Mother Tongue Language Festival
Participants will be introduced to the history and design process of batik making. They will also find out about the kind of tools, fabric and dye that is needed for batik making.
A hands-on activity will commence after the informative session. The technique used in the hands-on activity will be a child-friendly variation of the original batik making, thus it will be very safe and suitable for young children. The participants will be provided creative and technical guidance by our facilitators throughout the hands-on activity.
Chinese Brush Painting
Chinese brush painting is one of the oldest continuous art traditions in the world. Essentially, traditional Chinese painting involves the same techniques as Chinese calligraphy.
The workshop will start with an informative session where participants will learn about the history and the various categories of Chinese painting. They will also find out about the differences between Chinese and western painting and the tools and materials of the Four Treasures of the Study.
After the informative session, the participants will be given a demonstration before commencing the hands-on activity. The participants will be creating their own masterpieces with the tools and materials of the four treasures of the study. Technical and creative guidance will be provided by our facilitators throughout the hands-on activity.
Woodblock printing is a technique used for printing text, images or patterns. Originating in China in antiquity as a method of printing on textiles and later paper, woodblock printing has travelled to different parts of the world throughout history. The earliest surviving examples from China date to before 220 AD. Woodblock printing remained the most common East Asian method of printing books and other texts, as well as images, until the 19th century.
The workshop will begin with an informative session where the participants will learn about the history of the woodblock printing technique at various parts of the world like Japan, India and Europe. They will also be exposed to different versions of woodblock printing that were used in the past. Lastly, the technique of woodblock printing will be explained and demonstrated.
As blocks of wood have proven to be unwieldy, blocks of compressed Styrofoam will be used. This variation of the original woodblock printing technique will be more child-friendly. Additionally, carving on compressed Styrofoam as opposed to wood is time saving and will leave more room for experimentation. The participants will be provided technical and creative guidance throughout the hands-on activity.
Wayang kulit (shadow puppet) is without a doubt the best known of the Indonesian wayang. Kulit means skin, and refers to the leather construction of the puppets that are carefully chiseled with very fine tools and supported with carefully shaped buffalo horn handles and control rods. The stories in a wayang kulit show are usually drawn from the Hindu epics the Ramayana, the Mahabharata or the Serat Menak.
Besides learning about the history and definitions of wayang kulit, the participants will find out about the various different wayangs of Indonesia. Also, the participants will learn about the most important person of a wayang kulit show – the Dalang – and how he makes a good wayang kulit show happen.
After a brief demonstration on creating a simple shadow puppet, the participants will engage in a group activity to create their own puppet show by coming up with their own story and designing and creating their own characters. The puppets will be created along their own storyline, using a child-friendly variation of the original method. Technical and creative guidance will be provided throughout the hands-on activity.
Chinese Mask Making
Beijing opera is a form of traditional Chinese theatre which combines music, vocal performance, mime, dance, and acrobatics. It arose in the late 18th century and became fully developed and recognized by the mid-19th century. The origin of the facial make-up used in Beijing opera shows can be traced back to the Southern and Northern Dynasties Period more than 1,400 years ago when leading actors used to wear masks. As the operatic arts developed, performers gradually took off their masks and painted colourful patterns on their faces instead so people could better see their facial expressions. The facial make-up is designed to enable audiences to grasp the personality of a character portrayed and the character’s social status at a glance.
Participants will be introduced to the history Chinese opera and the features of a typical Beijing opera show. They will then be given an in-depth exposure of the different roles in Chinese opera, their specific character traits and most importantly, how different colours and designs will determine the character of a role.
After the informative session, the participants will be given a demonstration of the graphite transfer technique to achieve the desired symmetry of a face. The participants will then create their own Chinese opera mask of their own personalized design using the information provided in the informative session earlier. Creative and technical guidance like drawing and painting tips will be provided throughout the workshop.
Indian Oil Lamp
The participants will be introduced to the history of the oil lamp and its significance to the Festival of Lights. They will also learn about the technical aspects of an oil lamp and the various methods that are used to make it.
Before commencing the hands-on activity, the participants will be shown a demonstration of creating an oil lamp with a mould. A few examples of different designs will be shown. The participants will then begin shaping and designing their own oil lamp with air dried terracotta clay. Technical and creative guidance will be provided throughout the hands-on activity.
Tanjore painting is a major form of classical south Indian painting, dating back to about 1600 AD, from the town of Thanjavur (Anglicized as Tanjore) in Tamil Nadu India. In modern times these paintings have become souvenirs of festive occasions in south India, decorative pieces and collectors’ items for art lovers.
During the informative session the participants will learn about the history, unique features and various different finishings of Tanjore painting. They will also find out about the differences of its purposes in the past and the present.
The participants will be shown a brief demonstration of a child-friendly variation of the original Tanjore painting method, the reverse glass painting technique. Instead of using glass, the participants will be using transparency sheets. Creative and technical guidance like painting tips will be provided throughout the workshop.