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On Display: Arts and Crafts from the Livingston Chinese School

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On Display: Arts and Crafts from the Livingston Chinese School

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This July, arts and craft teacher assistant Linzy Mari Cheng is displaying artwork prepared by young kids (ages 4-7) from the Livingston Chinese school (academic year 2023 -2024).

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Here is Linzy’s statement on the exhibit:

During their art class, students have created their own masterpieces following a few minor directions. We have always encouraged students to add their own unique details to their work and to express themselves. 

Students learned basic drawing techniques such as creating shapes and shading based on seasons or holidays. We also painted with watercolor and acrylic paint. By providing our students with a culture class that is unique. We decorated frames for special holiday events or simply painted rocks. 

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In addition, students created something beautiful just from magazines. They have cut out things that they found interesting and beautiful, gluing them onto cardboard.

Another piece of work kids enjoyed is pipe cleaners. The teacher encouraged students to twist and keep bending pipe cleaners in different directions. They decided what they wanted to create based on ideas given to them.

This art and craft class was taught by a junior High School student volunteering at Livingston Chinese School. Michelle has been looking to spread her creativity and passion for art and crafting. This is a hobby which has allowed her to unleash her creativity and share it with younger kids. For choosing these pieces of work, she has explored the physics, chemistry, and the environmental impact of some of the materials being selected in every class.

The Amazing Art of Light Clay

The exhibit also features a stunning collection of light clay art pieces crafted by Chinese school art teacher Khloe Hsu’s students.

Light clay art is an evolution of traditional Dough Modeling and has a rich history in folk art. Khloe highlights its remarkable qualities, such as being lightweight, delicate, soft-textured, elastic, smooth, and ductile, with the capacity to be stretched thinly. The finished pieces are durable, non-toxic, and unscented, making light clay an excellent modern alternative to traditional dough modeling.

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The medium’s versatility allows for a diverse range of vibrant colors when mixed with different pigments.

Moreover, working with light clay fosters hands-on creativity, enhances hand-eye coordination, and stimulates imaginative thinking.

The exhibit features delightful pieces capturing various holidays, including Christmas, Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Full Moon Festival, Dragon Festival, and more, all meticulously crafted by Khloe’s talented students. Notable students showcased in the exhibit include Lisa & Evan Varkey, Kaitly Li, Avery Yan, Ellie Yan, Miles Ko & Ronn, Neil Chan, Ansel Chan, Alfonso Cheong, and Betty& Ethan Su. For further details about light clay art or classes, please contact Khloe at: Khloeartstudio@gmail.com

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