Puppetry in Practice
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Chinese Folk Art with a Master

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Contact Dr. Tova Ackerman

718-951-4240
or
tovaa@aol.com

Skills Developed by this Program

Immersion in the Arts

Cultural Exploration

PiP’s Art Director, Xun Ye, is a master craftsman in the ancient Chinese folk art of flour dough sculpture. His ability to sculpt meticulously detailed miniature scultpures from homemade dough made of cooking flour continuously delights students, teachers and parents. In this extremely unique residency, students learn basic sculpture techniques and come away with their own playful sculptures of animals and flowers. This is an excellent program for students studying China.

"My favorite part was playing with the clay and making things, because it was fun and challenging."

-3rd Grade student, PS 216, Brooklyn, NY

Flour dough modeling is a traditional Chinese handicraft that has continued to develop for over 700 years. During the Sung Dynasty, ornamental dough patterns decorated feast dishes. Dough sculptures would also be used as offerings for holidays and ceremonies. Animal shapes were common even then and children often used these as toys.

Xun is also available to offer workshops to teachers, so that this exceptional skill can be introduced into many classrooms. Xun Ye was born in Zhejiang, Hang Zhou Province in China and developed his skills as a flour figurine artist under the guidance of Masters Lang Shao An (his grandfather) and Zhao Kou Ming. He is a member of the Hang Zhou Arts & Crafts Research Institute and the China National Arts & Crafts Society. At the age of 32, he was the youngest to be given the title “Famous Flour Figurine Artist.” He has also won numerous awards for his designs including First Place in the Zhejiang Provincial Competition for Best Design and Second Place in a National Craftsmen Awards Competition in China, as well as a gold medal in the Pastry Showpiece Competition in the 10th International Salon Culinaire in Singapore.

Multimedia

  • Miniature flour dough sculptures by Xun Ye.

    Miniature flour dough sculptures by Xun Ye.

  • Master Xun Ye demonstrating flour dough to 3rd grade students from PS 216.

    Master Xun Ye demonstrating flour dough to 3rd grade students from PS 216.

  • Miniature flour dough sculptures by Xun Ye.

    Miniature flour dough sculptures by Xun Ye.