West California Academy of Art and Design (WCAAD) is now offering Entertainment Design courses for students ages 14+. Call now for enrollment! Tel: 626-292-1783, Web: www.MyArtEducation.com
Entertainment Design is about designing characters, vehicles, props, and environments for fictional worlds. Most entertainment design is for film, video games, animation, and theme park.
Concept Design is about visualizing the world before actually building out props, costumes, and sets in order to streamline the process. Designs must be creative, innovative, and visually appealing as well as be able to work and function.
This course will allow the student to fully flesh out a fictional world of their own development. They will design a character, vehicle, prop, and environment and digitally render them.
Students will learn-----
Concept Sketch: Using pen, pencil, marker, brush pen, etc. to quickly communicate conceptual ideas. Explore organic, hard surface. Intro to Visual communication and develop sketch ideations and variations.
Form Language (Design theory) : Explore Design, Styles, and Methods. Extracting language from Forms. Using vocabulary to generate original ideas. (CHARACTER, VEHICLE, ENVIRONMET)
Vehicle & Mechanic Design: Explore Form and Function. Anatomy of Vehicles and Mechanics. Gears and Joints. Design purpose and function. Rendering and intro to Hard-surface Design.
Experimental Digital Painting: Learn Photoshop, Design fundamentals, Character, Shape and from language. Explore poses, character variation, Design Character/Creature for Entertainment Design.
Plein Air: Experience from life, color, light, composition, emotion. On location, interpret.
Buildings: Perspective, Entertainment Design Sketching, Set Dressing interior/exterior space, layout design. Intro to form and function.
Color Theory: Design with color and light. Silhouette, poses, variation memorable and unique character.
Figure Painting: Learn Anatomy, color, portraiture, poses costuming, style, light, contextualizing character, quick sketch, creating mood, gestural aspects, composition.
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 experience 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.
Congratulations to Tina Lu on her acceptance to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)!
Tina has been a student at West California Academy of Art and Design for over a year now. In her time here, she studied Graphic Design in the portfolio preparation program while attending community college. She is achieving her dream as a transfer student entering her first pick college.
Tina’s work is well developed, and she has matured as a designer and person through her experience here, as well as, winning the Silver Award for the 2018 local Inland Empire, and Silver Nationally in the district 15 Cover Design competition. The American Advertising Awards Inland Empire Competition is the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition attracting 40,000 entries yearly.
Tina’s graphic design campaigns showcase her talents and progress throughout her education in our program. Though she is waiting for more other colleges 2018, Tina is committing to her first choice at Chicago.
Founded in 1866, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is one of America's largest accredited independent schools of art and design. It is located in the Loop in Chicago, Illinois. The school is associated with the museum of the same name, and "The Art Institute of Chicago" or "Chicago Art Institute" often refers to either entity.
Providing degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels, SAIC has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top graduate art programs in the nation, as well as by Columbia University's National Arts Journalism survey as the most influential art school in the United States. In 2017 US News ranked SAIC the fourth best overall graduate program for fine arts in the U.S. tying with the Rhode Island School of Design. In January 2013, The Global Language Monitor ranked SAIC as the #5 college in the U.S., the highest ever for an art or design school in a general college ranking. Its notable alumni include Georgia O’Keeffe and Walt Disney.
“My Dream House” Art Contest award ceremony was held at the Sheraton Hotel San Gabriel on Feb 7, 2019, and 16 students from West California Academy of Art and Design（WCAAD）won the contest.
WCAAD winners are: Alice Zhang, Celine Li, Bella Luo, Daniel Wu, Eric Toy, Sarah Liu, Genesis Guo, Roy Liang, Queenie Liang, Wynnston Ma, Helen Xu, Sophie Lyu, Chloe Shyu, Antonio Shyu, Maggie Wu, Irene Xue.
“My Dream House” Art Contest was organized by Chinese American Construction Professionals （CACP）, and the award ceremony was held as part of its 2019 Lunar New Year Celebration.
