Why does Rongbao (the mascot of the World University Games) become a hotpot restaurant owner? Why does the Sunbird (a symbol of Chengdu) lift weights? The answer can be found in the "Paint the World University Games in Your Heart" series events which began a few days ago. The events are part of the campaign "the 31st Summer World University Games Key Visual Design Solicitation" and are aimed at bringing more than a thousand of teachers and students from 17 primary and secondary schools to create their drawings of the Games with various Tianfu (an elegant name of Chengdu) and sports elements. The events, which sparked anticipation for the next year's Games, ended successfully recently.
Tianfu Culture on canvas: local children painted beautiful Chengdu
As little citizens of the host city Chengdu, how do children view the World University Games and the future of their hometown? In their paintings, elements of Tianfu Culture, including panda, the Sunbird, hotpot, and Chuanchuan (skewers) were presented lively. While displaying a heartfelt love of sports, children also vividly depicted the delicious food, fun activities and beautiful sights of Chengdu: Luo Xinlin from Sansheng Primary School painted hibiscus blossoms around a Sanxingdui (an archaeological site of Chengdu）mask; Yan Zixuan from the Fifth Primary School of Longquanyi District let the cute giant panda greet guests in front of the hotpot restaurant through her "magic"; a student of Chengdu's Dongchenggen Street Primary School got the shining Tianfu Sunbird to appear like Hercules incarnated, lifting weights in the training field...
Although different from one another, children's imaginations and creations did find some common grounds: the students from Dongsheng Primary School, a key school of intangible culture inheritance and research, were able to express various Sichuan Opera elements in an exquisite way; similarly, students from the Experimental Primary School Affiliated with Sichuan University, which has a campus that combines the charm of the Han and Tang Dynasties with the style of the folk houses of western Sichuan Province, tent to integrate the simple and elegant Han and Tang Dynasties elements into their paintings.
Art class broke new ground, teachers and students cheered on the Games
With the going-on events, art classes are designed more creatively. The art class of Class 1, Grade 5 at Xinjin Huarun Primary School held a story-telling session with the theme "sports players from all countries coming to compete in the World University Games"; in an art class of Shiling Primary School in Longquanyi District, the teacher wore a panda costume to inspire the creativity of students; Ji Weixi, an art teacher at Hamilton Luhu Primary School, led students in cutting and pasting many paintings to create a colorful complete map of the Games; student Zhang Daofei from Longjiang Road Primary School invited brothers and sisters from all over the world to come to Chengdu in three languages: Chinese, English, and Spanish.
Cheng Jiazhongheng, an art teacher at Shiling Primary School, believes that the events can increase children's awareness of the Games and inspire their enthusiasm and creativity of it. "Through the events, students are deeply aware that the World University Games is around them. They will be proud of being Chinese and Chengdu locals, which strengthens their national confidence and pride."
The "Paint the World University Games in Your Heart" series events were delivered at 17 schools, including Beixin Experimental Primary School, Chengdu No.7 Ba Yi School, Economic Development Area Experimental Primary School, and Tianfu No.4 Primary School. After the events, some of the children's most outstanding paintings will be exhibited at a later date with excellent works of the key visual design collection campaign, together they will add a glamorous paint to the history of the Games.