In addition to Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday’s schedules for portfolio preparation classes, West California Academy of Art and Design will offer portfolio preparation classes on Sunday starting January 2020.
Sunday Portfolio Preparation Class Schedule: 9:00am-12:00pm，1:00pm-3:00pm， 3:00pm-6:00pm.
Steve Ohlrich, the instructor for Sunday’s portfolio preparation classes, is an artist who comes from an artistic heritage including painters and wood workers. He has been drawing since early childhood and received awards at an early age. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a minor in psychology. After serving the psychology community in and around Chicago for three years, Steve pursued artistic training at The School of Representational Art. He received a certificate after four years of extensive training in academic drawing and painting, and the study of composition and impressionistic color. Steve draws inspiration from a wide variety of artists including the Old Masters, American and European Impressionists, and modern painters. His work includes realistic figurative works, portraits, still life and creative compositions. He has sold his works to private collectors and has displayed in public exhibitions held in Switzerland, Canada and U.S. Media exposure includes interview and articles on Study Drawing, Voyager LA, American Artist, Drawing, American Artist Magazine, Artbeat Chicago. He is an instructor at Pasadena City College’s Extension program, and works with students privately in his studio.
The Academy offers course preparation in: Animation, Product Design, Transportation Design, Entertainment Design/Game Design, Illustration, Graphic Design/Advertising, Fashion Design, Fine Art, Figure Drawing, UI/UX Design, Architecture/Urban/Environmental/Interior Design, etc.
Courses are taught by West California Academy of Art and Design faculty who consider the college’s admissions and requirements when structuring assignments. Providing you with competent skills level for college. Staff will guide you into the right path and plan for each individual’s needs. Constantly evaluating work for the best outcome.
West California Academy of Art and Design has 100% admittance rate. The Portfolio Preparation Class will help you with fundamental knowledge of art/design processes, and help you properly arrange your artworks to demonstrate its relevance to the major to which you are applying to. Students will work one-to-one with faculty to develop an intense individual focused and disciplined-specific portfolios. From academic planning, to essay review, to portfolio preparation and creating and presentation, the Academy 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.
How to earn acceptance to your dream college? How to be recognized by admission officers and faculty? How to distinguish yourself from you peer competitors? West California Academy of Art and Design provides developmental caring and dynamic counseling and expertise services. Families and students alike can learn about colleges and specific factors of how to create an individual plan with the Academy’s credentialed professionals. For students applying to Ivy League schools, Art University, college transfers or supplemental, the counselor can help you showcase your talents in a creative and engaging ways by providing guidance, plans and feedback on portfolios and arrangement including: essays/artists statements, applications etc. The Academy can help consult on how these, and additional factors can fit to specific applications depending on schools. Art production can play a crucial role into the admissions process, and though the Academy’s experienced team will explain the admission process from the perspectives of a highly selective university, and various institutes for a better understanding of career options and education.
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. It’s all about making you the strongest college candidate you can be.
Illustrations of Chinese Cultural Stories Children’s Drawing Contest award ceremony was held on December 28th, 2019 at the Double Tree Hotel in Whittier. 36 students from West California Academy of Art and Design (WCAAD) won multiple awards for all age groups, and WCAAD won the Overseas Chinese Cultural Heritage Contribution Award.
Grand Prize: Qiuya Chen (16+), Ashley Zhou (12-15), Alisa Chang (9-11), Jaylen Lin (6-8), Emma Fung (3-5);
1st Place: Xinyue Rebecca Zhang (16+), Isabella Du (12-15), Melissa (Muhan) Guo (12-15), Eric Chang (9-11), Sariah Chan (9-11), Cody Li (6-8), Qiuyao Chen (6-8), Jacqueline Wu (3-5);
2nd Place: William Wang (12-15), Jenny You (9-11), Jenna Xiao (9-11), Wynnston Ma (6-8), Tianze Chen (3-5);
3rd Place: Celina Lin (12-15), Alexandra Wang (9-11), Scott Wang (6-8), Ashley Tang (3-5);
Most Creative: Phoebe Li (12-15), Elsa Jiang (9-11), Amy Luo (6-8), Shannon Dai (3-5);
Best Technique: Lauren Li (12-15), Aden Li (9-11), Jayden Cao (3-5);
Best Composition: Jenna Vuong (9-11), Sheldon Zhang (6-8), Abigail Bai (3-5);
Best Color: Kristy Peng (12-15), Weixi Liu (9-11), Avril Deng (6-8), Constance Yu (3-5).