Establishedin1982，CACP has been serving the community and nurturing the construction professionals for almost 40 years. Its members are from various design, construction, and development disciplines including Architecture, Contracting, Engineering, Inspections, Finance, Material Supply, Real Estate, and Utilities.
“Our school has been teaching children art for almost 30 years and our students have taken part in many many art contests,” Lei Wang, WCAAD President, said, “this Dream House art contest is the one we think highly of. Why? Because architecture and drawing are closely related. Architecture Is Art. Many of our graduates have majored in architecture at their dream colleges. Many of our graduates have become architects. Art training during their childhood is one of the most important factors for their success.”
According to Ms. Wang, such art contest is a very good opportunity for students to hone both drawing skills and design ability, and expand their imagination and creativity. “We hope this contest will continue and more children will become tomorrow’s architects!” Ms. Wang said.
9 Students from West California Academy of Art and Design Won the 7th International Chinese-American Youth and Children Art Contest
The 7th International Chinese-American Youth and Children Art Contest Award Ceremony was held at the Nixon Center on Jan 6, 2019. 9 Students from West California Academy of Art and Design won awards.
28 students won Legacy Award for Encouragement: Ailee Fang，Aislyn Liu，Alex Tang，Alice Gan ，Allison Gao，Andy Liu，Ashley Zhou，Cadence Chan，Charmaine Cheung，Chloe Liang，Ella Chan，Genesis Guo，Hayley Wu，Isabella Sun，Isabella Zhao，Jett Jasper，Jieni Liao，Lauren Li，Lillian Wang，Lina Wu，Madison Ho，Meini Pang，Nina (Jiarong) Chen，Sarah Liu，Shekinah Chan，Sophie Lyu，Sariah Chan，Vincent Guan.
“Aren’t you impressed to see that non-Chinese native children can create great artworks about Chinese culture? This is the very beauty of art education.” Lei Wang, the principal of West California Academy of Art and Design said, “Through art, children can absorb the perceptions of others. They become interested in other cultures, traditions, and lifestyles.
Ms. Lei Wang and her students with Mr. Shaoguang Ding
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.
Two Students from West California Academy of Art and Design Won 1st Place Award in the 21st LA Web Children’s Drawing Contest
36 students from West California Academy of Art and Design won awards in the 2018 LA Web Children’s Drawing Contest. Wenyue Cui, 8 years old, and Alisa Chang, 10 years old, won the 1st Place of Little Doggie Group and Little Panther Group respectively.
Two students from West California Academy of Art and Design won 2nd Place: Cadence Chan--Little Cat Group and Nick Li--Little Panther Group. One student won 3rd Place: Aaron Liu-Little Doggie Group.
31 students won Excellence Award including Little Cat Group: Kaylie Lin, Henry Cheng, Grace Li, Aislyn Liu, Victoria Wang, Porsche Shieh; Little Doggie Group: Karly Lai, Helen Xu, Felicia He, Alex Ho, Isabella Sun, Cindy Choi, Angel Ao, Christopher Chan, Claire Yang, William Wu, Julian Zhao, Braden Guo, Abbriana Guan; Little Panda Group: Genesis Guo, Alissa Phuong, Alex Tang, Chloe Liang, Eric Chang, Elsa Jiang, Melanie Zhang, Jenna Vuong, Venita Ye; Little Panther Group: Nikki Yamamoto, Ashley Zhou, Jadey Chen.
The L.A. Web Children’s Drawing Contest, the largest and most prestigious event of its kind for kids ages 3 to 16 years old in California, has been held for 21 years and attracts thousands of children to participate each year. This year’s theme is “World of Love”.
For every age category, the top three (first-place, second-place and third-place) winners receive a trophy, a certificate, a mounting frame and special gifts. Excellence Award winners receive a trophy and a certificate. All other contestants who are not selected for an award also receive a certificate of recognition.
“We encourage our students to participate in this art contest every year,” Lei Wang, the principal of West California Academy of Art and Design said, “this is a very good opportunity for children to express unlimited imagination through the broad subject so that we could understand the beautiful and colorful world of children of different ages.”
The winning artworks will be framed and exhibited at L.A. Web Culture Center and the Museums.
