Session 11 Chinese Calligraphy for Beginners (Part 2)

Yesterday I turned 64.  It was not significant other than that song that kept playing in my head.  Perhaps you know it, perhaps you don’t; it’s not important.   It was just another birthday though I appreciated the calls and emails from friends and being bought lunch.  Two unintended gifts, however, made my day.

One was a poem by Robert Okaji who is writing a poem a day for 30 days.  I’d sponsored and provided him a title with words from a Shakespearean sonnet.  He met the challenge on my birthday with a sonnet of his own.  Bravo and thank you, Bob.

The second was the students’ homework that I was greeted with in class yesterday:


Photo by Ann Lam

I was humbled by the hard work that the students made on their first attempt at producing pieces for an exhibition.

We examined the pieces as a group and I was touched by the willingness of some students to adjust their layout to fit their work into the A3 frames purchased for us and subsidised by MOSAIC.  Each of them accepted that being a part of a greater thing requires a certain degree of compromise.


In the weeks to come students will continue to work on their pieces and polish them to the best standard that they can achieve.  Judging by the presentation yesterday, I believe that they will add a touch of class to the MOSAIC arts and craft exhibition in September.



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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14 Responses to Session 11 Chinese Calligraphy for Beginners (Part 2)

  1. angela1313 says:

    The students really did some nice work. As a teacher I think that was an excellent birthday present.Have the champagne when they hang the exhibit!


  2. A belated happy birthday to you Mary, hope you had a wonderful day!🎉🎉You’ve got that damn song stuck in my head now! 😛 Bx


  3. arlingwoman says:

    Happy belated birthday. I remember the song. Many happy returns!

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  4. taphian says:

    wonderful pieces of art, Mary. Hope you had a nice day yesterday, regards Mitza

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  5. Belated congratulations. I turned 64 in one of my worst years. As you know, ten years on, all is now well. And. of course, I do remember the song :)

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