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Yanchuan County Middle & Primary School Paper-cutting Art Curriculum

Time:Sep. 26th 2009

Location:Long March Space, Beijing (formerly known as 25000 Cultural Transmission Center)


Yanchuan Primary School Papercutting Art Education Project Exhibition

The Yanchuan Primary School Papercutting Art Education Project is a 3-year Long March program with the intention of researching and establishing an education model for the transmission of folk culture within a region. Yanchuan County is situated northeast of Yan’an city in Sha’anxi Province, China, a region celebrated for its paper-cuts - a vital folk practice that thus far has been given little attention in local education policies. This pilot program seeks to demonstrate how folk art can re-enter daily life through art education, utilizing ethnic cultural resources to mobilize folk artists within the villages, as well as art educators, researchers, scholars, and artists. In developing this curriculum, undertaking critical fieldwork and research in Yanchuan County, the Long March Project aims to cultivate an awareness of folk art as a form of contemporary practice that should be recognized as essential to younger generations’ sense of cultural consciousness.

The Yanchuan Primary School Papercutting Art Education Project follows a previous Long March undertaking titled ‘The Great Survey of Paper-cutting in Yanchuan County’ (2004). The results and raised dilemmas of this survey gave birth to the research and development of this program. Over the course of the following two years, the Long March Project team regularly visited and studied the folk art education system in Sha’an xi Province, seeking to observe, learn and subsequently develop a curriculum for paper-cutting that directly focused on the basic symbols found in this traditional art form. Training seminars amongst school teachers and 20 local artists were subsequently held in Yanchuan, in 2007. Since March 2008, over 3700 students at 6 different schools and youth centres in the region have been learning the art of the paper-cut through this curriculum. In 2009 autumn, the review of the curriculum was down by paper-cutting researchers with the facilitation by Long March Project.

As the most critically engaged, independent art organization in China, the Long March Project seeks to challenge presumed understanding of contemporary art production, by curating and facilitating artistic projects, with variable exhibition and education focus, by demonstrating the essential relationship between art and life, culture and education.

The wrap-up exhibition was on 26th September at Long March Space, there was display of curriculum text books and digital version with feedbacks from paper-cutting researcher on curriculum, paper-cutting teaching DVDs, manuscript from teachers and researchers and documentary of the project.