CyberFair Project ID: 8060

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: From Traditional to Modern — Chin-fu Shih Woodcarving Workshop
Category: 8. Local Music and Art Forms

School: Lukang junior high school
    ChangHua, Taiwan, Taiwan

10 students, ages 12-15 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on January 13, 2016. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2005,2012,2013,2014,2015

Classes and Teachers: Yang Ming-Shiang

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Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Lukang was originally known as Deer Harbor. It is located on the northern bank of the Lukang, to the northwestern of the Changhua Plain. It borders Sioushuei Township in the east, the Taiwan Strait in the west, the Lukang River and Fusing Township in the south, and Siansi Township and Homei Township in the north. Lukang was a hub for commerce in Taiwan in the early days, and was one of the historical towns, 'Tainan, Lukang and Manka'. It is a town with a rich history of arts and culture and an important center for the tradition of folk crafts in Taiwan. Lukang maintains its old looks, despite years of modernization. It is known for the variety and quality of craftsmanship. The large number of local artisans, masters and folk artists work day and night, in the quiet allies and lanes, to pass down this cultural heritage.

2. Summary of Our Project

Having engaged in woodcarving for 40 years, Master Chin-fu Shih combines traditional carving methods with personal feelings and modern elements. His workshop won the title of 'Taiwan Crafts Workshop' presented by National Taiwan Craft Research Institute. Master Shih has deliberately preserved traditional carving culture since many years ago. His workshop displays many traditional works, tools, related items, and his own creation. A visit there seems like a trip to the woodcarving history of Lukang. Besides the collection of materials related to the historical evolution of carving and processes, introduction to ways of cutting, interviews masters, and introduction of the works and resources of Chin-fu Shih Woodcarving Workshop, during the Cyberfair project, we did several works by ourselves and experience woodcarving by serving as volunteers, hoping to understand more about woodcarving and make more people realize the charm of woodcarving through our website.

3. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:more than 50%

B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:1

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:more than 6

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

It was a brand new learning experience for students participating in Cyberfair 2016. The students used to be led and taught by teachers in the past, but for this project, they are required to collect data independently, visit teachers that have expertise in various areas, and participate in experiential activities. The major problem for the students was the change of the way they learned. Fortunately, through teamwork, sharing, communication and coordination, they finished all researches and activities. Besides, we did not have enough time and know how to make web pages. It was difficult for us to find a time that we were all available for activities since all 10 students are from different classes. Sometimes we had to ask some students to sacrifice their regular curriculum. Therefore the research progress was very slow. As to the use of computer technology, it took time for them to learn and get familiar with the application of all software, in order to produce a great Cyberfair project website.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

We had only a few months to prepare for the competition. The process was tough, but we felt very happy when we saw our web pages finished one after another. We thought it was an impossible mission in the beginning, but we worked together and finished the project finally. So, we should never hesitate once we make decision. Heaven helps those who help themselves, so we will harvest as long as we work hard.

During the interview, we saw the masters’ serious working attitude and deeply felt that the skillful, exquisite, orderly, and meticulous “craftsmanship spirit” was a life attitude that we needed to learn. Of course, unity is power too. During this period, we worked together and overcame many frustrations and failures. The footprints we left together will always be our beautiful memory forever.

6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?

Grade 1-9 Curriculum Guidelines have clearly pointed out that the main purpose of the course is to 'train holistic citizens with democratic accomplishment, disposition, integration capability, local and international awareness, and lifetime learning spirit'. It stresses that the curriculum should be centered on life, respect development of personality, cultivate initiative exploration and introspection, initiative concern for society, environment, and nature, have deep understanding and acknowledgement of local culture, and respect and appreciate other cultures. Therefore, we selected 'Chin-fu Shih Woodcarving Workshop' as our research topic, discussed the content of the topic, made proposed study plan, distributed task, and visited schools. We also interviewed folk art masters in communities to understand the cultural background, classification, and ways of cutting of traditional carving, and symbolic meaning of carving works. We served as volunteers to understand, appreciation, and promote the traditional arts of our hometown. Through data search from Internet and production of website, we learned how to summarize knowledge via technology and cultivated our spirit of active exploration. During our study, we divided tasks, helped each other, and solved problems initiatively. Moreover, we integrated the fields mentioned in Grade 1-9 Curriculum and local courses into our study and implemented the spirit of Grade 1-9 Curriculum in our study.

