To promote Chinese calligraphy and complement the current exhibition, entitled 'The Bei Shan Tang Legacy: Chinese Calligraphy', the Art Museum hosted a number of educational activities from May to July 2014. Among the activities were calligraphy demonstrations and lectures for the general public; workshops designed especially for primary- and secondary-school teachers, a seal-carving workshop for parents and children, and a designated calligraphy-writing area for calligraphy learners. Details of these educational activities are provided below.
◆ Special Programmes for International Museum Day 2014
To celebrate Hong Kong's International Museum Day 2014, a variety of educational activities were held on 17 and 18 May. In addition to guided tours for the public, Chinese calligraphy demonstrations and workshops were led by students from the Department of Fine Arts.
◆ Seal-carving Workshop
A three-part seal-carving workshop gave our staff, students and alumni the opportunity to learn more about seal art, which is closely linked with Chinese painting and calligraphy. With the guidance of Ms Pau Mo Ching, the participants learned to make their own seals.
◆ Chinese-Calligraphy Workshop for Primary- and Secondary-School Teachers
To promote Chinese-calligraphy education in Hong Kong, the Art Museum organised the Chinese Calligraphy Workshop for Primary and Secondary School Teachers. With the aim of adding new skills to the participants' teaching repertoires, the experienced visual-arts teachers Ms May Kwok and Ms Au Suet Yi not only taught the participants to appreciate Chinese calligraphy, but deepened their understanding of the art form by encouraging them to create their own calligraphic works.
◆ 'The Little Calligrapher' (Parent-Child Chinese-Calligraphy Workshop) and 'The Little Master of Seal-carving' (Parent-Child Seal-carving Workshop)
Two interactive and innovative workshops were hosted to enable parents and children to experience the fun of Chinese calligraphy and seal art, respectively. The workshops were followed by an exhibition showcasing the calligraphic works and seals made by the participating families.
◆ Master Lecture Series Accompanying 'The Bei Shan Tang Legacy: Chinese Calligraphy' Exhibition
The Art Museum, the Bei Shan Tang Foundation and the Department of Fine Arts together arranged two master lectures for the public. The first lecture was held at the Commercial Press Tsim Sha Tsui Book Centre on 30 July 2014. Professor Bai Qianshen offered the audience a socio-cultural perspective on the world of calligraphy by examining the calligraphic works of officials in the late Qing.
◆ Chinese Calligraphy Writing Area
During the exhibition on 'The Bei Shan Tang Legacy: Chinese Calligraphy', a Chinese calligraphy writing area will be provided on certain Fridays to encourage visitors to practise their Chinese calligraphy. The writing area will be open in October and November as follows.
Dates: 3, 17 and 31 October and 14 November 2014 (Fridays)
Time: 12:30 - 3:30pm
Venue: East Wing Lobby, Art Museum
More educational activities will be held at the Art Museum in the coming October and November. Please visit the Art Museum's website for the latest information.