|Xu Weiwei and her sudents draw mural painting on campus. [cjrbapp.cjn.cn]|
A kind-hearted art teacher in central China's Hubei Province has made fine art a special major in her school using mural painting as a guide, and helped students cooperate with enterprises, since 2005.
Xu Weiwei works at Wuhan Supply-and-Marketing Business School, which is a vocational school in the capital city of Wuhan, Hubei.
There are three sets of walls in the school, 15 meters long. Previously, they were white and undecorated. As a teacher, she had the pioneering idea to allow her students to make graffiti on the blank walls 13 years ago.
She thought that by so doing it could both help the students practice their drawing skills and meanwhile serve as decoration for the campus.
Xu included "Making graffiti on walls" into her teaching plan that year. She set aside eight weeks to instruct students to design and draw on the walls each semester.
The students were divided into groups, each of which consisting of five or six people. They first designed hand-drawn sketches on paper and then drew them as a mural, and finally painted the colors. Each group was responsible for two or three meters.
Xu also guided their designs and color blending. Seeing their creative work on the wall, students were spurred to interest and were full of passion in completing the task.
Three years of graffiti classes developed the students' interest in graffiti and made Xu realize the market potential of hand-made drawings.
Xu started to lead students to design and make paintings on products such as shoes and hats in 2011.
Meanwhile, she worked hard to cooperate with some companies in selling these products. She invited professionals from the companies to introduce their own business culture and market conditions to students.
The companies also provided students with opportunities for work experience. Some 98 percent of the students could find employment in the related enterprises after their graduation.
In addition to students of fine art, she also gave classes to students of other majors. For example, she taught students in hotel management how to make their cakes take on a more appealing look.
Under her guidance, these students have won first prize for Western pastry making in the Wuhan Cooking Campaign Among Middle School Students for three consecutive years.
The school opened a design major in 2012. Xu took the initiative to participate in the professional training and earned the Image Designing Certificate herself.
Thanks to her help, many students have learned how to design images for others as well as find their own style in dressing.
(Source: cjrbapp.cjn.cn/ Translated and edited by Women of China)
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