F106 Spring 2019 Chinese Traditional Arts Potpourri
Wednesdays, 9:40–11:05, Mar. 27–Apr. 17
Green Acres Center
Instructors: Tianyu Yu, Hua Li, Luxia Dong, Dai Gu
Professor Tianyu Yu
- Calligraphy: You will learn how to write “????" (meaning ‘full blossom and full moon’ or perfection) in zhuan style calligraphy using a Chinese brush. Participants will learn to write these four Chinese characters, how to hold a brush and how to arrange these four characters on the paper. At the end of the class, you will create a “masterpiece” of your own to take home!
- Chinese painting: Participants will learn how to paint daffodils and peach blossoms. At the beginning of spring, when the weather is getting warm, daffodils and peaches are always the first to open, bringing color to spring. In Chinese culture, daffodils symbolize purity and nobility; peach blossoms symbolize longevity and love. Participants will complete a painting to take home.
- Paper craft: Chinese papercuts are often used to decorate doors and windows and are sometimes referred to as “window flowers.” Papercuts are not only considered a kind of handicraft, but also a work of art. Papercuts are used during Chinese festivities such as Chinese New Year, weddings, and a child’s birth. Paper cuts always symbolize luck and happiness. Participants will be able to take home their own tokens of good luck created in this session.
- Chinese knot making: Chinese knots come in a variety of shapes and varying complexity, each historically having a symbolic meaning. Today, Chinese knots are used as decoration, gifts, and adornments on clothing. Skilled knot artists weave complex knots that you might see sold as souvenirs. Participants will learn how to create Chinese knots called “Good Luck Knots” and “Button Knots.”
and Professor Hua Li
are Chinese language teachers at the Confucius Institute at George Mason University. They are visiting faculty from Beijing Language and Culture University with PhDs in applied linguistics. Luxia Dong
and Dai Gu
are practice teachers at the Confucius Institute at George Mason University. They both graduated from Beijing Language and Culture University with master’s in applied linguistics.