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Friday, November 25 2022 - 21:18
A Dongming Grain Painting Learning Program Held at Shandong Arts and Crafts Exhibition Center
DONGMING, China, Nov. 25, 2022 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/--

A Dongming grain painting learning program, titled "Shandong-Made Crafts, 
Heze-Made Arts", was recently held at the Shandong Arts and Crafts Exhibition 
Center. The event was well received by more than 40 elementary school students 
and their families from Jinan City, according to the Information Office of the 
Dongming County People's Government.

Mr. Han Guorui, a Dongming grain painting master craftsman, elaborated for the 
students and their families on the history and production method of Dongming 
grain painting. He invited them to have some hands-on experience with two 
patterns - Red Plum Heralds Spring and Best Wishes. Through this immersive 
activity, the participants acquired some knowledge of cereals, and learned some 
techniques, thereby improving their skills, strengthening their concentration, 
enhancing their aesthetic awareness and enriching their interest in this 
cultural artform. 

Dongming grain painting, also known as seed painting, is an intangible cultural 
heritage in Shandong. Capitalizing on the natural shape and color of a range of 
cereals, coupled with insect-proof and corrosion-proof technology, this style 
of folk painting has been skillfully crafted. It is environmentally friendly 
and has a distinctively local style. It symbolizes peace and prosperity, and 
therefore is regarded as "nourishment for the mind displayed on the wall".

In recent years, Mr. Han has on many occasions been invited to engage in 
cultural exchange events in many countries and regions, including Europe, the 
United States, Japan, South Korea, Southeast Asian countries. He has invariably 
been well received due to his unique food painting works, together with his 
impressive interactions and hands-on sessions. In particular, he drew a lot of 
young people from countries outside China to learn from him on site. 

Source: Information Office of the Dongming County People's Government

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   Caption: Students exhibiting their grain painting works

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