On Monday, May 11, 2015, three highly proficient tea artists from China will present a class about the tea culture of China at the Dongbai International Art School located at 425 W. Madison St. The class will begin at 7:00 PM, and RSVPs are requested. The class is open to all and is free of charge. Interested individuals or groups should contact Pontiac Tourism at (815) 844-5847 if they plan to attend.
The use of tea leaves to brew a beverage dates back thousands of years in several Asian countries. Tea is so highly valued there that elaborate and elegant ceremonies have evolved around the act of serving tea to guests. The culture of tea is particularly strong is China, and China is the world’s largest producer of tea. The history of tea culture in China goes back many centuries. Buddhist monks are credited with making what was a simple-to-prepare, everyday drink into a cultural object imbued with great significance. Tea has figured in China’s economic, political, and artistic history in many ways. The Tea Art Class will share some of this history and explore tea making and tea serving traditions.
Conducting the class will be three certified Master Tea Artists. Ms. Aihua Guo is by profession a teacher, and she holds a National Certificate as a Senior Tea Artist. Ms. Lingli Sun, and Ms. Qingqing Chen will assist in the presentation. Both are certified Senior Tea Artists as well. All three women are currently visiting Heartland Community College in Normal, IL. Topics to be covered in the presentation include: How to properly brew Chinese tea, how to use Chinese tea ware, types of Chinese tea, and the rituals that have developed around making and serving tea. Attendees will be given the opportunity to sample several major types of Chinese tea