Simi Valley Art Association will host an art demo by BiJian Fan. It is held at 6pm on June 15, 2017 at its gallery space #295 of the Simi Valley Town Center; it is open to the public. BiJian will demonstrate an art of paper on water. It challenges conventional perception of their incompatibility and enriches artistic expression. The kinetic art of paper on water is driven by capillary action, which integrate art and science in a paper art.
Abacus prevents dementia. It converts numbers in the left brain into image of beads in the right brain; the bilateral hemispheric communication facilities the connection of neural pathways. Its effectiveness in preventing cognitive decline will be presented in the summer 2017 at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), CSU Channel Islands. The information of class registration is available at http://bit.ly/2q43VAD.
MAP to Success in Math Education
Abacus propelled asian countries to the top of math education. Its success has been replicated in the West and reported in the news. Abacus converts numbers into image of beads, conceptualizes place value through rods, and eases arithmetic significantly. Once proficient in abacus operation, children can be trained to do the math mentally without the device.
Mental Abacus Prodigy (MAP) is a curriculum of mental abacus developed for K-5 education. It is taught as after-school program in local community. More MAP information is available.
The city of Los Angeles published a 2017 calendar and cultural guide to celebrate Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month in May. It showcased Asian Pacific Americans' artworks and honored their contribution to American culture. The guide can be viewed at http://bit.ly/2pHWz3p.
BiJian Fan’s synthetic paper art was selected for the publication. It combined two seemingly incompatible media, paper and water, in a visual art to challenge conventional perception of their incompatibility.
Alzheimer’s Association and Camarillo Health Care District offers a memory cafe. It provides a gathering place for friends with memory loss, and their caregivers, to enjoy a meal and socialize. Information can be found at http://bit.ly/2pS76bl.
Studio Channel Islands hosted the first memory cafe on May 6, 2017. It featured a workshop of Origami Memory Gymnastics (OMG). OMG combines origami art, arithmetic, and socialization for cognitive fitness. Studies showed that those activities stimulate brain’s cognition related regions and reduce dementia risks.