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Kentucky Horse Park museum displays student art commemorating Year of the Horse


Lexington’s Wellington Elementary School and the International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park are celebrating the Year of the Horse with a special exhibit. Now open to the public, “Shodo: The Art of Japanese Brush Painting,” features calligraphy created by the school’s third, fourth and fifth grade students.
 

 To commemorate the Year of the Horse in 2014, elementary students have written the word "horse" in Chinese.

To commemorate the Year of the Horse in 2014, elementary students have written the word “horse” in Chinese.

Each student used black Japanese ink (sumi) and bamboo brushes (fude) to paint the character for the word “horse” (uma) and their names on rice paper. Calligraphy is considered high art in the Far East, and there is a specific stroke order and ink weight for each character.

 
Until its adoption of the Gregorian calendar in 1912, China used the lunar calendar. The Chinese calendar works in a cyclical pattern in which each cycle is 12 years long and begins on the second new moon after the winter solstice. Within this calendar, each year is represented by an animal whose characteristics symbolize the mood of the year and those born within it.
 
Those born in 2014 – and every 12 years prior, each Year of the Horse – are considered to be adventurous, care-free and fun with a sense of humor. Culturally, the celebration of the Lunar New Year is still very popular in China and Japan as well as Vietnam, Korea, and Taiwan. The students’ art will be on display at the International Museum of the Horse until April 18. More information is available at www.imh.org.
 
From the Kentucky Horse Park


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