It’s the “Grain Rain” in Chinese lunar calendar on Sunday. Accompanied by the rumbling of thunder, the spring rain fell in Beijing as forecasted. In the late spring, the cherries are red and ripe, and all things grow. "Grain Rain means grain thrive because of rain." It is the best time for sowing and transplanting.
This week marks the ninth week of online teaching in the Central Academy of Fine Arts. On Monday morning, President Fan Di’an came to the Online Teaching Supervision Center of CAFA on time and walked into the "Cloud" classroom with the teachers and students. The five screens are connected with "Live Room" of four courses: "Fine-Brush Painting" by Xu Hualing of the School of Chinese Painting, "One Museum a Day" by Zhang Wei, Yang Jing, and Yang Kun of the Sculpture Department of the School of Plastic Arts, "City and Traditional Architecture Surveying and Mapping" by He Wei, Wang Zigeng and Wang Wendong of the School of Architecture, and "Color 1" by Lu Zhengyuan of the Basic Ddepartment of the School of Plastic Arts.
"Fine-Brush Painting" by Xu Hualing of the School of Chinese Painting
In the class of "Fine-Brush Painting" by the School of Chinese Painting, the Lecturer. Xu Hualing was reviewing the recent creations of the graduate students one by one. “This is how painting is done. You need to be a little bit relaxed, but more earnest. When your mind is active, go for more trials and then realize them.” Ms. Xu shared her experiences of painting with students in the process of evaluating their works, “sketching is very important for figure paintings. The preparation for the creation of Chinese painting is sketching, especially at the graduate level. You should often sketch to keep the feeling of painting alive.” “Graduate courses are not only for knowledge, but also for the exchange of ideas, discussion and inspiration. Professor Xu starts from her creative experience and historical tradition, as well as the development of contemporary fine-brush painting, the students will be greatly inspired." Fan Di'an, the President of CAFA said. President Fan said that Professor Xu Hualin, with rich creation experiences, broad knowledge, and high-quality works, will be of great help to the students. After observing the active discussions and free exchanges between teachers and students, President Fan Di'ancommented on the works of some graduate students such as Ren Lihan and Wu Yishan. He pointed out that the Central Academy of Fine Arts, with a long teaching tradition, had accumulated rich experience in undergraduate teaching, and undergraduate teaching had become our advantage. However, postgraduate teaching has been fully expanded and gradually improved only since the reform and opening up. In recent years, CAFA has taken measures to further improve the level of postgraduate teaching. This is not only related to the accumulation of teaching experience and quality of teaching, but also whether CAFA can foster excellent professional talents.
"One Museum a Day" by Zhang Wei, Yang Jing, and Yang Kun of the Sculpture
“The engraving of these stone-carved flowers are stems, leaves and buds. Some are as soft as oat noodles, and some have sharp edges.” “These are not just simple floral decorations, but also an expression of identity.” In the live classroom” of " One Museum a Day "by Zhang Wei, Yang Jing, and Yang Kun of the Sculpture Department of the School of Plastic Arts, a large number of stone carving figures and flower displays were being played. The theme of the day was the tomb of the Song Dynasty. “The three teachers have traveled all over the country, visited many relatively unpopular museums, and taken a large amount of photos. These are important documents. The teachers share them with students through online teaching, leading everyone into the museum. This is the very highlight of this course.” President Fan Dian said that the three teachers applied museum collections to sculpture teaching, and placed traditional knowledge, especially the understanding of sculpture images, in an important position, which was to deepen teaching reform and demonstrated the new progress in teaching ideas and teaching methods. The three teachers' emphasis on the value of the museum is precisely the practice of advocating academic principles. Chinese sculptures include court sculptures, religious sculptures and a large number of folk sculptures, which very vividly reflect the Chinese people's artistic ideal and life vision since ancient times. This course leads the students to the traditional world of Chinese sculpture culture, focusing on the Chinese system of sculpture, Chinese experience and Chinese practices. The teachers pay special attention to the interpretation of the Chinese meaning and symbol in the sculpture image, and also the analysis from the perspective of the formal language of the image modeling, which is also a unique artistic perspective on sculpture.
"City and Traditional Architecture Surveying and Mapping" by He Wei, Wang Zigeng and Wang Wendong of the School of Architecture
In the class of "City and Traditional Architecture Surveying and Mapping" by He Wei, Wang Zigeng, and Wang Wendong of the School of Architecture, Professor He Wei was introducing to students the cases of investigating rural architecture in the countryside in previous years. “Going to the countryside is an interesting experience”. He encouraged the students to “give full play to their imagination and creativity and use three-dimensional construction, two-dimensional expressions or textual expressions in a variety of ways to spend a pleasant cloud rural time under limited conditions.” “The online teaching of the whole school entered the ninth week, and the first stage of teaching has been completed one after another. Now it should be the stage of social practice, which is what we often call the "go to the countryside" stage”. President Fan Di'an highly praised the teaching situation and teaching effect of the School of Architecture in the previous period. He pointed out that the three teachers would give joint lectures, focusing on local architecture, combining international teaching experience, or useing the advantages of modeling technology, and they would communicate with the students online, which reflects the advanced characteristics of online teaching. He pointed out that while teaching knowledge, teachers should also pay special attention to the students in the process of online learning, and encourage them to strengthen their conviction and maintain enthusiasm for online learning during the epidemic.
"Color 1" by Lu Zhengyuan of the Basic Department of the School of Plastic Arts
In the online classroom of "Color 1" by Lecturer Lu Zhengyuan of the Basic Department of Plastic Arts, the large screen was playing the color works of famous Western art masters and the recent color assignments of the first-year students of the Basic Department. Professor Lu commented online: “It is the golden season for sketching now. Teachers should guide the students to grasp the colorful and subtle season for color training.” President Fan Di’an pointed out that in the practice of online teaching, students should be encouraged to adapt to local conditions, find materials nearby, observe life more closely, feel nature, focus on their surroundings, and find inspiration from the things and scenes that had intimate contact with. He said basic education was faced with more difficulties and challenges in online teaching, because first-year students especially needed face-to-face teaching. Fortunately, all teachers carefully prepared for lectures with a lot of image materials, and had requirements for the ocurse according to actual situation. “I feel very excited and happy to see the sketch works of the students in the basic department. These sketches reflect their youth sensitivity.” President Fan Di'an fully affirmed the effect of online sketch teaching of the basic department. “Students have drawn vivid pictures of life at home, and brought their own thinking into the depiction of self-portraits, family portraits, living spaces and scenes, making every work into a creative practice.” He finally emphasized, “Birth in spring and thrive in summer, the growth of art needs self-consciousness and self-reliance most. Self-consciousness is always to have faith in art and never forget the original intention. Self-reliance is to achieve continuous growth and maturity through your own efforts.”
On the morning of the same day, Sun Tao, director of the Academic Affairs Office, and other department heads also came to the scene. Liu Qinghe, Dean of the School of Chinese Painting, Wang Xiuling, Deputy Secretary of the Party Branch, Zhu Zi, Dean of the School of Architecture, Wang Xiaohong, Deputy Dean of the School of Architecture, and Yuan Yuan, Deputy Dean of the Basic Department of the School of Plastic Arts, Qiang Yong, Tan Yuhong, and Lu Ming, deputy directors of the Academic Affairs Office, also observed the lectures online at the same time.
Moreover, the journalist of CCTV made a live report.
Article by Zhao Jing, Pubilicity Department
Photo by Song Manqing, Pubilicity Department
Edited by Song Manqing, Pubilicity Department
April 21, 2020