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.

Painting (8+) – Watercolor, Acrylic, Oil Painting

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. For each semester, students will focus on one type of media. Winter – Watercolor; Spring – Acrylic.

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Chinese Painting (7+)

This class teaches 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 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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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 skillsets: the painting software(like Photoshop) and how to draw/paint on a tablet. Our teacher will guide students in using the digital tools to create their own artwork.

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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 college-level curriculum to help students grow strong drawing skills as well as confidence in working on their own portfolio. Students will have 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 is 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 help 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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2019 Fall Session Schedule: 8/19-12/15, No class 11/25-12/1 (total 16 weeks)

Enrollment Open Window: Priority Enroll before 8/1

Class rate: $30/1 hr class; $38/1.5 hr class; $48/2 hr class; $58/3 hr class; yearly registration fee $30/family due every January; Sibling discount 5% off both children.

In addition, every student needs to finish at least one page of weekly sketchbook assignment. Please bring sketchbook to class every time!! Our curriculum design advances gradually and is specially designed to help students become a better thinker!

Course Date Time Instructor
Creative Art Exploration (Age 4.5-6) Level 1 1Hr Wednesday 5:15-6:15pm Aimee
Saturday 11:15-12:15pm Aimee
Creative Art Exploration (Age 6-8) Level 2 1.5Hr Tuesday 6:30-8:00pm Sarah or Jessie
Friday 5:30-7:00pm Aimee
Saturday 9:30-11:00am Aimee
1:30-3:00pm (Clay) Aimee
Drawing Begin Level (Age 7-9) 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

Tuesday 4:30-6:00pm Jessie
Wednesday 3:30-5:00pm Aimee
Thursday 3:30-5:00pm Aimee
Friday 3:45-5:15pm Aimee
5:30-7:00pm Sarah, Jessie
Saturday 1:30-3:00pm Jason
5:00-6:30pm Aimee
Drawing Intermediate Level (Age 9-11) 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

Thursday 5:15-6:45pm Aimee
Friday 3:30-5:00pm (Painting) Jason
5:30-7:00pm Sarah, Jessie
Saturday 10:45-12:15pm Jason
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

Wednesday 4:00-6:00pm Sarah
Friday 5:00-7:00pm Sarah, Jason
Saturday 10:15-12:15pm Jason
1:30-3:30pm Sarah
3:30-5:30pm Sarah, Jason
Sunday 1:00-3:00pm Jason
Digital Painting (Age 8+) 2 Hr Saturday 3:30-5:30pm Jason
Chinese Painting & Calligraphy (Age 7+) 1.5 Hr Thursday 4:00-5:30pm Sarah
AP and College Application Portfolio (14+) 2 Hr

New students bring previous artwork for assessment

Wednesday 4:00-6:00pm Sarah
Saturday 1:30-3:30pm Sarah
3:30-5:30pm Sarah, Jason
Advanced Art Workshop (Figure – Still Life – Plain Air Landscape, Drawing+Oil Painting) (11+) 3 Hr, Adults are welcomed Sunday 1:00-4:00pm Jason

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

Happy Valley Art School proudly announces our unique summer camps that combine art, crafts, literature, STEM, and Chinese culture.  This summer, we will add many fun and new activities to our summer program. Each week, students will have either PLEIN AIR (外出写生) or field trip to museum, gallery and game company depending on the theme of the week. 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. In the classroom, 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.

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。夏令营每周都会根据课程内容带学生们外出写生或者参观美术馆。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。


Date Morning (9am-12pm) Afternoon (1pm-4pm) Age
Week 1 6/3-6/7 Drawing (Animal theme) Painting (Animal theme) 5-8
Drawing Watercolor 9+
Week 2 6/10-6/14 Chinese & Calligraphy Chinese Painting 6+
Drawing Acrylic 9+
Week 3 6/17-6/21 Print-Making Expressive Drawing 5-8
Digital Painting Drawing 9+
Week 4 6/24-6/28

