Circle Painting is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that promotes mental health and teamwork through collaborative art initiatives. Our network of certified teachers and workshop leaders bring art-based experiences to schools, organizations, and community events as well as provide in-person and online courses for social workers, art teachers, and workshop facilitators.
Circle Painting started as a painting experience for participants to create vibrant and collaborative artwork based on the universal and simple circle theme. With fun and easy-to-follow activities, even those who say “No” to art find themselves joining. Circle painting adds joy to events, drums up teamwork, and pumps up attendance at festivals, community events, and schools.
Draw All You Can was launched later in 2015. It is based around the innovative concept of our patented drawing cards, which have been proven to help people overcome their fear of drawing. Draw All You Can is ideally suited for mixed-age or ability groups. It can be easily adapted to online or in-person programs as well as large or small scale projects.
With over 20 years of experience in making and teaching art, Hiep Nguyen has facilitated numerous community-based art projects for thousands of people around the world.
Known for his dynamic, fun-loving, and non-judgmental facilitation style, Hiep's passion for making collaborative art is contagious. His unique participatory and social engagement process has transformed hundreds of empty walls and canvases and stretched the artistic muscles of people who otherwise do not have access to art or consider themselves creative.
He is also a frequently sought-after master teacher and keynote speaker at art education associations, universities, and museums across the country and overseas. In 2007, Hiep founded Circle Painting, a non-profit art organization where he currently serves as the Executive Director.
Circle Painting was first conceived back in 1999 while I was in Dalat, Vietnam doing the two things I love most: drawing and painting. One day, I invited some children to join me, and together we began filling the canvas with circles, one of the simplest, yet most profound, symbols in existence.
Over the following days, the children kept returning to my studio to create art, often bringing family and friends along for the journey. Overnight, art became something I pursued alone on the canvas to a vibrant, joyous community event, where people bonded over their shared creations. This was my “aha” moment and the seed from which Circle Painting would ultimately grow.
I went back to school and obtained a Master’s degree in Art Education from Cal State Long Beach. In 2007, I established Circle Painting as a non-profit organization alongside my wonderful wife Tammy. Together, we recaptured the magic from those impromptu art sessions in Vietnam and developed a plan to bring it worldwide.
Today, Circle Painting (and Draw All You Can) helps educators across the globe promote team-building and mental health through collaborative art. We couldn’t have done it without the support of passionate people like you!