discover china through art
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 art education program, will introduce participants to the exhibition Mao’s Golden Mangoes and the Cultural Revolution and to Chinese ink art workshops of painting and calligraphy. The three-part program generally features a docent-led gallery tour, a video presentation, and a hands-on art workshop. By looking into over 80 mango-related items and watching a related video, the Gallery tour will help participants to understand the interaction of material culture and politics in China during this period. The workshops will be offered in three time sections:
Workshop I: Fruit Painting Workshop Part 1 (09/22 – 12/19/2014)
Fruit, with different emblematical meanings from kind to kind, is one of the most common subjects in traditional Chinese paintings. For example, in tales of Ancient China, peaches are fruit from the fairyland. As a typical visual symbol of longevity, they always appear in paintings and decorations related to birthdays. Participants will learn basic traditional brush techniques and create their own paintings.
Workshop II: 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 III: Fruit Painting Workshop Part 2 (03/09 – 04/24/2015)
Participants will learn basic traditional brush techniques and create their own 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)
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.*