Global Classroom: Chinese Gardens: A Gate to Understanding Chinese Culture
It has been said that you can enter Chinese culture through the moon gate of a garden. The Chinese garden symbolizes the culture's ancient beliefs about physical and spiritual harmony. It integrates the splendor of the natural world, the beauty of Chinese architecture, and the fine art of traditional mountain-water (shan-shui) paintings. Like the shan-shui painter, the garden designer's goal is to mold the beauty of the outdoors with his or her artistic talents. Chinese garden design is considered one of the four great traditional fine arts, the others being calligraphy, poetry, and music. In a sense it also incorporates these traditional arts by providing an inspirational venue for displaying calligraphy, composing poetry, and performing music.
In many ways, Chinese culture blossomed in the traditional garden. Artists, scholars, and poets strolled into their gardens with blank rice paper and came out with paintings, philosophical treatise, and poems that find great enjoyment and meaning today. Tonight we invite you to stroll into the Seattle Chinese Garden* with us --- we guarantee you will leave less stressed and more knowledgeable about how to incorporate Chinese culture into your classroom. Our evening will include a docent-guided tour through the garden, a discussion on the philosophy of Chinese gardens, a 40-page resource packet, and a light Chinese buffet.
*The Seattle Chinese Garden is still in its growing/construction phase. When this 4.6-acre garden is completed, it will be one of the largest Chinese gardens outside of China, showcasing not only plants, but also stone, architecture and water elements that are customary to Chinese gardens. As a major destination and cultural institution, the Seattle Chinese Garden will inspire new perspectives on world affairs and illuminate China and her cultural and economic influence on the Pacific Northwest.
Register today! The World Affairs Council, the Seattle Chinese Garden, and the Confucius Institute invite you to enjoy a Seattle sunset and contemplate ancient Chinese art and culture and its special place in Puget Sound today. This will be our last Global Classroom Workshop for the 2011-12 school year.
Enter South Seattle Community College's north parking lot and park on the north side of the lot (on your left side) in Garden Spaces or in the Horticulture Building Parking lot. We will meet in the Garden's Chan Education Center classroom. There is also free street parking on 16th before you turn into the north entrance.
Seattle Chinese Garden (View)
6000 16th Ave. SW
Seattle, WA 98106