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Chinese kids make art from trash

(People's Daily Online)

11:21, November 03, 2011

Hanoch Piven teaches Chinese students to use the glue gun to create their artwork on Nov. 2. (People’s Daily Online/Han Shasha)

Beijing, Nov.3 (People's Daily Online) --Hanoch Piven, an Israeli illustrator and caricaturist, conducted a workshop to teach Chinese children collage techniques using waste items at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in China on Wednesday.

At the workshop, Piven taught the students to create art without conventional materials. Instead they used waste, such as bottle caps, feathers, eggshell and spoons.

Born in Uruguay, he lived his teenage years in Israel and then studied art at the School of Visual Art in New York. He told the students that he was frustrated with his drawing and painting technique at the school, but he found another way to express himself: to create art with the everyday things.

He said that young students sometimes may find it is hard to express themselves: "If you learn drawing, you have to master some skills. But today you will learn how to make pictures without pens and crayons," he told the students.

In 2003, Piven started to do the workshops in different cities around the world. The workshops encourage people from different countries to create their own art work by following his collage technique with common everyday objects.(Han Shasha)

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