Confucius Institute at State University of New York at Buffalo Holds Chinese New Year Art Contest for Children, USA

[Source]    Confucius Institute at State University of New York at Buffalo [Time]    2014-03-25 13:10:40 

Sponsored by the Confucius Institute at State University of New York at Buffalo, the 2nd Chinese New Year Art Contest for children in West New York was positively responded and strongly supported by students, parents, teachers and schools. Under the guidance of teachers and parents, children gained inspiration from the Internet, TV and Chinese language classes for their creations. According to their own understanding, these American children, with affection for China and its culture in hearts, painted on paper the best image of China.

China in my eyes

The theme of this contest was to “Celebrate the Chinese Spring Festival—the Year of the Horse”. Children expressed their feelings towards Chinese culture via brushes. Galloping horses, colorful fireworks, red lanterns, all these new-year elements reflected the Chinese New Year in the eyes of American children.

Who gets the best idea?

Over 500 paintings were submitted from the students in this contest. Many teachers in charge of Chinese language programs took the opportunity of this painting contest to introduce Chinese culture to their students and let them express their own understanding of it, particularly that of the coming New Year of the Horse. Without the organization of teachers, participation of students or cooperation of both parents and children in local communities, the Confucius Institute would not have received so many amazing works. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place and “Excellent Work Award” winners were chosen by a selection committee for three age categories (5-9, 10-14 and 15-18). All the judges were impressed by the entries, especially by the children’s imagination, creation as well as their understanding of Chinese elements.

A little artist

On February 9, all the award-winning works were displayed at Bryant & Stratton College. On that day, the little winners along with their parents, some even grandparents, attended the award ceremony. All the parents were busy taking pictures of their children to capture this memorable moment, which would be a special experience in their entire life.

By Lu Qiaomei