Connect Create Celebrate
Collaborative Art Leadership since 2007
To promote mental health and teamwork through collaborative art initiatives. To make art accessible for all, we provide a relevant training program so art facilitators across the globe can implement our projects.
Inclusion, Collaboration, Imagination
What We Do
Circle Painting began as a painting experience to liven up events, drum up teamwork, and pump up attendance at festivals, events, and schools. Participants create vibrant artwork using a simple and universal circle theme. Today, we have taken things even further and now offer online and offline training. Teachers, social workers, and workshop hosts can learn how to use Circle Painting to inspire their own teams through the beauty of collaborative art.
Draw All You Can
Draw All You Can began as drawing lessons for teachers looking to add the ART component to STEM education. Suitable for both individuals or groups, Draw All You Can is based around the innovative concept of drawing cards, which have been proven to help people overcome their fear for drawing. Draw All You Can is simple to set up and can be easily conducted online, making it a 100% pandemic-proof method of collaborative art.
Meet Our Founder
With over 20 years of experience in making and teaching art, Hiep Nguyen's unique participatory process has transformed hundreds of empty walls and canvases and engaged thousands of people who otherwise do not have access to artistic outlets or consider themselves creative. Hiep found Circle Painting in 2007 and currently serves as its Executive Director and Art Director. Inspired by the STEAM movement in education, he also created the Draw All You Can project in 2015.
Known for his dynamic, fun-loving, and non-judgmental facilitation style, Hiep's passion for collaborative art is contagious. His training workshops have helped teachers and social workers around the world to expand their art programs. He is also a frequently sought-after master teaching artist and keynote speaker at art education conferences, universities, and museums across the country and overseas.
To Hiep, art is a spiritual practice, a way to connect, create, and celebrate. His motto: “Art for All, All for Art.”
Our first big breakthrough! The Southeast Asian Leadership Network, a service-learning organization from Stanford University, invited us to train youth leaders and help them integrate art into their community service projects in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Indonesia.
In 2009, we had the privilege of participating in a two-day festival in Hanoi, Vietnam that attracted 1600+ attendees. The event gave us the confidence to organize large-scale events with prominent local and international NGOs, charities, and other non-profits.
In another bigstep forward, we jointly organized Circle Painting Day with Art in Hong Kong’ andthe Centre for Community Cultural Development. The initiative supported 500underprivileged school children and other community members in the creation ofa 3000 sq. ft. circle panting at Tuen Mun Town Plaza.
In the first of many team-building and professional development workshops, we helped Vista Academy create a beautiful mural reflecting their school’s values, and trained participating teachers as Circle Painting facilitators so they could continue to incorporate it into their lessons.
Thanks to art teacher Benjamin Stanton and his “Art for All, and All for Art” vision, we brought Circle Painting to schools throughout Compton, engaging with hundreds of students and teachers while supporting the creation of six large-scale murals over three years.
Following years of hard work, our 3-day Circle Arts Festival finally came to fruition! Sponsored by POLA and hosted by the University of Polytechnic HK, the festival brought 18 local artists from different disciplines together to engage the public with unique circle theme artwork.
To celebrate our 10th anniversary in Hong Kong, we reconnected with the amazing teachers, social workers, and facilitators we’ve collaborated with along the way. 2019 also marked the launch of our first “DrawAll You Can” cards, and the first mural inspired by the DAYC principles.
Like most of the world, the COVID-19 situation changed our plans for 2020. Instead of spreading collaborative art education via international travel, we opted to create online training courses that serve the same purpose while keeping everyone socially distant and safe.
The seed for Circle Painting was planted in 1999 when I went back to Dalat, Vietnam, to do what I love most: drawing and painting. Driven by my desire to connect with people in the neighborhood, one day I invited some children to join me. Together we filled the canvases with circles, a universal symbol that is simple yet profound. It symbolizes wholeness, enlightenment, and the universe in all cultures. To my surprise, the children kept coming back, sometimes with families and friends. Within days my studio was filled with people cheerfully painting together. And that was my aha moment. I discovered a new way of making art, a new way to build a community filled with playfulness, creativity, and bonding. Within the circle, we felt connected, we felt loved, we felt alive, and that’s how Circle Painting was born.
Having also discovered my love for teaching art, I went back to school and received a Master’s degree in Art Education from Cal State Long Beach.
And from a single art lesson and day one, my wife Tammy has always been there for me. In 2007, she helped to establish Circle Painting as a non-profit organization. As the face for Circle Painting, many people think it is my creation alone. But nothing could be further from the truth. It would have been impossible to go this far without the unceasing love and support from family, friends, and business partners.
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!
Circle Of Fame
Circle Painting could not exist without the unwavering support of our friends, patrons, and business partners who have repeatedly lent their time and resources to our programs. Thank you to the ‘Circle of Fame’ below, as well as all other supporters, including those who have helped anonymously.