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Life and Work with Chen Huang

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chen Huang.

Chen, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
It has been almost 30 years since I began my earliest art creative experience when I was 6 in the Youth Palace Training School in China. I began to accept more professional and academic drawing training since high school sophomore year to prepare art college exam. It was a meaningful time in my art life, for I decided to consider art as my future career and made the first biggest choice in my life, pursuing art in my life forever. My understanding about art gradually opened with the advancing of age and maturity of thought.

After adequate preparation and a lot of training, I was admitted by one of the best colleges in fashion design major in China. The interesting and deep love for art brought me to the US to further improve myself in ability and thought of art after four years of study in DongHua University in China. Then I got my second Bachelor’s degree in art education in Western Kentucky University.

The reason why I determined to become an art educator was really spontaneous. Art is the essential tool to help me to understand the world and express my feeling of life. I strongly agree with the statement that “art can play a critical role in the cognitive and affective development of learners.” I would like to take the responsibility to help the children to establish their initial art concept and lead them into a bright and beautiful art world.

I spent my last student teaching month in SEK International School, Barcelona, Spain, which has always been my dreamland. That was really another life-changing time in my life. I went to Dali’s museum in his home town Figueres, Spain. At that moment, I realize that not only should school be the intellectual world, but also a place for tangible and intangible interpersonal knowledge. I think the latter part is the most valuable thing I gained from that trip. Therefore, as an art teacher, I am trying to play the role as a “facilitator” or “catalyst” to nurture students within the various stages without enforcing an “adult idea” of what is important or beautiful on the child. Thus, my desire as an art educator is to help all students to meet their fullest potential in those areas by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking, creative and motivational in the classroom.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has not been an easy journey. My path through track of being an art educator has been exciting, challenging, and struggling. Making the decision of moving to America from China and changing the major from design to art education has brought me into a complete new and challenging situation. After ten years of living in America, I suddenly realize that nothing in my life is steady anymore. Life is full of surprises and serendipity. Being open to unexpected turns in the road is an important part of success. If you try to plan every step, you may miss those wonderful twists and turns. Just find your next adventure-do it well, enjoy it-and then, not now, think about what comes next. A voice always resounds in my ears, “Never tiring, never yielding, never finishing”. I know the road ahead is not so easy, but my ceaseless effort will lead a way for me like a guiding start.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with TwinkleMonsterArtStudio – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
Our students have been motivated in learning from multi-medium art-making and critical art curriculums. Recently we have our students working on the group mural project of “Public Health Awareness” related to the coronavirus global outbreak crisis. We are also planning to hold a particular art show for our students in summer.

Twinkle Monster Art Studio has never been a regular art school. It is a place to gain and share art perspectives. Get a unique art perspective is the main purpose of our belief in art education, like what is said by Edward Munch, “A work of art is like a crystal – like the crystal it must also possess a soul and the power to shine forth.” We want this art studio to inspire and encourage everyone–students, families, faculty, and visitors, to be empowered in creating art.

TMAS offers classes from preschool students to adults. Other than that, summer camps, different art workshops and TMAS art show, etc., are also parts of our business focus. TMAS promise small size art classes to provide a better learning environment. TMAS art lessons are designed based on seven major elements of art and eight major principles of design, covering various materials and content in combination with art history, film, music, pop culture, etc., allowing students to understand and appreciate art aesthetically from different perspectives. Learn to look at the world with an artistic eye and express themselves through the language of art.

Were there people and/or experiences you had in your childhood that you feel laid the foundation for your success?
I feel like the early childhood art experience has been the vital role in my whole art career. At that time, art for me was really a vaguely beautiful picture, which seemed to be the fantastic outer packing perfume. Once you opened it, you will be fascinated by the scents that are perceived immediately on application of a perfume, which was just as same as the sense of curiosity and passion at the beginning period of my art life. Attending the training school to learn drawing was like a gift given by destiny. I still remembered my first art task named “drawing diary”. It required us to record our daily life by drawing so that I began to use the childish stroke to draw the first picture of my art life.

I learnt a lot of artistic techniques in the school, including sketch, watercolor, printmaking, Chinese brush drawing, paper folding and some handicraft art as well. The most memorable event in the school was that I ranked the first place in the Fashion Design Contest when I was 11 years old. Actually, at that time I did not know anything about Fashion Design and I had never painted any fashionable dress sketch before. However, my first painting based on my feeling about fashion relevant actually won the prize. It greatly enhanced my confidence in art and brought me an elementary cognition about design and art. Right now, I have grown up to an adult who actively loves life and knows how to make arduous efforts for the dream from a little girl. I am very thankful for that experience which leads me to who I a right now.

Art is a non-verbal communication method, which can transfer information without language. For instance, you probably do not understand Spanish or Dutch, but you still can understand the story Dali or Van Gogh wanted to tell and the spirit they wanted to show in their paintings. According to my almost 30 years art experiences with meeting many art teachers and attending lots of art courses, I think that art education is not a process of input or output but a matter of interactive communication with heart and soul, with mutual understanding and trust. Therefore, I have always known that I would become a good art educator in someday with my effort and intensely enthusiasm of art.

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