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2021 Summer Online Mini-Camp Schedule

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Happy Valley Art School proudly announces our unique summer online mini camps that combine art, crafts, literature, STEM, and Chinese culture. Respecting and stimulating the individual creativity of each student is at the heart of their teaching philosophy. Happy Valley Art School takes a student-centered approach, with a focus on design principles and the process of problem-solving, rather than on copying the subjects. Instructors consult individually with each student as they work independently and collaboratively. They help students to develop their own big ideas, collect references, brainstorm the relevant concepts, and explore how the concepts are conveyed through visual elements. This summer we will offer Online Mini-Camp for students to take at home. We offer the 6-hour mini-camp each week,  students will take a 2-hour class Monday, Wednesday, & Friday each week (total 6 hour class per week). Students will finish high-quality projects during the 6-hour mini online camp!
Students have morning and afternoon time options (choose either morning or afternoon)
10:00 am-12:00 pm (morning), or 1:00 – 3:00 pm (afternoon)

Happy Valley Art School的夏令营不仅仅局限于画画,而是结合了艺术,手工制作,创意写作,STEM和中国文化在不同的课程设计中。学校教育理念的核心在于尊重和激发学生的创新意识,采用了以学生为主的教学方式,帮助学生学习和理解艺术元素和设计原则,并着重培养学生解决问题的能力,而不是去简单的拷贝或者画得相似就好。在课堂中,老师会引导学生找到他们感兴趣的主题,学习如何收集和分析参考图片和资料,进行头脑风暴找到解决问题的各种方法,并且探索如何用视觉的元素来表达他们的概念。王颖骅(Sarah Wang)老师创建了Happy Valley Art School,王老师在美国获得艺术教育的博士学位,研究方向为创意艺术教学法研究以及设计思维在艺术教育中的应用。以下是Happy Valley Art School今年的夏令营项目,我们会针对年龄分班,提供适合学生程度、激发他们兴趣的教学。今年暑假,我们将提供一周6小时短期夏令营网课,学生将在周一、周三和周五每天上课2小时,一周一共3次2小时课,一共6个小时的短期夏令营,学生可以选择上午10点到12点的夏令营或者下午1点到3点的夏令营,学生将在6个小时的每周夏令营中完成高质量的作品。


Date Morning (10am-12pm) Afternoon (1pm-3pm) Age Teacher
Week 1 6/7-6/11 Around the World: Landscape Drawing 5-9 Aimee
Landscape Drawing & Journaling 9+ Jason
Week 2 6/14-6/18 Character Drawing & Clay Sculpting 6+ Aimee
Manga & Comic Drawing 9+ Jason
Week 3 6/21-6/25 Light-Up Your Book (Creative Writing & Circuit Book Making) 5+ Aimee
Digital Painting & Illustration Drawing 9+ Jason
Week 4 6/28-7/2 Puppet Making & Theater 5-8 Aimee
Digital Painting & 2D Animation 9+ Jason
Week 5 7/5-7/9 Learn From Masters: Still Art 5-8 Aimee
Academic Still Life Drawing 9+ Jason
Week 6 7/12-7/16 Photography with Ipad 6+ Aimee
Advanced Figure Sketching 8+ Jason
Week 7 7/19-7/23 Cute Character Design: Mixed Media Exploration 5-8 Aimee
3D Modeling & Augmented Reality  9+ Jason
Week 8 7/26-7/30 Perspective Drawing in Minecraft Style 6+ Aimee
Advanced Transportation Design & Drawing  9+ Jason

*If you need to cancel the camp, please notify us 1 week ahead to get a full refund (5% process fee required). If you have attended one day before you cancel the camp, you can only get half a refund. If you have attended two days before you cancel the camp, no refund.
Students will finish high-quality projects during the 6-hour mini online camp!

Time option (choose one)
10:00 am-12:00 pm (morning), or 1:00 – 3:00 pm (afternoon) 
Price: $120/week (6 hr/week mini online camp)
Multi-week Discount: 1st-week Full tuition; 2nd+ week $10 off
Sibling Discount: $5 off one child

*Some classes have additional supply fees. We will notify you of the supply fee and prepare the supply package for you to pick up.

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All the artwork examples in this post are students’ artwork of our school (unless noted)!

Drawing, Painting, Mix Media and Portfolio (素描,绘画,混合媒材等纯艺术夏令营)

This camp is designed to provide instruction in the fundamental approach, techniques, and concepts of drawing and painting. Students will investigate various ideas and considerations regarding art in both historical and contemporary terms. Campers will be divided by age and levels. Little students will focus more on observation and creative exploration. Larger students will be taught using still life, nature, and photo references as a means of investigating art elements and principles. Students will bring home a portfolio of all the works they created during the camp. High schoolers are welcomed to take the camp to prepare a portfolio for AP Studio Art and college application. Each week we have different focuses on the media and contents. It is recommended that students attend multiple weeks to master a variety of media, art concepts, and skills. 



(Students’ artwork above.)

Learn From Masters: Still Art

Inspired by famous Master Artists such as Paul Cezanne, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, and  Giuseppe Arcimboldo, students will learn to draw their own still life masterpieces! The subject is all about food used in famous artworks. Color, line, balance, repetition, and variety are some of the art elements and design principles that will be applied in each project. Students will use value to turn 2d shapes (circle for example) into a 3d looking form (like an apple) to help bring their delicious culinary-inspired still lifes to life!


(Students’ artwork above.)

Around the World: Landscape Drawing

You don’t need to pack any bags for this trip! Students will learn about and draw some of the most famous landmarks from around the world. They will discover fun facts about the geography and culture as they draw the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Easter Island in Chile, and Blue Domes of Oia in Santorini, Greece. We will use photo references to strengthen observational and proportional drawings skills. 


