Monthly Archives: November 2012

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Chinese Han Period and its Arts

November 23rd, 2012 / / categories: Ancient Art /

The Han dynasty endowed China with great prosperity. Pacific or miltary expeditions tok place in Turkestan, Bactriana,Sogdiana,and even among the parths,who acted as connecting agents with the Roman provinces.

Buddhism, which so deeply transformed Chinese art,was established by Emperor Ming ti in the year 67 A.d Under the hans, art was almost completely inspired by Confucianism and Taoism, the numberless legends of which supplied subjects that have been perpetyated to our own time.

The specimens of that period are still very primitive, but the vases have beautiful shapes, often borroeed from bronzes.

Nearly all the Han potteries we possess also come tombs, for it was then customary to bury with the dead the reprsentation in woos, straw or clay,of the persons, animals, and objects that surrounded them during their lives. This habit certainly developed the ancient Chinese ceramics art, but we do not know the chief centred of fictile industry at that time.Chinese books only mention among them Chang-nan in the province of Chiang-Hsi,as the place where the potteries of Emperor Wu Ti(140-86 B.C.)were situated.The same place was destined to be later rendered illustrious by the famous centre of Ching-te-chen.

In the han potteries the clay is generally either red or slate-grey,and it’s hardness varies from that of crockery up to that of sandstone.When not enamelled,these potteries are coated with white clay and painted with unfired colours which are generally red or black.But they are mostly enamelled,and the enamel ehich is of a greyish yellow colour proto its thickness.When the lengthy sojourn in the tombs has not completely wasted away that enamel,time imparts a fine irised tone to it and covers it all over with minute cracks.

The decoration of the objects was obtained in different ways:either by using hollow moulds which gave somewhat imperfect relief,or by stamping or carving.All these decorations, often borrowed fromn contemporary bronze vases,were applied on the object before the enamelling. They represent bird, dragons, fishes, hunting scenes, waves, lozenge or quatrefoil ornaments,etc.

The custom of marking earthenware dates back to the Han dynasty: the marks were then engraved. it is useful to ascertain whether they were engraved before or after baking, for marks have subsequently been added on some of those very ancient pieces.

This guest post was written by Mr. Su from Sunrise Art, who is specialized in antique Chinese porcelain study.

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Teaching Children How to Appreciate Art

November 6th, 2012 / / categories: Learn to Appreciate /

For parents or even teachers who are not naturally born artists, teaching children how to appreciate art can be very frustrating. However, guided by these steps, even the non-artists will gain confidence in teaching art appreciation and qould be able to make the learning process as easy as eating peanuts.

Teaching the Fundamentals

In order to be successful in teaching art appreciation, one must begin by developing the necessary set of skills to learn the basics of arts such as shapes, lines, colors, and perspectives. A teacher or a parentmust also employ useful resources such as books in order to guide the children in their way towards appreciating art. One perfect resource would be the modern-day classic book of Mona Brookes, “Drawing with Children: A Creative Method for Adult Beginners.” The author starts her instructional book by presenting photos of the basic art grammar such as curved lines, straight lines, angled lines, dots, and circles. Learning how to contruct these bits and pieces that make up an entire artwork will help you in you task. You might learn how to draw you own artwork yourself as well.

Developing the Skills

Upon identifying and learning the fundamental of art, it is ideal to introduce to the kids various artworks made by real and prominent artists. In such way, students will also be able to appreciate history along with the learning process and this will develop a certain urge within them to emulate the famous artists.

Familiarizing the Children with Famous Artworks

In this part, an educator must reproduce works of renowned artists to sow seeds of familiarity among the students. This is a vital precursor to genuine appreciation of art. Never underestimate the powerful effect of mere ornamentation of masterpieces in the house. The educator should also engage the students in out-of-the-school activities such as exposure trips to various art galleries, exhibits, and museums. Always associate art to your everyday life so as to make art highly applicable even to the most trivial things sich as watching television shows.

Understanding the Lives of the Artists

Finally, after developing all the necessary skills, it is also equally important as everything else to expose the children tothe life of the actual artists, the masterpieces they made, and their context of art and culture. This will help the students understand how it is to be an artist and what art truly means, despite how subjective and relative art is in reality.