Students learn the basic art elements and terminology used in the world of fine art making through a fun and interactive way.

Creative Art Exploration, Level 1 (4-5)

Level 1 is 1-hour class. Students experiment with various kinds of art materials and art styles. Learn about basics of art elements and principles of design. The curriculum is age-appropriate, fun and will develop students’ confidence in making creative decisions.

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Creative Art Exploration, Level 2 (6-8)

Level 2 is 1.5-hour class that enhances students’ creative thinking, observation ability, and problem solving skills. Students learn more about art forms, art materials, and art concepts such as form, color, lines, shapes, etc. They also learn about basics of “Ideation Process” that is the grass root of creative thinking. This course will build a solid foundation for the intermediate and advanced art programs.

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Drawing courses focus on building fundamental drawing skills as well as creatively self-expression. The course is developed into three levels. Returning students please decide the drawing level according to student evaluation. New students please bring previous artwork and take one trial class for evaluation to decide your drawing level placement.

Drawing Begin Level (7-9)

In level Begin (7-9), students learn the most fundamental drawing skills. They will explore different drawing tools, different techniques for creating value, contour drawing, various paper surfaces for effect, and many other insights. Our school uses creative pedagogy. So students will draw from life and learn to create with their own insights.

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Drawing Intermediate Level (9-11)

Level Intermediate (9-11) is aimed at further developing the skills students learned in Level Begin. Students not only hone their skills drawing with line and value, but also explore local value concepts, perspectives, and ideas for creating the illusion of depth.

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Drawing Elite (10-13)

Students will advance their drawing skills. They will learn academic drawing and color theory (学院派素描和色彩). They will learn to draw the form and render full-value shading. They are drawing from geometric forms, still life, plaster statues and so forth. They will also learn to draw and paint realistically while learning about design principles. This will be the essential level for students to master their art skills and prepare them for further portfolio creation.

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Painting courses focus on building fundamental painting skills as well as creatively self-expression. We have painting course that students will work with one media each semester. We also have Chinese painting course that focuses on Chinese traditional calligraphy and painting skills.

Digital Painting (8+)

Digital painting is an emerging art form in which traditional painting techniques such as watercolor, oils, impasto, etc. are applied using digital tools by means of a computer, a digitizing tablet and stylus, and software. Whether you want to create comics, characters, or insane concept art, you’ll want to learn digital painting. This involves learning two different skill sets: the painting software(like Photoshop) and how to draw/paint on a tablet. Our teacher will guide students in using digital tools to create their own artwork.

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Chinese Painting (7+)

This class teaches the fundamentals and techniques of Chinese painting and calligraphy. Students will learn how to handle the Chinese painting brush, execute brush strokes correctly and artistically, control the flow of ink, and apply Chinese pigment paint. Students will also be introduced to famous painters and their artwork. Students will learn basic skills in drawing a variety of subjects such as flowers, birds, animals, and landscapes. This course also teaches the basics of Chinese calligraphy. Each 1.5-hour class will be divided into 40 min Calligraphy and 50 min Chinese Painting.

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Oil Painting (8+)

This course introduces students to classical and contemporary painting, techniques and concepts, with emphasis on the understanding of its formal language and the fundamentals of artistic expression. Painting from still-life, landscape, and life models from observation will be geared towards realism; at the same time, various other painting styles could be explored.  Color theory, linear perspective, compositional structure, figure/ground relationships, visual perception, spatial concepts, and critical thinking skills will all be emphasized extensively.

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We offer classes for students who really love art and potentially will develop portfolio for collage/university application. Students will develop a high quality portfolio for AP studio art or Collage application.

Portfolio and Individual Creation (个人创作课 10+)

Students learn more about expressive rendering skills, composition, and other advanced concepts. Another portion of this course is aimed at enhancing students’ creative and expressive abilities by encouraging them to experiment different drawing skills and explore the themes. This course encourages students to focus on individual study and create artwork for art contests and personal inspiration. Instructors will talk with students one-on-one and guide them to develop the theme from various perspectives. All the 2hr classes are available to register for the Portfolio and Individual Creation.

