We offer a range of evening courses catering for every level from beginners to advanced, in 2 convenient locations – DIT Kevin St. Campus and UCD Belfield Campus. In addition, we offer a range of cultural classes including Chinese calligraphy, traditional Chinese painting, Tai Chi, Chinese cooking and more.
Winter Term: 16th Jan. to 23th Mar.
Spring Term: 5th Apr. to 8th Jun.
Autumn Term: 11th Sept. to 16th Nov.
Spring Term: 26th Mar. to 1st Jun.
Autumn Term: 10th Sept. to 16th Nov.
In the modern age, the first and most important benefit of Traditional Chinese Martial Arts is Health. Professor Liu will be teaching regular Health Regimen classes in UCD Confucius Institute.
This is a traditional part of Chinese Wushu, and translates directly to "Healthy Body Chi Skill". It combines mental discipline with breathing and physical actions. Stretching the body, following clear focussed direction to achieve a flexible, supple and healthy body.
This class will include exercises from Eight Trigrams boxing, Five Animals Games, Daoyin Shu, and the Book of Changes exercise.
We at UCD Confucius Institute are delighted to offer students an ideal chance to practice Chinese after class – Chinese Corner.
We hope it will become an important place where students of Chinese meet with native speakers of Chinese and practice speaking what they have just learned in class.
Here, you can practice with other Chinese learners and also native Chinese speakers. Our teachers will be there as well to coordinate and help you correct pronunciation and grammar.
Time: Monday 6:30-8:00pm
Venue: Quinn School, UCD Belfield, Dublin 4
Fee: Free for CI evening course students
Chinese painting is one of the oldest continuous artistic traditions in the world. The earliest paintings were not representational but ornamental; they consisted of patterns or designs rather than pictures. Early pottery was painted with spirals, zigzags, dots, or animals. It was only during the Warring States Period(403-221 B.C.) that artists began to represent the world around them.
Painting in the traditional style is known today in Chinese as guó huà (国画), meaning 'national' or 'native painting', as opposed to Western styles of art. Traditional painting involves essentially the same techniques as calligraphy and is done with a brush dipped in black or colored ink; oils are not used. As with calligraphy, the most popular materials on which paintings are made of are paper and silk. The finished work is then mounted on scrolls, which can be hung or rolled up. Traditional painting is also done in albums and on walls, lacquerwork, and other media.
In this course, the students will learn how to paint a range of popular subjects using Traditional & Contemporary Chinese Brush Painting techniques. Projects gradually increase in difficulty, and feature such subjects as swallows, bamboo, wild orchids, plum blossoms, pandas, horses, peonies and more.
Three ten-week courses will be run from January, April and September each year. Each week will have one session of one and half hours. Class sizes will be limited to approximately five to ten students.
Chinese Painting “Shirmp” by Master Qi Baishi. (See the picture above)
No previous knowledge of Chinese is required for this course. Anyone with an interest in Chinese calligraphy is eligible.
The course will give students an introduction to various key aspects of Chinese calligraphy. Students will be given a general overview of the history of Chinese calligraphy, the features of the main styles, and calligraphic writing techniques. Students will have the opportunity to learn how to write characters in tsao-shu (cursive script) style.
Four basics of calligraphy – brush, ink, paper, ink-stone.
• Introduction to the ways of holding a brush and brush writing techniques.
• The strokes and basic structures of Chinese characters.
• Introduction and appreciation of some calligraphy works.
• Copying and writing characters in tsao-shu (cursive script) style.
Students are expected to gain a perceptual knowledge of Chinese Calligraphy and have a good understanding of the characters’ structures. At the end of the course, students will be able to hold the brush, write correctly and copy characters in tsao-shu (cursive script) style. The course is intended to promote students’ interest in Chinese calligraphy and to lay foundations for further study.
Course Duration and Class Size
Three ten-week courses will be run from January, April and September each year. Each week will have one session of one hour. Class sizes will be limited to approximately ten students.