Field trip to game company

Claymation Board Game Design 5-8
Comic & Manga Digital Painting 9+
Week 5 7/1-7/5 No Camp
Week 6 7/8-7/12 Chinese & Calligraphy Chinese Painting 6+
3D Modeling & Print Drawing 8+
Week 7 7/15-7/19 Creative Writing, Puppet Making & Performing 5-8
Storytelling & Illustration Design 9+
Week 8 7/22-7/26 Drawing (Learn from Masters) Painting 6+
Week 9 7/29-8/2 Clay Sculpting Claymation 6+
Week 10 8/5-8/9 Painting (Landscape) Mix Media 6+

A Typical Day of Camp

8:30-9:00 Drop Off
9:00-10:15 Camp Time
10:15-10:30 Snack Break
10:30-12:00 Camp Time
12:00-13:00 Lunch Break/Game Time
13:00-14:15 Camp Time
14:15-14:30 Snack Break
14:30-16:00 Camp Time
16:00-18:00 Game Time/Pick Up

Each Wednesday: Plein Air (写生, free) or Field Trip (field trip need extra fee)

Each Friday @4:30pm: Show or Exhibition, parents highly recommended to attend

Half Day Camp (9am-12pm, 1pm-4pm): $225/week (Early Bird); $250/week (After 5/1)
Full Day Camp (9am-4pm): $400/week (Early Bird); $450/week (After 5/1)
Lunch (Optional): $30/week
Extended Care (Optional): 4-6pm $50/week
Early Bird Discount: qualified for early bird if you PAY before 5/1
Multi-week Discount: 1st week Full tuition; 2nd week 5% off; 3rd+ week 10%

*If you need to cancel the camp, Please notify us 1 week ahead to get full refund (5% process fee required). If you have attended two days or less before you cancel the camp, you can only get half refund. If you have attended three days or more 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 portfolio for AP Studio Art and college application. Each week we have different focus on the media and contents. It is recommended that students attend multi weeks to master a variety of media, art concepts and skills. Every week, we will arrange plein air or field trip to art gallery/museum. Students will have further creation according to their field trip or plein air activity.



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 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.

Digital Painting

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. This class uses and builds upon their 2d visual art skills that involve problem solving, courageous creativity, and time management. The softwares we may use are Adobe Photoshop, Wacom tablet 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!

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.

Chinese Poem, Calligraphy, and Painting (中国诗、书、画)

This camp will be taught by a well-known Chinese painting and calligraphy artist. Students will learn to write a Chinese poem with Chinese brush, understand the meaning and words of the poem, and also the basics of Chinese painting. In the end, students will create a Chinese painting artwork that conveys their understanding of the poem and write the poem as the inscription of the painting. We will hold a small exhibition in the end-of-week showcase.

Board Game Design

This program is great for future video game developers, creative writers and game enthusiasts! Students will learn basic definitions of mechanics, theme & conflict, prototype design building, play-testing, and rule creation. Their teamwork, communication, writing, and critical thinking skills will be strengthened while they build their game. After prototyping, students will build a final draft of their game using basic art and design principles covered in class. They will take home their game at the end of the week to play with family and friends!

Clay Sculpting

You already know students LOVE working with clay… But did you know it develops and improves their motor control, hand-eye coordination, and math skills? That’s right! Math skills such as understanding: Volumes (3 dimensions): cylinder, sphere, cube, etc., and irregular forms, Shapes (2 dimensions), Constancy of quantity, Addition, Subtraction, Space and Perspective. Working with clay also strengthens their ability to understand that their actions have lasting consequences in the world in a safe way. In this camp students will utilize basic hand-building techniques such as coil, pinch, slab and how to attach pieces of clay to another in a structurally sound way. Student’s will display their painted and glazed sculptures at the end of the week.

Creative Writing, Puppet Making & Performing

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 and welcomes all parents, family and friends to attend!

3D Modeling & Print

Students will learn to build 3D models in computer.Students will learn the most important concepts for creating within a digital 3D environment, including navigating the XYZ Axes, the importance of low-poly designs, combining and modifying simple shapes to create complex designs, and more. Students will learn to sketch their design, study their design with clay and paper prototypes and then actually build their design into 3D models in Tinkercad or 360 Fusion. They will also learn how to load their models into a 3D printer and finally print their models. Every students will have at least one model printed in class during the week. Parents can order models printed and sent to their home later online. Students will also present their projects in front of parents in the end-of-week showcase.