The legend of Guan Yu (关羽)
Learn about 忠 (loyalty) through the legend of Guan Yu, one of the most admired figures in Chinese history.
- Mask-painting activity to introduce children to the 脸谱 tradition, which involves the painting of mask templates on Chinese opera actors depicting archetypes such 生(male lead), 旦(female lead), 丑 (joker) and others.
- Understanding Guan Yu’s mask, and how its characteristic features (red face, phoenix-like eyes and long beard) convey his story and associated values, such as 赤子之心.
- Appreciation of the elements of Guan Yu’s visual representations in art, such as the Green Dragon Crescent Blade (青龙偃月刀), legendary Red Hare stallion (赤兔马) and others.
- Dramatic story-telling of selected excerpts from the Romance of The Three Kingdoms, such as the Oath of the Peach Garden (桃园三结义) and Guan Yu’s surrender Cao Cao (身在曹营心在汉) years later, that show how Guan Yu never broke his promise.
- Play an original game allowing students to experience the tensions between temptation, loyalty and betrayal.
- Facilitated discussion of what it means to do right by those around you, even when others are selfish. Understand why this idea of righteousness and brotherhood was important for the Chinese, many of whom ventured abroad to forge a new life during times of instability in China.
- Understand what true friendship means, as our children grow up into a world of FB, IG and instant gratifications.
- Warning: Parents, be warned that your children may start holding you to your promises after the workshop! :P
Important to note:
* Note: If you had previously attended the "Bromance of the Three Kingdoms" workshop, pls do not sign up for this workshop as there are overlaps in content.
* Due to limited slots, bookings are non-refundable.
* Do note that by attending this workshop, your child will not understand the complete legend of Guan Yun. What we aim to do instead is to plant the seeds.
* Photos of the classes may be taken and used for publicity purposes.
* Curriculum is subject to minor changes.
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