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PROGRAM DIRECTORS AND EVENT ORGANIZERS: Make your event an "All You Can Art Buffet"
FACILITATION FEE: $2,900 per day (materials included).
Since 2007, Circle Painting has demonstrated phenomenal success at community events and festivals
around the US and overseas because it:
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU HIRE US?
One or more Circle Facilitators will come to your location to:
Concrete floor that is at least 20 ft x 20 ft.; indoor or outdoor.
• A 20 x10 tent or two 10x10 tents if the event takes place
• 4-6 long tables and approximately 10 chairs.
*** If your event is more than two- hour drive from
Los Angeles & Orange County, California, additional
costs will include: Air travel and/or car rental, and lodging.
INVITE CIRCLE PAINTING TO YOUR NEXT EVENT!
Email: Circlepainting@gmail.com or Call Hiep (714) 423-2584
HOW WILL YOUR PARTICIPANTS BENEFIT?
"Hiep is one of those rare artists who have found a unique way to make his artistry accessible to everyone
and engage all ages in their own creativity. He is also extremely conscientious, flexible and sensitive to the
particular needs of the organizations who are his partners. Finally, his teaching spirit makes him a stand-out
for any project that brings community together and creates pride such as a community mural."
Patricia A. Wayne
"My experience with Circle Painting has been phenomenal. We let Circle Painting bring to life the message of
Domestic Violence Awareness Month which is “Relationships should be safe”.Marines aboard Marine Corps
Logistics Base Barstow got the chance to come out and celebrate survivors and paint with words that portrayed
our message and correlated to Family Advocacy’s theme. Circles represent life all around us in everything we
do; the world, nature, relationships, and the universe. Circle Painting showed how people from all walks of life,
different cultures, and a diverse community, like that of the military, can come together with all of their
differences and create something beautiful in honor of a great cause.
I encourage and recommend this experience to everyone, especially the military community, because it was
such a great way to get people involved to celebrate their differences and embrace their artistic side. We all
inspired each other with many positive affirmations, song, and breathing techniques that relaxed and soothed
our souls. We thank you Hiep, for sharing with us such a wonderful, uplifting experience!"
All You Can Art Events
TEAM-BUILDING WORKSHOPS FOR SCHOOLS, BUSINESS, AND NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
$2,900 Per day (Art materials included)
Are you a principal or program director looking for an exciting and productive team-building activity for your staff’s retreat or professional
development opportunity? Look no further! Our proven 5-step team-building exercises and collaborative painting process will re-energize
your team. Our workshop can be structured to last one, two, three hours or longer, depending on your group’s availability and it will be held
at your location.
In a school setting, we will incorporate your school’s core values, S.T.E.A.M concept, and 21st Century Learning Skills into the artworks.
A Circle Painting event is a great way to start a school year or end it with a bang!
In a corporate setting, we will help you to get your company’s message across in engaging and colorful ways. You can enhance your brand
and reach new customers while giving back to the community. For example, You can sponsor a mural event at a local school, and your
employees will participate alongside with teachers and students. What a meaningful and effective way to promote your company.
Hiep Nguyen, Founder and Art Director of Circle Painting, has a very unique style of facilitation that allows people to let down their defenses,
embrace their creative spirits, and opens them up to new ways of creating with others, culminating in one of a kind artworks that reflect
Imagination, Collaboration, and Inclusiveness.
Invite Circle Painting to your next event! Please email us at Circlepainting@gmail.com or call Hiep at 714.423.2584
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS PER WORKSHOP
Minimum - 8 people
Maximum - 30 people
* For organizations that are more than two- hour drive from Los Angeles &
Orange County, California, additional costs will include: Air travel, car
rental, and lodging.
"The circle painting activity definitely exceeded my expectations! Going into it I didn't know what to expect and
to be quite honest, when we started with some warm-up activities I was a little out of my comfort zone. As we
continued on with the warm-up activities and staff, including myself, became more and more open to the process
I feel like we all connected through a creative side that came out of us that many of us don't often tap into. The
vibe went from a few of us feeling uncomfortable to most of us becoming creative, laughing and just having a lot
of fun! The painting itself was masterful!! I never thought that by starting with a few circles on a wall we would end
up with such a magnificent mural representing all of our subjects and the 5 C's! MASTERFUL!"
