Art studio

YOU are an ARTIST

I found that everyone is an artist. When someone is interested in learning and has spark joy while making artwork, that means she/he is an artist.

Everyone is born with artistic talent; it is just that each one has his/her unique strength in certain area. Some might feel more comfortable working with drawing than working on coloring, so he/she might end up the artwork with drawing only. This is because he/she is afraid that she could ruin the artwork if other techniques are applied.

Usually people like to stay in their comfort zones and are scared about trying unfamiliar methods. Therefore, I start with one’s comfort zone, in areas where they possess strong techniques and add little by little new skills into their art work, nudging them beyond their comfort zones. By doing so, he/she will build confidence in new technique which eventually becomes their newly added comfort zone. Once he/she learns various methods of art making, they will provide much broader and diverse ways to express their creativity.

I have been teaching teenagers and adults for around 8 years. Each student usually has her own class depending on her idea and interest, unless engaged in a group project. I usually have around 5 students at maximum, because by this way, I can focus on each one’s artwork according to her progress. Creating art is not about technique. It’s about learning the process of art making.

In sum, my goal of teaching art is just like teaching how to ride a bicycle. You will eventually be able to ride on your own!

I would like to say thank you to my students who were gladly to share their artworks.

 
  Ocean  by Kai Chen Watercolor and pencil on paper and photoshop

Ocean by Kai Chen
Watercolor and pencil on paper and photoshop

 

Materials

Every materials have their own quality. When you understand the materials you will know better how to use them. Artwork will look much natural and easy to use.

  Lack of something  series by Amy Color pencil on paper

Lack of something series by Amy
Color pencil on paper

  Choa  by Stella  Charcoal on paper

Choa by Stella
Charcoal on paper

  Brothers  by Soyeon Oil pastel on paper

Brothers by Soyeon
Oil pastel on paper

  A feather on a glass  by Kelly Ink and gesso on canvas board

A feather on a glass by Kelly
Ink and gesso on canvas board

Stories

We want to tell some our own stories. and art is one way to share using visual language. Without ideas, we will lost and difficult to start.

  Home  by Aelys Watercolor on paper and photoshop

Home by Aelys
Watercolor on paper and photoshop

  An eye  by Stella Watercolor and color pencil on paper

An eye by Stella
Watercolor and color pencil on paper

  Elephant  by Jimin Acrylic on canvas

Elephant by Jimin
Acrylic on canvas

  Earth campaign  by Kelly Acrylic on canvas board

Earth campaign by Kelly
Acrylic on canvas board

 

Understanding difficulties

I had one special talented student who was left handed. we tried to figure it out how he can control his drawing technique without smudging. He was afraid of working in painting cause he could not control his hand. However he did beautiful watercolor painting later.

  Soccer  fan by Kai chen Pen, sharpies on paper sculpture

Soccer fan by Kai chen
Pen, sharpies on paper sculpture

  Crocodile  by Kaichen   (based on his summer vacation ) Watercolor on paper

Crocodile by Kaichen (based on his summer vacation )
Watercolor on paper

 

Pencil drawing

Pencil is seems easy but it is actually needs a lot skill to understand. When you notice different textures in paper, you will love to work with pencil. Below is my student’s first pencil drawing. It took a long time to finish, despite that she is very confident using pencil as her medium.

  Taipei  street by Evelyn (based on her photographs) Pencil on paper

Taipei street by Evelyn (based on her photographs)
Pencil on paper

  Self portrait  by Sally  Pencil on paper

Self portrait by Sally
Pencil on paper

 

Colors?

It is difficult to add color when your drawing looks perfect. But there are times you want to use colors, just you are not confident enough. I had one student master in drawing, but so scared with colors. Below is how I started with her and now she does watercolor painting.

  Dancer  by Kelly Color pencil and watercolor on paper

Dancer by Kelly
Color pencil and watercolor on paper

  Fruits  by Kelly Watercolor on paper

Fruits by Kelly
Watercolor on paper

  Walk in the park  by Sally Oil pastel on paper

Walk in the park by Sally
Oil pastel on paper

  Yellow field  by Stella Lee Acrylic on canvas

Yellow field by Stella Lee
Acrylic on canvas

Experiment with colors

Limiting color selections or experimenting with Hues brings various mood. Colors can be key elements to change whole atmosphere of the artwork. When you plan your color with little color sketch you can test the results.

