There are three videos to choose from to learn about Cai Guo-Qiang. Cai Guo-Qiang creates unique pieces of art using explosives and fireworks. His artworks are creative performances, with each element of the piece holding deep meaning. Cai Guo-Qiang’s artwork is often themed around the human experience, our place in the universe and our responsibilities for the world around us.
The first two are better for younger kids, the third one will appeal to older kids. Feel free to watch one, or all three!
You may see a number of other videos that are a deeper dive into things you might be interested in. Feel free to watch as many of those as you like. Then choose some activities and/or a project.
High school students or any student who wants to dig deeper, continue your study with the advanced learning project in the Projects section.
Explore further with this mini-documentary looking at Cai Guo-Qiang’s life.
Find out what Leonardo da Vinci and Cai Guo-Qiang have in common.
The Ninth Wave by Cai Guo-Qiang
Cai Guo-Qiang shares his process for Gunpowder Painting.
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Follow the video to learn how to make your own scratch art fireworks.
Remember to take a photo of your artwork and upload it to your portfolio.
In this activity, you will learn how to use wet-on-wet watercolour technique to create a firework painting.
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Follow the video to learn how to create a watercolour painting of fireworks.
You may wish to watch one of the videos of Cai Guo-Qiang’s pieces in action as inspiration for your painting. Think about the colours, textures and emotions each pyrotechnic event portrays.
Remember to include a copy of your painting in your portfolio.
Both the life and artwork of Cai Guo-Qiang are unique. Cai Guo-Qiang was raised during the Cultural Revolution in China, a time period where all forms of art and intellectualism were forbidden. In spite of this, Cai Guo-Qiang developed a passion for art and uses his creativity to share important messages with the world.
Create a video presentation on the life and work of Cai Guo-Qiang. Use the knowledge you have gained from this block, the resources below, and resources from your local library.
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Cai Guo-Qiang is known for his spectacular displays of pyrotechnics. The documentary “Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang” explores the artistic processes needed to create such masterpieces of control.
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The History of Fireworks