Chinese Calligraphy

Introduction

No previous knowledge of Chinese is required for this course. Anyone with an interest in Chinese calligraphy is eligible.

Objectives

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.

Teaching Content

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.

 

Expectations

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.

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