01.06.2011 - 09.06.2011
June is sadly our last month here in China. Lately we have been beginning to pack, finishing our last few paintings and spending time with our friends. The weather has become Gunagzhou hot! Also, the Dragon Boat Festival was last weekend which is a really interesting holiday!
The holiday is based on the story of a famous Chinese poet who was so distraught over the future of China, he threw himself into the ocean and drowned. To keep the fish from eating him, the people threw zhongzi(traditional rice cakes wrapped in bamboo leaves) in the sea. Every year zhongzi are eaten in memory of him, and beautiful Dragon Boats are decorated and raced. We got so see dragon boats in Nanting and in Shamian Island.
The temple nearby Nanting
Steph and Dragon Boats
Also, there were graduation photos being taken here at GAFA! So exciting! Many of our frinds are graduating.
Javier and Hai Bo with flowers for our Studio 1 graduates
Steph and Cherry
Oil Painting Department
Javier and Regina
Steph and Yan Yan
The Beach Crew
Then we visited our professor, Daniel Krause at his studio.
Dinner with Edward and the Foreign Affairs office friends, Javier Marco and Edward
Lunch with the families of the children that Steph tutors
Gafa old campus, lovely sky
Dragon Boat race at Shamian Island
Dumpling dinner! Steph and Jo Jo with the greatest veggie dumplings!
Back to school
Frank working on a sculpture of Javier
boats on the river
A cool sculpture installation on campus
Preparing canvases for our last works here
latest Steph painting
The view in the evening from Studio 1
Well that is all for now, happy Dragon Boat Festival to everyone and we will see you soon!