Wintercession 2024


Fans of Chinese Ink Paintings

This year, Yichin Chen organized a Wintersession titled Fans of Chinese Ink Paintings. The workshop not only offered attendees a unique opportunity to appreciate and learn Chinese ink paintings from the guest artist, Mansheng Wang but also to craft their creations to take home on a fan.

In the 3-hour workshop, attendees first learned a brief history of Chinese ink painting on fans presented by A&A graduate student, Yutong Li. Then they were treated to a mesmerizing showcase of Mr. Wang’s pandemic-inspired works, alongside a discourse on his artistic and literary concepts. After that, Mr. Wang explained each painting tool he used and demonstrated brushwork techniques. After practicing on paper, attendees painted and created their work on a handheld fan to bring home.

Sicilian Stories: Tales and Treats from the American Excavations at Morgantina

In Sicilian Stories: Tales and Treats from the American Excavations at Morgantina, A&A Graduate Student Will Pedrick and A&A Digital Project Specialist Leigh Anne Lieberman introduced participants to the Sicilian site that has captivated Princeton audiences for almost 70 years: Morgantina. While V/R maintains the archival records from Princeton’s early work at the archaeological site, a new campaign sponsored by The American Excavations at Morgantina (The Agora Valley Project) aims to address some of the questions left answered by the site’s previous excavators. Participants in this workshop learned about Morgantina’s rich history as well as Princeton’s important legacy at the site. They also got to take a behind-the-scenes tour of The Agora Valley Project’s ongoing work, all while sampling some traditional Sicilian sweets from D’Angelo Italian Market and learning about opportunities to contribute to this cutting-edge research program.