Session Four: Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy

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’.

  1.  Create a wedge to demonstrate how one applies pressure to the brush to thicken a stroke
  2.  Create a wedge to demonstrate how one decreases pressure to the brush to graduate from thick to thin
  3.  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.


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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6 Responses to Session Four: Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy

  1. taphian says:

    you have a good feeling for compositions, Mary.

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  2. Cynthia says:

    I would take your classes if I could. The end product is beautiful in itself and I can see that this is a great exercise to develop mindfulness

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  3. arlingwoman says:

    This is fascinating, Mary. I’ve always thought Chinese calligraphy was beautiful. It’s nice to have some insight into its actual creation.

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