On March 27 and 28, more than 160 kids came from the Olean Central School and Wellsville Middle School to attend a seminar offered by CIAU. CIAU faculty members Elyn, Rose, Tina, and Tulip gave a Chinese writing demonstration. The lectures mainly introduced the characters’ origins, basic strokes, the “Four Treasures”, and how to use a brush to write Chinese characters.
On April 11, the students enjoyed lectures focused on a Chinese traditional art form, Beijing Opera. This day’s talk introduced the costumes, instruments, gestures, movements, and four types of roles in Beijing Opera. The students took an active part in the interaction. Some of them tried to perform and imitate the fictitious movements in the Beijing opera, like opening and closing a door, drinking tea, etc. The students had a lot of fun with those experiences, which were totally new for them, and became interested in Beijing Opera. CIAU Chinese Director Tao Peng and faculty members Elyn, Lee, Daisy, Rosa, Rose and Tulip participated in this activity.