This contest is authorized by Professor Gongxin Zhou, the former president of the National Palace Museum of Taiwan, and organized by the Joy Luck Club. The contest objective is to share Chinese cultural heritage and renew cultural appreciation.
According to the contest organizer, Chinese culture will continue to be important in the future. Chinese people are proud of their culture and can work together to share the beautiful history with people around the world. Contestants are required to select any Chinese idiom and illustrate their unique interpretation of the idiom. The award categories are divided by age group: 3-5 years old, 6-8 years old, 9-11 years old, 12-15 years old, 16+ years old,
Aren’t you impressed to see that non-Chinese native children can create great artwork about Chinese culture? This is the very beauty of art education. 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.
Starting January 2020 West California Academy of Art and Design will offer Children’s Painting Course for students age 6-12.
The objective of this course is to develop children's creativity through painting courses and teach them relevant painting knowledge and skills, such as acrylic, watercolor, gouache, etc.
Students will learn how to combine painting skills to create artworks such as still life, landscapes, animals and portraits. Students will also learn about color mixing, light and shadow, proportion and space, and three-dimensional composition.
The importance and necessity of the course: in the transitional stage (6 to 12 years old) students might be temporarily unable to adapt to the “boring” skill training and art knowledge learning. The fear of difficulties may cause psychological frustration and even make some of the students lose interest in art.
It is an effective way to combine children's creative drawing and professional painting skills for a smooth transition, ready for the next step of art education.
The themes of children's painting are relatively broad and the curriculum is flexibly arranged. In addition to the traditional subjects such as portrait, landscape, animals and landscape, this course gives students more space for their independent creation.
Students can try a variety of painting methods, feeling the charm of color creation and color pigments. They will be more confident in professional painting in the future.
Enroll now! Tel: (O) 626-292-1783, (C) 626-235-2135；Venue：West California Academy of Art and Design main campus, 420 S Pine Street, San Gabriel, CA91776，Web：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 Provides Children's Environmental Art Creation at 2019 Fitness Day & Health Fair
2019 Fitness Day & Health Fair was held on Sunday, November 17 at the Rosemead Center. Thousands of people took part in this annual community health-themed event.
West California Academy of Art and Design provided voluntary Environmental Art Creation for parents and children in Room 3 of the Rosemead Center.
According to Wang Lei, the principal of the Academy, the goal of this activity is to spark ideas for parents and children who want to learn about the importance of reusing and recycling resources for environmental sustainability. The recyclable items can be easily found in the home, such as toilet paper roll, milk and juice cartons, plastic containers, jars and cereal boxes.
The children learned how to make bookmarks with their own artworks.
Each child also received free gift of one set of markers sponsored by BIANYO.
27th Congressional Award winners of the 2019 Fitness Day & Health Fair Drawing Contest was announced on November 17. Four students from West California Academy of Art and Design won the awards, including Eason Xue, 5 years old; Ming Cheng Jiang, 5 years old; Sophie Du, 7 years old; and Ashley Zhou, 11 years old.
Every year, the Academy joins effort with the Fitness Day & Health Fair organizer to celebrate the event and hold art activities such as bookmark designing, coloring contest, face-painting, etc.
In addition to offering art education programs for children, the West California Academy of Art and Design faculty have also been continuously taking time and efforts to provide voluntary public service for the community. During the past ten years, the principal Wang Lei, the students and the staff members have collectively contributed more than 5,000 hours to domestic and international public service.
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.
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