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Fall 2016 Workshops

tape drawing workshopTape Drawing with Sun K. Kwak
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Chapel

Feeling inspired by the Space Drawing at the Theatre Gallery? Tap into your own creativity in this special workshop. Experiment with masking tape and practice art techniques that helped create Sun K. Kwak’s stunning exhibition. Kwak will talk about her choice of medium and offer a hands-on tape drawing workshop, revealing how she creates the illusion of volume and space with unconventional materials. Tape and cardboard in a variety of sizes and colors will be provided. No art background is necessary.



Space Drawing
Long Term Installation
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre Gallery




peking opera dress upChinese Peking Opera Dress-Up
Friday, September 23, 2016 at 1:00 – 6:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre Lobby

The allure of Peking opera is enhanced by the striking costumes and makeup. Prior to the Peking opera performance, audience will have an opportunity to try on the highly stylized headpieces and brightly colored robes.

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Chinese Peking Opera and Magic Show
Friday, September 23, 2016 at 6:00–7:30 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre




origami workshop
origami workshop

Origami Heaven
Wednesdays & Thursday, October, 2016 1:00–3:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Lecture Hall II

Paper is powerful, and origami is one of the most skillful techniques to fully display this medium’s qualities. Transform a simple sheet of paper into a runway-ready outfit (Oct. 5) or a fallen leaf (Oct. 12). Explore sophisticated and modern pattern techniques using tessellations with fabric (Oct. 13), or revisit the roots of traditional origami by creating paper animals (Oct. 19). Or maybe you just want to experience for yourself the cute, “kawaii” side of origami (Oct. 26). With origami masters Sok Song, Talo Kawasaki, Thomas Crain, Shrikant Iyer, and Tricia Tait, you’ll be able to do all this and more. Everything you need to create one-of-kind origami is provided—all you have to do is fold!

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Wed October 5 Fashion Origami by Sok Song
Wed October 12 Folding Autumn Leaves by Talo Kawasaki
Thurs October 13 Fabric Tessellations by Thomas Crain
Wed October 19 Origami Animals by Shrikant Iyer
Wed October 26 Cute (Kawaii) Origami by Tricia Tait




Modular Origami & Kirigami with Feltro
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Lecture Hall I




chaekgaeori workshop

Making My Own Book Bag with Korean Chaekgeori Painting
Fridays, October 7, 21, 28, 2016 at 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Chapel

Chaekgeori is a term that refers to Korean still-life painting popular in the late eighteenth century Joseon dynasty. These paintings focus in particular on books and other valuable goods. Stephanie S. Lee is a participating artist in the current exhibition, The Power and Pleasure of Possessions in Korean Painted Screens. Lee will host a hands-on workshop, creating chaekgeori painting on a bookbag. Participants will also be introduced to the basic history of the Korean folk art and the ethical integrity central to the ideal Confucian scholar.

About the Artist

Stephanie S. Lee is a participating artist in the exhibition, The Power and Pleasure of Possessions in Korean Painted Screens. Lee earned a BFA at the Pratt Institute in New York and studied Korean folk art painting at Busan National University in South Korea. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including Hong Kong, Japan, United States, and South Korea. As a founder of, she is currently teaching Korean folk art in Queens, New York, and serves as a teaching artist at the Flushing Town Hall.

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The Power and Pleasure of Possessions in Korean Painted Screens
On View September 29 through December 23, 2016
Charles B. Wang Center Skylight Gallery




puppet workshop

Trick or Treat: Shadow Puppet Making
with Caroline Borderies & Maud Aptekar
Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 1:30 – 3:30 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre Lobby

Acclaimed French puppet masters Caroline Borderies and Maud Aptekar will host a hands-on workshop before their performance of Jataka: Four Fables of the Lives of the Buddha in Shadow Puppetry. Participants will be introduced to the mechanics, techniques, and history of shadow puppetry, preparing them for a deeper appreciation of the performance to follow. It’s also a great afternoon activity for kids! Workshop participants make puppets in the shape of traditional Halloween figures such as witches, cats, ghosts, and bats, as well as the animals featured in the performance.



Jataka: Four Fables of the Lives of the Buddha in Shadow Puppetry
Saturday, October 8 at 4:00 – 5:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre




Spring 2016 Workshops

plum blossom workshop

Ink Painting: Plum Blossom for Beginners
by Sungsook Setton
Fridays, May 6, 13, 27 at 1 PM - 3 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Chapel

Throughout East Asia plum blossoms, as depicted in water-ink painting and poetry, have been well loved. The main reason why the plum is regarded as a symbol of the uprightness of the Confucian gentleman is because it puts down its roots in the frozen ground in spite of the snow and spreads its fragrance, transcending the difficulties and obstacles of a harsh secular world.

The pine tree, bamboo, and plum are known as the “three friends in winter,” are a much admired topic in the traditional literati painting genre. Plum is also known as one of the four gracious plants as a foundation of ink brush painting together with bamboo, orchid and chrysanthemum.

Through the three weeks workshop students will learn the proper use of the brush and watercolors, suitable paper, a wide range of brushstrokes, principles of composition, and the positive use of space, all of which are part of the dynamic nature and spirit of the medium. Emphasis will also be placed on technique, skill and discipline. Through practice, students will develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of traditional East Asian water-ink art.

About the Artist

Sungsook Setton is a Korean American artist and calligrapher. She has trained in brush painting and calligraphy under Chinese and Korean masters, and has also studied Western art in Germany, the UK and the United States, obtaining a BA in Studio Art at Stony Brook University and an MFA in interdisciplinary art at Goddard College.

Sungsook’s work has been exhibited in Canada, Korea, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. She has received two-dozen awards for her work, including two Best of Show awards at the National Juried Exhibition by the Sumi-e Society of America. She serves on the faculty of the China Institute and the Art League of Long Island.




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