Tai Chi with Jean Kares

May 3 to July 5 (Tuesday evenings, 10 sessions), 7:45 to 9:15 PM; $80.00

False Creek Community Centre, Vancouver, BC

This class is suitable for beginners to intermediate students, and combines instruction of the Yang style 24 Form with practice time.  Register after March 22 through the Vancouver Parks Board site.

Bronze Bull Jug, Shanghai Museum

Exploring Art in China, Langara College Continuing Studies

Jean Kares and Zoe Li, Instructors

May 23 to June 27 (6 Monday evenings)

Examine China’s political and cultural development with this chronologically organized broad overview of art in China.  Ranging from prehistoric Neolithic bronzes to twelfth century literati painting to present day works, each of the six classes is thematically linked and is designed to highlight relevant issues and debates of the period under discussion.  This course will provide a beginning foundation in Chinese art history and draws connections among issues and values of the past to foster a better understanding of contemporary Chinese culture.

For more information and to register, visit Langara College Continuing Studies or contact Kathryn Ellis, Coordinator, at kellis@langara.bc.ca.

Chinese water village

Art and Culture Tour of East China, Langara College Educational Travel Program Leader: Jean Kares

November 4 to 18, 2011; Information session Thursday, June 16, 2011, 7:00 PM, Langara College Room A218

This program begins in Shanghai, China’s economic and financial powerhouse.  See Shanghai’s nineteenth-century European style and Art Deco architecture of the Bund and French Concession, visit museums and the Longhua Temple.  From there, travel to Suzhou, a city of unparalleled Ming dynasty classical gardens and home to a system of canals that earned it the nickname ‘Venice of the East.’  Next, tour the historic water towns of Wuzhen, Nanxun, and Xitang with their many arched bridges and classic courtyards.  Visits to Shanlian, Huzhou, and Jungxian will introduce you to the ‘four treasures’ of literati painting: the writing brush, ink-stone, ink, and fine paper.  Nanjing features a well-preserved city wall and fifteenth-century imperial tomb, known for its harmonious union of architecture and environment.  One of the highlights of the program is a stay on famous Mt. Huang, the subject of many paintings and now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Finally, experience the scenic beauty of Hangzhou’s West Lake, learn about tea culture, and visit the archeological and art museums.

For more information, visit Langara College Continuing Studies Educational Travel Program or contact Kathryn Ellis, Coordinator, at kellis@langara.bc.ca.


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