Project Elements

1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?

Hardware: 1. Computer:Surf internet, search for data, process photos and make web pages. 2. Removable Hard Drive :Big capacity and easy to carry. 3. Recording Pen:Used to record our interview process, and help us to type report to enrich web page content. 4. Scanner:Used to scan calligraphic work and document into images. 5. Digital Camera:Used to take pictures and short videos for web page to use. 6. Book:Used to enhance web page production and computer capabilities

Software: 1. Word 2003:Word processing 2. PhotoImpact X3:Image processing 3. FrontPage 2003:Web production 4. Ulead Photo Explorer 8.6:Web production 5. Macromedia Flash MX:Animation production

2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.

With the mechanization of modern woodcarving, the techniques of traditional woodcarving are rapidly declining. In the process of information collection and interviews, we heard the sigh of the craftsmen for the change, so our greatest wish was to introduce this traditional art to everyone. We worked very hard to collect and organize information, interview people, participate in onsite production, and present our achievements in the website to present the cultural connotation of traditional woodcarving. We hope that more people can come to experience the beauty of woodcarving. Even though our strength is tiny, we still insist on our original intention to attract more people to join the creation of woodcarving and pour new strength into this art.

3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?

Woodcarving is the most representative handicraft of Lukang. Master Chin-fu Shih has engaged in woodcarving for 40 years. He has deliberately preserved traditional works, tools, and artifacts. Combined with his personal creation, his workshop is like a small museum. A visit to 'Chin-fu Shih Woodcarving Workshop' is like a visit to the history of Lukang woodcarving. Because of lack of publicity, many people do not know it. Therefore, the production of the website can introduce the items in the museum so that more people will learn about relevant knowledge of woodcarving. Maters helped us during our production of the website. They taught us how to serve as commentators and showed us around the exhibition hall and Chin-fu Shih Woodcarving Workshop. They also explained the works to tourists to help more outsiders understand the beauty of woodcarving of our hometown.

4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?

In order to complete Cyberfair project, we visited 'Chin-fu Shih Woodcarving Workshop' several times. Thanks to the instruction by master Chin-fu Shih, his wife, and other craftspeople in the workshop, we learned professional knowledge, such as work process, selection of woods, use of tool, symbolic meaning of patterns, and so on. We also experienced how to carve and use jigsaw. They taught us how to serve as commentators. We benefited a lot from the visits. While participating in 'Luban Festival', Mr. Tung-liang Li, the President of Chaoyang Association at Lukang Township, and Teacher Chih-nung Huang explained keenly to us so that we could quickly understand the situation. Thank you very much for the help of so many teachers so that we can successfully complete the website.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

After a few months of efforts, we became very familiar with the project. We learned skills of organizing information and make the website. We experienced frustrations and hard times, but we encouraged one another and built each other up. Through collecting information and interviews, we opened up our vision and enjoyed the beauty of wood furniture. Even though we sacrificed the sleep time and playtime, when we saw our work completed one after another, all the hard work has already turned into a cloud. Each piece of work is a painstaking effort of masters. The complicated process includes selecting materials, sawing, planning, carving, and painting. Every step has to be precise for making a piece of superior work. There are simple and quiet hearts hidden behind the techniques silently inheriting traditional techniques. We were very happy to introduce these beautiful things to everyone through our website, so that people can enjoy these beautiful art works and understand Lukang more. It is the responsibility and pride of Lukang’s children.


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