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 term we will work on completing a project for exhibition in September. Students will work on the set poem or part of the poem depending on their abilities.
Session 9 will begin with a test. Students will be required to write three characters on a sheet of xuan paper 宣紙 (provided by me)， set out as an artwork. The three characters will be 暖日晴(yuan ri qing warm/day/sunny)，the first three characters of the third line of the poem.
The reason I chose those three characters is that they share the same ‘radical’ , the word family to which each character belongs, in this case, 日(sun). New students can work on 日by itself and still be preparing for the other two characters which carry the 日in their composition.
It will be a challenge to cater for beginners and accomplished students in the same class. I will be retiring from teaching Chinese Calligraphy at the end of this term so new students will only have 8 weeks of tuition with me before having to seek a new tutor.