Category Archives: Chinese Calligraphy

Session 16 and Students’ Exhibition – Chinese Calligraphy for Beginners

After a party and no work done at Session 16, students’ work were hung in the Willoughby Council’s lobby where they will be on display for a month. The students all brought food and had a party instead of a … Continue reading

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Session 15 Chinese Calligraphy for Beginners

I am happy to report that every one of my students turned up on the due date with their artwork.  I must admit to being nervous that someone may, for one reason or another fail to show. After all the oohs and … Continue reading

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Sessions 13 & 14 Chinese Calligraphy for Beginners

I was absent from class in Session 13 due to a bad back and the student proved me right in believing that it’s time to retire.  They did brilliantly without me :)  T, the most senior student was a capable … Continue reading

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Session 12: Chinese Calligraphy for Beginners

Submissions for the exhibition is due in three weeks so it was time to narrow down the pieces for polishing.  Most student brought work that they have worked on for a week or more and the results are varied.  I … Continue reading

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Session 11 Chinese Calligraphy for Beginners (Part 2)

Yesterday I turned 64.  It was not significant other than that song that kept playing in my head.  Perhaps you know it, perhaps you don’t; it’s not important.   It was just another birthday though I appreciated the calls and … Continue reading

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Session 11 Chinese Calligraphy for Beginners (Part 1)

To learn the art of beautiful writing:  first, learn to write.  That is, presuming one can already read.  Therein lies the difficulty I face each week.  Half of my class consists of literate Chinese and the other half of my students … Continue reading

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Session 10: Chinese Calligraphy for Beginners

MOSAIC, the organisation that hosts my Chinese calligraphy course, has invited submissions from all their creative art and craft classes to exhibit students’ work at a exhibition to be mounted in September. The last time one of my classes exhibited … Continue reading

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Session 9: Chinese Calligraphy for Beginners

After a break of four weeks we will resume the course for another eight weeks.  MOSAIC informs me that ‘a few’ new students have enrolled in the course.  I hope they will be comfortable with starting in Session 9. This … Continue reading

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Discipline before Art

One student in my Chinese calligraphy class asked me what new things will I teach them next term.  I said ‘nothing’ at the time; being sick and grumpy.  I am still sick and grumpy but this morning I turned my mind … Continue reading

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Party Time at End of Term

    On the last day of the Chinese Calligraphy for Beginners course, the students brought plates of food and while some were still pasting backings on their work, the party began. The reasons for backing an artwork are many … Continue reading

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Session 8: Chinese Calligraphy for Beginners

This is the final lesson for some of the students while others will continue for another term.  For those who are leaving I like to furnish them with the knowledge of how to back their art work. Although the Chinese calligraphy … Continue reading

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Trial and Error and Before and After

In my Chinese Calligraphy class, students are required to self critique their work and make changes as necessary.  Last Tuesday students had a ‘test’ : some had a second attempt.  Here Jo wrote the character 春 (spring) twice.  Note the … Continue reading

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Session 7: Chinese Calligraphy for Beginners

Sometimes I write about a session after the event but most times I write about it before the day as a check list for myself; a sort of planner.  Nothing ever goes exactly to plan, of course; mostly because of … Continue reading

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Session 6: Chinese Calligraphy for Beginners

Students will now work on their individual projects until the end of term.  Though I’ve given them a 28-word poem in week 1, everyone in class has declined to attempt it this term.  Some, however, have chosen a line or … Continue reading

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Session 5: Chinese Calligraphy for Beginners

The term ‘beginner’ means something different to each of my students; some are writing Tang dynasty poems in full and others are struggling with individual characters. We are in the second half of the term and students are expected to … Continue reading

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Session 4: Chinese Calligraphy for Beginners

My class of 10 students now consists of five well practiced calligraphers, three ‘beginners’ with knowledge of Chinese characters and two novices with no knowledge of Chinese language. It is a curious thing that one should start learning about a new … Continue reading

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Session 3: Chinese Calligraphy for Beginners

Q & A from Session 2: Q:  A new student asked:  how do we know where to start? A:  There are rules of stroke sequences that would determine ‘where to start’.  For example, ‘from top to bottom’;’horizontal before vertical when … Continue reading

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Session 2: Chinese Calligraphy for Beginners

Last week we took more time to settle in than anticipated so this week we will begin with a revision and expansion on the horizontal stroke before moving on.  The horizontal stroke does not exist in isolation except in the … Continue reading

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