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Advanced Art Workshop (11+)

Students will develop strong skills in drawing and color composition. The advanced art workshop will have three topics and each topic will have a series of 6 class-span. For this Spring/Winter semester, students will work on figure drawing-still life drawing-plain air landscape. We will use a college-level curriculum to help students grow strong drawing skills as well as confidence in working on their own portfolio. Students will have the chance to draw from professional real models we hiring for the class and they will work outdoor for plain air landscape. Our professional instructor will guide students throughout the whole process. Adults art lovers are welcomed to come and learn art!

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AP Art and College Application Portfolio

The AP Art and College Application Portfolio are designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art. AP Studio Art is not based on a written examination; instead, students submit portfolios for evaluation at the end of the school year. Our school will help high school students to prepare their portfolios for the AP studio art course. Our AP Portfolio program will:

  • Provide art students with the necessary skills to receive a good score on the College Board Ap Studio Art Portfolio Exam and qualify for college credit.
  • Improve and strengthen high school students with a well-rounded foundation program for creating art.
  • Inspire students to convey with a strong voice through visual elements.
  • Encourage students to explore a variety of art media (we also offer instruction in digital art for high school students)

Information on portfolio preparation and digital submission can be found on the College Board website (

In addition, our Portfolio class also helps students who are interested to apply for art and design majors to prepare their portfolios. Please contact the school for more information.

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2020 Summer Online Class Session Schedule: 6/1-8/9, No class 7/4-7/10 (total 9 weeks)

Class rate (discounted rate only for the online class): $25/1 hr class; $32/1.5 hr class; $40/2 hr class;
Sibling discount 5% off both children; Multi-class discount 5% off the second course;
15% off referral discount for both referrer and referee applied at payment.
In addition, every student needs to finish weekly assignments and submit to Google Classroom.
Here is the suggested supply list for Creative level students:
Here is the suggested supply list for Drawing level students:
Our curriculum design advances gradually and is specially designed to help students become better thinkers!

Course Date Time Instructor
Creative Art Exploration (Age 4.5-6) Level 1 1Hr Thursday  3:15-4:15pm Aimee
Saturday 11:15-12:15pm Aimee
Creative Art Exploration (Age 6-8) Level 2 1.5Hr Friday 3:15-4:45pm Aimee
Saturday 9:30-11:00am Aimee
Drawing Begin Level (Age 7-9) & Drawing Intermediate Level (Age 9-11) 1.5Hr Joint Class 1.5Hr
Returning students please decide the drawing level according to student evaluation. New students please bring previous artwork and take one trial class for evaluation to decide your drawing level placement
Wednesday 3:15-4:45pm Aimee
Thursday 4:30-6:00pm Aimee
Friday 3:15-4:45pm Jason
5:30-7:00pm Sarah
Saturday 1:30-3:00pm Aimee
3:15-4:45pm Aimee
Drawing Elite Level (Age 10-13) 2Hr
Academic Drawing (学院派素描+色彩)
Returning students please decide the drawing level according to student evaluation. New students please bring previous artwork and take one trial class for evaluation to decide your drawing level placement
Monday 3:15-5:15pm Jason
Wednesday 3:15-5:15pm Jason
Friday 5:00-7:00pm Jason
Friday 3:30-5:30pm Jason
Digital Painting (Age 8+) 2 Hr Thursday 3:15-5:15pm Jason
Saturday 1:15-3:15pm Jason
AP and College Application Portfolio (14+) 2 Hr
New students bring previous artwork for assessment, Please contact school to arrange a time for assessment and decide consultant schedule.
Wednesday 4:00-6:00pm Sarah

*Tentative schedule – classes may be combined or cancelled.
*Tuition will be prorated if sign up after the session starts.

