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Chinese New Year 2019

February 13, 2019

 

to celebrate Chinese New Year 2019, we looked at a variety of unique Chinese festivities like Lantern Festivals, The  World's largest Ice Sculpting Festival , fireworks, and Chinese New Year parades with lots and lots of dragons. In 2019, the animal sign is the Brown Pig. The Chinese calendar combines solar, lunar and 60 Stem-Branch counting systems. The 60 Stem-Branch calendar uses the names of Yin Yang Five Elements (Metal, Water, Wood, Fire, and Earth) and 12 animals to rank the sequences. Five elements are connected to five colors - White, Black, Green, Red, and Brown. So Chinese use the color animal name to count the year. The name of 2019 is the Female Earth Pig. Brown is connected to Earth. A good year for gardening perhaps?? We discussed the  highlights of many of the important inventions and discoveries that are credited to China, including, tea, porcelain, acupuncture, paper, silk, the first earthquake detector, paper money, movable type printing 960-1279 AD , fireworks, the compass, mechanical clocks , alcohol ( all of the brewers in PDX say thank you!) , and  more.
We also looked at the amazing Unesco World Heritage Site, The Terra Cotta Army. It is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China and buried with the emperor in 210–209 BCE . Discovered by farmers in 1974, the lifesize figures include more than 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses, and 150 cavalry horses, the majority of which remained buried in the pits near Qin Shi Huang's mausoleum which has yet to be opened. Other terracotta non-military figures were found in other pits, including officials, acrobats, strongmen, and musicians. We zeroed in on the horses to sculpt in clay. The children were very keen and observant to small details which made the

pieces look very authentic. 

 

 

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 Week One: Cave Paintings

It has been an eventful week in our Art Literacy class. We have been all around the world.  I would like to thank all of my wonderful students for their great efforts. We began with the story of the discovery of the discovery of cave paintings in Lascaux,  France  and also looked at images from  Spain , where the oldest known cave paintings have been found,  in the cave called El Castillo. The prehistoric dots and crimson hand stencils are now the world's oldest known cave art that dates more than 40,800 years old.

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