Discover China — Culture and Craft Workshops
Sunday 5 December 2021 | 10.30am - 12pm
Presented in partnership with the Confucius Institute at UWA, an organisation that focuses on teaching Chinese language and providing cultural training, working across community, education and business to increase understanding and recognise the value of multiculturalism.
Participants can join at any time between 10.30am and 12pm. Suitable for all ages and abilities – families are welcome!
Calligraphy: Known as shūfǎ 书法 (“the way of writing”), this ancient art uses brush and ink to render Chinese writing with beauty and meaning. Enter a calm, creative world as we show you how to use brush and ink to write basic Chinese characters.
Paper cutting: Paper was invented in China in the 2nd century BCE, but historians think that even before then people may have used thin material such as leaves and silk to cut materials into beautiful decorative shapes and patterns. Learn how to transform simple sheets of paper into creations designed to express happiness and festivity through the unique folk-art form known as jiǎnzhǐ 剪纸 (“paper cutting”).
Diū Shābāo: Diū Shābāo means 'throwing sand bags'. Players are given a number and must try to throw small bags onto a square with the corresponding number in it. A little like hopscotch, variations of this game are played in schools and playgrounds all over China. In this version, players also learn how to pronounce and recognise Chinese numbers from 1 to 10.
Tea ceremony: For thousands of years, chāyì 茶艺 (the art of tea) has been a cornerstone of Chinese society. We invite you to be our guest in this age-old ceremony. Savour the moment and learn about the seven types of tea, the way tea is grown and picked, and the etiquette of serving and drinking it.
This workshop is part of a series happening on the first Sunday of every month (excluding school holidays).
Organiser: Confucius Institute at UWA [confuciusinstitute.uwa.edu.au]
Location: Level 3