81-year-old Yuan Dongxiang, whose classmates lovingly call him grandpa Yuan, has been auditing classes at the fine arts college of Xinan University for the last 6 years. As a child Yuan was always interested in drawing and painting, but at the time conditions didn’t permit him the opportunity. He started auditing classes in 2009, and has since become a household name at the university. Teachers, students and netizens alike admire his willingness to continue learning regardless of his old age, as well as his dedication and persistence. Yuan says he hopes to one day hold an exhibition of his works.