Art, Craft and Culture Workshop

Welcome to the Confucius Institute at the University of Newcastle’s Art, Craft and Culture Workshop series.

The creative team at the Confucius Institute want to share some fun and traditional Chinese arts and crafts with you! Fun for the whole family, paper folding, knot tying and many more videos to come!

A Chinese idiom says it is always good to have more skills. (艺多不压身 yì duō bù yā shēn).

Good things come to those who MAKE!

How to make a Paper Panda

In Chinese history, paper folding is a traditional art used by children as a pastime. Complex and elaborate designs can be created by folding. You can create flowers, birds, insects, love hearts, a paper Santa is even amongst the many wonderful creations that can be made.

Video: How to make a Paper Panda

Tie a Lucky Knot

Knotting was a method used by people before the invention of text, as a form of writing and communication. Both Chinese and Peruvian Indians in the ancient times used knotted notes to share information. The name lucky knot speaks for itself: the knot represents blessings, lucky knots are gifted all year round in China to pass-on well wishes.

Video: Tie a Lucky Knot

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.