Passion Project is a course giving me the chance of further deepening my understanding of Chinese painting. Over the course of the semester, I created meaningful and valuable work which could symbolize my research and passion I have put in to the course. For this project, I have created multiple forms of Chinese painting, not only the ones (four pieces) on Xuan paper, but also five drawings on plates that are small but exquisite. My inspiration of the project was because of my love to Chinese painting. However, just drawing pieces will not allow my understanding of Chinese painting get to a higher level. Therefore, I decided to do research of Chinese painting in Song dynasty which is the period where Chinese painting of Huaniao genre was the most advanced. In the research stage, I did well in terms of information I went over/collected. I have red over 15 pieces of college papers referring to Song dynasty Chinese painting in different aspects. And for further development of the research stage, I took a trip to the Tsinghua Art Museum to find the artworks that were kept protected and are valued. Those were the basic parts in which had formed my whole essay. My essay was another part of my project. Even though it might be boring if it is considered as “passion” project, but it is one of the most efficient way of communicating my ideas to the intended audience and spread Chinese painting and Chinese culture to more people.
- Challenging moments
There were parts that were challenging for me during the whole process. First of all, the overall problem – time management. Many of my blog posts were lately posted and some of my work did not follow the plan that I created. It is the most challenging issue. In terms of moments, I felt challenging was when I was planning on the topic of the essay and when I started writing the essay. Because of the massive amount of data I collected and read about, when I was planning my topic and every chapters, I felt extremely lost of what my main thesis was to focus on. However, by overcoming this problem, it also sparked my learning of problem solving skill. After overcoming the stating of chapters, the starting of the writing was also a challenge. Similar condition to when I was planning, the overflowing of information made me lost even though the topics were already decided. Also, the unfamiliarity to the techniques used in writing made me confused and lost of how I am supposed to craft the essay.
- Learning moments and learnt information
To me, learning is the state of overcoming problems. During the process, I’ve overcame issues and conditions I’ve never faced. For example, even though its my first time I’ve ever crafted an essay focusing on Chinese painting and with such a deep research level, I still managed to plan out a whole process and write out my thesis, and topics I am going to focus on. Later on my school experience, this learning moment would enable me to actively and effectively solve problems never encountered. This also developed my essay crafting skill. Additionally from this project, of course, during this period, my understanding of Chinese painting in the Song dynasty has deepened a lot. Also, by connecting it to the modern days Chinese painting, I was able to blend them together for the improvement of my own skill.
- Real world situation and problem
Chinese painting might not be a familiar idea to people, but it is a very large part of me. More importantly, a part of Chinese culture. People now a days often question the need of culture and its use. True, not all cultures are available for improving the society or making the society run better. But it is the representation of a whole country/area, or sometimes even a whole race. It represents the honorable spirit and essence. It deeply affects the way people interact in the modern days. People need to know and honor the existence of preserved culture. And Chinese painting is a main part of Chinese culture. I am not necessarily trying to tell other people to like the culture. But at-least it is necessary for me to promote the cultures and the artwork I honor that deeply affected me.