In cultures across the world, symbols and colors are frequently used to convey deeper meanings. In China, brides traditionally wear the color red which symbolizes happiness. Since the Yuan Dynasty (13th century) opera performers have developed their own symbolic language in which colors and shapes are used in face painting to reveal a character’s personality, social status, and even moral code. Participants will learn about this unique language of color and symbols, have their face painted with traditional designs, and create their own “Painted Faces”.
Past presenters include: American Museum of Natural History, Asia Society, P.S. 376 (Brooklyn), P.S. 120 (Queens), New Victory Theater, South Hampton Cultural Center, SUNY Geneseo