Brush Painting               

Curriculum links: Art and Design, History, Modern Foreign Languages

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Students will examine authentic examples of Chinese painting as well as the special tools and materials used. They will discover how ink sticks are ground to make liquid pigment on slate ink stones. Pupils will learn the basic techniques of holding and manipulating Chinese brushes to create a simple painting.





Chinese Lanterns

Curriculum links: Art and Design, History, Music

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Pupils will discover some of the history and symbolism of lanterns with particular reference to the Chinese Lantern Festival. Pupils will create a colourful paper lantern decorated with traditional symbols and motifs.  After creating their own lantern they can parade with traditional festive Chinese music.





Create your own Coat of Arms

Curriculum links: Art and Design, Local History

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This is a perfect workshop to combine with our Daily Life or England-China guided tour or handling session. The Museum has porcelain decorated with armorials that were made in China for English families. Therefore pupils will learn about coats of arms and their representations in ceramics and will design their own family coat of arms.






Chinese Dragon Dance

Curriculum links: Art and Design, Music, Religious Education

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There are two versions for this workshop: a shorter one where pupils create their own individual dancing dragons, which can take from one hour to one hour and ½. In the second version students will prepare for a ‘dragon dance’ procession. Pupils will make and decorate a large Chinese dragon and then carry out a procession using percussion instruments and traditional festive Chinese music to   accompany the dance. This will work as a full day workshop (Please note, this workshop is most appropriate around the time of Lunar (Chinese) New Year – January and February).



Curriculum links: Art and Design, Citizenship.

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Pupils learn the ancient Japanese art of paper folding by creating a variety of traditional forms using authentic origami paper.





Paper cuts

Curriculum links: Art and Design, Citizenship, Religious Education

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Pupils will study examples of this traditional craft from the Museum’s collection of papercuts. Used as decorations, especially during the Lunar (Chinese) New Year, they are rich in symbolism and stories. Pupils create simple paper cuts using templates or their imagination




Paper Wings

Curriculum links: Art and Design, Design and Technology, Science

Paperwings Workshop Key Stage Two

Pupils look at examples of Chinese and Japanese kites and learn about their history and construction. During the session, pupils will have the opportunity to make and decorate their own paper kite using traditional designs.


Shadow Puppets

Curriculum links: Art and Design, Citizenship, Music, Religious Education

Pupils will examine the Museum’s fantastic collection of Indonesian and Thai shadow puppets. They will also watch some examples of Chinese, Indonesian and Thai performances. During the session, pupils will create their own puppets and use these to perform scenes from a traditional tale.

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Terracotta Army

Curriculum links: Art and Design, History

Terracotta Army Workshop 300x225 Key Stage Two

Pupils will look at reproductions of the awesome 7,000 strong terracotta army created in China over 2000 years ago. During the session, the students will handle objects of the same age and origin as those found with the terracotta army. They will create a personal tomb guardian using air drying clay, and these can be used to form a class terracotta army.