On weekends and holidays kids can enjoy our free workshops. These workshops are designed to raise awareness for Chinese History and art. They aim to show the lifestyles of that time and are aimed at raising awareness among kids about the importance of preserving the historical and archaeological heritage as well as at being an approach to the culture of China. All together, these proposals make visiting the Terracotta Army exhibition is a perfect plan for adults and children where everyone can learn and have a good time..
Saturday workshops are held from 11:00h to 14:00h and from 16:00h to 20:00h and Sundays from 11:00h to 14:00h and from 16:00h to 18:00h. You cannot book in advance but they are held continuously within their schedule. Workshops have a limited capacity, so the fact of purchasing a ticket to the exhibition does not guarantee the availability of space in the workshops.
To develop this workshop we created a small archaeological site with ten partitions, in which the monitor will explain some archaeological techniques: the location gridding technique and the archaeological excavation. Pieces are buried in the sand to be rescued later. The instructor gives explains to the children that the excavation is done "by grid" and "by layers". Children dig in the grids assigned by the instructor. To make this work shovels, brushes and sticks will be provided. Once the pieces have been digged up, each child numbers, records, describes and draws his/her findings in a card created for that purpose, so the kid can take the fieldwork home, but not the terracotta pieces, that will serve for the next workshop.
The aim of the activity focuses on creating a mini clay warrior while teaching kids different techniques of surface treatment on the objects they will create by themselves (smoothed, polished, decoration with incisions, painting, etc.). They create their own label to identify their creations. With all the warriors we´re building a mini terracotta army that´s put on display in the exhibition.
This workshop explains the process of production of the terracotta warriors: They were introduced into casts and, before being placed in the ovens, the 5 sensory organs were engraved. After their cooking, they were painted white. During the baking process, the clay pieces were placed contrary to the original position of the people (our ancestors already knew the scientific theories of gravity). Another important detail is that in the Qin Dynasty a strict control system over workers of the workshops was adopted, according to which they should put seals or engrave their names on the statues to make it easier for imperial officials to examine the quantity and quality of the objects made. As a result we can know a large number of names of the great masters of antiquity.
Have a good time customizing your "Xi'an Warrior". Use your wits and materials available in the workshop (colors and recycled materials). You can take your artwork or leave it so that everyone can admire it.