In the morning, we got to have a good look at the different styles of Thangka on display at the Rang Tang Thangka School. Thangka means “paintings in a scroll form”. The heritage of this practice has never been discontinued. These paintings are usually based on Buddhist subjects and nature, with very detailed and complicated patterns. For our hands-on activity, students got to finish the missing half of the Buddha’s head and used a Chinese brush and water colour to complete the work.
In the afternoon, we got to do an activity that dates back more than 2000 years ago, silk dyeing. In natural dye, many herbs are used such as Indigo, Birch and Yellow Iris. During the activity, students dyed silk cloths red using Sapan, a type of tree bark. When the silk cloths become dry, students were able to bring them home as a souvenir, and as a special memory of the Jin Ze Art Centre.
Another afternoon activity saw students group together in the local Bakery. Students were given pieces of dough, and were taught different ways of making baozi (Chinese buns with filling). Students also had the opportunity to make their own glass figures and cups using blowing and flaming methods at The Glass Workshop of Jin Ze Art Centre. It takes about three days for the works to cool down, so students will have to wait patiently before they can see their masterpiece next week! Other students learnt how to tie a traditional Chinese knot that is commonly used in traditional Chinese clothing and accessories and took part in pottery lessons.
Overall, both the students and the staff greatly enjoyed the trip to Jin Ze Art Centre.
The exhibitions were excellent! - Efje 9U
The pottery workshop was fun! -Yurim 9U
It was very cool to see natural dye -Chloe 9U
My favourite activity was the cloth dyeing because it was really amazing to see natural dye. Everyone enjoyed it, we used different methods to produce beautiful silk cloths. I would definitely come back again! -Chiara Dell'Oro 9U
Kai Wen Glass making is not as easy as it looks. -- Mitchell Baking looks simple but there are a lot of difficult process needed to bake a cookie.-- Kai Wen
I thought the glass-making was great fun. I really experienced the special flavour of Tibetan culture and the culture of glass making. Joyce
Great fun making the leather bracelets. Jeffrey
I really liked and enjoyed making pottery.--Jason
What we enjoyed was all the activities we attended such as the sand Mandela and the cloth dye. We had excellent team work and had lots of fun. Matteo, Charlotte Ferguson and Benjamin
Both of the activities that I did in Jinze were very interesting as they were things that I had never tried before. Over the course of the trip, I worked with students that I didn't know that well beforehand and got to know them better as well as learning many new things.
Lydia Hanninen 9B
I really enjoyed making the sand mandala because I've never made a sand image using Tibetan tools, and it was something that we didn't get to do everyday. - Yuen Ning 9U
The trip was a great experiences in Jinze. We learned a lot about Tibetan cultural art, such as: sand mandalas, clay sculpting, painting, dyeing cloth, and much more. We enjoyed working with the amazing people there and come home with good memories and awesome souvenirs. Georgia, Li-Ann, Philippa, Qiyi and Thomas
Yuen Ning Chang 9U