Chinese Art Class At VHS


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Jianzhi is the name for the elaborate paper cutting art of China and, on Monday, Verona High School’s art and Mandarin classes got a visit from a well-known Chinese paper cutting artist.

Li Wang learned paper-cutting from his grandmother as a child and has become so adept at it that he can cut out many traditional Chinese designs without a pattern. He showed off his freehand technique, which you can watch in this video on’s YouTube site.

Wang, a graduate student and paper-cutting instructor at China’s Minzu University, then gave the VHS students two paper patterns to develop their own paper-cutting skills. The craft is far harder than it looks at first glance, especially without the super-sharp scissors that Wang uses. 

Wang’s visit was arranged by Jia-Pei (Betty) Hou and Terry Sherman, respectively the Mandarin and art instructors at VHS.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected].


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