The Arts of China

An army of buried warriors, lion dances, dancing shadows and a tornado of fire... experience the vibrant diversity of the arts across China.

Grades 3-4 Lesson
Experience the art and culture of Chinese calligraphy and ink painting through watercolor and Chinese instrumental music
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Explore traditional western and Chinese instruments and create a Chinese instrument
Grades K-2 Lesson
Dance in the Chinese New Year with your K-2 students
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Compare and contrast three variations of the Cinderella folktale
Grades 6-8 Lesson
Gain an understanding of the dynamics of trade in China along the Silk Road
Grades 9-12 Lesson
Study the work of artist Cai Guo-Qiang and performance-oriented art
This multimedia piece explores the science and art of pyrotechnics, and chronicles the making of Cai’s Tornado
Discover the secrets behind the art of shadow puppetry in this multimedia exploration
Video Series
This video series brings you a glimpse of the history and diversity of China's performing arts
Video Series
An excerpt from Cai's Tornado: Explosion Project for the Kennedy Center
Audio Series
Chinese music dates back thousands of years and is as varied as the people who create it
Virtuoso musicians demonstrate a range of distinctive styles in Chinese music
Join the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra for a demonstration explaining each of the sections of the Chinese orchestra
This side by side video shows the story of the turtle and the crane as seen by the audience and behind the screen
The Terra Cotta Warriors are a collection of 8,000 statues that were buried over 2,000 years ago in the tomb of China's first emperor Qin Shi Huang
Artists of the Yi and Wa ethnic groups from Yunnan Province demonstrate their unique folk traditions
This Day in the Arts
August 17, 1973: Enter the Dragon opens in movie theaters
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