Feelings from Mountain and Water in Traditional Chinese Painting Featured, Open
By: Linmei Mu (Academy of American Studies)
Topic(s): Fine Arts: Music, Dance, Film, Literature, Theatre, Visual Arts, Philosophy

EU: Art is the dialogue beyond language. Different art style carries the spirit and philosophy of people.

EQ: What are the spirit and philosophy carried in traditional Chinese landscape painting?
What is the function of the empty spaces in traditional Chinese painting?
What are the differences between the Chinese and Western styles of impressionism?

A Philosophical Dialogue Beyond The Language: Past & Present, Eastern & Western, Solid & Empty.


Novice High-CEFR A1/A2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_0oX03tr4I
Feeling from Mountain and Water (山水情)

'Feeling from Mountain and Water' is a masterpiece of Chinese animation. It tells about an old master passing of the Guqin, a Chinese zither with both traditional Chinese music and landscape painting applied. The end summits the Chinese spirit and philosophy of the harmony between nature, man, and the universe, as well as the cultural inheritance.

Interpretive

IN: Watch the video, match the pictures and short messages in each box, and rearrange them in the correct order based on the story.

I can infer the meaning of the story by matching the pictures with the short messages provided.


Interpersonal

Follow the sequence of the story to talk about what you see, hear, feel and think in this cartoon using the pictures and given information with your partner.

I can talk about what I see, hear, feel and think in this animation using the pictures and given information with my partner.


Presentational

Write a paragraph of the story referring to the pictures and the corresponding messages in each box.

I can write a paragraph of the story using the pictures and corresponding messages.


Intermediate Mid-CEFR A2/B1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_0oX03tr4I
Feeling from Mountain and Water (山水情)

'Feeling from Mountain and Water' is a masterpiece of Chinese animation. It tells about an old master passing of the Guqin, a Chinese zither with both traditional Chinese music and landscape painting applied. The end summits the Chinese spirit and philosophy of the harmony between nature, man, and the universe, as well as the cultural inheritance.

Interpretive

Watch the video and draw the main ideas of the story based on the sequence of the plots.

I can draw the main ideas of the story based on the sequence of the story.


Interpersonal

Follow the sequence to talk about the main ideas of the story and what you see, hear, feel and think in this cartoon with your partner.

I can follow the sequence to talk about the main ideas of the story and what I see, hear, feel and think in this animation with my partner.


Presentational

Make slides to introduce the story describing the musician and young man with both pictures and wordings with your partner.

I can create a short story describing the musician and young man.


Advanced Mid-CEFR B2/C1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_0oX03tr4I
Feeling from Mountain and Water (山水情)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4ZdHEnBo4Q
Traditional Chinese Landscape (国画)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sabxRhfa1gg
Immersive Van Gogh (沉浸式梵高)

Interpretive

Watch the video of the Chinese animation and write the story based on the sequence of the plots.

Watch the other two videos and compare/contrast the impressionism between Chinese and Western styles, answer the questions:
- What are the spirit and philosophy carried in the traditional Chinese landscape painting?
- What is the function of the empty spaces in Chinese painting?

Write the story based on the sequence of the plots.


Interpersonal

Discuss the animated story, compare/contrast the two styles of impressionism with your partner.

I can discuss the story of the animation and compare/contrast the two styles of impressionism with my partner.


Presentational

Make a video to Introduce the story with the artistic elements and feelings applied, as well as a short compare/contrast of the two styles of impressionism with your partner.

I can make a video to introduce the story with the artistic elements and feelings applied, as well as a short compare/contrast of the two styles of impressionism with my partner.


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