  Avocado, pear and eggplant  by Lina Oil pastel on paper

Avocado, pear and eggplant by Lina
Oil pastel on paper

  Cake display  by Lina Oil pastel on paper

Cake display by Lina
Oil pastel on paper

  Self portrait  by Lina Color pencil on paper

Self portrait by Lina
Color pencil on paper

  My character  by Emerald Acrylic on board

My character by Emerald
Acrylic on board

  Gummy man  by Stella Acrylic on canvas

Gummy man by Stella
Acrylic on canvas

Using letters

Combining letters can be another format to try for your own wall art for your home or studio. Phrases or words can be inspiring elements to your space.

  Family and Love  by Hyunju Watercolor and pencil on paper

Family and Love by Hyunju
Watercolor and pencil on paper

Abstract paintings

Abstract is fascinating, specially when you see a blank canvas. Some might want to splash the paint or use big brush make marks. I think this is great way to express their vague feelings.

  No title  by HyunJu Acrylic on canvas

No title by HyunJu
Acrylic on canvas

  No title  by HyunJu Acrylic on canvas

No title by HyunJu
Acrylic on canvas

 

Collage and mix media

  To you  by Amy Dry flower petals and ink on paper

To you by Amy
Dry flower petals and ink on paper

  Punch  by Alex Paper board sculpture

Punch by Alex
Paper board sculpture

Four seasons by Emerald
Leaves, cotton, acrylic on cardboard paper

  South Africa  by Evelyn Watercolor and pen on Paper

South Africa by Evelyn
Watercolor and pen on Paper

 

Portrait, Still life and Landscapes

Subjects can be various such as portraits, landscapes, flowers etc. Finding the subject from your daily objects gives you a chance to look them differently. Choosing what to paint and draw gives you a chance to observe mundane things around.

 
 Abby by Lisy Charcoal and watercolor on paper

Abby by Lisy
Charcoal and watercolor on paper

 
  Ice cream  by Hyunju Acrylic on canvas

Ice cream by Hyunju
Acrylic on canvas

  Cake  by Hyunju Acrylic on canvas

Cake by Hyunju
Acrylic on canvas

 kuala lumpur by Lisy Watercolor and pen on paper

kuala lumpur by Lisy
Watercolor and pen on paper

 

Using digital art tool

Always I teach my students to start with hand sketch using pencil and paper, and then move onto computer. Computer can be another creative tool to show creative visual which can not be done manually.

  Diner  by Lina Digital art

Diner by Lina
Digital art

  Cube  by Kaichen Digital art

Cube by Kaichen
Digital art

 Black swan costume by Ester  Hand sketch, watercolor and photoshop

Black swan costume by Ester
Hand sketch, watercolor and photoshop

 

Shanghai sketch workshop

Before I left Shanghai, I did a Shanghai sketch workshop to whom wanted to have their own Shanghai landscape painted by themselves. It ran for 4 sessions (2 hours) with 5 lovely ladies. This workshop was casual, yet the result was excellent. Each lady chose different styles with different mediums. 

 Framed finished artworks

Framed finished artworks

 Oil pastel and pencil on paper

Oil pastel and pencil on paper

 Gauche and pen on paper

Gauche and pen on paper

 Watercolor on paper

Watercolor on paper

 Gauche and pen on paper

Gauche and pen on paper

 Watercolor and pen on paper

Watercolor and pen on paper

 

One day kid’s workshop at U concept gallery

As part of my exhibition, U Concept gallery invited children age from 5 to 12 to make art using my art making method. First, children used charcoals to draw on paper and cut them into pieces, later make a composition by attaching them on the canvas. Finally, paint on the canvas using acrylic paint. All children brought their own ideas by using this method.

 
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Art Instructor

Soo Hong Art studio

Apr 2010 – Jun 2018

Shanghai, China

• Founded special art program which meets each art student's specific needs. 
• Achieved technical drawing and painting skills and developed ideas for art projects. 
• Consulted and lead students to fine art and design field to help them understand related career path.

Sub teacher / Career day speaker/ Special homeroom class lecturer

Concordia International School of Shanghai

2014, 2015 and 2018

Shanghai. China

• Kindergarten and Grade 1 art sub teacher.
• Introduced artist career to High school students
• Shared my artwork with students and helped them create their own artworks.

University Lecturer

Hongik University

Sep 2009 – Feb 2010

South Korea

• Lectured ‘Product Design Graphics'.

University Lecturer

Dankook University

Sep 2008 – Feb 2010

South Korea

• Lectured ‘Design Media Workshop 1 & 2’