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For Young Artists: Chinese Art

Description:

Several artists present a variety of Chinese crafts as part of a Chinese New Year’s celebration at the Explorium, a children’s museum in Lexington, KY. The crafts demonstrated include paper cutting, painting, and kite making for young children. Also known as the Spring Festival, the Chinese New Year celebration is the biggest festival of the year, featuring Dragon Parades, dancing, music, and fireworks. The video shows how young people can enjoy the arts and develop a deeper understanding of the traditions of Chinese culture while exploring the meanings of various Chinese crafts. This video was produced with a primary-level audience in mind.

Suggested Uses:

  • Use to help students better understand and appreciate the cultural traditions of the Chinese New Year celebration.
  • Show to inspire students to learn one of the Chinese crafts demonstrated and create works of their own.
  • Show with the other “For Young Artists” segments and have students discuss what these cultures have in common and how they are different.
  • Use in conjunction with social studies and have students find the countries on the map and learn more about each country/culture. Ask students what they learn about people when they study their arts and cultures.
  • Pair with the “African Masks” segment and explore the use of masks in these two cultures (Chinese dragon). Have students create a mask that suggests something about their own culture.

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