“I came to Nan Art with very limited experience in studio learning, equipped only with what I taught myself. Immediately after I started taking classes, I began to see my skill improve exponentially. I’d never thought that I could do art as more than a hobby, but within two years of joining Nan I was accepted as a GHP Visual Arts finalist and even created an art supplemental portfolio to send to colleges.
Nan Art gave me the opportunity to explore all sorts of different mediums, from oils to charcoals to metal sculpting, and encouraged my creative pursuits. The teachers are all extremely talented artists who don’t just draw your art piece for you when you’re struggling, but actively provide feedback and advice. Ms. Sally and Ms. Mimi are both so kind and skilled and I learned so much from them over the years. They’re very easygoing and approachable, so it’s easy to ask for help or even to just make casual conversation. Wonjangnim might seem a little scary at first, but he cares about each of his students and makes sure that everyone gets the attention and help they need, whether it’s technical work or creative brainstorming. He guided me through the art portion of the college process and I’m not sure I could’ve gotten into my dream school without his help.
The atmosphere is also warm and friendly, where students can learn from each other and make new friends. In fact, I met my best friend here! Students can chat quietly, play music, and snack while they draw or paint, making the environment feel almost like a cozy second home. The best part of my week was coming to Nan on Saturday and Sunday to work on my pieces.
Nan Art gave me a chance to fully embrace my potential as an artist and is truly the best art studio anyone can wish for. I know that even as I leave the studio to go to college, I will always look back on my time at Nan with fondness and gratitude.”