Studying Chinese Painting in the United States and Asia: A Comparative Study

By:
Dr. Vivian Joyce Rohrl
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While art has been occasionally studied in the Social Sciences, and, of course, extensively researched in the Humanities, including History, such factors as the choice of subject matter, elements of composition, uses of space, can be seen as additional ways to understand aspects of culture, including cognition, social organization, and relationship to time.

Some of the aspects of the traditional world view that can be observed in painting include the blending of opposites (in contrast to binary thought), the importance of "empty" space, and the building of a painting over time. To borrow the words of one of our instructors: art is a way for the countries to understand one another.


Keywords: Art, Culture, Chinese art, Art education, Anthropology of art
Stream: Teaching and Learning
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Studying Chinese Painting in the United States and Asia


Dr. Vivian Joyce Rohrl

Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology (College of Arts and Letters), San Diego State University; San Diego California
USA

Professor Rohrl has taught anthropology at San Diego State University since 1965. Her B.A. and M.A. degrees were earned at the University of Chicago and her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota. In addition, she has earned certificates in French language and literature at the Sorbonne and the Alliance Francaise in Paris. Her sociocultural field research includes work among American Indians that resulted in a book, Change for Continuity and several articles. Her other publications include The Anthropology of Peace as editor and contributor and a special issue of the American Behavioral Scientist (volume 25, #1) as guest editor and contributor. In addition, Dr Rohrl has participated in anthropological and interdisciplinary conferences in the United States and other countries and has been trained, and practiced, as a volunteer community mediator. Dr Rohrl's primary teaching subject is sociocultural anthropology. She has studied Chinese brush painting since 1993 in Southern California and in 2004 completed a month of training at the China Art Academy in Hangzhou.

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