Session Two: Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy

Last Tuesday nine of the ten students turned up for Session One but the classroom was occupied.  Classes at MOSAIC are like that.  Some tutors enjoy their classes so much that they never want to leave.  I loath to knock on the door so we waited outside till the administrator came along and gave the teacher notice to pack.  Thus we had a late start but I don’t think that teacher will forget to leave again.  :)

Ninety minutes is short when you need to cover thousands of years of civilisation but we had a start.  Next week’s class will be based on the lessons that I learnt on Tuesday. Yes, I learn from my students about what they need to know.  They are all different.  Some students are illiterate in Chinese, some had a little experience and there are Japanese and Koreans so they would have acquired different habits in brush writing but more significant, seeing.

The following points are answers to questions asked in class and from my observation:

  1.  Posture – most people have their peculiar way of sitting but to sustain a posture when writing with a brush, it is important to maintain a good posture to avoid strain.
  2. Holding a brush like a pen or pencil will never allow you the flexibility to write well.
  3. Applying varying pressure on the brush as you write and changing direction at appropriate places is the key to successful strokes.
  4. The use of different parts of the brush gives a variety of widths and effects.
  5. Pauses during a stroke is sometimes necessary to give better definition to a stroke
  6. Though there are ‘easier’ scripts to master, we are staying with the regular script because it is most legible and is the standard today.
  7. We must set a goal to be clear about the path we’ll take.

We will aim to complete an art work of the two characters for Peace/Harmony:  和平。To arrive at our destination, students will need to learn:

  1.  The horizontal stroke as in 一,二 and 三 (one, two and three)。  There are four horizontal strokes in 和平。
  2. The vertical stroke as in 十,土 and 王 (ten, earth and king), at the same time be mindful of the rules: top to bottom and horizontal before vertical when they intersect.  There are three vertical strokes in 和平。
  3. A sweep - there are two in 和;
  4. The dot: there are three in 和平
  5. A bend: there is one in the 口 (mouth)of 和。It is a stroke that combines a horizontal and a vertical and is counted as one stroke.

So there’s my lesson plan for Session Two.  Thank you, my students for showing me the direction.

About Mary Tang

An urban orchardist everyday, a volunteer regularly, a poet sometimes and a blogger since March 2015. I travel when I can. Food is a constant.
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2 Responses to Session Two: Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy

  1. taphian says:

    that’s beautiful, Mary

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