Yaping Jiang (Principal) Yaping graduated in 1982 from Sichuan Institute of Fine Arts in China, and once taught at Southwestern-China Normal University’s Department of Fine Arts. She later obtained a diploma of art education at RMIT in Australia and for many years taught Chinese calligraphy and arts at University of Melbourne’s faculty of Chinese. Yaping created New Star Art School nearly 20 years ago, and together with the growth of the school throughout these years has witnessed the fruit of her hard work – the development of numerous young talents.

Yaping: “Seeing the seeds of art germinating in the hearts of the children, growing, flowering and fruiting day by day, and seeing how art is changing the human life, I feel very much rewarded but even more a sense of responsibility.”


John McCallum has had nearly 40 years’ experience learning art, and has been the student of many famous Australian artists, among whom Alan Martin (the academy school), Ron Reynolds (the semi-abstract school) and Yvonne Audette (drawing/painting from life). John has successfully held personal art exhibitions and his works are widely found in private collections. In New Star Art John has already had a group of little fans. His combination of story telling and learning drawing is rather popular among the kids.

John:”I love the natural creativity in young children and have a passionate desire to encourage the development of their drawing skills whilst leading them to the threshold of their imagination.”

Cristina Popovici is an artist born in Romania whose professional artist career started 20 years ago when she graduated from Ioan Andreescu Institute of Visual Arts, majoring in drawing and painting. For many years she has had her works exhibited in art centres in such places as New York, Berlin, Auckland, Paris and Hong Kong. Cristina has also brought her passion for artistic creation over to her teaching.

Cristina: “For me teaching is about engaging my students through the process of drawing and colouring in a way that promotes and encourages individual results and personal input.”

Simon Tay is from Malaysia, having obtained a master’s degree in secondary education at the University of Melbourne and a bachelor’s degree in fine arts at Melbourne’s RMIT University. Simon has worked at two secondary schools in Melbourne teaching different art practice subjects such as drawing, screen printing, and photography.

Simon: “I love art and having the opportunity to share my techniques and experiences to my students. My aim is to push students to unlock their creative potential, allowing them to have confidence in creating their own artworks in the future.”

Sha has studied children’s art, acrylic painting, drawing, oil painting, handicraft, pottery art, etc. She graduated in 2012 from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ School of New Media Arts and Designs, majoring in illustration, and obtained a bachelor’s degree of arts. Her works won many awards during her time at the university. Sha is always able to give the children a feeling of coolness.

Sha: “In my eye, drawing and painting is an artistic means to the realisation of mental images of landscapes and objects on different materials via different methods. As a teacher of art, I hope to lead the children in the development of their brain power, using different approaches and trying new materials, so that they can create more beautiful and more imaginative works.”

Yanni has studied at famous art schools ever since her childhood and has built a very solid professional groundwork, very good at drawing, water colour, oil painting and acrylic painting. She graduated from China’s LuXun Academy of Fine Arts with a master’s degree, and later obtained a master’s degree of landscape and architecture designs. With her never-fading smile, Yanni shows her care and love for every little darling of hers.

Yanni: “Whether through drawing or art activity games, it is possible to discover the children’s natural art talents, to inspire them to experience what is beautiful, to express their feeling of beauty, to raise their aesthetic level. My task is to accompany them well, and perform my role as their initial guide well.”

Marina (in charge of the western suburbs) came to Melbourne in 2003 and graduated with honours from the University of Melbourne in 2007 with a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management. Marina started learning art when she was 7, and since she came to Australia she has been learning from Ms Jiang Yaping. Marina is passionate, capable and experienced, whom the children really love. Under her watch our programs in the Western suburbs are booming.

Marina: “I would like to look at the world from the children’s perspective, to listen to their hearts and feel their world.”

Krystal graduated with honour from Sichuan Normal University in 2014, majoring in digital media arts and was guaranteed a postgraduate place in the same year. In China she has had more than two years’ experie nce in children’s art education. Krystal is currently studying towards a master’s degree of education at Deakin University. Krystal works tirelessly and has achieved success in her teaching. Passion is the best motivation.

Krystal: “I like art, like children and like education, and there’s no job that suites me better than children’s art education!”