Confucius Institute at the University of Maryland hosts a Chinese folk art exhibition

[Source]    the Confucius Institute at the University of Maryland [Time]    2015-06-05 16:06:16 

On April 16th, 2015, the Confucius Institute at the University of Maryland invited ten masters of Chinese folk arts and crafts from Hebei Province, China, to hold a Chinese folk art exhibition, which attracted teachers and students from around ten primary and secondary schools in Washington, Maryland and Virginia.

The invited craftsmen were all inheritors of intangible cultural heritages. At the exhibition, they showcased a variety of Chinese art and crafts, like paper-cuts, interior painting in snuff bottles, facial makeup of Peking Opera, clay sculptures, Ding porcelain carvings, stone shade carvings, and Chinese traditional paintings. Their exquisite craftsmanship enriched the visitors’ knowledge of Chinese folk art, leaving them in awe. In addition, the visitors were invited to experience the unique charm of Chinese art by making these traditional Chinese handicrafts by themselves under the guidance of the masters.

At the event

Visitors appreciating stone-shade carvings

Visitors viewing clay sculptures

Visitors appreciating the interior paintings in snuff bottles 

A craftsman carving designs on Ding Porcelain (a type of porcelain native to the famous Ding Kiln from the Song Dynasty)

At the booth of stone shade carvings, some of the visitors examined the small chisels with great interest, and ran them over the marble slabs, trying figuring out how these complex patterns were produced. Paper-cut expert Ms. Zhou Shuying was very popular among the frisky children, who crowded around Ms. Zhou’s booth. Once the children shouted out their favorite animals in excitement, Ms. Zhou could soon cut them out from pieces of paper, whose vivid and lively images drew cheers from the onlookers.

By Kong Yuan & Xiao Zhou


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