I attended Icon Art & Design studio’s Friday programs from the summer of 2005 until summer of 2010. Although I started the program out of mere curiosity in the world of art, the experience I had from the studio was paramount. For a bland, repressed humanities student like me, every hour I spent during the five years of time at Icon was like a blissful escape into a world of expression and creativity. The one-to-one guidance Director Lee provided not only improved my skills in diverse areas and genres of studio art but also in fully expressing myself. Director Lee guided me and encouraged me throughout the five years of my time there to express who I am and be myself. By 2010, she was more than a teacher, but a mentor and a friend. The experiences and the strengths I gained from being a part of her class helped me find out about what kind of an individual I am. The work I produced in Icon and the conviction I was able to build helped me get accepted into various prestigious universities and institutions such as Wesleyan University, UC Berkeley, Carleton College, and Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. I am always fond of the memories I had in Icon even to this day and will never regret every second I spent there. Thank you Icon Art & Design, for helping me develop my character and find out more about myself through art.
- Clemence Dongwoo Kim, Wesleyan University
I attended Icon for a year and half. I had no experience of any kind of art before, and Icon showed me guidance of taking a first step as a designer. I attended Icon to learn how to design, but it actually helped me design the path of becoming a designer. Not only I learned how to make a portfolio and get into school, but I also learned something bigger than that, and I truly appreciate it.
- Aiden Park, ACCD
The time I have spent at Icon is also the time I was at the peak of my artistic skills. The teachers have all studied at prestigious art institutes and have the ability to share their knowledge with their students. The teachers have all studied at prestigious art institutes and have the ability to share their knowledge with their students. Icon has a great working atmosphere/environment which allows a student to focus and learn well. I love going to the studio and connecting with the teachers who not only understand me but also who encourage me to never give up.
-Tiffany Nam, Corona del mar High School