2020 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 the 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) or Afternoon (1pm-3pm) Age
Week 1 6/1-6/5 Animal Drawing & Painting 5-8
Animal Color Pencil Realistic Drawing (Good for Portfolio Dev.) 9+
Week 2 6/8-6/12 Creative Writing & Stopmotion Animation 5-8
Manga & Comic Drawing 9+
Week 3 6/15-6/19 Creative Writing & Pop-Up Book Making 5-8
Illustration Drawing (Good for Portfolio Development) 9+
Week 4 6/22-6/26 Nature Science & Trading Card Design 5-8
Digital Painting (Good for Portfolio Development) 9+
Week 5 6/29-7/3 Still Life Drawing & Painting 6+
Realistic Still Life Drawing (Good for Portfolio Development) 10+
Week 6 7/6-7/10 No Camp
Week 7 7/13-7/17 Digital Painting & 2D Animation (Good for Portfolio Development) 8+
Week 8 7/20-7/24 Vehicle Drawing & Design 5-8
Advanced Vehicle Drawing & Design (Good for Portfolio Development) 9+
Week 9 7/27-7/31 Theatre Script Writing, Prop Making, & Acting 6+
Portrait Drawing & Painting (Good for Portfolio Development) 10+
Week 10 8/3-8/7 Figure Drawing & Fashion Design 6+
Advanced Figure Drawing (Good for Portfolio Development) 10+

Monday, Wednesday, & Friday, 2hr/class, 3 classes/week,
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
Referring Discount: $15 off both the referrer and referee, Referring discount only applies if the referred person pay for the camp

*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.

*You will receive our invoice from your email once you register online. You can pay the invoice through your email. Find your spam if you do not see our email.

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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. 


Creative Writing & Claymation

Bring your characters and stories to life! Students will learn to write a story and convert the story to a script for an animated cartoon. They will then create drawings of characters as inspiration to build 3D model clay sculptures. Campers will learn the basics of animation production such as timeline and storyboarding. They will use stop motion apps as well as simple video editing apps to turn their story into REAL animation! Students will bring home the sculptures they made and also the link to their animation to share with families and friends. Students will also present and play their animation in front of parents in the end-of-week showcase. You can visit for previous students’ claymation.

Our instructor Aimee has taught  Middle and High School level English classes in a private school setting for 2 years. She enjoys connecting younger aged students to their creative story writing while guiding them through punctuation and grammar usage. Aimee makes it fun to brush up on English writing skills and learn the brainstorming process for thoughtful and unique story creation.

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.

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, gesture, and facial expression. 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!

Creative Writing & Pop-Up Book Making

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 then turn their story into an illustrated pop-up book. Many different pop-up book mechanisms will be learned and practiced to best suit each page of the student’s book made in class.

Our instructor Aimee has taught  Middle and High School level English classes in a private school setting for 2 years. She enjoys connecting younger aged students to their creative story writing while guiding them through punctuation and grammar usage. Aimee makes it fun to brush up on English writing skills and learn the brainstorming process for thoughtful and unique story creation.

Nature Science and Trading Card

Students will learn about nature science facts, research on the facts, write about the facts, create an illustration for the facts, and finally put everything together to create trading cards. This camp will be interesting and informative, which requires students to construct knowledge about nature science and finally make nicely-illustrated products conveying their understanding of the knowledge. 

Theater Prop Making and Acting

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. All students will individually make their own props 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! We will record the final performance through screen recording and share it with all parents, family, and friends!

Our instructor Aimee has taught  Middle and High School level English classes in a private school setting for 2 years. She enjoys connecting younger aged students to their creative story writing while guiding them through punctuation and grammar usage. Aimee makes it fun to brush up on English writing skills and learn the brainstorming process for thoughtful and unique story creation.

Figure Drawing and Fashion Design

This class is perfect for those who love character design, learning new skills, or have an eye for style. Students will create character and story to guide the clothing choices made in class. Students will learn how professionals illustrate fashion concepts and will learn a variety of drawing techniques to draw their figure with fashion design.