Visiting the Animated Version of the “Riverside Scene on Qing Ming Festival”


Visiting the Animated Version of the “Riverside Scene on Qing Ming Festival”
16 November 2010
Zhang Zeduan’s “Riverside Scene on Qing Ming Festival” is a well-known national treasure and a beautiful masterpiece. It is beyond a doubt to be one of the top ten most famous Chinese historical paintings. Beside its extremely high artistic value, this picture possesses a tremendously important historic value, due to its vivid depiction of civilian life of different social classes in Bianjing and in the suburbs during the Qingming Festival during the Song Dynasty.
This Animated Version of “Riverside Scene of the Qing Ming Festival” has incorporated top of line animation technology. Most of our teachers and students did not have the chance to admire this wonderful creation at the Shanghai World Expo 2010. We were all excited to visit the AsiaWorld Expo to take a look at this magnificent creation.
With the cooperation of the Visual Arts Department, Liberal Studies Department, Chinese History Department and Other Learning Experiences Working Group of our school, 320 teachers and students visited the exhibition and learned about the visual and historical aspects of the painting.
Supervising teachers explained to the students and teacher participants about the historical, cultural and artistic values of the painting before the visit. Cities in the Song Dynasty underwent drastic changes when compared with those in the previous times. And yet there were many business activities and people enjoyed a diversified cultural life.
From an aesthetic perspective, the painter has used a painting skill called scatter perspective which is a significant painting technique in Chinese painting. It also exhibits the riverside scene with a ‘walking method’. When you first walk in and see the painting, it is the countryside. Then as you are moving along, you can see what the city looks like from the countryside towards the city center.
This animated version of the painting shows us the advanced progress of technological development in modern China. Computer animation gives life to characters and objects in the painting. An integrated image is formed by several high resolution projectors using sophisticated computer geometric transformation and correction technology. The scene is portrayed in day and night cycles lasting for four minutes with dramatic interplay of light and color.
This is an invaluable experience for students to learn more about the social and economic life, and the aesthetic development in the Song Dynasty as well as the application of advanced technology in modern China. In the end, students and teachers found the visit meaningful and educational.
320 teachers and students visit the Animated Version of “Riverside Scene of the Qing Ming Festival”.
Students took a class picture in front of the exhibition title.
Teachers and students were admiring the painting.