August 1, 2019

I am very grateful for the opportunity to attend SIGGRAPH 2019 at the Los Angeles Convention Center on behalf of Illustration and ArtCenter. In particular, I participated in the education forum for Disney Internships. I was and should not have been surprised that all t...

June 25, 2019

It was refreshing to go to a new show at the Art Crib in Claremont. It was fun to find the art in unexpected places. The show was in a house and backyard setting. It was intriguing to discover each piece as I explored the house.

At the entrance was Paul Kelly's Geometri...

May 13, 2019

Last Friday, I had to say goodbye to the kids that I have been teaching for the past year and a half. I didn't know it would be so difficult. Here's what I planned to say and what happened. The day before, another teacher shared with me that when he had to share someth...

May 6, 2019

It has been almost 20 years since I graduated from Scripps College! I remember that the commencement speaker said that in our lifetime, different from our parents who have the same job for 20-30 years, we would have multiple careers. The prediction cannot be more corre...

March 13, 2019

Sometimes, "no" seems so final and definite. Other times "no" is wrapped with a lot of love. While the saying may be true: when one door closes, another opens, Helen Keller put it in the best way, "when one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so...

February 18, 2019

Teaching provides an outlet for me to give. I see teaching as a form of gift giving. However, the students give back sevenfold! Each day, I am amazed by their growth, kindness, compassion, and generosity. 

One of the reasons I want to teach is a selfish one: I know from...

December 27, 2018

Recently, my parents went on a cruise with their friends. All of a sudden, the house got so quiet that I wasn’t used to it. My dad spends the majority of his time in the US now. Partly because of his love for gardening, and partly because he wants to stay with me. When...

December 17, 2018

I’m a bit embarrassed to share this but feel the need to do so. I know there are seasons of life and that singleness is also a gift. As I get older, I’m beginning to see that singleness might be more of a permanent gift. Sometimes when I go to weddings and/or baby show...

December 7, 2018

Gone are the days of studying from the textbooks. Although I haven't taken a standardized test in ages, having been a teacher made me a better student. Below are nine different ways I studied for the California Subject Examination for Teachers in Art. Regardless whethe...

November 21, 2018

A tube of fancy oil paint for myself could easily cost $30. When I filled my car up with a full tank of gas, it costed about that much. However, with the same amount of money, I could buy enough clay for a class of first graders to make snowmen or Sculpey clay for thir...

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