Orangeview Jr. High School
"This experience of doing this mural with all the circles, which is how we started was inspirational. It was the BEST professional development and community building that we have ever done. I never expected this, and it was really something that I didn't see coming, but it was a blessing, and I'm happy that we did it, and we're hoping to bring it
back to continue with this school's spirit and also with our philosophy of integrating all the creativity with the STEAM
idea and learning approach. Thank you so much to the Program -- I do appreciate the support in creating
this mural, which is going to last a life time, I'm sure. Thank you."
Dr. Juanita Perea
Oasis Charter School
Circle Leaders Training
CIRCLE LEADERS TRAINING FOR TEACHERS AND SOCIAL WORKERS
$2,900 for Foundational workshop (1 day)
$3,500 for Advanced workshop (2 days)
FOUNDATIONAL- 1 day (Pre-requisite: None)
Imparts basic facilitation skills to organize small, private events.
ADVANCED - 2 days (Pre-requisite: successful completion of 1-day Foundational workshop)
Imparts in-depth facilitation skills so you can organize and facilitate community events.
different populations such as people with disabilities.
*Partipant will receive certificate awards upon completion.
***IMPORTANT NOTE: Circle facilitators are NOT allowed to organize or facilitate any kind of Training Workshop
without written permission from Hiep Nguyen. Please do not sign up for training if you can not honor this agreement.
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS PER WORKSHOP
Minimum - 8 people
Maximum - 30 people
HOST ORGANIZER PROVIDES MATERIALS SUCH AS:
* For organizations that are more than two- hour drive from Los Angeles & Orange County, California, additional costs will
include: Air travel, car rental, and lodging.
Niki Moyer- Art Teacher at Innovations Academy in San Diego
“Hiep’s Teacher Training Workshop is a fantastic way for a faculty to collaborate creatively. It allows everybody to appreciate
the complex work that goes into facilitating the creative and visual processes involved in art-making. The energy throughout
the training was fun, safe, and genuine. It was great for everybody to experience the power of the Arts and understand the
value it brings to students’ lives."
Kathy Olson- Art Teacher at Vista Academy in San Diego
“It’s been two years since Circle Painting came to our school, yet our teachers still remember their joyous, inspiring, and bonding experience. Most importantly, the teachers who participated in the workshop continue to incorporate Circle Painting into their
instruction, fostering a unity of spirit and cooperation among the teachers and students through their communal art experience.
Its impact on our school continues long after the event."
Zilin Cui-Community Event Organizer, Mount Holyoke College
"I have worked with Hiep on several different occasions and have learned a tremendous amount from him as an artist,
non-profit director, visionary, mentor and friend. Hiep's enthusiasm and experience are crucial in shaping the event we
organized at Mount Holyoke College and the crowd was very impressed by the art-based activities with messages of
community, unity in diversity and teamwork. I learned a great deal from Hiep's unique approach and integrity as an
artist and a compassionate human being. Hiep sees potential in people and invests in them, tirelessly helping them to
flourish and shine. Working with him has been a transformative experience."
We design and implement a colorful array
of collaborative painting projects that will
help you to:
Our activities are fun and easy to follow.
It attracts even those who usually say “No”
to art. Invite Circle Painting to your next event!
Circle Painting will bring your team together for
a collaborative experience that has social and
artistic values. Our activities will:
school or organization's core values.
Let us take your next retreat, conference, professional development,
or grand opening to the next level!
We design our training specifically for
K-12 teachers and social workers who
need group lesson plans. We will come to
your location and tailor the training for your group so you can effectively:
the 5-step facilitation techniques.
Circle Painting from start to finish.
Circle Painting embraces everyone into its circle of playful and easy-to-follow activities.
Our motto: Art for All, All for Art.
You have an idea, I make it happen. I start a line, you complete a shape. We accept
each other’s sizes and shapes, colors and values. We make everything big, bold, and fun.
