Featured Student Artist: Carissa Chen


ImageNow in 8th grade, Carissa Chen goes to Harker School in California.  Carissa was chosen as a Top Ten Winner last spring for her art piece, “Sheltered.”  This means that Carissa’s art was one of the ten best in her age division for the United States and Canada in our national art contest.

Carissa has lived in Shanghai, China, but has since moved to Orange County, California.  No matter how far she travels, she finds herself captivated by people. “Regardless of the situations and environment we are in, humans always have a way to expression,” Carissa explains. “My travels have impacted me beyond what one could imagine. Every time I draw or write or play the piano, I remember somebody I met far away from a long time ago and begin to draw what I imagine the person is like today.

Whenever I draw, I feel as if I’m at peace with the world. This drawing was an attempt to capture the serenity and thought art has brought into my life.”

ImageCarissa loves painting mainly because she enjoys seeing how her artwork continues to grow both physically and emotionally. Carissa is a shy person and tends to plaster and veil her own thoughts. “Drawing helped me show my own ideas. Every time I was upset or angry, I’d always draw a picture and I’d calm down. When other people have a diary full of writing, I have one full of drawings. Drawing also helps me understand more about the world around me. Take for example, the face. Before learning to draw a face, I used to see it like a simple equation — eyes plus nose plus mouth. In reality, it’s a lot more complex. You have to take into consideration proportions, planes of the face, the difference in every face, the expression someone has, race, and minute details like double  eyelids or the position of the highlight and reflection in the eye. Although I realize this sounds like a glib to many people, it’s not. It’s reality.”

Congratulations to Carissa on this great achievement! You can view her piece on our website here.

To learn more about our national art contests, please visit www.CelebratingArt.com.

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