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Happy Summer Learning at Tsaogang Elementary School

During the summer holiday of 2015, Tsaogang Elementary School invited my father to teach children how to make lanterns. Sitting with those little angels, he taught and played. He felt happy after two weeks of teaching activity, because he was relieved to watch children learn the way to make lanterns.


(The pictures are provided by Mr. Jung-jen Wu.)

Achievement Report on 2015 Happy Summer Learning at Tsaogang Elementary School

On the first day of Happy Summer Learning, Mr. Tun-hou Wu, a national master from Lukang Township has been invited to teach how to make traditional lanterns. Relevant knowledge and development history of lanterns has been introduced to arouse students’ attention to traditional arts and their passion for learning.

Mr. Jung-jen Wu was imparting his father’s ways to make lanterns, demonstrating the skills to make lanterns, and introducing the development and styles of lanterns.

Mr. Tun-hou Wu has prepared many finished lanterns for children to appreciate. Facing diverse and colorful lanterns, all the children have kept their eyes open and itched to make lanterns themselves.

Through presentation, the teacher was introducing the evolution and development of lanterns, making students to better understand lanterns.

Mr. Jung-jen Wu was imparting his father’s ways to make lanterns, demonstrating the skills to make lanterns, and introducing the development and styles of lanterns.


Today, we have four classes for lantern making in succession. The teacher has prepared many materials. It seems to be a day full of challenges. The children have to share out the work and cooperate with one another to complete the today’s work within limited time.




We have begun to make lanterns. It seems to be very difficult, so the teacher has brought a helper, one warm-hearted mother, and two other teachers. As we can see, it will take patience and attention to complete the work.


After all kinds of hardships, lantern supports have been finished. Now, we are ready to dress these lanterns.


Every student has demonstrated team spirits. After hard work, every child has finished lantern biscuit and was looking at his own works with confidence. All the processes have been full of setbacks. It will be more gratifying at the sight of finished works.


Every student has coated his own lantern with thin agar membrane. After the membrane stands for a period, it has dried and can be colored next week.


The lanterns have been coated with a layer of agar membrane. After the membrane stands for a period, it has dried. We have agreed to color the lanterns during the classes next week.


Classes for lantern making in the second week follow the schedule last week. Today, we are going to paint colored drawing on the lanterns. Before that, Mr. Jung-jen Wu will introduce to all the students the subject and materials necessary to colored drawing.


Mr. Jung-jen Wu is demonstrating how to make paper lanterns and guiding children to paint on drawing paper. Today we will compress the molds and complete beautiful lanterns of personal characteristics.


Mr. Jung-jen Wu is guiding students how to mix colors and to paint their own styles and works on drawing paper.


Have you realized the serious looks on children when they are painting? Each child has his own creative world, and under the guidance of the teacher, they have painted the theme they want to create on drawing paper with paintbrushes. After the modification by the teacher next time, exquisite and original lanterns will come into shape.




Now, it is time to modify the appearances of the lanterns. Today, the teacher has distributed gold foils to the children who have winded them around the top of the lanterns for ornament.


Mr. Jung-jen Wu is presenting popular cartoon patterns to students through a projector and providing corresponding assistance. As the lanterns gradually take shape, a sense of achievement arises spontaneously.


Happy Summer Learning – Classes for Lantern Making has come to an end. The children have learnt the structures of many lanterns and names for these lantern materials in indigenous language. Although they are unfamiliar with the teacher’s guidance in spoken languages, they have been in the environment of indigenous language for a long period and ultimately completed this periodic course.

(The materials are provided by Tsaogang Elementary School)