CyberFair Project ID: 8299

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Sewing exquisite handmade costumes of Taiwanese Opera
Category: 8. Local Music and Art Forms

School: Yu Da high school of commerce and home economics
    Taipei, , Taiwan

10 students, ages 16-17 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 2, 2017. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2010,211,2012,2013,2016

Classes and Teachers: 4

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Shanchong Dist. Is always a famous springboard for its residents from other cities to work in Taipei city. It originally belonged to New Taipei City. After restructured, the place’s development is cohesive gradually by its good location and population. The administration agencies are gathered on Sec. 1, New Taipei Blvd. Because Shanchong Dist. Is a place in early development, it is lack of urban infrastructure planning and construction. The location is closer to Taipei city, it attracted huge population to settle down here. However, Shanchong Dist. Is about to be saturation aging of population, dense populous and crowded.

2. Summary of Our Project

Taiwanese opera was originated from Yilan in the beginning of 20 century, and now is one of the most famous traditional operas in Taiwan. At the time we enjoy it, we also need to go a step further to research the costumes of Taiwanese opera. We find out the costumes are not only made the actors and actresses on stage look more dazzling and gorgeous, but each costume has its own feature and character’s spirit. But why can Ms. Ye Liyin who is an leading actress on stage make these costumes? What kind of Taiwanese opera’s background does she have? What’s the skills of making costumes? How does she get the textile to make costumes? All of these questions are the motivation to encourage us to understand the stories behind about her handmade costumes and costumes’ features.

3. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:more than 50%

B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:more than 6

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:more than 6

E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):

School internet environment in computer labs: We use optical network to connect the internet in school’s computers, so does in school internet. Most of the classmates use computers and facilities to surf the internet in class, they mainly use computers and internet facilities after school. Besides, each team members has our own computers at home; we also use them to search and discuss the related information through internet. The internet environment in team member’s house: Every team member has our own computers at home where we can finish the task.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

In the process, we had lots of problem about software application and operating. We asked teachers for help and made use of information we searched on the internet.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Through the competition, we interviewed Taiwanese opera connoisseur and understood the handmade costumes that combine creativity and tradition. We hope traditional Taiwanese opera's culture can have a new life by creative handmade costumes.

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

Through the project, we learned how to choose subject, make a plan to formulate the structuring of organizations, discuss task to complete the whole design. We search Taiwanese opera’s costumes through teamwork. Our project combines with school curriculum, then we can learn different skills in various learning fields through many kinds of activities. Our learning can be deepen, widen, and it can increase the diversity to enrich our learning progress.

Project Elements

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

graphic process: Illustrator, Photoshop webpage design:Ereamweaver word process: Microsoft Word 2010 Copy machine: xerox related information Cellphone: contact interviewer to make appointments and confirm interview time and placce. We also use Facebook, cellphone to contact and discuss our working schedule. We also use it when we are outside. digital camera: take pictures when we're doing field research, interviewing Internet: obtain the information we need E-mail: restpect intellectual prperty rights and citation

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

After our fully discussion, we dicided to take Ms. Ye Liyin's handmade costumes as our subject. We contact her on the hone and interview to have further understood. We interviewed Ms. Ye Liyin at her place, and she's so kind to answer all questions in detail.

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

In this project, our most challenges are “time” and “experience”. For our first time doing project, we surely had many things that we didn’t understand. It took time to explore, discuss and research. We had some trials such as final exams and other school affairs to delay our schedule. Thus, in the process we had to work against the clock. Sometimes things were out of control but luckily we overcame the difficulties one by one under our teamwork collaboration, and teachers’ instruction.

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

At the time we searched Taiwanese opera, we also found one of our classmates' grandmother could do handmade costumes. Therefore, we made a call to the grandmother and asked her if we could have a visit. After getting the permission, we took MRT there, and found out the grandmother and her husbund are both renowned actor and actress. They gave us lots of professional instructions and advice.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

After the interview, we find out costumes of Taiwanese opera are not only exquisite in appearance but every costume has its unique character with specific element. In the process of making costumes, tailors have to practice for a long time, be attentive, and observe every character’s features carefully to express the spirits of characters precisely. We’ve never even thought about these before, so we’re benefit in this interview and learning. Through interview and role play, we can experience and understand much more.


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