Richard Cui, 6 years old, a student from West California Academy of Art and Design (WCAAD), won Third Place in the Age 5-6 Category at he 9th Space Foundation International Student Art Contest. He was selected as one of 25 talented winners from among nearly 4,000 global entries for this annual art contest.
This year’s contest theme is: Where Will Your Spaceship Take You?
Space Foundation is an American nonprofit organization that advocates for all sectors of the global space industry through space awareness activities, educational programs and major industry events. Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation vision is to inspire, educate, connect, and advocate on behalf of the global space community.
The foundation held this art contest based on the belief that creativity, essentially a form of problem-solving, is the key for the survival of the next generation. Creativity involves adaptability and flexibility of thought. These are the same types of skills that numerous reports on education (e.g., the Carnegie Report, 1986) have suggested are critical for students.
Art gives children the opportunity and confidence to take risks, challenge assumptions, and see things in a new way. More and more arts education grants are being funneled into the integration of arts with other disciplines in early childhood.
WASC Accredited West California Academy of Art and Design Rancho Cucamonga Branch successfully held an Open House on January 13, 2019.
The Open House activities included official school presentations and seminars on children’s art training program; free trial classes including creative drawing, handcraft, and sketching, etc.; a talk on education in the art and design and trending advancements in the fields for concerned parents and students; talk to art instructors; art workshops, class demonstrations and award-winning artwork exhibitions and gallery show.
“The goal for the open house is to familiarize potential parents and students with the Academy’s diverse programs that are general and specialized, answering questions for students who are curious on how to proceed and have a fruitful experience in the Academy at any level.” Lei Wang, the President of the Academy, said.
“With almost thirty years in development, our art training program is leading in preparing children and youth to seek and transform, both as artists, and as creative individuals.” Ms. Wang said that the Academy’s well-rounded curriculum integrates advanced international concepts, current trends in art and design, and unique teaching methods, placing emphasis on creativity. “We focus on developing students’ problem-solving skills and critical approaches through inspirational projects.”
Through the Academy’s fundamental core in art and design, students not only improve their aesthetics, temperament and creativity, but also their capability of turning creative ideas into finished works. “Whether students simply have an interest in art, or would like to learn more about art careers, our unique art curriculum provides a breadth of knowledge necessary for facing a shifting future and setting them up for a life of growth and success.” Ms. Wang said.
Ms. Wang said she was touched by the warm welcome from Rancho Cucamonga community and parents. “Many students and parents told me that they had been waiting for us to open a branch in Rancho Cucamonga for long time.” Ms. Wang said.
Based in San Gabriel, California, West California Academy of Art and Design is widely recognized as one of the most professional children’s and youth art education institutions across the Southern California. Catering to community needs, the Academy opened its Yorba Linda Branch, San Dimas Branch, Rancho Cucamonga Branch and Ontario Branch.
The Ontario Branch Open House is coming soon and the Academy will keep the community and parents posted with the related info.
WCAAD Headquarters：420 S Pine St, San Gabriel, CA 91776；Yorba Linda Branch：16960 Bastanchury Rd. #E, Yorba Linda, CA 92886；Rancho Cucamonga Branch：11996 Jack Benny Dr,#108，Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739；, Ontario Branch：4421 Ontario Mills Pkwy, Ontario, CA 91764；San Dimas Branch：303 S. San Dimas Avenue, San Dimas, CA91773；Tel: （O）626-292-1783; （C）626-235-2135；Web: www.MyArtEducation.com
WASC Accredited West California Academy of Art and Design Rancho Cucamonga Branch Open House on Sunday 3:00-5:00pm, January 13, 2019!
Catering to the community needs, West California Academy of Art and Design opened its Rancho Cucamonga Branch in January 2019. The address of the Rancho Cucamonga Branch is 11996 Jack Benny Dr., #108，Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739，Tel：（O）626-292-1783，626-560-6658， (C)626-235-2135；Web: www.MyArtEducation.com
For the Rancho Cucamonga Branch grand opening promotion, students signing up before January 27, 2019 enjoy the waiver of registration fee ($30); signing up for a 12-session package, student gets 1 gift session; 5% discount of tuition for the 24-session package with extra 2 gift sessions; and 10% discount of tuition for the 48-session package with extra 4 gift sessions. (The special price package listed above is for Rancho Cucamonga Branch grand opening promotion only, one time only and non-refundable).