Expect the unexpected! When we interact with each other’s lines and shapes, colors and
forms, new images emerge at every turn, stirring our imagination.
Our Core Values
Who We Are
Meet Hiep and the Team
Hiep Nguyen is a master teaching artist with over 20 years experience of making art and teaching it.
He received his California teaching credential and MA in Art Education from CSU Long Beach. Hiep is
also the Founder and Executive Director of Circle Painting, a community-based art project and a
non-profit organization, providing team-building and professional development workshops for schools
and organizations to strengthen their culture of collaboration, diversity, and inclusiveness.
Hiep is a frequently sought after keynote speaker, master teacher, artist lecturer at national and state
art education associations, universities, and museums across the country and overseas.
To book Hiep for your next event, please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (714) 423-2584.
Kathy Olson recently received the San Diego Art Education Association Artissimo Choice Award for
Excellence in Teaching. Outside the classroom, she also tutors students in the community, leads
missions trips to the Amazon, and volunteers at her church. Kathy joins the Circle Painting Advisory
Board and to help support its goal of bringing art to as many people as possible through inspiring and
motivating painting collaborations.
Tami Noorzay joins us as a Trainer and Facilitator because her teaching philosophy is aligned with the
core values of Circle Painting. As a global art educator, Tami is passionate about allowing opportunities
for students to appreciate the creative process both individually and collaboratively. Besides teaching and
volunteering, she enjoys sharing California Rancho History with students at the Buena Vista Adobe in Vista.
Heather Williams views the arts as a sacred activity. Drawing, painting, sculpting, dancing, singing - all
the arts are a way for individuals to meaningfully connect the conscious and unconscious mind in new,
unpredictable and meaningful ways. Heather’s philosophy is that today each person needs to evolve
beyond the old identity as a separate thing in time and space and to re-identify as Consciousness.
Consciousness that we are One Humanity is a new identity for all of us.
For more information, pleawww.drawingtogether.com
Tammy Ha is a Circle Painting founding member and has traveled, documented, and co-facilitated
numerous projects. As a self-taught graphic designer, Anicha designs our logo, website, and brochures.
She has helped to establish and maintain Circle Painting as a sustainable non-profit organization and
currently serves as Director of Operations.
Cao Xuan Lan has helped to organize numerous Circle Painting events in Vietnam. Among them are
successful events such as "S.O.S. Village", and "School for Hearing Impaired" in Dalat. Through
Circle Painting, Lan continues to sharpen her leadership skills while sharing the beauty and hospitality
of Vietnamese people as a tour guide. Currently, Lan is spearheading the"Dalat's Flower Staircase"
project to beautify her beloved home town.
We are a group of artists, teachers, and community leaders who are devoted to community-based art. Circle Painting was founded by Hiep Nguyen,
an artist and teacher who believes in making art accessible to all. Since 2007, we have traveled to 10 countries and engaged over 100,000 participants.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. WHY CIRCLES?
The circle is a universal symbol everyone can relate to. Simple
yet profound, it symbolizes wholeness, enlightenment, and the
universe in all cultures. To us, the circle means connect, create,
and celebrate. What does the circle mean to you?
2. HOW DID CIRCLE PAINTING GET STARTED?
Hiep Nguyen created the first Circle Painting when he returned to
his native country Vietnam in 1999. Driven by his desire to connect
with neighborhood children in the mountain town of Dalat, Hiep
invited them to paint circles with him in his studio. To his surprise,
the children kept coming back for more, sometimes even with their
friends and families. This experience inspired Hiep to continue
exploring the circle theme as a way to create and connect with
Circle Painting’s first breakthrough took place in 2007 when Hiep
was invited by the Southeast Asian Leadership Network, a service
learning organization from Stanford university to train 100 youth
leaders and to help integrating art into their community service
projects. Hiep traveled with them to Thailand, Cambodia,
Vietnam, Philippines and Indonesia to engage local participants.
With people of all ages and from all walks of life, together they
created five large-scale paintings that became a literal as well as a
symbolic representation of collaboration and goodwill.
