CyberFair Project ID: 4666

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Devoted, Earnest, Passionate---Homegrown Artist of Formosa, Lin Chih-Hsin
Category: 1. Local Leaders

School: Ren De Junior High School
    Tainan, Taiwan, Republic of China

5 students, ages 13-14 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on February 28, 2006. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2003, 2004

Classes and Teachers: Lin Li Fen

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Chih-Hsin Lin was born at Hungwassu, Kuei Jen County. His hometown is a traditional country in the southern of Taiwan. Most people earned their living by farming at that time. He worked as a farmer in his early life. Even now, He still has the spirit of the farmer. He is more than 70 years old, but he said, “My life is just beginning.” He loves art. Although he was poor, he kept every chance to study art. All the trees, flowers, as well as normal people became important actors in his paintings. He felt no regrets about his decision to walk into the field of paintings. You can see his love for the land and the nature through the paintings. It’s worth taking your time to visit this local artist—Mr. Chih-Hsin Lin.

2. Summary of Our Project

He has lots of works, including woodcuts, oil paintings, Liuli, and Koji Pottery ( Jiaozhitao). His masterpiece “ Welcome Matsu” is the biggest and longest woodcut in the world. Our project would focus on his process of creating works. We try to discuss and share the story and meanings behind the work. It also recorded how Mr. Lin treated people and interacted with the place he was born.

3. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:none

B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:none

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dial-up modem

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:1

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

There are thousands of woodcuts in Mr. Lin’s collection. These days he pays much attention to the oil paintings and Liuli, so we have a lot of information about each field of his artistic creations. It’s not easy for us to choose which one is better. Moreover, we spent much time learning how to appreciate a piece of work. We can see the color and characters, but the country life seems far away from us. One more problem we had to overcome was to feel the work itself rather than to look at its appearance. Through Mr. Lin’s explanations, we knew more about the meaning of his paintings and enabled us to appreciate the innocence of mankind as well as the beauty of life. However, there is a long way before us.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Mr. Lin works very hard and quickly. Every time we visited him, his attitude to the life deeply influenced us. For example, we learned to examine the thing that we do more carefully. Mr. Lin’s works brought the lost memories back to us. We think we are luck to live here. We have such a great man who can tell us the history of Taiwan with his brushes. Our grandparents’ stories will be always in our mind.

6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?

The woodcut class was integrated into our school’s curriculum. The school provided and designed a series of classes related to woodcuts and oil paintings. We, therefore, are more affectionate about the panitings and have some basic ability to appreciate Mr. Lin’s works.

Project Elements

1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?

?Telephone, tours and interview Set up meetings, contact the interviewees, go to Mr.Lin’s studio ?Internet Look for information and communicate with net pals ?Books, News Gather information about sculptures and reports on Mr. Lin ?Tape recorder, recording pen Get and record sounds ?Digital camera, a camera Get and record images and photos. ?Scanner, printer Scan the information and pictures. ?Laptop Edit pictures and information at any time and place ?Portable hard drive Saving the information and pictures. ?Software and programs dreamweaver8.0?PhotoImpact10.0?Flash8.0

2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.

Thanks to Mr. Lin’s close friends, Chun-Hsiung Cheng and Mr. Lin’s only apprentice, Wei-Chen Huang, both of them set up appointments and provided much information for us. They also received our interview. When we went to Mr. Lin’s studio, we quickly to collect as much as information we needed. Since we already did some homework before, five of us were busy interviewing and taking photos.

3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?

Mr. Lin has so much great paintings, but few of us knew he was born in Tainan. By the way, he is our neighbor. Many of his works were awarded the prize in several countries. We would like to introduce such a successful and outstanding artist to the people in Taiwan via the conveniences of Internet. Our teachers helped us a lot. When other students took a nap at noon, we went to the computer room to search for the information. When we had a break between classes, we talked about how to make the project better. We were happy to present Mr.Lin’s works to the others.

4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?

First, we thank Miss Lin for giving us telephone number of Mr. Chih-Hsin Lin so that we could get in touch with this artist. He was generous enough to show us his precious painting at home and even lent us some of them for the project. Moreover, he gave us a provoking lesson on painting. On the other hand, other students and their parents did us a great favor. The parents association provided 10,000 NT dollars for this project; some parents drove with us to Chih-Hsin Lin’s house for the interview and went to Chih-Hsin Lin’s working to practice painting.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

Have you ever seen a person who is already 70 years old but still has the spirit of a young man? Yes, He is Mr. Chih-Hsin Lin. He is always in a hurry. He hurries to eat, hurries to drive a car, and hurries to walk. We teenagers were surprised at his special lifestyle. His interests support him to keep painting. He provided our society many culture resources, but he asked nothing. You think he is quick to do anything, whereas he sees what we can’t see. We suggest that you can come and see him.


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