(Students’ artwork above.)

Character Drawing & Clay Sculpting

Did you know 3D sculpting with clay develops and improves student’s motor control, hand-eye coordination, and math skills? That’s right! Math skills such as understanding: Volume, Quantity, Addition, Subtraction, Space, and Perspective! This class will focus on student’s favorite characters from Harry Potter, Minecraft, and Pokemon. They will first draw a nice representation of the character 2D and turn their idea into a 3D clay sculpture using various clay hand-building techniques such as coil, pinch, slab, and how to attach pieces of clay to another in a structurally sound way. We will be using a mess-free air-dry clay. *Supplies will be provided for this camp for a small fee


(Students’ artwork above.)

Light-Up Your Book (Creative Writing & Circuit Book Making)

This exciting camp combines art, engineering, and STEM learning. Students will learn the basics of circuits and electronics to create several different types of led light projects. They will quite literally be “lighting-up” their art! Each project will stretch student’s creative story-making skills to create artwork that directly relates to their operative light system. *Supplies will be provided for this camp for a small fee

(This photo is from the Internet.)

Comic & Manga

Students will focus on the anatomy, proportions, and movement found in Manga and Comic Art. In addition to figure development, students learn about costume design, gestures, and facial expressions. Students will explore visual storytelling techniques, including story development, page composition, perspective/camera angle, lighting, lettering, and color/texture techniques.  These skills are practiced through comic and graphic novel pages that will be displayed at the end of the week showcase!


(Students’ artwork above.)

Storytelling & Illustration Design

This course will introduce students to the process and techniques of creative writing and how that is interpreted in visual art. Composition, color theory, themes are just a few elements that will be learned and practiced in this camp. Character design will be thoroughly conceived through anatomy, clothing, hair, and facial/body expression design. Students will explore a range of drawing styles such as realism, abstract, technical, and graphic. Students will learn how to create more interesting and meaningful compositions by taking risks, editing, and peer/self-critiques. This camp will also be good for high school students who are developing portfolios for college applications, especially those who are interested in Illustration and Animation majors.

(Students’ artwork above.)

Digital Painting & 2D Animation

Students combine their basic art element skills with their love of technology in the exciting camp. Students will learn how to: Draw shapes and forms using digital software; Apply value, space, and texture; Develop patterns, repetition, and variety; Practice movement, rhythm, proportion, and more; Creative 2D animation and GIF motion picture. This class uses and builds upon their 2d visual art skills that involve problem-solving, courageous creativity, and time management. The software we may use are Adobe Photoshop, Wacom tablet, or iPad, Apple Pencil, and Procreate. This camp will also be good for high school students who are developing portfolios for college applications, especially those who are interested in Illustration, Animation, and entertainment majors.


(Students’ artwork above.)

3D Modeling

Campers will create 3D models to invent a new project that solves a daily problem. Students will learn to analyze a problem, find solutions, and create simple prototypes with a variety of materials. They will also be challenged to create a 3D model of their “best” prototype (or part of the prototype) with Tinkercad, watch how the 3D printer works, and finally construct their prototypes. Students will also present their projects in front of parents in the end-of-week showcase. This camp will be good for high school students who are interested in 3D animation design and game design.


(The left photo is out student at work. The right photo is from the Internet.)

Puppet Making & Theater

This camp strengthens language skills, teamwork, confidence, and public speaking through writing, building, and performing their very own theatrical production! Students collaborate during the story writing and stage design portion. Groups are created to draw, paint and build different set pieces. All students will individually make their own puppet and learn about character development. Public speaking is practiced: how to properly enunciate and deliver lines to an audience. This camp has a performance at the end of the week which will be recorded and sent to parents, family, and friends to enjoy!

(Students’ artwork above.)

Photography with Ipad

Students will explore how to use their iPad to take amazing photos! Activities will be given to encourage creativity and observing details in the world around them. It is exciting to see how children view the world; this class gives each child a new way to express themselves as a confident, growing artist. Photography basics such as Composition, Lighting, Macro, Portrait, Landscape will be discussed and practiced as well as how to use editing techniques built into the iPad. This class is also a great way for students to discover how to take their own reference photos for drawing classes! *Students need access to their own iPad or iPhone for this class

Cute Character Design: Mixed Media Exploration

Students love drawing cute animals! We created this camp to teach students about Folk and Kawaii Art as an inspiration to their own animal drawings. Observational drawing skills will be taught and practiced, as well as the use of mixed media supplies such as paint, yarn, gemstones, and more! Students have fun trying different mediums and this camp will open your child’s mind to more creative and fun ways to make art. *Supplies will be provided for this camp for a small fee


(Students’ artwork above.)

Perspective Drawing in Minecraft Style

Perspective is the technique used to show depth and space in an artwork. Students will gain an understanding of one and two-point perspectives using the world of Minecraft as the subject. They will create a landscape of block buildings and one of their favorite characters like Steve, Creeper, or an animal! This class will help them better understand important art terms and techniques such as Point of View, Horizon Line, Vertical Lines, Parallel Lines, and Vanishing Point. There will be no video game playing in this class, only photo references of the game will be used.

Advanced Transportation Design & Drawing

This class is perfect for those who love drawing cool race cars, concept cars, future scientific vehicles, and etc. Students will create real transportation design sketches and rendering techniques. Students will learn how professionals develop car designs – from rough sketches to super cool car rendering art. Students will learn drawing and marker rendering techniques along the way. This camp will be good for high school students who are interested in industrial design majors.


(Students’ artwork above.)