This experience demonstrated the effectiveness of combining art,
service learning, and leadership training. Since then, Circle Painting
has successfully used this model for many more projects both in the
U.S and overseas. In 2008, Circle Painting was established as a
non-profit organization. Hiep currently serves as our Executive and
3. HOW DOES CIRCLE PAINTING DIFFER FROM OTHER
COMMUNITY ART PROJECTS?
Circle Painting takes a balanced approach to process and result. We
play but produce serious artworks. It is not another arts and crafts
project. Participants don’t paint whatever or color by numbers.
4. WHAT KIND OF ARTWORKS DOES CIRCLE PAINTING CREATE?
We create vibrant and inspiring banners, wall murals, 3D sculptures
that reflect your organization’s core values.
5. I WANT TO ORGANIZE A CIRCLE PAINTING EVENT FOR MY
GROUP. WHAT ARE THE STEPS I NEED TO TAKE?
your principal, director, or team leader.
6. HOW CAN I RAISE MONEY FOR A CIRCLE PAINTING EVENT
FOR MY SCHOOL?
Schools typically have money allocated for service learning projects.
There are also small grants which you can apply for.
7. WHAT IS STEAM DRAWING?
S.T.E.A.M stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art,
and Math. We help students to recognize that there are
connections across the disciplines, so that they do not view all
subjects as completely different learning experiences. STEAM
Drawing came out of this recognition and uses the powers of
visual creativity and collaboration to offer a truly integrated
S.T.E.A.M Drawing builds large, collaborative drawings using a
wide variety of visual symbols on categorized cards to prompt the
the drawings. This experience will expand students’ visual
vocabulary while enriching their knowledge and understanding
in other disciplines and provide a powerful link between art and
8. WHAT HAPPENS AT A CIRCLE PAINTING COMMUNITY EVENT?
One or more Circle Facilitators will come to your location to:
• Set up for the event one.
• Provide a 1-2 hours orientation for volunteers.
• Facilitate the activities
• Touch up the paintings.
9. HOW MUCH DOES A CIRCLE PAINTING EVENT COST?
Please click on the links under "WHAT WE DO" on Home Page
for more detailed information.
10. DOES IT COST MY PARTICIPANTS?
Most festivals and community events are free for the public. The
decision to charge a fee is entirely up to you. Organizations that
host Circle Painting events typically find sponsors, apply for small
grants, or raise funds to cover their costs.
11. HOW CAN I BECOME A CIRCLE FACILITATOR?
You can be certified after attending both the Foundational and
Advance Circle Leaders Training Workshops facilitated by
Hiep Nguyen, our Founder and Art Director.
12. CAN I LEARN TO FACILITATE CIRCLE PAINTING ONLINE OR
We do not provide training online or by phone at this time. However,
we are in the process of creating instructional videos that will be
shared on our Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/circlepainting.org/
and Youtube channel:
Please follow us for news update.
13. HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR CIRCLE TRAINING? HOW MUCH DOES
Please follow us on Facebook or Twitter to see upcoming workshops
and events. If a training is not immediately available or the timing is
not convenient, you can organize a Circle Training workshop and
invite Circle Painting to come to your location.
1. Why circles?
2. How did Circle Painting get started?
3. How does Circle Painting differ from other community art projects?
4. What kind of artworks does Circle Painting create?
5. What are the steps I need to take to organize an event for my group?
6. How can i raise money for a Circle Painting event?
7. What is STEAM Drawing?
8. What happens at a Circle Painting community event?
9. How much does a Circle Painting event cost?
10. Does it cost my participants?
11. How can I become a Circle Facilitator? Can I learn online?
12. How do I sign up for Circle Training? How much does it cost?
"Hiep sees potential in people and invests
in them, tirelessly helping them to flourish
and shine. Working with him has been a
ZILIN CUI- Community Event Organizer
Mt. Holyoke College
"The energy throughout the training was
fun, safe, and genuine. And the murals
completely transformed our school ."
NIKKI MOYER-Art Teacher
"I recommend Circle Painting to
community festivals looking for a
high quality art project."
PATRICIA WAYNE, Deputy Director
Arts Orange County