On Saturday, June 3rd, US Arts Irvine campus held our 2017 Open House exhibit. Work from this year was on display in all classrooms. In addition to our JMAP and MIQ classes, we also had, for the first time, work from our Studio Art classes on display. We where able to showcase the new upstairs classrooms we expanded into last Fall. This includes a more spacious room for our Studio Art and Portfolio students, as well as for digital art and our professional offices. Student work was on display all throughout both levels, and we even made a great gallery in our stairway! Miss Andrea and Mr Ramiro held fun activities for the younger kids, and Miss Monica and Miss Alicia gave out prizes. Everyone had a great time! See the images below. :)
JMAP 學生2/20 President Day 参觀California Science Center 本次參觀重點在皮克斯的特展，在參觀之前老師們做了一系列的課前作業，希望學生在這次展覽中進一步了解到3D動畫製作背後，涵蓋了科學、科技、工程、數學及藝術的豐富元素。
Before going to the field trip, our teachers designed the homework to help students to understand Pixar, which including science, technology, engineering, math, and art (STEAM) concepts used by the artists and computer scientists.
Last Sunday US Arts & Design Irvine had a field trip up to Silverado Canyon –– a wonderful riparian woodland here in the adjacent Santa Ana mountains. The trip was for our older students (middle school and high school age), and was designed as a advanced engagement with complex concepts at the intersection of nature and contemporary art. We had a robust turnout, and where lucky to have great weather that day; sunny but cool.
The day began at the US Arts Irvine campus, with a series of lectures about nature as a subject in art, given by our instructors Brian Kinnaman and Christina Lee, who led the field trip and shaped the curriculum. We then got into our bus and left for the mountains (approx 30 min away). Brian acted as our “local tour guide” giving information of the native species of plants and animals, pointing out things as we drove to the Maple Spring Visitor Center, in Silverado Canyon. Our accomplished instructor, Jason Hu, and our director, Whitney Sheu, also accompanied us, assisting the students as we clambered off the bus and went on a wonderful hike through the shady canyon. Students were able to identify different kinds of trees, like live oaks and sycamores, and common species of the sagebrush habitat, like white sage and Artemisia Californica. A refreshing stream babbled alongside our trail, and we stopped to draw at a place where the stream made several little cascades through a bend full of boulders and rocks.
The students who participated in this field trip are also going to make project based on the experience. We will be considering what nature means to us, and letting fresh inspiration take us to creative new ways of expressing the many feelings and ideas that nature inspires. Later this Spring, we are going to organize an exhibit for our artwork –– with teachers and students both showing together! We will keep you updated at this exciting project continues to develop.
本次的特別課程講座，U.S. Arts邀請藝術家Rob Brown 帶來精彩的版畫製作課程，學生們在短短的幾小時內完成各種不同和佳節有關的主題，創意滿滿！ U.S. Arts had a workshop for our JMAP special program students. School invited the guest artist, Rob Brown to introduce printmaking.