On January 5, 2021, the second phase of the intangible cultural heritage representative project of the "Little Master Chinese Intangible Heritage Public Welfare Class" sponsored by the China Children and Teenagers' Fund, the clay figurines Zhang Caisu and cloisonne courses were successfully completed at the High School Affiliated to Peking University.
The "Little Master Chinese Intangible Cultural Heritage Public Welfare Class" landed in the High School Affiliated to Peking University in 2018. It has successively carried out four courses of lacquer carving, Beijing embroidery, clay figurine Zhang Caisu, and cloisonne, totaling 40 sessions. The school art center organizes teachers and students of all grades to participate in the study.
The clay figurine Zhang Caishou is a popular folk art with a history of more than 180 years. Founder Zhang Mingshan's colorful sculpture "Women Weaver" created in 1915 won the first prize of the Panama World Exposition. His skills have been carried forward through generations. Nowadays, the clay figure Zhang Caishou has become a representative of the clay sculpture art in northern China.
The technique of cloisonne is also known as "bronze cloisonné enamel". It was named "cloisonne" because it matured in the Ming Jingtai period. It combines bronze craftsmanship and enamel craftsmanship, with solemn and elegant shapes, complicated patterns, and court artistic characteristics. It has high artistic value. It has participated in many important exhibitions at home and abroad, and has won many awards. It also serves as a national gift to foreign guests.
In the second stage of the "Little Master Chinese Intangible Heritage Public Welfare Class", the two non-genetic inheritors Qi Jiefei and Zhang Xu not only talked about the historical development, artistic style and production skills of the clay figurines Zhang Caisu and cloisonne. Learn about intangible cultural heritage in all aspects and from multiple angles, and personally demonstrate, teach students how to make it, and help students participate in intangible cultural heritage protection in interaction, so that ancient skills can be passed on on campus and shined with new glory.
Zhang Xu, a representative inheritor of Beijing cloisonné intangible heritage and a senior arts and crafts artist in Beijing, believes that “in order to promote national culture, inherit and innovate and develop intangible heritage skills, we should cultivate talents extensively.” Only in this way can traditional intangible heritage last forever. New and continuous vitality.
Wang Bing, director of the Art Center of the High School Affiliated to Peking University, participated in the activity and was deeply impressed: "The intangible cultural heritage experience class in the High School Affiliated to Peking University has been open for more than two years. Students have been exposed to traditional skills through personal experience and practical operation. Understand the cognition, and then feel the charm of intangible cultural heritage through practical experience. This is not only a course experience, but also an educational activity, which strengthens students’ awareness of cultural heritage protection and their sense of identity with traditional culture. Thank Chinese children The Youth Foundation provides support for intangible heritage courses, so that our students have the opportunity to participate in and experience intangible cultural heritage."
Since its launch in 2017, the "Little Master Chinese Intangible Heritage Public Welfare Class" has selected 14 intangible cultural heritage representative projects such as Chao embroidery, Liu's bamboo weaving, Chengni stone carving, etc., and has held offline courses in Guangzhou, Chongqing, Chengdu, Suzhou and other places. 142 sessions, more than 6000 students directly benefited. More than a hundred media including People's Daily Online, Xinhuanet, and Netease participated in the report, and won the 6th CSR Chinese Culture Award from People's Daily in 2020.
In the future, it is hoped that under the influence of the "Little Master Chinese Intangible Heritage Public Welfare Class", more children can feel the charm of intangible heritage, enhance cultural self-confidence, and be the inheritors and promoters of Chinese intangible heritage with an innovative attitude.