Karen Nash (Australian Visitor) I came to Ubud for a month and wanted to experience something new, I have never painted in my life. I went on the internet and came across BCAC, so I thought I would inquire more about it. I met up with Bruce and from the start I felt even though I had no formal art training, this was going to be fun and I could test my creativity in a safe and wonderful environment. I signed up for a course of 3 lessons (9 hours total) and Bruce first took me through the Steiner color theory, I started drawing abstract lines, emotions etc. then added some pastels which was fantastic. My next lesson was to create a mythical creature using charcoal and pastels and even surprised myself at the finished product; I never had so much fun and totally engrossed myself into the tasks set. I learned about inks, pigments, oils, water colors, acrylics etc. Bruce was always there to lend a guiding hand if required. His inspiring nature took me to places I had never dreamed of and I just want to thank him from the bottom of my heart for opening something up in me that was dormant for so long. I am now going to paint to my heart’s content and can't wait to test my new skills back home, thank you again.
Kayla Adams (Vic, Australia) I was visiting Bali for 3 weeks and wondered if there were any art courses in Ubud, I came across BCAC and went to take a look at the studio where I met with Nita and Bruce. They tailor made a 3 day course for me as I mentioned I wanted to know more about colour and had a fantastic time exploring the Rudolf Steiner Theory and how to use Indian Ink and pigments. I created my very own mythical creature which now hangs proudly in my home, my kids just love it. Thank you Bruce for the most exciting yet relaxing time I have had in ages, I certainly will recommend anyone to take your courses. My family and I are returning next year and would dearly like to do the family art class, it would be great and just know my kids are going to love it.
Don Hill (Australia) I would like to take this opportunity to say how much I enjoyed the Art Classes. I learned a lot in the three days I was in your classes. The canvas, as you know, which was taken off the frame and put into a roll was no trouble to pack and bring to Australia. I must thank you once again for showing me several different techniques which I was able to use on the one painting. I would have no second thoughts on recommending your classes to anyone.
Jean Banks (Denver, Colorado, USA) A big hearty thank you to Bruce and the team, had an absolute ball learning about the Rudolf Steiner Theory and implementing the theory to my work, it has now taken on a whole new dimension and cannot thank you enough for giving me this gift, my art now leaps off the canvas and I am overwhelmed at the huge difference it makes to even my everyday living in coordinating colors, I will definitely come again when I am back in beautiful Ubud. Kind wishes,
Carole Harding (Bali Expat) This is truly a magical thing for kids to do, my 7 and 11 year old's were bored to tears, as they are and while I was at one of the supermarkets browsing the endless jargon posted on the wall, a colorful brochure took my attention. It was about classes and courses at a local gallery/studio that also catered for kids. I can tell you I was on the phone at the speed of light and Nita kindly offered to meet me at the studio with the children. We all agreed on the type and times for the classes and I happily left them in their capable hands. The kids could not get enough and were incessantly nagging me to go back for more, hallelujah, more freedom for me, but most of all, my kids had the best time, they embraced and learned so much and now my 11 year old wants to become either and artist or graphic designer, mind you a rocket scientist would have been more his speed. Thank you for giving them an amazing experience, inspiring them and indulging me in a well-deserved rest, careful though, they will be back, I promise, thanks Bruce.
Week Without Walls - From Teachers and Students
Chinese International School (CIS) 8th - 14th October 2011
Twenty five students, two teachers and one chaperone from Hong Kong visited BCAC for 7 days of action packed art classes and activities. It was fun had by all and below are some of the comments made by the students that attended. To sum up how the students felt about Bali Aspen Wang shared this comment: "Before this fulfilling journey into the heart of Bali, I have never known a society so deeply rooted in art, spirituality and nature. This trip is the culmination of all these things, transgressing from my sheltered bubble to the essence of Bali, out in the open, soul bare and vulnerable". BCAC would like to thank Steve, Georgina, Annie and the fantastic students for their attention, inspiration, courage and creativity, we all enjoyed your company immensely and hope to see you again.
Question: What did you enjoy most about the program? JHPa: Discovering art in an unconventional, new, friendly, relaxed and collaborative way. Chloe Mok: I really enjoyed the art making in this program, especially the batik shirt making. I liked that activity most because I was able to oversee and take part in every step of the process. Yasmine: The opportunities given to us so that we were able to do the things that isn't found back at home easily. Zoe Shen: I learnt a lot about complementary and in-harmonic colours (and gained a lot of experience from) new types of media such as pastels and pigments. Austin Wan: I enjoyed everything! From biking and swinging in the treetops to creating and painting pieces in the studio. Aspen Wang: Getting time to work on the art pieces and using pigment paint. I also enjoyed the treetop activity. Nicholas Lin: I honestly really enjoyed the artwork in the studio. In school we never get the chance to do anything with such creativity and freedom. In addition it was also surprisingly enriching. Pascal So: I enjoyed doing the artwork in the studio where we did this collaborative art, where we cooperated with each other to create a painting which links a few paintings into one. Sabrina Yam: I enjoyed working with pastels the most, even though it was really messy. I thought it was brilliant you could blend colors together to create tone and gradient. Natalie: I really loved the mural process that we had to do in groups during this program. I also really liked the theory talk on color theory because it definitely opened my eyes a lot.
Letter from Paul Johnson - South Saigon International School
Professional Testimonial - from Joseph M Petroni Curriculum co-ordinater at Jakarta International School
BCAC, Jl. Raya Andong, Peliatan, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia