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Amity Students Get Lessons From Chinese Artists

Amity Students Get Lessons From Chinese Artists

Monday morning September 28th, Amity was visited by Dawei Sun, a Chinese artist. Students from all grades, in either Chinese or an art class, came to see his art demonstration. In the first hour of the school day, Dawei Sun talked of the culture behind Chinese painting, had students try to paint with his pens (brushes), and demonstrated how to paint. He gave brief lessons on aspects of painting, such as how to hold the brush and how to change the thickness of the strokes. Students learned of the importance behind the four necessary elements in a Chinese painting: ink, rice paper, ink stones, and pens. For a painting to be considered complete it must be on rice paper, be done in ink, have a poem written on it, and be stamped- the Chinese way of a signature. During this hour, several components of art were discussed including how closer objects are painted darker than those farther away, and the benefit of negative space in a piece of art. Seeing the artist paint a scenic view in less than a half-hour had the students feeling inspired. This type of art can be done by anyone, and any age can learn; Dawei Sun started at the age of nine. The overall experience of the demo was unique and educational but was also fun and interactive and will be repeated in the future. “Going to see the Chinese artist was a very cool experience. I learned about Chinese painting,” said a third year Chinese student. “Learning new things about Chinese culture inspires me to learn more about China.” said another Chinese language student.

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