What my students says about me…
Last Saturday was my third plein air session at Botanic Gardens with Mr Ong in as many years. The scene at the symphony lake was rather bland under the hot sun. As usual Mr Ong has done his homework scouting for the best angles. Through his unique artistic eyes he pointed out shapes and colours hidden from us. His instruction was simple: you have to simplify the scene, squint to see values. Then he finished off exclaiming: this is so nice. So that’s Mr Ong’s art, making extraordinary out of the mundane. He taught careful observations and insisted on painting outdoors to learn from nature in its full glory. Few artists have such wisdom and insight.
Mr Ong is a great teacher. Not only is he skilled in his art, he is very sensitive to the students’ pace of learning.
‘The compo is ok; the colour is good; very atmospheric; you correct yourself?’ These are the usual comments.
‘Let me match your colours; some shadows to bring up the 3D; how come you leave the picture for me to complete?’ The whole class laugh. These are already the real forceful comments.
Finally if you are really lucky: ‘you can sign here’, but so far we have not heard ‘ you can frame this one up’. The art is long that’s why students have become a family.
“There is a constant learning curve in watercolour techniques in Mr Ong’s tutorial. You look forward to meet your art friends, you learn from each other’s work and most importantly you get inspired by the work of the master himself – his mentoring, his ideas on light and shade, his unique strokes and his demo. You leave for home yearning to do better. Landscape is the master’s forte and my own additional specialization in portraiture is no doubt influenced by what I have learned from him.”
“It’s painting in a community of artists with Mr Ong as an inspiring presence. We watch with our eyes and absorb his amazing talent but there is more beyond the mastery of technique. We talk art, we view art, we travel and discover new ways to create. Artistically I have grown in ways that I would not have, going it alone.”
“It is a sure privilege and joy to witness and learn from Mr. Ong during his painting class. His ability to capture light in the painting process always gives a punch to the simplest subjects. He mentors his student in observing details in the landscape and then the students capture the essence into their own unique style of paintings. Blind copying of the teacher’s work is not actively encouraged.”
“When I first start art in watercolour, I was very worried and fearful . However, Mr. Ong has made watercolour a very beautiful medium to work with and to express what a masterpiece should be . This class also give me an opportunity to meet friends.”
选择学习水彩，是我这一生最正确的决择，能够成为世界级，杰出的， 水彩艺术大师王金成老师的学生，更是我最大的荣幸，老师为人隨和,親切，多年与他在一起，感觉与他亦师亦友. 每每出外写生，王老师即地作画，挥毫，毫无保甾地把他的水彩技法公开示范给我们看，往往画出来的作品，縂是令人惊叹与感动不已，就好像一盘美味佳肴，色，香，味，样样俱全，令人垂涎三尺.
“I always remember him reminding us the analogy of “back cat and white cat”. During critique sessions, Mr. Ong discusses with us how to dramatize our work deploying the technique of light and shade. There’s always oohs and aahs whenever he shows us how best to utilize effectively the element of color to enrich various aspects of our works. He is always very patient, his comments always positive, encouraging and with a sense of humor.
The class is not just a class. It’s more and more feel like an extended family gathering sharing our common interests in expressions through watercolor, with Mr Ong as the Head of the family!”