On August 9, 2015, the Confucius Institute at the University of Saskatchewan conducted its second training session for dough modeling. Our trainees were mainly volunteers of the Confucius Institute at the University of Saskatchewan, international students from China and summer camp students from the Northwest A & F University. The training session included dough coloring and modeling of three different dough models.
The first part of the training started with dough coloring. Xin Guo introduced the methods of doing dough coloring: the dough was dyed and kneaded for color mix. People showed much interest. They quickly put on the gloves and could not wait to start.
After that, they began the most important part- dough modeling. The ways of making three different dough models, a panda, parrot and flower, were taught. Xin Guo provided detailed explanations. Everyone quickly learned the basic skills; they began working on their dough models step by step.
Since it was their first time doing dough modeling, mistakes were inevitable. Some round shapes turned flat; other thin parts became too thick. But this was necessary for the learning process. People discovered their own work pace and mastered the skills during this gradual learning process and were able to create satisfactory products.
The training session was successful due to our deliberate preparation. The Confucius Institute at the University of Saskatchewan will keep working on these types of meaningful activities to make our cultural events more lively and exciting in order to serve more of those who wish to learn about Chinese culture.