The Xu Beihong Arts and Music Tour (first 2 weeks in August 2000) will include 14 days in Beijing China, living at the Xu Beihong College of Arts. This tour is designed for mature high school and college students that will enjoy participating in art and music projects and experiencing the very old but changing Chinese culture. There will be art and music students from mainland China that will participate along with the visiting students. Chinese students are friendly and eager to try out their English speaking skills. We will give 2 hour beginner Chinese language lessons on class days and language exchange will be encouraged. The visiting student's dormitory rooms hold 2 people each, have air conditioning and private baths with a shower. Cost for a participating student is approximately $550, this price does not include air fair to Beijing China. We plan to put together a group of 20 students, or 40 students for 2 groups, individuals and small groups can be combined to make 20 persons.
Parents and faculty are welcome as observers, there is some flexibility for them to follow their own studies and interest that may take them to locations other than Beijing. Translators can be added when necessary. While staying in Beijing parents and faculty will have private rooms at the Xu Beihong College of Arts. Cost for Non participating parent or accompanying faculty member, is around $400, deviations from the tour agenda can be arranged but may have additional costs.
Day 1....arrival in Beijing
Day 2…...visit Tian An Men, Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven
Day 3....visit Xu Beihong Memorial Museum, and the Beijing Zoo
Day 4....pottery making class, demonstration and practice
Day 5....visit Great Wall and Ming Tomb
Day 6....Chineses folk songs and dance classes
Day 7....visit Summer Palace
Day 8....Chinese traditional music appreciation class and lessons
Day 9....visit Beijing Art Museum and Military Museum
Day 10...Lecture class on art of Chinese fabric dyeing, practice with guidance
Day 11...Chinese painting and calligraphy class and practice
Day 12...Peking Opera mask and kite making class and practice
Day 13...Chinese martial arts class, performance and teaching
Renmin University of China is one of the first universities in China to establish a comprehensive college of arts. The new branch, called Xu Beihong college of Arts, is scheduled to open in the fall of 2000 and will initially include fine arts and music departments. The college is named after Xu Beihong, a major Chinese artist and art educator. Xu Beihong studied western painting in France in the 1920's then he integrated the style of traditional Chinese painting with advanced techniques of western painting, creating a new style of Chinese painting, which is still dominant today. Xu Beihong College of Arts was established by Professor Xu Qingping, son of Xu Beihong the school is staffed with distinguished professors, many of whom are Xu Beihong's students. Carrying on Xu Beihong's tradition, the college will develop talents through rigorous basic training, with an emphasis on portraying real life as lived by common people, and the development of creative work through the integration of traditional Chinese art and advanced techniques of western art. Xu Beihong College of Arts programs are based on the market needs of the modern Chinese society, combining academic learning with practical application in the real world. In four years the college plans to recruit 1,200 students to be trained in the fields of painting, cartooning, sculpture, ceramics, decorative art, environmental art, advertising design, exhibition design, costume art, landscape and architectural art in the art school; music performance in voice, piano, western string and wind instruments, Chinese instruments, music theory, composition, music education and audio recording in the music school.
Situated in the Haidian District on the outskirts of Beijing, Xu Beihong College of Arts sits on 40 acres of green land with a lake at its heart. In the coming years, Xu Beihong College of Arts will become a major cultural and art center in China.
Foreign studies students or faculty that have any questions about this summer tour can contact me at the email address or phone number listed below. Thank you for your time and interest concerning this tour.
For inquiries please contact Bob Cass at the e-mail address or phone number listed below.
Bob Cass (representing Xu Beihong College of Arts)
721 Harvard Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63130
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