OCEANSIDE — Eager young eyes watched Aubrey Kuan Roderick as she demonstrated how to fold bright red and gold paper into a Chinese lantern.
“Fold it like you’re making a house,” said Roderick, an instructor of Chinese and advisor of the Chinese Club at MiraCosta College.
Six more folds and several staples later and children attending the Oceanside Museum of Art Free Family Art Day had finished lanterns.
Roderick and students from the Chinese Club gave how-to lessons in paper lantern making and calligraphy to introduce children to 5,000-year-old traditions that celebrate the Chinese New Year.
“Arts and crafts is an easy way to introduce culture to the community,” Roderick said.
As children gathered at tables to learn how to fold paper into lanterns and make brushstrokes to form Chinese characters, Chinese Club members also shared Chinese words and stories about their homeland in China.
“I wanted them to see how the Chinese New Year is celebrated,” said Ying Huang, a mom from San Diego.
The Free Family Art Day is part of a monthlong celebration of the Chinese New Year sponsored by MiraCosta College Associated Student Government and International Film Series. Acupuncture demonstrations, films and lion dance performances will be held at MiraCosta College’s Oceanside campus throughout February.
A highlight of the monthlong series of events is a dinner with keynote speaker Rosemary Gong, the author of “Good Luck Life: The Essential Guide
to Chinese American Celebrations and Culture,” on Feb. 18.
For a schedule of upcoming Free Family Art Days, visit oma-online.org.
For more information on Chinese New Year events at MiraCosta College, contact Aubrey Kuan Roderick at (760) 757-2121, ext. 6477 or at [email protected]