Summer Learning Program

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  1. Asian Art
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  4. European Languages
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Asia is not one country, it has 48 different countries including China, India, Israel, Japan, Russia, South Korea, and Vietnam to name a few. These cultures have thousands of years of art history that cover a wide variety of art styles. China is known for calligraphy, the art of handwriting and the Terracotta Army, 8,000 soldier and 520 horse statues made out of terracotta (clay ceramics) that were all life-size! In India wall paintings were both carved and painted with such skill that they seemed to leap out of the walls. Woodblock printing where woodblocks are inked with water colors and then applied to papers to create books come from Japan. Koinobori are fish shaped windsocks traditionally flown in Japan to celebrate Tango No Sekku, a national holiday: Children’s Day. Children’s Day is in honor of children for a good future and in hope that they will grow up healthy and strong. Art comes in many shapes, colors, and styles – all are beautiful and used to celebrate their culture and history. 

Preschool activities: 

In 1912 the city of Tokyo, Japan, gave Washington, D.C., a beautiful gift of 3,000 cherry blossom trees. every year is a celebration of that gift as those trees grace us with their annual beauty and provide countless amounts of natural joy and wonderment. Make cherry blossom art using a recycled soda bottle.

A gong is an East and South East Asian musical percussion instrument that takes the form of a flat metal disc which is hit with a mallet. Make a Chinese gong.

 Elementary school activities:

In ancient Japan, hand fans, such as oval and silk fans were all the rage. They were made by tying thin strips of cypress wood together with thread. The more strips of wood in your fan, the higher your rank. Make your own fancy Japanese fan.

Paper lanterns are often associated with festivals, and they are very common in both China and Japan. Make a Japanese lantern.

Diwali is one of the most important and colorful of the Indian festivals. It is a festival of joy, splendor, brightness and happiness. During Diwali, people decorate their floors with Rangoli.

Middle school activities:

Madhubani painting or Mithila painting is a style of Indian painting, practiced in the Mithila region of Bihar state, India. The paintings are traditionally based on mythological, folk themes and pastoral symbols. The central themes of most paintings are love, valor, and devotion. Paint Madhubani Fish in 12 simple steps.

The Taj Mahal is an ivory and white marble mausoleum built in 1643. Make your own version of this Indian architectural beauty.

Chinese dragons, also known as East Asian dragons, are legendary creatures in Chinese mythology, Chinese folklore, and East Asian culture at large. The dragon is also a symbol of power, strength, and good luck for people. Perhaps your own watercolor dragon will bring you strength and good luck.  

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In order to be ready for the school year, children need to keep learning during the summer. Students who don’t practice what they’ve learned can actually forget their learning from the previous school year. The Summer Learning Program can help kids practice their school skills through activities like reading for fun, cooking and measuring, planning family trips and exploring the outdoors.