Do you have thousands of cool pictures on your phone? Did you doodle in textbooks as a kid? Do you think you can paint? Then there is a new course for you to follow in Hong Kong;
It’s a course that will allow you to touch almost all facets of art: Drawing, Graphic Design, Printmaking, Photography, and many more art forms.
My friends who are busy working professionals don’t have a lot of time to spare. They want something good, and real fast. I couldn’t find an in-depth course that offers beginners a variety of medium in Hong Kong, so I started one.
If you are already interested, sign up here; otherwise do read on for the names of the influential teachers we’ve gathered for you:
How wonderful it would be to set a curious beginner on the right path by working professionals who are passionate about and respected for what they do for a living? So that students learn from the cream of the cream, and form a clear picture of the art form from Day 1? I started conceptualizing this course back in March after I could find no such course offered in Hong Kong. I had a personal experience of learning dancing from a poor instructor as a beginner. This negative experience put a bad taste in my mouth and put me off dancing for months. I would hate to put the wrong picture in my students’ mind about art.
I am excited about this fun college-level course because it can add a splash of colours to my students' daily routine. A dear family friend (a ballet dancer) once said, all forms of art is one's private garden. Once you have nurtured an interest and the skills to observe, be it photography or illustration, you will begin to see the world in the visual language of symmetry, patterns, textures and colours. When you begin to draw references from your reality to artists you have learnt about, the world suddenly becomes richer and more vibrant.
The stellar lineup of industry leaders includes:
- Graphic Design: Mr. Henry Steiner—His distinguished international achievements include Hong Kong Designer of the Year, an honorary Doctorate by Hong Kong Baptist University, president of Alliance Graphique Internationale, fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers and many more.
- *Ceramics: Gitone--This elegant studio is a blend of visual and culinary art. The director Terence Lee is the founder chairman of the Contemporary Ceramic Society (Hong Kong) and the author of “Ceramic Art – Practice and Appreciation.”
- Glass Art: Mr. KC Wong--His professional distinctions include the founding President of Hong Kong International Hot Glass Association, the founder of Hong Kong Glass Arts Development Society and an artist in residence at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
- Printmaking: Hong Kong Open Printshop—Possibly the most active non-profit printmaking studio in Hong Kong. They have ongoing community projects and work with major organizations such as Hong Kong Graphic Art Fiesta and Hong Kong Art Fair.
* Students will work on a ceramic piece in class, and Gitone will fire and glaze all the pieces after class. Students are invited to pick up your finished pieces at your convenience.
By completing a mini project in most classes, Students nurture a sense of accomplishment that you can build on after the course. There are also be plenty of exercises to do in class or in you spare time for further practice. The course is wrapped up by a one-to-one discussion with the instructor for stylistic and/or technical feedback for further development, and by a workshop on framing to display some of your proud pieces in your home or office.
If you are already a competent photographer or a painter, be open to be challenged and inspired. There will be slideshows to introduce different artists to broaden your horizon. Inspiration comes from the most unexpected sources, and only to those who are prepared. For instance, I got my random inspiration to embroider from a Finnish film on an insane asylum.