Ancient China for Kids
Ancient Chinese art is rich in beauty and variety. Some art forms, still popular today, started over 8,000 years ago! Ancient Chinese art includes calligraphy, embroidery, paintings, statues, buildings, shrines, porcelain, silk, puppets, lacquer ware, firecracker folk toys, opera, paper fans, paper cutouts and lanterns and kites, seals, swords, daggers, and more! The ancient Chinese used paints, dyes, brushes, paper, stone, bronze, copper, gold, silver, jade, clay, and other materials found in nature to create beautiful art!
The Tang Dynasty is famous for it's encouragement of literature, dancing, music, scroll painting, and art. Craftsmen worked with bronze and silver and gold and copper. Scroll painting became popular during Tang times. Pottery was painted with ornate scenes of daily life, and of carriages, and bridges, and signs of the zodiac. People came from as far away as India and Korea to study the arts in China. There were special rooms in the imperial palace for training. You had to have talent, but the opportunity was there.