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Some exciting events at our US Arts Irvine Campus!

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JMAP Event

At the end of September we had our JMAP Introduction Meeting & Open House. Teachers  presented to new and prospective students about the JMAP program, highlighting the ways this program differs from traditional ones, including field trips, visits from artist guest speakers, and the development of a digital portfolio alongside student’s physical art practice. Our gallery proudly displayed students’ accomplishments from over the last year. Individual students were able to present their works to the audience, summarizing their experience, visually, in their ten artworks completed over the previous year.

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Halloween Art Gallery

On October 25 we had an awesome Halloween event with the release of a special Halloween coloring book. Twenty-nine kids submitted material for the coloring book, and two of them won for the designs on the front and back. We made mini-animations, had fun Halloween games, and made bat baskets to collect candy.  Our founder, Jianmin Zhao, came and decided it was so much fun, we’re going to make it a tradition!

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Special thanks to Andrea Ueda for coordinating and organizing the coloring book. Also to Ramiro Rubio and Christina Lee (and her friends!) who helped decorate with spider webs and other spooky-but-fun details.

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鳳凰衛視美洲台採訪本校

U.S. Arts 應鳳凰衛視美洲台邀約,錄製"天天話題-美藝術與設計公司論點" 暢談藝術教育、創造設計能力對未來孩子的重要性,以及作品集在美國申學時的關鍵性。

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Figure Drawing and Drawing Ballet Dancers in Motion

Our Irvine Campus recently hosted two special events; a workshop on figure drawing and another workshop that involved drawing figures in motion –– a real challenge for any artist, no matter how experienced! We can report with pride that both events were a success.

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Drawing the ballet class was a wonderful experience that really pushed the students (and the teachers!) to the max. We were working just as hard as the dancers were, our pencils flying across the page, to try and capture the dynamic motion of the class. Most students had already participated in the previous day’s traditional figure drawing class, so they were prepared, having already made a study of human proportions and experienced quick gesture drawings (some as fast as one minute). This was something else entirely –– within a flash of seconds, we had to capture the main gesture of such wonderfully complex poses. It really kept us on our toes! At the end, we assembled chalk pastel drawings, based on our observations. The model for this was, of course, Degas’ elegant artworks from the late 1800’s. 

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學會稱讚孩子的正確方式

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「寶貝你做得真好!」

「你的小孩真聰明!」

「你的孩子真漂亮/可愛!」

我們常常可以聽見類似於這樣子的讚美,父母總是不吝於稱讚自己或他人的孩子,大多數家長也明白適當的讚美可以讓孩子獲得肯定。然而上面這些稱讚其實並不能完全能發揮正向作用,不適當的讚美反而會對孩子產生負面影響,學會「如何稱讚」是家長必須知道的學問。


稱讚孩子必須具體而不空泛

家長的稱讚應該把具體事實說出來,譬如當孩子幫忙做家務時,可以稱讚他「媽媽今天很累,謝謝你幫媽媽洗碗」,而不僅是「你好乖」之類的隨口誇獎。當孩子太容易得到稱讚便會對誇讚麻木了,或者害怕失去稱讚而經不起失敗與挫折。當孩子年紀越大時,稱讚必須更客觀具體,讓他感到父母真正了解他的努力和心思,而不僅僅是為了鼓勵他而讚美。

稱讚孩子的努力而非聰明

如果家長將孩子的優秀表現歸類於「聰明」,那麼孩子自然而然會覺得一切良好的表現是因為「聰明」的緣故,爾後每次面對問題,孩子都會選擇迴避挑戰,以便得到符合「聰明」的結果。倘諾孩子失敗了,便會對自己的能力和智商產生質疑;相反的,誇讚孩子「努力」則讓孩子認知到後天的努力可以改變結果。

美國的研究人員曾讓幼兒園的孩子解決一些難題,然後對一半的孩子說「你答對8題,你很努力」;對另一半的孩子說「你答對8題,你很聰明」。接著給孩子兩種任務選擇,結果被誇聰明的孩子多半選擇自己有把握完成的任務,而被誇努力的孩子則會選擇具有挑戰的任務。

同樣的,稱讚孩子「你好漂亮/可愛」也無助於孩子的認知發育,因為漂亮可愛是天生的遺傳,並不是孩子靠自己努力而來,過度的讚美外表會讓孩子產生「美麗是值得驕傲」的錯覺,反而看輕其他相貌普通或是有缺陷的孩子。相對的,大人可以稱讚孩子「很有禮貌」、「微笑很甜」,因為那是孩子靠自己努力做到的。

