The fine arts of China consist of brushwork: paintings adorned with poems and calligraphy. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to fully appreciate them without a reading knowledge of Chinese. On the other hand, it is very easy to appreciate Chinese decorative arts without knowing the language. The Chinese elevated the decoration of useful objects to high art: objects on a scholar’s desk, vases, presentation pieces, carvings in many materials, furniture, clothing, grave goods to honor the dead, and more. We will study many of these objects and how they were made in some detail. An optional 6th class will review the Chinese decorative arts in the Worcester Art Museum.
GROUP LEADER: Professor of Biology Emeritus at Assumption, Paul Mahon holds a PhD in Neurochemistry from Clark University. He has traveled to China a dozen times and has collected Chinese art for more than 40 years. He is a Docent at the Worcester Art Museum (WAM). Pieces from his art collection were exhibited at WAM.
OPTIONAL BOOK: Any book on Chinese decorative arts would be useful, but not required
Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE)Assumption University, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA 01609