Family Studio

Make art a family affair!  

Children ages 5-12, and their accompanying grown-ups, participate in a gallery experience, followed by a related art workshop.  Art-making portion of the program will be held outdoors, in the Museum’s Sculpture Garden. 

VIRTUAL |Chinese Paper Cutting 

Friday, February 26 / 5pm

Happy Chinese New Year!

Celebrate the Chinese New Year in this special Family Studio program. We will explore the Museum’s Chinese Collection, then we will create a reflective Chinese Paper Cutout with the popular character called Fú (福), which is often placed above doorways during celebrations so that “good fortune” can bless all who pass through.

$3 Per Family / Members Free


Workshop Materials

  • Red Construction paper
  • Pencil
  • Black Marker or Paint
  • Scissors
  • Fu Stencil
  • Gold Marker or Crayon (optional)

About Chinese Paper Cutting

Chinese paper cutting or 剪纸Jiǎnzhǐ is a traditional folk-art form used in many festivities in China, especially during the Chinese Lunar New Year. Paper was invented by Cai Lun in about 105.

As paper became a widely popular material, the art of paper cutting grew into one of the most important types of Chinese folk art. During the New Year, cut paper, also known as cut-outs, are often used to decorate doors and windows. Families usually glue cut-out paper to the exterior of windows. The light from the inside the homes, shines through cut-out figures in the windows, illuminating the space outside like a lantern. Red paper is often used for the cut-outs. In Chinese culture, the color red is often associated with happiness.

This program was made possible by the generosity of The Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation, with additional support provided by The Andrea and Charles Bronfman Fund for Families, The Sarah Vierck Mettler Family Fund, and The Samuel Rosenthal Foundation Endowment for Education and Outreach Programs.