product level. Students will learn car design & styling, learn to sketch in Photoshop, gain useful knowledge on perspective drawing, create their own design in clay, learn how to sketch and render drawings of cars. This course will help students build a portfolio and get into an automotive design college.
Mingkun Yan, a 22-year-old student from West California Academy of Art and Design, benefited from such intensive program and he got accepted to the prestigious Art Center College of Design -- Transportation Design for the 2019 academic year.
Art Center’s Transportation Design is a world-class program which prepares graduates for careers in automotive interior and exterior, motorcycle, marine, aircraft, commercial transport, personal mobility and public transit design. Its impressive list of alumni includes top designers at virtually every major studio around the globe. For decades, Art Center has educated the global design leaders who have brought beauty, innovation and meaning to the way people travel. Art Center graduates led the teams that created the iconic cars of the 40’s and 50’s, the muscle cars of the 60’s and 70’s, supercars, family cars, and a majority of the new concept cars unveiled at major motor shows each year.
Mingkun came across West California Academy of Art and Design by attending its Open House. He spoke to several instructors and was impressed by the caliber, rigor and ultimately the work students were producing. Specifically, for him, what sold him on the program was the instructor for his major, Roman Iniguez.
Learn from an actual car designer! Roman Iniguez holds a Master’s degree of Science in Industrial Design and a Bachelor’s degree of Science in Transportation Design from Art Center College of Design. Currently, he lectures at Art Center College of Design as an Adjunct Professor preparing young automotive design students for a very challenging future.
Roman has been teaching at WCAAD for over seven years. He has extensive automotive design and styling experience. As a Senior Creative Designer, he has styled numerous vehicle exteriors for multiple divisions within General Motors over the course of a decade. His work as a design team member, helped to ensure the success of vehicles such as the Chevy Camaro, GMC Acadia and Cadillac Escalade.
Mingkun began attending WCAAD in early spring of 2018 and went through an intensive portfolio course work. He was accepted to Art Center in November 2018. Roman is his first year instructor at Art Center.
For more course details please call 626-292-1783 or 626-235-2135, Website: www. MyArtEducation.com
West California Academy of Art and Design（WCAAD） strives to offer only the highest level of art education for the community. Since July 6th, 2017, West California Academy of Art and Design has officially become the Supplementary Education Center/Program Fully Accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
WCAAD is widely recognized as one of the most professional children’s and youth art education institutions across the Southern California. The academy's students produce exceptional art for their age and it has achieved a reputation as “the children’s art school with most art contest winners,” as well as students achieving 100% admittance to their perspective colleges. For almost 30 years, West California Academy of Art and Design has been transforming students into confident, creative artists and designers who have gone on to have successful careers in their chosen field.
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.
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