Lantern Art Challenge

Be Creative &
Have Fun

Just like our Chinese lantern festivals, these lantern art challenges are designed for people of all ages. We created these activities to help you pass the time and create amazing memories. With a little creativity, the opportunities are endless.

While you browse through each art challenge, you will learn more about the design, cultural significance, and lantern-making techniques behind many of our displays.

Show the world your artwork! To have your finished art featured on our Facebook or Instagram pages, tag us @tianyuartsculture or use the hashtag #TianyuArtsCulture, so that we can find you!

Stay tuned! We’ll be adding new challenges on a regular basis, so make sure you check back.

Show the World Your Artwork

Our lanterns always come in vibrant and vivid colors, and in Chinese culture different colors carry different meanings. Have you ever thought about what the displays would look like if they were colored differently? You have the chance to tell us what colors you’d like to see on our illuminated displays!

Designing is the first and most important step in building a lantern. Our lantern designs are inspired by legends, myths, and nature. Show us what inspires you by designing a lantern. We may be able to bring your imagination to life in the form of a lighted sculpture at one of our future festivals!

Lanterns are traditionally made of bamboo and rice paper, but steel and fabric are now more commonly use. In many of our festivals, you can also find lanterns made of unconventional materials such as porcelain, feathers, and even ping pong balls! We encourage you to experiment with different materials to recreate an artwork. Let your imagination go wild!

Can you tell which lantern display it is just by looking at the pattern? Many of our displays have unique patterns that make them stand out during the day and at night. In art, patterns can be used for decoration or as a compositional technique. Patterns in our lantern displays also convey culture significance to festival attendees.

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