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Chinese Artists Visit BCIS ECC

November, 2016
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bcis-ecc_chinese-artistRecently, KG students at BCIS warmly welcomed a traditional Chinese artist to show them how to write their own names using Chinese signs and symbols as part of one of the IB PYP Units of Inquiry, “How We Express Ourselves.” The special guest taught the students about traditional lucky images, such as flowers, birds, fish, bamboo, the sun, and sailing boats to incorporate in their name writing. He also showed them how to write these Chinese pictographic characters on wooden sticks by utilizing special tools.

Throughout the week, the students also walked outside to observe the various symbols found around the ECC and see how these can be used to communicate messages. Later, they held a discussion about which new signs would be great additions to have at the school. They came up with great ideas, and after a consensus, collaboratively created fun signs to add a new aesthetic detail to the community.

To complement this experience, the senior community members from Golden Heights were invited to talk about Peking Opera masks with the students. They introduced the origin of these beautiful and interesting masks, the different characters that appear on them, as well as how the colors represent different personalities. They also went into detail on how these masks are used to represent different personalities that they reinforced with an excellent Peking opera performance. Later on, the students designed and painted their own masks, gaining a better understanding of how to express themselves and various messages through shapes, symbols, and colors.

 

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