When I was little,
I was always enchanted by buildings.
Architecture is my thing.
I love drawing and doing things with my hand,
but it’s not until I started my journey in China
that I realize Chinese architecture has so many things to offer.
My name is Edna Blaise.
My Chinese name is Dai Na.
I am studying architecture at Central Academy of Fine Arts.
Before coming to China,
I was always fascinated by the buildings,
the old buildings they have here.
I thought they still have those beautiful buildings
like I could see in the movies.
But after I came here,
I realized that it’s more evolved now.
But we still have a lot of beautiful ancient Chinese architecture.
I am really into the Chinese culture
and even though my school schedule
doesn’t allow me to really learn martial art
and be more flexible,
I still grab any opportunity I get
to learn anything that has to do
with the Chinese culture in general.
That’s why I always sign up
for traditional dance or activities like that.
I like geometry and math a lot
and I also like art.
And when I think about combining the both of them,
I think architecture is the obvious choice.
And because China is one of the oldest civilizations,
like I said before.
I think there’s a lot I can learn from here,
because the technique they have here
is more mature than a lot of other countries.
Although being a foreign student here is very challenging,
for example, my classroom has 80 students
and I’m the only foreigner here in my classroom,
my classmates are very friendly.
Sometimes when we’re doing group project,
they are very willing to include me in groups
and work together with me.
So it’s a very interesting journey
The teacher would even ask us
to send the homework in the group,
so she could help us check.
And if we have a personal problem,
she could even tell us,
You can add my WeChat,
so you could send it directly to me.
And then if I have time,
I can help you correct whatever [problem] you have.
Like this month from the past couple of months,
we have this project of a primary school.
And this is one of my “Caomo”.
And then after that, of course the work doesn’t stop here.
The teacher will keep working and working on it with us
and correct every mistake we do
and help us until the finished products.
Outside of class, I would like to go to different places around the city
where I can see ancient Chinese architecture
like “Gugong” and “Qianmen”.
I’m hoping to find some inspiration here.
And that’s why I bring my camera,
so I can capture whatever I see that’s interesting
and maybe review them later,
if I remember something that made an impact on me.
So maybe when I am doing my own thing,
I can review them and use them.
I feel my country personally doesn’t have architects.
Architecture is not a famous thing people do in my country.
And I feel like my country needs it a lot.
That’s why I feel like if I am going to start an architecture journey,
I would prioritize in my own country.
I really enjoy painting and designing,
and I am still finding a way to try to
combine old and modern architecture together.
And I feel like we can still learn from these,
and imply them in our modern technology
to come up with something more interesting.
Sketching from nature is an important part of the professional courses of the Central Academy of Fine Arts. This video records the real scene of preparatory students sketching in the suburbs of Beijing from 2019 to 2021.
Tune: “Like A Dream”
Last night the wind blew hard and rain was fine.
Sound sleep did not dispel the after taste of wine.
I ask the maid rolling up the screen.
'The same crab-apple tree'
she says, 'was seen.'
“But don't you know
O don't you know
The red should languish and the green must grow.
April 22, 2021 is the 52nd World Earth Day. At the invitation of the Israeli Embassy in China, the theme mural project of World Earth Day organized by the International Office of CAFA was completed by the teachers and students from CAFA’s mural painting department in the Israeli Embassy in China on April 19.
Rarely-used Chinese Characters is a song written, composed and sung by Chinese singer Chen Keyu, which was released on November 14, 2017. At the New Year's Day party in 2020, students from Germany, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Haiti, Algeria, Ireland and other countries performed a dance based on the song.