Established in 1996, 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).
Based in San Gabriel, California, West California Academy of Art and Design 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.” 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.
Rancho Cucamonga is a city situated at the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains in San Bernardino County, California. It is located 37 miles east of Downtown Los Angeles. The city's proximity to major transportation hubs, airports, and highways has attracted the business of several large corporations, including Coca-Cola, Frito-Lay, Big Lots, Mercury Insurance Group, Southern California Edison, and Amphastar Pharmaceuticals.
The city had a population of 177,452 in 2017. The city's favorable location and host of public amenities have earned it numerous distinctions. Notably, Money Magazine ranked Rancho Cucamonga 42nd on its "Best Places to Live" list in 2006. In addition, Insider Magazine established one Rancho Cucamonga neighborhood as the 13th richest neighborhood in Southern California. The four public high schools (Alta Loma, Etiwanda, Los Osos, and Rancho Cucamonga) earned the Silver distinction in a 2015 ranking of the nation's high schools by U.S. News & World Report. In 2017 the California Department of Education announced that all four high schools were being named California Gold Ribbon Schools.
Interstate 15 (I-15) and the relatively new Route 210 (SR-210) freeway extension run through Rancho Cucamonga as well as the historic U.S. Route 66 (as Foothill Boulevard). SR-210 runs nearly straight east–west through the northern part of the city, roughly bisecting the residential communities of Alta Loma and Etiwanda, providing connection (in addition to I-10 and SR-60) from the San Gabriel Valley and points west to the San Bernardino area.
Mingkun Yan, a 22-year-old student from West California Academy of Art and Design, is accepted to the prestigious Art Center College of Design for the 2019 academic year. His major is Transportation Design. “This is an exciting time to be entering the field of transportation design.” Mingkun says.
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 seven 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. The future of personal mobility is being designed at Art Center where students are exploring the next evolution of car design as well as the entire spectrum of transportation.
Mingkun came to the US to apply to college and discovered the portfolio preparation program provided by West California Academy of Art and Design (WCAAD). He came across the Academy 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 Ineguez.
Roman has been teaching at WCAAD for over six years. He also lectures at Art Center College of Design as an Adjunct Professor preparing young automotive design students for a very challenging future. He has extensive automotive design and styling experience working for multiple divisions of General Motors, including Senior Creative Designer for General Motors Corporation. “Not since the birth of the automobile has the industry seen such rapid changes taking place and these changes bring great opportunities for talented designers.” Roman says.
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 will be his first year instructor at Art Center.
If you are interested in applying for Transportation Design, come sign up for WCAAD portfolio preparation course! 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.
West California Academy of Art and Design and HuaXia Women’s Association co-sponsor Bookmark Contest for UNICEF Fund-raising
West California Academy of Art and Design and HuaXia Women’s Association co-sponsored the Live Bookmark Coloring Contest held at the 2018 Fitness Day and Health Fair event on November 18.
In support of UNICEF, this art contest is organized by Rosemead Recreation Center and sponsored by HuaXia Women’s Association and West California Academy of Art and Design, providing a platform to young artists to showcase their talents, to pursue their artistic professionalism and to raise funds to help children in poverty via UNICEF’s charity program.
28 contestants participate in the 2-hour live bookmark art contest, and each contester is advised to donate $15 for the UNICEF. Each participant receives a certificate issued by the UNICEF stating that “when you support the UNICEF, you are joining the mission with the UNICEF in helping children in poverty for their survival and development.”
This 2-hour live art contest raised $500 for the UNICEF.
The contestants are divided into two age groups: under 8 years old and 9 years old up. Three winners are selected for each group.
Every year students from West California Academy of Art and Design take active part in Rosemead Fitness Day and Health Fair Children’s Drawing Contest, a contest celebrating the importance of creativity and healthy lifestyle expressed through art.
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