2013年3月8日和3月25日，来自Olean Central School的6年级学生前来阿尔弗莱德大学孔子学院参加汉语体验项目。
On May 3, approximately 65 kids came from Wilson Middle School attended the lecture offered by CIAU. The lectures focused on Chinese traditional art form-Beijing Opera, and mainly introduced the costumes, instruments, gestures, movements and four types of roles of Beijing Opera. The students took an active part in the interaction. Some of them tried the Chinese traditional music instruments, including Chinese drum, gong, small cymbals, double-barreled cylinder, and also performed and imitated the fictitious movements in the Beijing opera, like going upstairs, downstairs, opening and closing door, etc. The students got a lot of fun from those experiences which were totally new for them, and became interested in Beijing opera. CIAU Chinese Director Tao Peng and faculty members Lee, Daisy, Rosa, Rose and Lisa attended this activity. The activity came to the end by Daisy’s Guzheng show “Evening songs on the fishing boat”, which received rounds of applauses by the students.
On Mar 8, 25 6th graders from the Olean Central School experienced a Chinese paper-cutting class. CIAU faculty member Lisa Zhang gave a paper-cutting demonstration. Students first appreciated the delicate Chinese paper-cutting works. The “snake” paper-cutting works on the New Year Calendar aroused their interests, and they practiced cutting double “Xi” and window-flowers then. Some students showed their talents when cutting Chinese traditional window flowers.