稱讚事實而不稱讚人格

「好孩子、乖寶寶」就是典型的誇人格,家長們會無心地將其掛在嘴邊。但人格對小孩子而言是一個很抽象的概念,孩子其實不能真正地明白這句誇獎的意涵,譬如孩子在教室裡乖乖地不吵鬧或許是好的表現,但看見同學被欺負而乖乖地不阻止或者報告給大人,則未必是一個好現象。人格的定義很廣泛,更可以經由後天培養,因此讚美孩子應該要針對事件而非人的本身。

讚美孩子是一門學問,對於的孩子稱讚影響到孩子一生的發展。孩子的成長中不能沒有稱讚,但也不能流於表面或空泛。其實稱讚孩子並不困難,當孩子真的有值得稱讚的行為,家長只要把他的行為和努力,具體地複述一次就行。當家長稱讚孩子的同時,也在教導孩子如何欣賞並且讚美他人的努力。


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2015 U.S. ART Field Trip: Natural History Museum of L.A.

2015 U.S. ART Field Trip: Natural History Museum of L.A.
今年U.S. ARTS校外教學圓滿落幕了,在活動之前,有不少學生反應自然歷史博物館他們已經去過了,也有家長疑問為什麼要到校外寫生呢?難道不能在教室看著照片畫或者臨摹畫作嗎?

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事實上,戶外寫生可以更一步強化孩子的"觀察力"和"記憶力",臨摹照片或畫作固然是學習方式之一,但畢竟是攝影師或藝術家已經處理過的”理想畫面”;而真實世界的景物、光影、與背景相當龐雜,戶外寫生是鍛練孩子從頭思考的一個好策略,在三十分鐘甚至更短的時間內,孩子們必須費心觀察、理解細節,學會去蕪存菁,一筆筆將他眼睛觀察到的景物轉化成紙上的作品。當學生親眼見到等比例的動物、肌肉生長、毛皮質感,他們受到的震撼與啟發是圖片教學不能取代的。

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此外,校外寫生的環境與教室是截然不同的,寫生時候干擾因素非常多,可能有日曬高溫,也會有行人停下腳步指指點點、品頭論足、拍照錄影;教室外也有很多新奇好玩的東西吸引小孩的注意力。寫生可以培養孩子的專注力及一顆安靜的心,讓他們在畫畫時不會到外界因素的干擾。
這次校外寫生,U.S. ARTS的學生展現了高水準的能力,孩子們提筆即畫,毫不怯場,大大方方地展現他們的作品,這也歸功於教師在寫生之前一個月有系統的習作訓練,讓學生能很快進入狀況。


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本次的寫生四所分校共有超過百位學生參與,團體寫生的競爭與時間壓力,會讓學生更專注也更大膽的放手去嘗試,許多孩子努力創作到最後一分鐘,甚至離開博物館還捨不得放棄這難得的機會。相信經過這次在館內臨場作畫的實踐經驗,當他們下次再進入博物館時,觀察事物的眼光與仔細程度必定有所不同。
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特別感謝各位家長支持及義工的協助! 校外教學相片已放在學校的網站 http://www.usartsdesign.com/pages/gallery

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Plaster Casts of Non-Western Sculptures?

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Here at US Arts we are fortunate to have many great plaster busts to draw from. In my class, we make frequent use of these copies of old masterworks, as well as other, more academic plasters. Students are able to learn quite a lot from drawing these things –– especially about light logic.

 
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But, I was wondering –– why are all our plasters cast from Western sculptures? After all, we have many students from non-Western backgrounds; why not incorporate some statues from a wider variety of cultural backgrounds? Certainly there are many masterpieces of sculpture depicting the human form from the various cultures of East, Southeast, and South Asia –– as well as other places. Some Native American groups, like the Maya and Andean cultures, also developed a high degree of naturalism in their sculptures, and would add a fun diversity to our drawing options. 

 
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K'inich Janaab' Pakal – one of the greatest Mayan rulers (lived 603 - 683 CE).

My co-worker and fellow US Arts teacher, Christina Lee, also pointed out that the sculptures need not even be that representational; the interesting, abstracted forms of African sculptures and masks could also provide students with great material for a technical rendering every bit as rigorous as from a naturalistic sculpture.

