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.

Drawing, Level 1 & 2 (8-10)

In level 1&2, 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. The difference between level 1 and level 2 is that teachers will guide students differently based on their level, age and understanding.

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Drawing, Level 3 (10-12)

Level 3 is aimed at further developing the skills students learned in Level 1 & 2. 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. This level prepares students for entering more advanced art levels and working on their future portfolio.

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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 and Acrylic for Winter and Spring

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.

Pre-AP/AP and Portfolio (13+)

Students learn more about expressive rendering skills, composition, and other advanced concepts. Students explore more complex subjects such as figure drawing, portrait, and landscape. 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 connects with AP Portfolio course and prepares students with more advanced techniques.

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Advanced Art Workshop (13+)

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 Portfolio

The AP Art 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 Winter/Spring Session Schedule: 1/7-5/26, No class 3/25-4/7 (total 18 weeks), Spring Student Art Exhibition 3/24-3/31
Enrollment Open Window: Priority Enroll before 12/30
Class rate: $30/1 hr class; $38/1.5 hr class; $48/2 hr class; $58/3hr 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) Level 1 1Hr Tuesday 6:30-7:30pm Jason
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
Friday 3:45-5:15pm Aimee
Friday 5:30-7:00pm Aimee
Saturday 9:30-11:00am Aimee
1:30-3:00pm Aimee (Clay)
Drawing (Age 8-10) Level 1&2 1.5Hr


Tuesday 4:30-6:00pm Jason
Wednesday 3:30-5:00pm Aimee
Thursday 3:30-5:00pm Aimee
Friday 5:30-7:00pm Sarah, Jason
Saturday 1:30-3:00pm Jason
5:00-6:30pm Aimee
Drawing (Age 10-12) Level 3 1.5Hr


Wednesday 4:00-5:30pm Sarah
Thursday 5:15-6:45pm Aimee
Friday 5:30-7:00pm Sarah
Saturday 10:45-12:15pm Jason
3:15-4:45pm Aimee
Chinese Painting & Calligraphy (Age 7+) 1.5 Hr Thursday 4:00-5:30pm Sarah
Painting (Age 8+) – Watercolor & Acrylic 1.5Hr Friday 3:45-5:15pm Jason
Sunday 10:30-12:00pm Jason
Digital Painting (Age 8+) 2 Hr Saturday 3:30-5:30pm Jason
Advanced Art Workshop

(Figure – Still Life – Plain Air Landscape)

(13+) 3 Hr, Adults welcomed

Sunday 1:00-4:00pm Jason
Pre-AP (11+) 2 Hr / AP and Portfolio (13+) 2 Hr Wednesday 4:00-6:00pm Sarah
Saturday 1:30-3:30pm Sarah
3:30-5:30pm Sarah

*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 their unique summer 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. 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. Sarah Wang, the founder of Happy Valley Art School, started this art school to provide a safe and inspiring environment that triggers this learning process. Sarah got her PhD in Art Education from the Ohio State University that has the best art education program. Her research focuses on Creative Pedagogy and how to integrate Design Thinking in education. Below is the schedule of the summer camps.

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。


  Date Camp Age
Week 1 6/4-6/8 Drawing, Painting, and Portfolio 素描,绘画和作品集准备 7+
Week 2 6/11-6/15 Design Thinking, Modeling, and 3D Printing 设计思维,建模和三维打印 7+
Week 3 6/18-6/22 Drawing, Painting, and Portfolio 素描,绘画和作品集准备 7+
Week 4 6/25-6/29 Creative Writing, Sculpting, and Claymation 创意写作,造型和黏土动画 7+
Week 5 7/9-7/13 Chinese Poem, Calligraphy, and Painting (1) 中国诗、书、画 (1) 7+
Week 6 7/16-7/20 Chinese Poem, Calligraphy, and Painting (2) 中国诗、书、画(2) 7+
Week 7 7/23-7/27 Game Design, Digital Storytelling, and Programming 游戏设计,数位讲故事和Scratch编程 7+
Week 8 7/30-8/3 Design Thinking, Modeling, and 3D Printing 设计思维,建模和三维打印 7+


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

Camp Fee
$450/week + $30 lunch/week (optional)


Early Bird (paid before April 1): $10 per class

Sibling Discount: $10 per class

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel the camp, Please notify us 1 week ahead to get full refund (5% process fee required). Otherwise, you can only get half of camp fee refund.

Material & Device Policy

Material included! Computers are provided for Tech camps!


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Game Design, Digital Storytelling, and Programming (游戏设计,数位讲故事和Scratch编程)

Students will learn how to make their own story into an interactive feature and to create their own game. In this exciting introduction to coding and game building, students can make absolutely anything happen with the power of Scratch and its physics engine, expansive media gallery, and art studio. Drag and drop code blocks to make your creation come to life! Each student will bring home with the games and digital stories they made on Scratch, as well as a nice package of art and stories they created during the camp!

Design Thinking, Modeling, and 3D Printing (设计思维,建模和三维打印)

Campers will create 3D models, along with household materials and simple circus 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.

Drawing, Painting, and Portfolio (素描,绘画和作品集准备)

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 human figure as a means of investigating art elements and principles using a wide array of media. 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.

Creative Writing, Sculpting, and Claymation (创意写作,造型和黏土动画)

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.
这是一个结合创意写作、绘画手工和动画制作于一体的特色夏令营!学生将先学习写故事的一些常用技巧,如何把他们的故事写得更有趣,然后他们会将自己的故事转化成故事板。学生们将学习角色设计,并用黏土来捏制故事中的角色。当然,最后不可或缺的就是用iPad来制作定格动画啦!学生们将从头开始,独立完成自己的动画制作,最后会在爸爸妈妈面前放映和介绍自己的动画哦!大家可以点链接 观看一下去年学生们制作的定格动画哦!

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.