Chinese calligraphy is a form of calligraphy widely practiced and revered in the Sinosphere. The philosophy is:
When studying calligraphy, if our only focus is on the form of the brush strokes, then we are neglecting the other aspects of our body and mind. If we don't have the awareness of our present state of body and mind, then we do the calligraphy in vain.
If we calm our minds and qi, relax our body and pay attention to our breath, all the brushstrokes - solid and void, lifting and pressing, turning and twisting, are actually an extension of our bodies and minds. When you have understood calligraphy, you have understood the nature of existence.
The course is conducted in English. The Four Treasures of the Study - the ink brush, ink, paper(made of rice & bamboo), and inkstone are provided by us. Qigong (breathing and healing exercises) will be practiced during the intervals of the calligraphy workshop.
for regular group classes, students study calligraphy at their own pace. Everyone's course is individually created according to their own level, so weekly attendance is not mandatory. Join this class anytime. Or if there is no scheduled group classes, you can book a class at any time you like.
Where: China Culture Center, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China.
>> You don't have to be able to write Chinese already, just have to be enthusiastic and be willing to hold a brush.
>> Our course combines calligraphy practice with meditation techniques and philosophy to create a dynamic learning environment.
>> Our course emphasizes the proper posture, breathing, and brush-handling techniques needed to write a character that has the proper "spirit," rather than one that rigidly conforms to a model.
>> A combination of demonstrations and individualized tips makes up each class.
>> The class is in small group (maximum 12 people).
About the Chinese Calligraphy
Chinese calligraphy and ink and wash painting are closely related, since they are accomplished using similar tools and techniques. Chinese painting and calligraphy distinguish themselves from other cultural arts because they emphasize motion and are charged with dynamic life. According to Stanley-Baker, "Calligraphy is sheer life experienced through energy in motion that is registered as traces on silk or paper, with time and rhythm in shifting space its main ingredients."
Calligraphy has also led to the development of many forms of art in China, including seal carving, ornate paperweights, and inkstones.
More on the Class
Calligraphy Course for English-Speaking Students (No Mandarin experience necessary)
Taught by an English-speaking instructor, this class emphasizes the proper posture, breathing, and brush-handling techniques needed to write a character that has the proper “spirit,” rather than one that rigidly conforms to a model. A combination of demonstrations and individualized tips makes up each class.
Content of the Calligraphy Course
Our course combines calligraphy practice with meditation techniques and philosophy to create a dynamic learning environment. In this course, you will:
* Gain knowledge of the Four Treasures (brush, ink, paper, and ink stone)
* Learn writing techniques through one-on-one instruction
* Understand the symbolic meaning of the Chinese characters you write
* Try your hand at major styles of calligraphy: oracle, bronze ware, bamboo slab, and cursive
* Create works of art in a soothing environment
* Cultivate concentration with a relaxed mind and body
* Appreciate the inner relationship between writing and Qi/breathing.
Size of the class:
2-12 people per class
If you sign up in a group with more than 4 people, please call ahead to confirm there are available spaces.
In order to properly accommodate everyone who wishes to attend this course, we need to know exactly how many people will be attending.Please notify us at least 3 hours before that you plan to attend a session. Registering online is preferred, but you can give us a call if internet reservation is not convenient. No walk-ins.
CCC's mission is to promote a deeper understanding and appreciation of Chinese culture by offering a wide variety of cultural activities and events to our members. Fees to certain programs such as this are provided on a non-profit basis and are meant to only cover actual costs of that specific program. You can help us by registering in advance of the program so that we can minimize the cost of these programs. Your contribution helps us to continue offering such programs in the future.
CCC does not offer regular set packages for this class. However we are happy to help you plan a private custom-made one. Please scroll this web page down to check prices and propose a date and your own group.
Private custom-made class prices:
RMB1500 for a minimum of 5 adult guests (or the financial equivalent thereof) and are 2 hours long.
RMB2000 for 6-8 people.
RMB250/ person for a group of 9 people and more
The price includes an English-speaking calligrapher & qigong practitioner and venue.
The workshop can be scheduled at any time that it fits your schedule according to the availability of the teachers.
1. We must check the date:
The CCC’s masters, artists, and teachers are all experts in their field and unique in their circles. Their schedules are tight, so they may not be available at the time frame you would like to book. We will have to check with them first before we can confirm the time with you.
2. Prepayment is necessary:
Once the artists/experts are confirmed, prepayment is required so we can book his/her time.
3. Corporate Clients
All prices listed are for private individuals. Corporate clients will be separately quoted. Click here for Payment methods
- The class/workshop will be conducted in English/with English interpretation at the China Culture Center unless a different location is requested.
- The CCC’s center can accommodate maximum 10-20 people for a class/workshop.
- Special venues of different size and ambiance can be arranged for corporate clients.with extra charges.
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