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Full of excitement, I spoke to our campus director and got the green light for the idea! I began to search on the internet for plaster casts of non-Western sculptures, and –– hit a brick wall. There didn’t seem to be any! Don’t get me wrong; there were plenty of poor copies (the kind you might see for sale in a museum gift store, or from some street vendor catering to the kitsch tastes of tourists). But a reproduction is not the same thing as a plaster cast; usually a reproduction is far inferior in quality. A plaster cast is by no means perfect, but it does at least contain a more faithful echo of the original, and the grace that is too easily lost when reproduced by a person working on an assembly line geared towards mass-production.

It would be great if some of the cultural institutions that currently house these great masterpieces of non-Western sculpture could look into whether or not plaster casts might be made without damaging the originals. Here are some great sculptures I wish were available in plaster casts:

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Guan Yin, China (Currently in Santa Barbara Museum of Art)

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Realistic portraiture by Japanese master, Unkei.

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Another by Unkei: Wrathful guardian deity.

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Not all the "Terracotta Soldiers" were created equal; some show a vastly superior sensitivity in the way their facial features were handled by the artists who molded them. Of course that's what one would expect; there are some 8,000 of these guys! They can't all be masterpieces. However, the two I selected for this blog certainly are masterpieces. If we could have faithful reproductions of the more refined examples – not ones generated purely for profit, but for serious, aesthetic study – now that would be progress!

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孩子很真很單純請多給他們愛

你還記得愛最初的樣子嗎? 看看孩子眼中的愛,很單純很溫暖

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Summer Camp at US Arts, in Irvine!

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US Arts & Design Irvine campus will be having six special Summer camp programs, starting from late June, and on through July. (See the following flyers for the specific dates of each program.)

 
Our “Summer Kid Camp” will have a Hawaiian theme this year, and will include brief lectures on art history, concept development through sketching, stencil making, printmaking, and clay sculpture. It will also include a field trip to Bowers Museum, and a final potluck celebration. The first five children registered will get the field trip for free!


“Digital Arts Camp” will include a survey of important techniques and software that will enable children to unleash their creativity with relevant experience towards animation and character design.
 

We will also offer two-class packages for “Figure Drawing”, led by our Studio Art teacher, Brian Kinnaman. This will be a great chance to get a crash course in figure studies, with a teacher specialized in figurative art. Brian studied at more than six different art schools, including L’Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, Italy, as well as with the renown figurative painter, Yu Ji, at CSU Long Beach.
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Other programs offered will be: Fashion Drawing, Chinese Calligraphy, and Birthday celebrations. Sign up while there’s still space! 
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IPSF certificates are in & up on the walls!

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The Irvine Public School Foundation (IPSF) certificates of appreciation have come in, from our 2015 Valentine’s Day Button Project. We invited our students’ families to contribute a donation of $25, and in return we helped the students to make 12 buttons, celebrating Valentine’s Day. All profits were donated to the IPSF, and now we have a nice new wallpaper of appreciation on display, here at US Arts’ Irvine campus. A special thanks to Miss Jennifer and her team, for facilitating the button-making process! And thanks to all you parents who contributed! We welcome you to come in and find your certificate. :)

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【2015 Summer Programs】 Join Our Life Drawing & Photography Programs!


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US .Arts & Design   2015 暑期課程  

人體寫生課程

人體寫生是訓練觀察力的重要方式,透過人體寫生可以清楚地掌握人物結構與動態,觀察肌肉的變化與皮膚、毛髮的質感,提升繪畫技巧。本課程歡迎繪畫同好及預備申請藝術相關學校的學生參加課程。

*June.11- Aug.06 每週四下午3:00至7:00. (八堂課)
*十五歲以上 (課程含裸體模特兒)



實用攝影課程

實用攝影課程帶領學員熟悉相機功能及操作,運用攝影三大元素,掌握構圖秘訣,更有PS後期修片技巧介紹。透過簡單、實際、直接的方式教學,讓攝影不再僅是影像紀錄更是藝術呈現!

*June. 09- July.21每週二下午3:00至7:00. (六堂課)
*十五歲以上
*請自備相機
*課程包含人相攝影及外拍攝影

 
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*所有課程皆須事先報名,歡迎來電洽詢

*洽詢電話:(626)213-0998/(626)854-9855

*上課地點:17412 Colima Rd. Rowland Heights, CA 91748

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