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Summary: how to use papercuts in an interdisciplinary enrivonment

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TinaLee33 (TinaLee33)
Fri, 13 Mar 1998 21:02:40 EST

Hi, all:
Thank you all for responding to me both by private email and this list on my
question regarding using papercuts in an interdisciplinary environment. I
promised to write a summary and here it is.
My original post:

>I just visited a Chinese papercut web site (
>Neat colorful site. Worth checking out.
>I would like to use the papercuts in my arts class. Here are my ideas. (...
>Since my school is an Arts alternative school, I was wondering how other
>teachers in my school could use them in their classes. (I would like to
>have other teachers help pay for them.) Any ideas out there?

Someone suggested using papercuts to introduce chinese brush painting. Someone
else suggested using papercuts to introduce endangered animals, panda and
tigers for example. Also it was suggested papercuts could be used to introduce
Chinese culture (such as the zodiac animals) and Chinese history. Math
teachers could look at the symmetry and geometry (even measure them) in some
of the cuts.

Quite a few suggested that every department could buy one particular papercut
and share. For mass distribution, one suggested using xerox, (of course, then
you don't have a papercut).

I talked to my colleagues at school and they actually really liked the ideas
and were impressed by the delicacy and variety of the papercuts after they
visited that site ( It looks like this will be
the first time for a Chinese craft to get so much milage. I am excited!

Thanks again!