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Did you know that the popular virtual world of today was already present in ancient China?
Expressive Chinese painting is in fact the virtual world that has been created by the ancient Chinese literati. With paper and ink, people convey their feelings and hope through painting portraits, landscapes, and birds-and-flowers. These paintings act like lenses between the artists and the audience, where the paintings themselves reflected the inner world of the artists and the title of the paintings tried to resonate with the audience.
The new theme of Jockey Club “How Memory Sticks” Arts Education Programme this year is – painting! The course uses Chinese painting as the backbone to analyze the art of painting throughout the years. From simply painting portraits, to expressing the inner world of the literati by landscape paintings, then to implying their understandings and feelings of the world by bird-and-flower paintings.
To better facilitate and integrate with the teachers’ teaching, “How Memory Sticks” has developed teaching materials, including teachers’ handbook, PowerPoint courses and other multimedia resources for all local primary and secondary schools to download! Three new applications have been developed at the same time, including:
Overlooking magnificent scenery of the painting on a small device. This App uses augmented reality (AR) technology to allow users to appreciate the scenery in the painting at its original size. Place the AR marker on the location which you would like the painting to be displayed on; upon successful recognition, the App will be display the painting in 1:1 ratio. You may also click on the "magnifying glass" sign to read more about the painting.
Everyone can be a landscape painter! This App combines virtual reality (VR) and AR technology to allow users to capture their favourite scenery at 4 famous Hong Kong outdoor attractions including Tai O, Tai Mo Shan, Bride's Pool and Tung Ping Chau by 360 degrees panoramic view. Users can transform their selected scenery into a painting using pre-set Chinese painting elements in the App with four different painting formats (vertical scroll, long scroll, album, fan cover). Just scan the AR marker and you can look at the final artwork in AR environment. It is absolutely amazing to look at the beautiful countryside of Hong Kong in a painting format!
The Peach Blossom Spring, a Chinese classic literature written by Tao Yuanming, can be described as the "Utopia" of Chinese. This AR App, based on a painting The Peach Blossom Spring by Qiu Ying, leads users to experience Tao Yuanming's ideal world. By scanning the AR marker, upon successful recognition, you can simply click on the "magnifying glass" symbol to read more about the painting. Also, players can click on the “magnifying glass” sign with the word "seal印" to view the seal and collection story of the painting. In addition, players can create unique works by trying the "Preface and Postscript Mode" to express their appreciation for the painting and share with friends.
For more details, you can visit Jockey Club “How Memory Sticks” Arts Education Programme: