Danyang is one of our art class, party, and camp instructors. He’s got a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts and a Master’s of Fine Arts. He is highly educated and making it his purpose to give that education to the growth of children. He fell in love with art at age 12 and his love has only grown since then! With over ten years of studies under his belt and two degrees, he’s an amazing person to learn from. His favorite part of the job is seeing kids make unique artwork using their own creativity and then combine that with the experience and skills he taught them. He joined the Dragonfly Designs team because he loves working with kids and he loves art, so the combination really called to him!
His favorite art project to create with the kids thus far is our Halloween Inchies project. In this project, we use different materials to create Halloween oriented things, such as pumpkins, bats, and witches. Kids get to create different shapes and expressions — Danyang says it’s fun to watch them insert their own creative spin on the organized project! Danyang says that art always finds a way to positively influence his life, and he loves helping kids find and experience their own positive influences and outcomes with their art.
Recently, Danyang attended one of our training sessions for teaching kid’s yoga. He really enjoyed himself and he said it helped him gain some confidence and energy when it comes to teaching kids yoga. In our training sessions, we taught everyone about the benefits of kid’s yoga and how to implement yoga practices into our normal class routines to help kids to stay focus and engaged in the more cerebral parts of our class schedules! Danyang told us that this has been his favorite training so far.
Outside of work, Danyang enjoys creating graphic novels and watching movies. he has been drawing for over 10 years, and he loves it! He also loves painting. Many of Danyang’s artistic works were completed in one day. He tends to stay up late at night finishing his art because he believes if he puts the unfinished work to the next day that it will block his creativity. That’s dedication for sure!
Something that’s inspired Danyang lately is his recent experience at a boutique curiosities store called Paxton Gate. He gets so inspired by what they have to offer there. There are different animal specimens, minerals, and fossils with different colors and textures. They are really unique and interesting. He sees the beauty of the specimens from another angle and he admires the beauty of nature and creation even more than before.
Here’s some of Danyang’s Art!
He also mentioned in a recent meeting that he loved the new movie SpiderMan: Into the Spider-Verse because it had an amazing comic style that showed off the creative team’s imaginations and a unique color palate that was really unique and innovative.
His favorite quote is “In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson