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Left: Design for a tray (detail), January 1969, Watercolor on paper, 40.0 x 37.2 cm
Right: Tray with design of mangoes on a blue plate (detail), May 1969, Industrial enamel, Diam. 32.0 cm

Ink Art Workshops

In conjunction with the exhibition

Mao’s Golden Mangoes and the Cultural Revolution

September 22, 2014 – April 24, 2015

Discover China Through Art (DCTA), China Institute Gallery’s innovative art education program for groups from schools and other organizations introduces participants to the Gallery’s current exhibition, Mao’s Golden Mangoes and the Cultural Revolution, and to Chinese painting and calligraphy through hands-on ink workshops.

Each group visit consists of a three-part program featuring a docent-led Gallery tour, a video presentation, and a hands-on art workshop, all of which can be adapted for different age groups and interests. Depending on the group, DCTA programs can focus on Chinese holidays, important Chinese symbols, and/or the interaction of material culture and politics during the Cultural Revolution.

The workshops will be offered in two time sections:

Workshop I: Calligraphy Workshop (01/05 – 03/06/2015)
In celebration of the Lunar New Year – the most important festival in China – participants will learn basic calligraphy brushstrokes to make their own New Year decoration on festive red paper.

Workshop II: Fruit Painting Workshop (03/09 – 04/24/2015)
Fruit, each with its own symbolic meaning, is one of the most common subjects in traditional Chinese paintings. For example, peaches, a heavenly fruit in ancient tales, are the visual symbol of longevity, and always appear in paintings and decorations related to birthdays. In this Fruit Painting Workshop, participants will learn basic traditional brush techniques and create their own peach paintings.

Tours and workshops can be tailored to the needs of the participants. All age groups are welcome.

Group size: For students (K-12), 25 recommended, 30 maximum per group
For adults, 25 maximum per group
We can accommodate 2 groups at one time

Schedule: Monday – Friday, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Program runs one-and-a-half hours
Evening tours (after 4 p.m.) and weekend tours may also be arranged

Fee: $100 per group, workshop materials included (due two weeks prior to tours)

Contact: Insher Pan at 212-744-8181 x 147,
Please reserve your tour at least two weeks in advance of your requested date.

This exhibition is made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and by the generous support of China Institute Friends of the Gallery and Sponsors of the Exhibition.*