Chinese calligraphy is an ancient Oriental art of writing Chinese characters using ink and brush on paper. The development of this ancient art has evolved through the ages. It dates back 4,000 years. It is one surviving language that has both phonetic and ideograph applications. One does not necessarily need to know the language to learn this art. You need to enjoy its beauty. There are basic rules and rudiments to observe and practice. Gradually you will soon appreciate writing Chinese calligraphy and learning Mandarin along the way. You also will be surprised by the immense pleasure and inner peace in you through practicing this writing. As the saying goes, "Taiji gives you health and calligraphy gives you youthfulness".
Writing Chinese calligraphy is a skill in fine art. Knowing the language and write does not equate knowing the skill to write good calligraphy. Calligraphy writing is different from lay person's writing in Chinese. Calligraphy writing is an art form where the work is assessed by the execution of the strokes in each character. There should be nuances of light and heavy brush strokes and variances in stroke execution of the same character. This gives beauty to the writing which is liken to listening to a fine piece of music.
Learn from a competent teacher who is willing to teach the basic strokes and knowledge of "brush suspension". This is very important as it helps to achieve relevant results. The practice of calligraphy involves slow and controlled brush strokes. Know well all the basic strokes and persevere in your practice.
There are few styles of Chinese calligraphy. Choose one style that you like best and practice diligently for successful result.
It is not how fast you can write but how well you are able to enjoy your writing.
Writing Calligraphy As A Healthy Lifestyle. The practice itself promotes serenity. This enhances calmness which is a health benefit. Correct sitting or standing when practicing the writing develop good posture and dexterity.Read More
Lessons are conducted in English for better understanding but technique is taught the traditional way of writing Chinese calligraphy. Students are encouraged to pronounce the basic strokes and terms in Mandarin.