Considered one of the oldest civilizations on earth, China existed about 5,000 to 500,000 years ago. Over the centuries, its location, philosophies, ruling dynasties, and emperors have influenced China’s art and culture. These influences are seen in the art, ceramics, painting, and sculpture of stone, wood, and lacquer. Through slide presentations displaying the art and culture of China, lectures, and discussions, you will learn why China has been historically known as the ‘Middle Kingdom." Explore the differences between Chinese and western art, and discover the many inventions coming out from China long before the Europeans came on the scene. Discover what is influencing Chinese art and culture today.