Crossing Paths: Teaching Chinese History, Art and Culture

On Saturday, May 19th the University of Florida International Center (UFIC) hosted the “Crossing Paths: Teaching Chinese History, Art and Culture” teacher workshop at the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art.

The workshop was attended by over 30 K-12 teachers from various counties across Florida. Teachers had the opportunity to learn various classroom methods ranging from how to teach Chinese language, and how to implement a Chinese calligraphy activity within their classrooms. During lunch, they also enjoyed a performance by a local musician who played the ErHu, a two-stringed bowed musical instrument commonly known as the “Chinese violin”.

Overall, the workshop provided very valuable information for everyone that attended. One teacher said “It was a wonderful way to spend a Saturday” while another teacher stated “The workshop was a great combination of information and hands-on activities with great teaching strategies that kept me engaged all day!”  The event ended with a special tour of the Harn Museum’s Asian Art Wing led by Jason Steuber, the museum’s Cofrin Curator of Asian Art. It is safe to say that the workshop provided a myriad of interesting information for classroom use and was a great success from beginning to end.

This event was sponsored by The Confucius Institute, the University of Florida International Center, the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, and the School Board of Alachua County.