Dear Parents,

Welcome to the Calcolor Academy South San Jose Fall Quarter Newsletter, your weekly source of news and announcements from CalColor!  

Each week, we will update you with important announcements, assigned homework for the week, and recaps of the wonderful work our students have been doing in the previous week’s classes.  

Thank you for being part of the CalColor family!  

Have a great week,  

CalColor South San Jose Team


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This Week’s Homework (Due10/22 -10/27 ):



Students will draw a landscape, such as beach scene, mountain scene, rainforest, etc.



Students will draw an interior room, such as a bedroom, a living room, a kitchen, etc.



If you haven’t finished your pencil drawing on the big paper, make sure to complete it before your next class. Add all the elements and the shadows. Please shade very smoothly, and bring it next class so we can start applying the water color. If you already finished that step then your homework is to draw an interior space using one point perspective, and then fill it with furniture. Some objects should be on the floor and some should be floating in the air.





Classroom Recaps!


Week 8: Henri Matisse’s Interior Space (first week)

Last week, our 4-6 year old artists created a pop-up book of an interior room inspired by Henri Matisse’s “Harmony in Red” painting. The teacher showed students “Harmony in Red” painting and talked about Matisse’s style of using decorative elements and flatness of space in his artwork. We explained the difference between flat and 3-D and students choose their patterns to draw the decorative wall paper for their room.

This Week’s Project: Henri Matisse’s Interior Room (second week)

This week, students will finish the project by adding more details in their room.





Week 7: Illustration Art: Storytelling With Spotlight (Second Week)

Last week, our 7-9 year old artists cut out the shape of  light source and glued it onto black construction paper. They used pencil and white charcoal pencil to draw on white light source paper and black construction paper based on the sketch they did last class. They mainly focused on developing what is in the spotlight and added more details on their drawing.

This Week’s Project: Illustration Art: Storytelling With Spotlight (Third Week)This week, students will use colored pencils to color in the spotlight.





This Week’s Project: Surrealism: Rene Magritte study – Room with apple 2

This week we started transferring our final idea from the small thumbnail to the big 12 X 18 watercolor paper. The bigger paper presents big challenges for the students forcing them to draw bigger, beyond their comfort zone. They also continued honing their comprehension of one point perspective; and most of them are now feeling pretty confident with the concepts. 

Next step: start applying water color to the main areas. 





Digital Art:


Students start developing their first character Dorothy from character line up sheet they created last week. Student started from gesture drawing to hair and face design and costume design. 





The San Jose Atelier class has officially begun this week, open to students of all levels and especially accommodating to those with zero experience. Since we are still looking for students to join, here are some images of students works from the Cupertino Atelier branch this week.


Atelier student Jun completed her LV 3 Bargue Master copy in graphite pencil. Jun started out in the Atelier 6 months ago with zero prior knowledge in art, seeking to pursue it as a fun hobby while her daughter Jennifer attends the PD program in the Cupertino branch. Jun started out not very confident in her abilities to draw and I am happy to see her being so surprised with herself when she finished this drawing today. This drawing is the second drawing she has ever done.


Atelier student Jingjing working on her LV 5 Bargue Mastercopy. She is a student of 1 year currently in the Atelier. She has a background in Interior Design and was excited to get into learning how to draw. 


Atelier Student Kazuya working on his LV 6 Cast Drawing. A student of 1 year, he started out with zero prior experience in art, accompanying his wife Jingjing to class as a fun experience. He is now one of the top Atelier students in the program. 

13 year old Atelier student Liv, who has been in the Atelier for 6 months now also started out with zero experience in art. She is an example of one of many younger students pursuing excellence in classical drawing training and is proof that good professional skills can be taught no matter how young you are. This is her completed LV 3 Bargue Master Copy drawing.