Art Around the World: Puhui Chinese New Year Posters

Here in the Netherlands, the celebration of Chinese New year is not so common. When I asked my children what Chinese around the globe celebrate at this time of the year they were clueless and I was glad I had this activity in mind to introduce to them the Chinese New Year celebration.

I presented to them the different activities that was featured in the MKB Chinese New Year Series. However, being the art buff that I was, I wanted to show to them something I learned about Chinese New Year Posters.

Chinese New Year posters share such a long history in Chinese culture. From as early as the 16th century, new year posters are made using wood blocks and carvings and depicted historic stories, landscapes, folk customs, good wishes and thoughts of ideal life.

One interesting form of Chinese New year poster that I shared with the children is the Gaomi puhui (ash-patting) painting. This form of new year poster found in Gaomi is included in the intangible cultural heritages.

But before explaining what Puhui painting is,  I first showed them a sample of Shi Jianting’s work:

ash painting2

Using the thinking routine See-Think-Wonder. I asked the children the following questions:

What do you see? What do you think? What do you wonder?

puhui chinese new year poster

The following were the responses I got from our 6 and 7 year old:

what do you see

what makes you think

what makes you wonder

After the thinking routine, I proceeded to share with them the importance of New Year Posters and how it has been present since a long time ago. I told them how the specific poster was made by an artist named Shi Jianting and the video below shows how the process is done.

Now the kids are enthusiastic in knowing more about Chinese New Year celebrations and are getting ready to make their year of the goat Chinese New year poster!

year of the goat


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Lana Jelenjev is a freelance educational consultant who recently got diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 37. She blogs about her activities with her children at Smart Tinker ( Lana recently started writing about her musings on parenting at Goodness, Grace and Gratitude (, as she navigates through a new territory of hospital visits, a whirlwind of feelings and in finding compassion as she battles breast cancer, a disease that her mom succumbed to at age 49.

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