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CalColor’s Mission & Vision

CalColor Academy is a fine art school for youth age 4-18 years old that combines imaginative thinking and professional techniques through systematic and innovative curriculum design and dedicated teaching.


Our Mission

Our mission is to inspire youth to cultivate an individual artistic voice and enrich our community through visual arts education, exhibitions, and lecture series. Our professional team is dedicated to provide a safe, fun, and inclusive learning environment for our students.


Our Vision

CalColor Academy’s vision is to be a leader in innovative curriculum design and a model of excellence in visual arts teaching. We believe in the importance of art education in making a positive impact on society.


2009: Lan founded her home studio and reached 100 students by 2013.
2014: We launched the Fremont Campus, with a teaching team and a new brand – CalColor Academy. Our students grew to 200.
2016: We became the largest art school in East Bay with over 400 students.
2017: We launched the Mountain View campus. In 4 months, we reached 200 students.
2018: We launched the Cupertino flagship campus. In 3 months, we reached 300 students. CalColor became the largest art school in the whole Bay Area.
2019: The story continues…

our philosophy

At CalColor, we believe every individual has a unique artistic sensibility within that can be unleashed through inspiring and empowering teaching, and appropriate technical guidance.

Our core teaching and curriculums are designed to provide the fundamental techniques and professional tools necessary to enable each student to unleash and express his/her unique individuality through artmaking.

A Word

From Our Principal

Art is not just about learning to draw or paint; nor it is just about inspiring children’s imagination.

An art education can cultivate curiosity, concentration, an open mind, problem solving skills, courage to experiment, and a sense of self identity in our children.

CalColor’s mission is to do everything we can to help each child to develop his/her own pathways in life. 

– Lan Liu



Our Stories & Your Stories

Read our blog for more stories about CalColor school and families, as well as articles about art education.

Dawning Realism 2

When kids reach middle school and high school age, they become more advanced in their understanding of value, shape, proportion, and want to stretch their ability to mimic real life. In this age range, they start to explore realism, and distance themselves from...

Dawning Realism 1

This age range is from 7-9 year old, and a big change occurs here. Students at this age become self conscious of their work. No longer is the emphasis on storytelling through a logically structured image; now students are becoming aware that objects can be drawn...

Welcome to the CalColor Blog!

This is our official blog for CalColor Academy! On this blog, parents will get to know some more insights on  the stages of child development in art, expectations in their progress, and general knowledge of how diverse kids journey through art is.  Each...