Artist BiJian Fan presents his weekly art creation, this week’s artwork is a sculpture of meditation installed in a zen garden.
“I want the wide American earth: an Asian Pacific American story” is a traveling exhibition created by Smithsonian Institution. The 21-city national tour stops at the Museum of Ventura County in California, June 18 - August 28, 2016. It includes the stories and artworks of BiJian Fan, Hiroko Yoshimoto, and other local artists.
“As an immigrant, I struggled in finding my voice,” BiJian reflected on his assimilation; “I sought help in visual art because it transcended cultural barrier and allowed me to express freely.” BiJian’s stainless steel sculpture is featured in the Smithsonian exhibition, it is inspired by the architecture of Beijing Olympic Stadium - Bird’s Nest.
Studio Channel Islands awarded BiJian Fan as the Artist of Year for distinguished service to the community on August 13, 2016.
American math education ranks at the 36th internationally. California ranks at the 47th in the nation. Two thirds of California students are not proficient in math. Many attempts have been made to address the crisis, one of them is teaching math through origami art.
Origami visualizes mathematical concepts and develops spatial reasoning. Numerous studies showed significant advantage of teaching math through origami over traditional teaching. Origami is a commonality among the top 7 countries in math education.
To integrate origami and math in K-12 education, BiJian Fan developed a creative curriculum, Origami Math Genius (OMG). The goal is to turn every student into an OMG. He has brought OMG to students and teachers throughout Ventura county since 2013.