School Age: 6-12 yo

This summer’s topics will introduce students to elements of Chinese culture that will reinforce language skills acquired throughout the year. Topics include social life & cooking, painting, performance arts called little skits, dance, and cultural & language club. These topics will help build their knowledge and confidence in the Chinese language in the future learning.

Time: Mon-Fri, 12:15-3:45 pm

Social Life in China & Cooking
Instructor: A Ling Li & Jenny Chen

Students are introduced to general social and dinning etiquette rules, survival Chinese phrases, Chinese games and desserts/cultural food associated with topics of the week. 

For the remaining of the time, students will do hands-on cooking with their teacher.  Not only will they learn the kitchen basics but also life skills and Chinese cultural etiquette through different Chinese dishes.  Cooking also encourages creativity and curiosity and promotes healthy cooking and eating habits while learning the importance of fruits and vegetables.

Chinese Painting
Instructor: Shanshan He

Chinese painting is one of the oldest continuous artistic traditions in the world. Painting in the traditional style is known today in Chinese as guóhuà, meaning 'National' or 'native painting'. Traditional painting involves essentially the same techniques as calligraphy and is done with a brush dipped in black or colored ink; Oils are not used. As with calligraphy, the most popular materials on which paintings are made are paper and silk. The finished work can be mounted on scrolls, such as hanging scrolls or hand scrolls. Traditional painting can also be done on album sheets, walls, lacquer ware, folding screens, and other media.

Ink and wash painting, in Chinese Shui-mo or also loosely termed water color or brush painting, and also known as "literati painting", as it was one of the "Four Arts" of the Chinese Scholar-official class. In theory this was an art practiced by gentlemen, a distinction that begins to be made in writings on art from the Song Dynasty, though in fact the careers of leading exponents could benefit considerably.

This style is also referred to as "xie yi" (寫意) or freehand style.

Through the study of traditional Chinese painting, kids can understand the characteristics of Chinese traditional culture, art, and national spirit. It can also develop their imagination and creativity, patience and focus.

Little Skits
Instructor: Shanshan He

Chinese littles skit was originated in 1980 and became a form of art performance about small things in people's daily lives. It has inherited qualities and developed from other forms of comedy, such as stage play, in which a skit revolves around just one topic, but with a lot of action and lively language. By celebrating the Spring Festival Gala Evening over 20 years, Chinese skit became a very popular art performance in China.

Through the study of Chinese skit, kids can learn Chinese culture and Chinese art.  They can also understand the modern Chinese way of life. In addition, skit can help children improve their Chinese reading, listening, and speaking skills.

Chinese Dance
Instructor:  Shanshan He

The Han Chinese are the largest ethnic group, where some 91.59% of the population was classified as Han Chinese (1.2 billion). Besides the majority Han Chinese, 55 other ethnic groups are recognized in mainland China by the PRC government, numbering approximately 105 million people, mostly concentrated in the northwest, north, northeast, south, and southwest but with some in central interior areas.

Dance in China is a highly varied art form, consisting of many modern and traditional dance genres. The dances cover a wide range, from folk dances to performances in opera and ballet, and may be used in public celebrations, rituals and ceremonies. There are also 56 officially recognized ethnic groups in China, and each ethnic minority group in China also has its own folk dances.

Based on the study of Chinese traditional dance, kids can understand the cultural characteristics and customs of different Ethnic groups. In addition, Chinese dance can improve their self-awareness, motor skills and flexibility with some basic training skills. At the same time, the dance can also exercise their body and strengthen their coordination in various parts of the body. 

Cultural & Language Club
Instructor:  A Ling Li & Jenny Chen

Students are introduced to hands-on language and cultural arts, math and science projects, music and Chinese games. In addition, they will discover and learn the history of Chinese holidays, traditions and practical daily phrases through many language arts activities, such as speaking, reading, writing, and vocabulary exercises. Students who wish to advance to the next level can sign up for classic language instruction.