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China’s “China”: Understanding Decorative Motifs on Chinese Porcelain

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  1. 1. -Various sizes of paper Chinet classic white dinner plates and bowls- Non-toxic blue Crayola markers (red can also be used) - Bamboo calligraphy brushes - Water - Construction paper (if stencils will be designed and used) - Scissors (if stencils will be designed and used
  2. 2. Begin by having the studentsreview China Institute‟s onlineresource collection “China‟s„China‟: Porcelain‟s Contribution toWorld History and Culture”(available atwww.China360online.org)Then, have the teacher explain thatstudents will be drawing their ownblue-and-white (or red) designsonto a plate and/or bowl to get anappreciation of what is significantabout various motifs on Chineseporcelains.
  3. 3. Students should then review various motifs onlineat:-The National Palace Museum site “New Era ofOrnamentation: 1350-1521”(http://www.npm.gov.tw/exh95/ming/exhibition_en/en.html)-The Metropolitan Museum of Art‟s online thematicessay “East and West: Chinese Export Porcelain”(http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/ewpor/hd_ewpor.htm)-Alternatively, teachers could print out examples forstudents to refer to as they draw their own copy.
  4. 4. -Then, the teacher should distribute the paper plates,bowls, and the Crayola marker.-The class can opt to first draw a stencil version ofmotifs (i.e. a bat) or chose to draw free hand. -Students should also have access to bamboo calligraphy brushes and a cup of water in order to wash the blue ink into the plate/bowl to create a more textured approach. -Students should be encouraged to think about -The dominant motif (or motifs) in their design -The symmetrical border designs -How to balance the use of color while still retaining the field of white in the back-ground

China’s “China”: Understanding Decorative Motifs on Chinese Porcelain

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