Originating during the Eastern Han Dynasty 25 A.D., Chinese paper lanterns were used as lampshades. In 618 A.D. lanterns were popularised to celebrate peace and power and hold a lot of cultural significance. Calligraphy, directly translated to ‘beautiful writing’, is an art form dating back to 1600 B.C.E. Associated with rituals and special status, it is regarded as the highest art form within Chinese culture.
Incorporating the history of both Chinese Lantern Making and Calligraphy, this hands-on workshop guides participants to create their own colourful paper lanterns, and practice Chinese calligraphy to decorate them. Adapted to various age groups and year level/s, Chinese Lantern Making and Calligraphy provides the opportunity for participants to immerse themselves in Chinese art forms, through an educational and enjoyable experience.