Confucius Institute at the University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy, held Chinese paper-cut workshop of the “Magic China” series

[Source]    the Confucius Institute at the University of Rome [Time]    2015-04-22 16:37:03 

On March 13th, 2015, the Confucius Institute at the University of Rome La Sapienza (CIURLS), Italy, held the Chinese cultural workshop “Chinese Traditional Art: Paper-cutting” of the “Magic China” series.

At the event, Ms. Han Jiaojiao, a volunteer Chinese teacher from CIURLS, briefly explained the history of the art of paper-cutting, its major branches, regional features and common topics. She also showed to the students many paper-cut artworks by renowned artists. Greatly interested and curious, the students all expected their hands-on practice after the explanation.

The practice session consisted of three sections, cutting the Chinese character “xi” (happiness), explaining and practicing three-folded paper cutting and the creative “Fantasizing Wildly” session. When finishing their work after some efforts, the students were all ecstatic with joy and amazement. In the last session of “Fantasizing Wildly”, students made full use of their imagination and creativity and cut out various patterns, like the Chinese character “xi” with a pair of mandarin ducks, a cross with decorative borders, a giant panda, and so on. Everyone was amazed at the magic of the art of Chinese paper cutting.

When the activity came to an end, some of the students gave their paper-cuts to teachers as gifts. Holding their own “little accomplishments”, they took photos with the teachers and were unwilling to leave.

Photos/Story: Liu Qinghui/Qiao He, Wang Qingqing


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