2013 Teacher Workshop: The Human Image in Chinese Art and Culture

2013 Teacher Workshop: The Human Image in Chinese Art and Culture

On July 14-16, 2013, the University of Florida International Center (UFIC), the University of South Florida Confucius Institute and the Harn Museum of Art co-sponsored “The Human Image in Chinese Art and Culture” teacher workshop. The workshop was also supported in part by Santa Fe College, the Department of Humanities and Foreign Languages, and the US Department of Education Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Languages Programs Title VIA grant “Opening Doors to Asia”

The workshop was attended by 20 K-12 teachers from various counties across Florida. Teachers received comprehensive instruction focusing on connections between the museum’s collections and classroom implementation by Dr. Sheng Kuan Chung, Associate Professor of Art Education at the University of Houston. Dr. Chung focused on Asian aesthetics and the Relationship between Spirituality and Chinese Art. The teachers also had a studio activity on Ink Wash Painting. Teachers who participated in the workshop were also able to start developing instructional materials on Chinese art and culture, with a commitment to pilot-test them in their classrooms in Fall 2013, and to share them with other teachers interested.

As resources available to teachers, the USF Confucius Institute has given a “Chinese Culture Box” to the Harn Museum. The culture box contains Peking opera masks, Chinese Proficiency test guides, a silk fan, water ink writing paper and Chinese writing/ painting brushes, and many other items. The box is available for teachers to take on loan.

For a copy of the resources offered to teachers during this training, please contact Mabel Cardec at mcardec@ufic.ufl.edu