Last week the students jumped into the deep end and tried their hands at ‘writing’ the characters ‘和平’ with admirable results. It proved to be a good exercise in which students became more aware of their weaknesses and mistakes.
In Session Four students will be required to demonstrate their skills in a ‘test’.
- Create a wedge to demonstrate how one applies pressure to the brush to thicken a stroke
- Create a wedge to demonstrate how one decreases pressure to the brush to graduate from thick to thin
- Write the character 口 (kou : mouth, entrance) by applying the above techniques.
The character 口 has three strokes. A short vertical starting from top to bottom on the left hand side, a ‘bend’ starting near the beginning of the first stroke that combines a short horizontal and a short vertical, then last, a short horizontal on the bottom from left to right to close the enclosure.
The sequence of strokes are important to learn if one is ever to attempt a cursive script. Without that fluency it would be impossible to achieve that ease of flow that characterises the more cursive works.